You Can’t Heal the People You Love

You Can’t Heal the People You Love

You can’t heal the people you love. You can’t make choices for them. You can’t rescue them. You can promise they won’t journey alone. You can loan them your map. This trip is theirs. Be gentle with yourself — it’s hard work to be present to the freedom of the Other....

In God’s Hands

In God’s Hands

Fourteen years ago I was expecting my third child. It was my fourth pregnancy, but my third child, as I had lost my first pregnancy to miscarriage. Each pregnancy had brought on its own set of complications, and this one was no different. My baby’s due date was July...

Really Great Cathedrals

Really Great Cathedrals

Do you remember the old days when we gleaned support and comfort from youth conferences and education week? “Old days?” you ask. We still do that, but now technology makes it is so much easier. Others' words can become our own when we devote the necessary effort to...

Receiving Personal Revelation

Receiving Personal Revelation

President Russell M. Nelson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as other Church leaders have been stressing the importance of increasing our ability to receive personal revelation. While I was already working on that challenge, a...

Tips For Staying Sane

Tips For Staying Sane

It’s been over a month since my family cut off most of our interaction with the outside world, thanks to the Pandemic. And many people complain that they are struggling to stay sane. So I put together some of the ways my family has adapted to keep our sanity, and...

We Hear Him

We Hear Him

“I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me." The words echoed so beautifully from the voices of all in our living room. The Spirit fell upon us as everyone quieted down and reverently prepared to partake of the sacrament. The ordinance itself was rather simple:...

Disappointment to Joy—Spiritual Alchemy

Disappointment to Joy—Spiritual Alchemy

What a beacon of light this general conference was! It seemed that every moment was filled with hope. Indeed, nothing is more hopeful than discussions of God and His love, of Christ and His saving mission, of the Restoration and eternal opportunity. We would do well...

Why Not Me?!

Why Not Me?!

I’ll never forget the phone call that I received on October 1st, 2018. It was a Monday morning and I was busy going about my typical Monday morning routine of washing laundry and cleaning up from a weekend spent at home when my phone rang. The call was from the high...

In Good Hands

In Good Hands

We don’t know any of their names—not one. Yet their story is one of the most-recognized and well-known experiences shared in the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Even if we knew their identity, there are too many for us to enumerate.   To me...

Taking the Sacrament at Home

Taking the Sacrament at Home

For the last five weeks, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have remained home from church services. This was decided by our prophet and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and announced on March 12th. There are many elderly who come and just for...

Scriptural Legacy of Separation

Scriptural Legacy of Separation

This is a time of separation.  This separation, however, isn't unique in our histories. Separation stories especially fill our religious history.  From the very beginning, Adam and Eve were separated from God. We have exoduses of the House of Israel from Canaan and...

Agency—The Absence of Micromanagement

Agency—The Absence of Micromanagement

I was watching general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the first weekend in April. As always, I was filled with the love of the Lord. This particular General Conference was different from any we have seen in our lifetime. Because of a...

What I hope doesn’t change after the Lockdown

What I hope doesn’t change after the Lockdown

Welcome to week three of social distancing and lockdown. I know we all wanted to be home more and lamented we didn’t have more time to spend with our family. Now we have it! Are you losing your mind yet? Honestly, I lost my mind the first week, but now it’s getting...

Running Faster

Running Faster

When I was a child I loved to run down hills. The thrill I got while hurtling at breakneck speed was a joy. And because I was going downhill, I could run faster than I could any other way, because I was basically just trying not to fall while gravity did the work for...

The Gluten Peachable

The Gluten Peachable

This post follows up on Sonja's last post, "Lessons I Learned From Homemade Bread." Read it here.     This was one of the most memorable classes for me. I knew the Spirit was there because I had no idea how to set up the learning experience and follow it...

Blessed Beyond Measure

Blessed Beyond Measure

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve watched as our country has fallen into turmoil because of the COVID-19 outbreak. I’ve seen many families struggle financially because the head of household has been out of work and forced to stay home. I’ve seen some lose their...

Triage of the Soul

Triage of the Soul

Early this morning, we felt a 5.7 magnitude earthquake in northern Utah. Family was texting almost immediately and news stations reported the quake while it was still happening (aftershocks). Emergency radio broadcasts disseminated just minutes later, and as I was...

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