What are Social Skills?

I have a confession to make. For years, as the teachers and therapists have been talking about the importance of social skills for my cute little Asperger’s boy, I didn’t understand what they really meant. I thought that social skills meant socializing. Like, chatting...

A Creation Pattern in 3 Nephi: Light

The creation of Light, continuing on the theme of creation in 3 Nephi—to identify it and apply it to myself.   First, the earth cleaved. In that destruction, Matter Organized. Secondly, Firmament Divided. The Holy Ghost taught me that the pattern applied to the Earth...

Doubt Not, Fear Not

And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of...

Christ Knows Our Suffering

I was out enjoying a summer stroll with my husband one evening when my cell phone rang. It was from a friend I knew through church. Her doctor’s appointment that morning had brought devastating news: the 20-week-old fetus she’d been carrying was dead. My friend was...

Goodness of God

When I think on the goodness of God, it reminds me of the word "mercy," and yet in so much more depth than the traditional meaning of mercy.   Just what does "mercy" mean? If we go to most dictionaries, they will tell us traditional definitions of "mercy." The...

The Image of Christ

The prophet Alma was the high priest for the Church in his day. He delivered words of faith and courage to the people throughout the land.   And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received...

Being Single: Bright and Abundant Stars

The other day, as I was out walking the dog, I looked up at the night sky and saw all of the beautiful stars. It was so dark, but each star radiated so much light and together all of the stars made a beautiful picture. Then I realized that I couldn't see the moon out...

LGBTQ and You

I’ve got some controversial things to say, and I hope you’ll listen.   We have a problem   We have a problem in the Mormon church, and the Christian community at large. More specifically we have a problem in the hearts of some of the Mormon people. We teach that we...

Be the Best Missionary YOU Can Be

Be spiritually independent enough that your relationship with the Savior doesn’t depend on your circumstances or on what other people say and do. Have the spiritual independence to be a Mormon—the best Mormon you can—in your own way. Not the bishop’s way. Not the...

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

"Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you" (Doctrine and Covenants 88:63).   This is the third in a series of four articles. This article addresses the...

Changed: The Blessings of Being Different

I love lists. From a very young age, I was taught by my father that writing things down helps focus one’s efforts and provides the euphoria of crossing items off the list. I still use lists every day. I have a few to share with you.   Several years ago, we heard a...

Standing Up to Peer Pressure

Through my teenage years, I witnessed a great deal of peer pressure. Being raised in the 1960s and 70s was not an easy thing, but it did prepare me for other things in my life. I learned to stand up and be counted. I faced the fear of being called a “square” head-on....

The Money Chart- Motivating your Child

We had been struggling to find a way to motivate my 9 year old son. And discovered that he was eager to earn money to get what he wanted without having to get permission from Mom and Dad. So we created this money chart. Our therapist suggested it, and I love it.   I...

A Creation Pattern in 3 Nephi: Firmament Divided

Continuing on the theme of creation in 3 Nephi—to identify it and apply it to myself.   First, the earth cleaved. In that destruction, Matter Organized.   Next, in Chapters 8 and 9, thick darkness prevailed.   Darkness: Firmament Divided   When the earth shifting...

Ask of God

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.                 ~James 1:5   Last week, my family and I travelled to Palmyra, New York. We visited numerous LDS history sites, even walking...

Scripture Study Technique: Using the Dictionary

Have you ever thought about the power of a word? For some reason, I've always loved words. Even when I was a kid. Shhhh, I'll tell you a secret. OK, well, maybe not so secret since I'm posting it here on this blog ... but when I was a kid, I used to read the...

Focusing On What God Has Given Me

This post was originally published in 2008. Minor changes have been made.   A couple of weeks ago, my younger sister (younger by six and a half years) got married in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple. Since that day, I cannot count the number of times that I have been asked,...

Unexpected

WOW. I didn’t expect that totally unanticipated reaction.   I was posting online a missionary letter that I received in my email this morning. This elder has been serving in South Korea for the last two years, and this week’s message was short but amazing. He is...

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