Love and Harmony

More than a decade ago, the late Church President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910-2008) addressed the topic of racism when speaking to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He powerfully and clearly taught this principle: "No man who makes disparaging...

The Walls that Divide Us

Sunday, August 13, 1961, the city of Berlin awoke to discover that a barbed wire fence was strung up during the night, dividing East Berlin from West Berlin. First, only barbed wire and guards prevented people from entering or leaving Soviet-controlled East Berlin....

Return and Report

When I was a young deputy team lead at the office, I would occasionally be the acting lead when my manager was on vacation or traveling for work.  I didn’t have any real concept of the all the issues she handled on a daily basis, but it felt as if the sky was falling...

Harmony

I have felt to address a touchy subject.   If you know me well, you know my tendency is to get along with others. My inclination is to avoid contentious situations and uplift and build others. At least that’s my intention. But when something has to be said, I’m...

Convictions, Beliefs, and Religion

Convictions and beliefs:  What does all that have to do with religion? — Tim Allen, “Home Improvement”   I was watching old reruns of “Home Improvement” starring Tim Allen the other day, and I just cracked up when I heard him say this. After I quit laughing, I...

Jesus Said Love Everyone

"Jesus said love everyone. Treat them kindly too. When your heart is filled with love, others will love you."     Those are the words to a song we teach our youngest children in Primary. It's a peaceful song, full of hope. It is the opposite of what I've been...

The Lord Had Blessed Me In My Honesty

Ever since I was fourteen years old, I’d felt someday I would have my ham radio operator’s license. Not sure why. It wasn’t that I knew anybody with a ham radio, let alone anyone with a license. But that idea had been planted in my brain and so it stuck.  ...

What a Puzzle Vision Taught Me about Diverse Unity

As I sat on the stand as the substitute chorister, I scanned faces of the ward members, pausing at each sister. How is she? What were her struggles this week? Is her relationship with the Savior stronger this week than last week?   I marveled at how different...

How to Deal With Wounded Feelings

How comfortable are you with intimacy? I'm talking about honest-to-goodness emotional intimacy. Where you share with another person your feelings, your concerns, and the thoughts of your heart?   So many of us, as we've passed through life, have been hurt.  But...

Know Your True Identity

With the birth of my 12th grandchild a few weeks ago, I found myself reflecting on our time here on earth. This little granddaughter came earlier than expected weighing only 3 lbs 9oz., but she is a fighter and soon was strong enough to breathe on her own.  She was so...

Walking Through Doors

Have you ever walked into a building with two sets of doors, an outer and an inner set?  There might be a small foyer in between for dropping off wet umbrellas, etc.  I am in that small foyer area, surrounded by glass.  It is beautiful outside, so I’m holding the door...

Taking Risks

I have a long-time mentor at work.  I first met her when she was my boss and I had finally earned a leadership role in the organization.  In those years it seemed we were doing a lot of on the job training, and we had a very diverse group of people. We were also...

My Golf Hole In One

My son-in-law is an accomplished golfer. I mean, he is not a professional or anything, but he is a good amateur golfer—a lot better than me. He just graduated from college with his master’s degree and is now in the job search with several promising opportunities...

The Importance of Family History to Mormons

It is a core belief of Latter-Day Saints, that family relationships extend beyond the grave. A Latter-Day Saint man and woman who are married in an LDS Temple by one who holds the priesthood are sealed together for eternity. A marriage performed without proper...

When Someone’s Spiritual Gift is Different From Yours

My friend recently gifted me a session with a woman skilled at using a person's feet to identify physical and emotional issues. She didn’t know anything about me, but within minutes, with her skilled fingers and tuned in perception, she knew, among other things, that...

Is Playing Dungeons and Dragons Allowed for Mormons?

Twenty plus years ago, when I was a teenager, several different church teachers taught that playing the game Dungeons and Dragons was wrong. It was a sure path to apostasy and outer darkness. So, despite the attraction—magic and elves have always held an allure for...

Motherhood and Me

When we were a young couple just starting out our family, things were easily overwhelming. We had our first 4 children by the time the oldest was 5 years old. Running errands or taking care of tasks was always difficult even when my husband and I decided to "divide...

How Can We Love Each Other with Kindness?

As we are all born on earth into families, we have the opportunity and given the gift of relationships. We might not think of it as a gift, but it is. Some of us shy away from these relationships while others run toward them.  I am the kind that runs toward them and...

My Favorite Music Video

Perhaps my favorite music video ever isn’t what you would expect. Yes, I know. How can one choose just one video as the favorite from the millions available?   When I was in high school, I was interested in business and technical subjects. But that was back in...

Stay Strong

I woke up on a hot summer morning thinking, “Can I make it through the day?” I don’t do well in the heat, and the forecast for this particular morning was 110⁰F (43⁰C). I logged onto social media to cheer myself up. The first thing I saw was an “invitation” to...

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