Mission Gossip

Once there were two missionary companions who enjoyed being together very much. Elder Bo and Elder Mo worked hard together, sharing triumphs and trials in equal measure. As they became better acquainted, they shared their experiences working with other missionaries in...

University Paper

When I went to the university, I expect my ultimate goal was graduation. But what I got was beyond my fondest imagination. This was the realization of my life’s dreams. And yet, the manifestation of my reality was not what I expected or even comprehended. How could...

Draw Closer to God and Spouse

Throughout the scriptures, we are warned that in the last days, perilous times will come (2 Timothy 3:1-7). During these perilous times, three unbecoming traits come to mind which upset the balance and peace of a marriage and choosing to be close to God.  ...

The Best Career Advice Ever

Listen up! I am about to give you the best career advice ever, and it’s short, simple, and absolutely free.   1) Do something.   Take a wild guess at something that might provide a good paycheck or you might enjoy or you might be good at. Do some research on how to...

Recognizing and Helping an Autism Meltdown

This article was previously published in Abby's column on Patheos.com.  When my son was younger, he was overly emotional. I used to joke that he was my little drama queen.  We would come home from a long day where he was reasonably well behaved, but the moment we got...

A Valentine’s From Partner

The Ward Easter Party of April 2016 had the kids out on the church lawn playing relay games. I wandered over to check out the action.  The game leader told everyone to pair off for a three-legged race.  One four-year-old girl named Rachel Kauihou looked around for a...

Missionaries: Email Your Mama!

Saturday, I start getting excited for your email. On Monday: I start hopefully checking my email at 720a.m. I start anxiously checking at 8 a.m. I start worrying at 815a.m. I consider calling the mission office to find out if you’ve been hospitalized at 8:25 a.m.  ...

What is My Assignment?

Occasionally, it is necessary for me to reevaluate what I’m doing with my life. I enjoy life, but I want to make sure that I’m doing what Heavenly Father wants me to do. When I find myself sitting in my chair watching reruns of shows I have memorized, I start asking...

A Yard Sale Fundraiser

Typically when my oldest daughter, Michelle, comes to me with the words, “Mom, I have an idea…” I cringe. Half the time I don’t realize I’m doing it, but you have to understand something. These ‘ideas’ range from putting together her newest recipe (”You take some...

The Plague of This World

Imagine the following dialog. “I just heard the bubonic plague is infecting tens-of-thousands of people all across the northern part of the state. In fact, this morning the outbreak is just 60 miles north of us. What are you going to do? “Well. I have some Christmas...

The Fearless Cycle

Mormons have often learned about the Pride Cycle in the Book of Mormon. A community lives righteously, then they are blessed and enriched, then they become prideful. When people are prideful, God finds a way to humble them. When the people are challenged with war,...

Why Does God Let Us Suffer?

This article was previously published in Abby's blog on Patheos.com. I have a friend who has cancer. It's pretty advanced. He's suffering a lot. He already has 4 kinds of cancer, and last week they found a cancerous brain tumor. Cancer number five.  After a quick...

Making Your Sunday Classes a Revelatory Experience

A purpose of the new LDS Relief Society and priesthood quorum first Sunday council meetings is to provide a set apart time and place for participants to have a revelatory experience. The first week allows an opportunity to receive collective inspiration by truly...

Choosing for Ourselves

If you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you are familiar with the premortal “War in Heaven”. It was all about choosing for ourselves. If you're unfamiliar with it or need a refresher, here it is in a nutshell: Before this world was,...

He Took Our Licking

Every one of us has what I call "Nephi moments." You know, those times when we cry out in our hearts, “O wretched man [or woman] that I am.” We see our weaknesses and recognize our own failings and imperfections and feel almost overwhelmed. We find ourselves, too...

Nephi’s Psalm

We live in a crazy world filled with daily pressures that change on a dime. Each time I stumble, I look to the scriptures or Church history for the strength I need to continue. I remember to kneel in prayer and offer sincere humility in requesting forgiveness for my...

Baby Steps of Character

Every day we face decisions that challenge our character.  Often these challenges aren’t direct or obvious, they are small and almost inconspicuous.  Sometimes it’s as simple as making the last fix on a report at work when the deadline is closing and everyone else has...

Personal Testimony

The scripture stories in the Book of Mormon have always been a treasure to me. Honestly, I didn’t know why the experiences of Nephi and his family were positioned right at the beginning of the book. I don’t wonder about that anymore.   Building a ship .. persecution...

How Much of Church Really Matters?

When my son was baptized, he was so excited. His little friend, also on the Autism Spectrum, watched with bright eyes as he saw his friend braving the water. For both these boys getting water on their faces was a huge deal. Both of them dreaded getting wet. But for a...

Adulting and Peer Pressure

As you seek to be a friend to others, do not compromise your standards. If your friends urge you to do things that are wrong, be the one to stand for the right, even if you stand alone. You may need to find other friends who will support you in keeping the...

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