Preposterous

Ludicrous. Absurd. Ridiculous. Outlandish, unreasonable, and irrational.   And I'm just getting started.   Maybe you have heard these terms echoed by those who do not share your religious beliefs. If so, you’re not alone. Church history and the Book of Mormon are...

Be on the Offensive Against Satan

In February, my husband and I attended an extraordinary stake conference. The Spirit was incredibly strong in both sessions. I’ve been thinking about it off and on ever since, so it obviously made an impression on me. I don’t have exact quotes, but I did take notes....

Draw Near Unto Me

This article was previously published by the author in August 2017.   In D&C 88:63 the Lord extends four invitations coupled with four amazing promises. He invites us to draw near to Him, to seek Him diligently, to ask, and to knock. In return for our faithful...

Smiling: A Recipe for Happiness

My friend Barbie Dodson is the picture of sunshine. But if you truly got to know her, you'd discover that she consciously and intentionally decides to live that way.   She shared some of her philosophy with me and I wanted to share it with others.   Smiling: A Recipe...

Time Passes

Tick   Wow! Less than five months left until your son comes home? That went so fast!   Tock   You must be counting down the weeks now!   Tick   It feels like he just left!   Tock   Time has ceased to have its usual course of action during the last 19+ months. I’ve...

The Very Thought of Thee

One of my favorite Hymns in the LDS Hymn Book was written by a Frenchman in the middle of the dark ages. Born in the year 1091, Bernard of Clairvaux lived more than a thousand years after the great apostasy, which resulted in the removal of the priesthood from the...

Strength Beyond My Own

Think about the greatest challenge of your life.   At one point, for me, that time was my mission. It consisted of trying my hardest every day with no success, enduring loneliness, learning a foreign language, frequently coming up short, studying every moment...

What Do Mormons Believe About God?

What do members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe about God? This is a huge question. While it may have a simple answer, its implications are far-reaching. If we truly know God, who He is and what His role is in our lives, we can understand...

The Lord Will Consecrate Our Afflictions

Choosing a favorite scripture is sort of like choosing a favorite star in the sky — or, if I'm being honest, a favorite topping on pizza (I love all food equally, okay?) — but if I was really hard-pressed, I'd have to say my favorite scriptural passage is found at the...

Faith

There we were sitting in Sunday school, talking about faith. Our teacher asked us each to think of someone in the scriptures who had shown incredible faith. Noah, Moses, and the Mormon Pioneers were all mentioned. As I sat there, I was caught by a wave of emotion...

Receiving the REAL Truth

I planned everything around something I believed to be true.   I posted a link to information of our beloved President Thomas S. Monson's funeral on our ward Facebook page. In my mind, the funeral was Friday (so this Friday) at 10:00 AM MST, so 7:00 AM HST.   I...

See Me

Do you see me? Even as I stand before you, are you really seeing me? My struggles, my strengths, my imperfections, my beautiful triumphs, everything that adds up to my wonderfully flawed and fabulous self?   Can you see into the depths of my eyes to see the pain that...

The Growing Season

It’s the growing season and I’ve just planted my seeds in our garden. What a thrill to watch something so small grow into something so miraculous and productive.   It’s also a week before my kids are out of school for the summer. I take a deep breath and feel a pang...

Why Choose Discipleship?

People look to Christ for many different reasons, just as they did during His mortal ministry. Some came looking for miracles, some to have their daily needs met, some to try and find fault with Him, some to seek forgiveness, some to learn from Him, become His...

Family Unity

One of the major themes of April 2018 LDS General Conference was unity. I’ve been thinking about unity in various settings since General Conference, but lately what comes to mind is unity in the family.   Family unity can be fostered when children are very young. Some...

Called to Serve

Earlier this week, the Sister missionaries who serve in our ward sat with me as we waited for an investigator to meet with us. Since he was late, we had time to chat.   The Sisters quietly asked me if there were something they needed to do differently in our ward...

Growing One Mistake into Two

My dog recently made a mistake: he injured himself. We don’t know how he did it. He literally put his body part somewhere it didn’t belong and got a nice size cut on it. Dogs are not easy to bandage at all, but especially some parts over others. We’ve been in daily...

Comparison: the Thief of Joy

I’ve heard it said that comparison is the thief of joy.   You know what else is the thief of joy?   Canker sores. I have two. On my gums. Ruining my life. (I'm obviously not exaggerating whatsoever.) When you’re SO excited for the guacamole you’re about to make and...

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