Total Immersion

My circumstances for the last 10 years have been pretty unique. God has put me in a place that has allowed me to learn some pretty cool lessons, via both harrowing experiences and glorious, revelatory, spiritually delicious ones.   If you've read any of my...

Church History Tour

What we value forever makes a difference.   I am not a great cook. Gratefully this is one of the skills shared by my wife and daughters. Therefore, I benefit every day. Every day!   Before writing this article, I thought about whether I should reveal upfront...

Paradigms, Episode 2: How To Change Your Perspective

View "Paradigms, Episode One" here.   As I begin this article, I must tell you that the way we view the world is forever changing. Age, life experience, even when we were born colors our world. The good news is that you can change your personal paradigm, or your...

Never Coming to the Knowledge of the Truth

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Magicians, Astrologers, Sorcerers, Chaldeans I close my eyes and see the wrath of King Nebuchadnezzar in his throne...

Vulnerability

I have learned so much in my many developmental journeys from breakdown to breakthrough (yes, there’s more than one journey!) and I believe that faith in God is a fundamental requirement that informs our willingness to be vulnerable to the conditions of mortality. I...

Challenges Accepted

As if it isn’t already hard enough to leave my family for a month while completing a necessary military training a thousand miles away, add on the decision to move my family a thousand miles in the other direction to be close to our families and receiving an...

Thankful

Teachers often fail to get just due for their important efforts in our behalf.   I had one such teacher in remedial school that I have always said changed my life.   While attending high school, I was enrolled in the normal schedule of classes: math,...

An Ear of Corn Taught Me About Spiritual Gifts

I love corn on the cob. As a child, I watched my father eat corn on the cob with such awe. Dad could eat an ear of corn with precision. By the time he finished, the cob looked like he had taken a sharp knife and cut the corn off. The corn was chewed off in nice neat...

Paradigms, Episode 1: Do It for Yourself

A few months ago, I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. They also found out my thyroid was shutting down. In the time since then, I’ve been getting healthier and feeling better and better. Part of my healing has been a little weight loss. Well, about 20 pounds of...

The Dream of the Mango Spoiled by Procrastination

In my dream, the sun shone brightly through my kitchen window, spilling across my countertops. As I entered the kitchen, I saw a beautiful, ripe, juicy mango sitting on the counter. I smiled as I saw the fruit in its perfection and knew I would love its deliciousness...

Me, My Family, and the Trembling Giant

The hypnotizing sway of the aspen branches above where I lay begin transporting me back in time, to a place that felt like holy ground to me. A place where a newly married couple lined the boundaries of their property with the very trees fluttering in the gentle...

Become Spiritually Fit and Eternally Happy

Lately I’ve written a lot on the subject of keeping the commandments as a source of happiness in our lives. You are probably ready for me to move on already! But I read this wonderful quote and thought you might bear with me just one more time.   George Albert...

Owner of the Priesthood

You know Him by many names:   Savior Redeemer The Prince of Peace King of Kings   And many, many more.   In fact, the Bible Dictionary lists dozens of names for Jesus Christ. We are told repeatedly that we can reach heaven only through Him. Jesus said,...

Embracing Motherhood

This article on motherhood is the second in a series of articles chronicling Krystal's five greatest life decisions. Read the first one here.   My second greatest decision started in 2011 — but it took me years later to accept it.   In 2011 I became a mother...

Journey To A Diagnosis

My friend and I were recently discussing how hard the journey was to get our kids the right diagnosis. I thought I would share with you how I made the journey to discovering my son has autism in case anything sounds familiar to you. Every kid is different, so there is...

The Path to Perfect Obedience

Norma Kimokeo shared her profound thoughts on perfect obedience. The path she to live perfectly obedient lives is hope-filled and Christ-centered. I hope you enjoy her words as much as I did!   Norma Kimokeo on Perfect Obedience   In a recent Stake...

Mountains Do Not Rise Without Earthquakes

Wonderful thing about transformation: it’s kind of like birth. You enter a corridor and you have no clue what is at the other end. It’s a re-birthing that happens on numerous developmental levels, with varying degrees of intensity, at many different times in your...

Quilting with Kids: Tips for Passing on the Joy of Quilting

Written by Chloe Bennet   When you have a hobby that you love, sometimes it’s hard to wait until the time is right to begin passing on your love of it to your kids. But when the moment is right and you’re all ready to begin sharing the joy of quilting, here are some...

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