He Knows Me

He Knows Me

If you've read any of my posts before, there's one thing you know about me: I have stomach problems. (I get it; you're probably all like, "YEAH, WE KNOW! Get some new material!" But it's essential to the story, so... Deal with it.)   Those stomach problems all...

Everyday Clarity

Everyday Clarity

Black as a cat, blue in the face, red-handed—idioms are a combination of words that create a meaning that is different from the inference of the individual words themselves. English expressions can be confusing because they sometimes seem to be illogical.   Let...

Spiritual Self-Reliance by Personal Revelation

Spiritual Self-Reliance by Personal Revelation

I’ve struggled all my life with relying on Heavenly Father to help me with my problems. Soul searching over the years has enlightened me on why I have this problem, but the struggle continues.   I was a sickly child, and I think I got through it by sheer...

Footsteps in Faith

Footsteps in Faith

Sometimes faith in God requires us to go to the very edge of the light before receiving further instruction.

The Sacrament – Bread of Life

The Sacrament – Bread of Life

And [Jesus] took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.   I learned that the Greek word for bread, ἄρτου, also (significantly to me) designates the shewbread of Old...

Don’t Judge so Fast

Don’t Judge so Fast

A few summers back, a tattooed, young woman with multiple face piercings stood in line at a fabric store, waiting to get her fabric cut. As she waited, a mother with a young child cut in line in front of her, arms full of red, white, and blue fabric. While giving the...

The Sin of Pride

The Sin of Pride

Jacob, the third prophet of the Book of Mormon, warned his people of the sin of pride. Today, we tend to praise pride as a value, but never does the Book of Mormon speak of pride as a virtue. God just doesn’t see pride the way we do today. Jacob warned:   13 And...

Brothers

Brothers

Excited to play Little League scrimmage, I joined the United Fence baseball team with my elder brother when I turned 8 years old. Playing baseball is great for many young men, but I remember for me this was a highlight of my youth. I wasn’t particularly good, but I...

The America I Love

The America I Love

This post was originally published on LDS Blogs in 2008. Minor changes have been made.   Today, as my husband and I were driving home from the gym, I heard Rush Limbaugh ask his listeners to think of the things about America that made us proud. I've had time to...

Choose Your Own Adventure

Choose Your Own Adventure

I must admit that I am an avid reader. So much so that I have on more than one occasion been called a bookworm. When I was a child, (when I first started really reading) one of my favorite book series was Choose Your Own Adventure. In these books, there were many...

Families Belong Together—My Thoughts On Immigration

Families Belong Together—My Thoughts On Immigration

I've tried to write about several different subjects, but the topic that keeps coming back to me is family. Families are forever. And families are the basic unit in God's plan for His children to come to Earth, to learn and grow. But with the current US Immigration...

The Sacrament – What Can Its Etymology Teach You?

The Sacrament – What Can Its Etymology Teach You?

What is the sacrament?  We partake of it every week, but why?   In my quest to further my sacramental understanding, I decided to study the sacrament's components. And I started by looking at the word itself.   Origin: From Latin:  sacer (sacred)  to sacrare...

How Do We Receive Personal Revelation?

How Do We Receive Personal Revelation?

*All quotes from this article come from President Nelson's April 2018 Conference address, "Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives." For the full transcript, click here.   In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the...

Friend First, Missionary Second

Friend First, Missionary Second

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we promise to stand as His witness in all times and places, to carry His name as our standard for all to see. Sometimes this is a simple matter of living up to our beliefs on a daily basis and being examples of His ways among our...

Understanding Your Friend with a Chronic Illness

Understanding Your Friend with a Chronic Illness

You’re flaky. You just want attention. It’s all in your head. You just need to tough it out.   I’ve heard every single one of these things…. But I think if anyone could see the countless hours I’ve spent crying, praying, and lying in bed because even walking around is...

Graduation Day

Graduation Day

School is hard. Difficult subjects, challenging academia, and examinations or pop quizzes that beset even the best of us. Nobody just breezes through all this, and that is intentional. Getting an education is just plain tough. For me, it really helps having advocates...

Respect

Respect

My parents taught me that you can learn something from everyone you meet, and to be respectful of others. They taught me to be kind to others. Respect is a gift to be given freely and generously. We show respect by our actions, but also by our words, and tone of...

Be A Living Testimony

Be A Living Testimony

I was overwhelmed by the size of the city, and the number of people. I was often scared. But I tried to put on a brave face because I had been taught to “bloom where you are planted.” And I knew God had a work for us in this new place.

Flipping the Atonement Switch

Flipping the Atonement Switch

How do you apply the Atonement of Jesus Christ in your life?  When is the last time you did apply it?   I hope all of you answered today or the last time you partook of the Sacrament.   I’ve been thinking a lot about being connected to the Savior’s...

Anxiety Versus Anxiously Engaged

Anxiety Versus Anxiously Engaged

Almost 40 million American adults will experience anxiety at some point in their lives.   My helpful iPhone gave the definition for anxiety in two parts:   Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. A...

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