How Jesus Christ Will Change Your Burdens

How Jesus Christ Will Change Your Burdens

When we come to Jesus Christ and drop our burdens at His feet, He doesn't pick them up and carry them forever for us.  He changes us so that either the burden no longer exists or our capacity to carry it increases.   Burdens No Longer Exist   Physical...

Sacrifice and Blessings

Sacrifice and Blessings

The word sacrifice comes from two Latin roots. The first root is sacer, which means “sacred.” This root is found in other words familiar to us, such as sacrament, which means “sacred thought,” consecrate, which means “with sacredness,” and, in its nasal form, the word...

Leaving a Legacy: Part I

Leaving a Legacy: Part I

“At some point in our lives, it should become less about our personal accomplishments and accolades and more about the legacy we leave behind us.” I said this to a dear friend of mine a couple of years ago.   Some may consider their legacy as simply the legacy...

The Root

The Root

My husband mowed the back lawn the other day. I walked out the sliding glass door onto the back step and was surprised to see a tree root right at the base of the bottom step. I hadn’t previously noticed it, and my husband said the first time he saw it was when he...

Brave

Brave

Do you ever feel like the world is falling apart?   If you do, you’re not alone. Scripture references about our day seem to indicate that very thing. Prophecies warn about signs and wonders that shall deceive the very elect. Without saying exactly what those...

Fatherhood and Motherhood are Sacred

Fatherhood and Motherhood are Sacred

I have discovered a wonderful organization that promotes strengthening the family.  This is an organization that has been promoting fatherhood and motherhood for the past 16 years. With humble beginnings, the Native American Fatherhood and Family Association (NAFFA)...

The Power of Light

The Power of Light

It’s been a rough start to the new year with flu and snow days, and a crazy bout of electricity loss and propane leaks that left us with an out-of-home experience. It wasn’t exactly a fresh start. Yet sometime in the vicinity of the new year, I chose a word to focus...

How Daniel Survived A Second Lions’ Den

How Daniel Survived A Second Lions’ Den

Almost everyone's familiar with the story of Daniel being consigned to the den of lions by King Darius' jealous counselors for praying to the Lord. But did he face another lions' den? Bel and the Dragon recounts apocryphal stories about Daniel, including another...

Mission Competition

Mission Competition

You know you’re going to lose, right? Whatever! I’m already winning! You all know that if I wanted to, I would win this competition, hands down! Our family loves friendly competition. Our expertise with trash talk often causes guests to question our relationships,...

Good Ways to Be Disobedient

Good Ways to Be Disobedient

Being a parent does not make me a better person; however, it does make it more difficult to deny my flaws. All of my flaws are magnified in the behavior and thoughts of my children, and when I watch them I understand my Father in Heaven and myself just a little bit...

Generals

Generals

The following article is an excerpt from ‘The Restoration of the Church, Why Now?’ from a devotional given at Ricks College by Hyrum W. Smith. These words were true then, and they are just as true today. These words still thrill me.   On one occasion, President...

Always Parents: Parenting Adult Children

Always Parents: Parenting Adult Children

Parents breathe a sigh of relief when their children graduate high school and reach the age of independence. Adult children make plans for their future and begin to make a life for themselves. But what do parents do when their adult children are not motivated for a...

12 Things I Wish Every Primary Teacher Knew

12 Things I Wish Every Primary Teacher Knew

My son in on the Autism Spectrum (ASD). He is high functioning, but from the minute he turned 3 he has really struggled with Primary. Here are a few things I wish every Primary teacher and leader knew because it would make it much easier for him to function and enjoy...

Mission Gossip

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

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

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

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...

Recognizing and Helping an Autism Meltdown

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

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...

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