Ways to Make Your Classroom More Autism Friendly

Ways to Make Your Classroom More Autism Friendly

With school starting again I have been thinking about our kids with Autism, Sensory integration disorder, anxiety, and all types of special needs. How can teachers and schools make their classroom environment a better place to learn? This topic came up in discussion...

Crying Out to be Delivered

Crying Out to be Delivered

The kids had been climbing every rock we passed along the trail in American Fork Canyon. We paused and chatted as they scampered up and around and down the huge boulders. Along the trail was a particularly gigantic rock. The sign next to it said, "Sliding Rock." The...

Christ is the Difference

Christ is the Difference

How often does something ordinary or common stand out significantly later on?   That may not sound too amazing now, but I remember when the Internet was first launched to the public. It was small and incomplete. Most of the things you would search for at that...

Opposition Builds Faith

Opposition Builds Faith

We were driving across town this morning to run an errand. I mentioned to my husband that I needed to write an article today—and yet again, I had no idea what to write about. I told him that it’s awfully hard to write articles about “Strengthening Our Faith” in times...

…Or Something Better

…Or Something Better

During the course of conversation, a friend and I once ended up discussing a book by Sheri Dew. Sister Dew was one of the members of the general Relief Society presidency several years ago. The general Relief Society presidency helps to guide local Relief Society...

Enduring the Refiner’s Fire

Enduring the Refiner’s Fire

A dear friend of ours passed away unexpectedly this week. She was a loving wife, mother of four children, and only fifty-eight years old. At her memorial service, her husband, a man of great faith, though grief-stricken over the loss, was gallant and full of grace. At...

The Second Mile

The Second Mile

Suffice it to say, my life has changed dramatically since the last time I wrote an article. In the last few weeks, I moved out of home, I started school, I started 2 new jobs, and, oh yeah, I got engaged! Can’t forget that last thing! Ha!   In some ways, I look...

How To Help An Autistic Child In The Classroom Part 2

How To Help An Autistic Child In The Classroom Part 2

This is a continuation of the article How To Help An Autistic Child In The Classroom, Part 1. And I will continue as if you had read that article as they are both imperative for every teacher to know.   For anyone reading this and not familiar with autism, high...

Same Beginning and Ending, but a Different Journey

Same Beginning and Ending, but a Different Journey

It's Friday—my first Aloha Friday as a former Hawaii resident. I woke up a little chilly in my room in the basement of my parents' house. At 8:00 am, I finally wondered what the temperature was. It was a solid 59 degrees (basically totally freezing to me). Before...

Flower Power

Flower Power

Several years ago, my wife and I were called to serve a Member and Leader Support mission in the Northeast. Once we got settled, we looked forward to our assignment from the mission president. After consideration and prayer, he sent us to a small town quite a few...

Bearing Fruit

Bearing Fruit

All winter I contemplated the tree in my new backyard. The realtor had said it was a fruit tree, but didn’t specify what kind and I hadn’t thought to ask. In the spring, small white blossoms grew on bare branches. Then a late frost killed all the flowers and with...

Change: A Refreshing Perspective

Change: A Refreshing Perspective

Sometimes we struggle with change, but change is good. Change is refreshing. Change is why we were put here on earth in the first place. Change is what the Atonement of Jesus Christ is all about.   Now if you are thinking this doesn’t feel entirely comfortable, I...

Am I Ready to Be Clean?

Am I Ready to Be Clean?

As I was giving my dog, Casper, a bath, he was sitting on his feet. Actually, everything that he could possibly hide from me was underneath him: feet, legs, tail, stomach, etc. He even had his head tucked in tight. The only thing I could reach without a fight was his...

How To Help An Autistic Child In The Classroom, Part 1

How To Help An Autistic Child In The Classroom, Part 1

If you have come here seeking to help an autistic child in your class, I commend you. Good teachers will change the world. And I hope the tips I have here will help you. These suggestions are for younger children who aren’t self-aware yet. For anyone reading this and...

Be Still More Often

Be Still More Often

I used to practice the organ in the Old Rock church in the evening after I got home from work and while Anthony was still finishing up with work. I loved that old church. The layout and finishings were so amazing.   I'd walk through the church by street light...

Women in the Kingdom: Doctrine vs Culture 

Women in the Kingdom: Doctrine vs Culture 

In recent years, I have learned more about women's issues and paid closer attention to both the inequalities between women and men in our society, as well as spaces that have actively elevated women. I am so proud to be a Latter-day Saint woman, especially now. In...

Why I Left the Church — and Why I Came Back Again, Pt II

Why I Left the Church — and Why I Came Back Again, Pt II

This is part two of Elisabeth's post "Why I Left the Church — and Why I Came Back Again." To read the first part, click here.   In July of 2019, I was officially bored of being angry all of the time. It was so old. I had a whole life to live and I was exhausted...

Pondering the Wall Samuel Climbed 

Pondering the Wall Samuel Climbed 

My friend Roxy Kimokeo sent me a wonderful gift. In the chaos of moving while still working full time, Roxy sent me her thoughts about Samuel climbing a wall which elevated my thoughts out of the never-ending to-do lists.   Back in the  pre-COVID days when a...

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