Finding Answers and Figuring it All Out

I have always loved brain teasers. You know, the riddle sort of challenges that help stretch your mind and require an increase in the number of neurons. Brain cells notwithstanding, I enjoy the challenge. But admittedly, if I can't figure it out, I am able to seek...

Lessons Learned from Jericho

It was a hesitant comment. She felt inspired but didn’t fully understand how it all fit. She felt that loving her family when they were choosing things that wouldn't be good for them was like walking around Jericho: it could lead to miracles, even though it was a...

Free to Be Happy

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or the Mormon Church, as many people call it. I am what is called a ‘convert’ to the Church, which means that I was taught the gospel by missionaries and I joined as a young woman, of my own free will...

Sin Is An Inversion of God’s Attributes

"I wish you to understand that sin is not an attribute in the nature of man, but it is an inversion of the attributes God has placed in him. Righteousness tends to an eternal duration of organized intelligence, while sin bringeth to pass their dissolution" (Brigham...

Plan and Prepare and Then Do

Imagine that you are about to go explore the Artic. As you step off the plane into the frigid Arctic winds, you realize that you do not have a coat, boots, nor any other necessary item for survival in this harsh environment.   None of us is so foolish as to travel to...

Knowing Your End from the Beginning

Outside of a few side projects, I have spent most of the last 14 years as an engineer on a single enterprise, or set of contracts, for the same overall system. I have had great opportunities to work many different aspects of the system, but what’s funny is that I’ve...

Aligning My Will With God’s

As our new, beloved prophet President Russell M. Nelson has recently been sustained as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) in solemn assembly, we should probably review what we know about prophets of God.   Prophets are the Lord’s...

Counsel to Those Who Lead

As our son has served in various leadership roles throughout his mission, he has reached out for guidance and counsel from his father, who taught in the MTC for several years following his own mission.   This article is for our son—a compilation of his father’s...

Going Where God Leads You

Yesterday, in my weekly religion class, we talked about Abraham, of the Old Testament. God instructed Abraham to leave and get away from his family and homeland, where idolatry was being practiced. (See Genesis 12.) We noted this is a common practice in the...

Faith in the Face of Tremendous Odds

This article was published by the author previously in December of 2015. This version has been edited for clarity and additional information has been added.   How I love reading the Book of Mormon. I've lost track of the number of times I've completed it and started...

Overcoming Illusions: The Future is as Bright as Your Faith

We have all had one of those experiences when looking at an optical illusion: we don’t see what others see. They may try and help us—stand to the side, stare at it, focus on nothing—but we can’t seem to see what others clearly recognize.   There are literally hundreds...

Conquering FOMO: The Fear of Missing Out

We all experience FOMO, or the fear of missing out, at some point in our lives.   My step-daughters came home from their mom's one Sunday and began telling me of the fun activities they did with her. As my biological daughter listened, I could tell from her facial...

Are You Being Pruned?

It’s springtime! And for me, that means my peach tree needs some long overdue attention. In years past, we have had some amazing peaches from this tree. But last year we had some issues, and very few of them were edible. So it was really time to address how out of...

How and What You Worship

My long-time favorite section in the Doctrine and Covenants is Section 93. In simple, yet profoundly deep words, Section 93 teaches how Jesus Christ grew from grace to grace. The section testified that the Savior received the Father's fulness, that John received of...

A Fearless Woman of God

We see faithful women who understand the power inherent in their callings and in their endowment and other temple ordinances. These women know how to call upon the powers of heaven to protect and strengthen their husbands, their children, and others they love. These...

Courage to Accept and Magnify

When I think of courage, I think of U.S. soldiers on the beaches of Normandy. I think of Nephi calling his older brothers to repentance. I think of a co-worker who continues to smile even though he has been fighting cancer for years, and another who returned to work...

I’m Not the Social Media Version of Me

Spoiler alert: life is hard. Sometimes, to be honest, it's pretty terrible.   Now look, don't get me wrong. I realize that I might sound a little silly saying that because I am so lucky and so fortunate in so many ways.   But it’s easy to see someone’s life over...

Every Day is Garbage Day

Today is garbage day. You know—the day designated for gathering up all the refuse in the house and depositing it in the garbage can for pickup. In my neighborhood, like most, this day occurs once-a-week.   As I wheeled the can to the curb for pickup, I noticed that...

Repentance Equals Growth: Learning from Every Mistake

I struggle with having to relearn lessons I should have learned long ago. My Dad always said, “If you’re going to make a mistake, at least make it a new one. Don’t make the same mistake twice.” My grandfather (Pa) used to say, “Even a [donkey] never bumps his head...

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