Aim for the Moon

I inherited something from my grandfather-- a love of good quotes.  When I was a teenager, I had big dreams and high hopes. I collected and saved motivational and thoughtful quotes and put them everywhere.  When teachers, badly chosen boyfriends, or my sister laid...

Bucket list

To accomplish one of your “bucket list” items is a noteworthy event. To do three in one week on the same trip is a bit of a miracle. That happened to me this week.   Kanarraville Falls   Kanarra Creek Trail – commonly referred to as Kanarraville Falls – is a very...

Family Secrets

Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving (President James E. Faust, “Honesty—a Moral Compass,” Oct. 1996 General Conference).   Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) believe in...

Dual Perspectives: #MeToo

Tudie Rose and Molly A. Kerr were discussing the #MeToo hashtag campaign around the heritage dining room table – a place where at least 5 generations have counseled together.  We were debating the pros and cons, and wondering if it would actually do any good....

Getting Off the Slippery Sloped Mountain

Anthony and I moved to Utah in the middle of winter.  We decided to buy a four-wheeled drive vehicle because we didn't want to get stuck in the snow and we wanted to enjoy off-roading trails when the snow finally melted. Anthony researched trails and we loved our...

Why Should Youth Double Date?

Double dating isn’t just about morality or safety in numbers. It’s also a tool to help those of us who are socially inept find a way to have a great experience.   My to hit it off. I was thrilled when he asked me out around Halloween time.   John was polite to my...

Learning the Gospel through New Church Lessons

How are we affected in the way we learn and study scripture and church lessons? This question has popped up for many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).   For example, the previous lesson manuals from the LDS Church were organized...

Boredom

I was recently asked, “What is something you find difficult in your life?”  One of the many answers I didn’t voice was, “Boredom!”  It takes an incredible amount of discipline to do the mundane things that need to be done each day.  Those things like laundry, driving...

Battling Pornography

This topic should have been addressed ages ago in this column from the perspective of a man.   It’s a battle out there. There is no question about that. The war we need to mount to extinguish the pornography addiction cannot be overemphasized. Addressing the issue in...

Be Distinct, Articulate, and Righteous

I’ve always loved people who say what they mean and mean what they say. Beating around the bush doesn’t cut it with me. Cookie cutter people don’t exist, as we are all different, yet some people spend their whole lives trying to be part of the crowd—to fit into the...

Inviting the Missionaries into Your Home

Full-time missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints often come to the homes of people who express interest in hearing their message and discussing their religious beliefs. They love to teach about Christ and His mission as the Savior of the...

Missionary Thanksgiving Checklist

This Thanksgiving, I am so very thankful to be a missionary mama.   Many of my son’s friends are in their second year of college and I’ve seen fun posts about fraternity inductions. I am thrilled my son has been inducted into the fraternity of missionary work. Our...

A Season of Gratitude

Every year we are lucky to celebrate Thanksgiving. All over the world in some form or another, we celebrate a day of thanks. In China, it’s called the August Moon Festival. In Vietnam, it’s Tet Trung Thu, the Jews call it Succoth, Africa has Kwanzaa, in India it’s...

Humility is Power

“You know, we have a saying on earth. We say: "I'm only human." We say it because we're vulnerable, we say it because we know we're afraid, but it doesn't mean we're weak,” said by Hal Jordan in the movie Green Lantern (2011).   With those three simple, humble words...

The Preparing of a Prophet

Today I had the opportunity to speak on the topic of Joseph Smith, Jr. As I pondered what specifically to address, the preparing of a prophet is what came to mind.   In the Book of Mormon, we find the words of the prophet, Nephi:   And it came to pass that I, unto the...

Bad Things Happen to Good People

Tragedy and even evil seem to be all around us these days. If natural disasters weren’t enough, mass killings are becoming more frequent. I’ve seen a very disturbing trend. Some people are blaming God. Others are publicly persecuting those who pray during or after a...

Make a Difference Day

Did you know the fourth Saturday in October is always Make a Difference Day? I'd like to tell you what we did to celebrate Make a Difference Day this year.   Our area had many fires last year. So we decided to help with the replanting projects.   We started out early...

How Nimrod Got the Garment of Adam

The Bible refers to several books of scripture as references to verify some of its stories. One book is the Book of Jasher. The Old Testament refers to it twice.     A New York publisher published Mr. Samuel's translation of the Book of Jasher in 1840.     John Taylor...

Life as a Full-time Mormon Missionary

The first Sunday that I attended with the Bishop and his assistants (Counselors). They were dressed in suits and wore black name tags. Not one other person in the congregation nor leadership was wearing a name tag -- only those two young men.   I asked my friend, "Who...

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