When The Holiday Looks Different

This Thanksgiving holiday was not what I expected. Our family had planned to go to my husband's side of the family for the big dinner, and my side of the family for dessert. But my son had major problems with his braces and wasn’t in the mood to be with people. We...

Hiding My Talent Behind Fear

Before seminary started, I wrote this question on the board: "Can you think of a time when you hesitated to tell others about your beliefs or were reluctant to share your testimony of the gospel?"   We'd start off the day talking about Doctrine and Covenants 60,...

Trying to Trust God

Lately, Facebook has become a source of terror for me as each new day is filled with people who have moved on from being single to married and now to having babies. The latest in this parade of everyone else’s accomplishments was the announcement that my high school...

A Book of Mormon Christmas

Now that Thanksgiving is officially over and the Christmas tree is up, I feel like I can officially move on to Christmas. I really love this time of year, and not because it means that my birthday is just a few days away either. (But it is, just in case you were...

The Commandments: How to Reverse the Trend

I’ve been reading my scriptures lately. I had gotten out of the habit. So I was surprised by a theme that keeps coming up repeatedly — that the Lord has set the American continent as a promised and choice land. He promises to bless those who live here, but only while...

Sign On

Millions of people stream favorite tunes in our day. iPods, iPhones, and playlists are common and ubiquitous. While previously our daily ritual often included fastening a watch to our wrist—or, in days long gone by, placing the piece in a vest pocket—today it seems...

Fear Has No Place in My Heart

More than ever before in my lifetime, prophets and apostles are talking about the Second Coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. They are also telling us that we are not to fear. All is as it should be. Heavenly Father has a plan—a just plan with a righteous purpose—and...

My Conversion Story: Part I

Hello! My name is Lauren Mckinnon. I am so excited to tell you guys my story! I am a convert to the Church and a huge mental health advocate. The majority of my posts will be about my conversion story, my current perspectives, and the use of Christ as a strengthener....

Trying to Build Zion With Hangups About “Stuff”

Several days ago, my Seminary journey through the Doctrine and Covenants finally reached the location of Zion. In Doctrine and Covenants 57, the Lord revealed Zion's location as Independence, Missouri. But if that's where the Lord revealed Zion should be, why isn't it...

We’re Not Perfect—And Prophets Aren’t, Either

This article was originally published in August 2018 on Third Hour’s website. Minor changes have been made.   I’ve always been fascinated by Church history. As a teenager, my favorite vacations were spent in Nauvoo, Palmyra, and Kirtland. But as anyone who is a...

Getting Out of the Box this Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving!! It’s one of my favorite times of year to gather as family, friends, and community and give thanks for many, many blessings.    Since Anthony and I are celebrating under palm trees far away from “home” and without the usual and awesome business...

Win or Lose

This is definitely one of my favorite times of the year: fall leaves, cooler temperatures, college football teams competing, and little league baseball. Watching the boys play the game they love is fun.   I have been rather nostalgic in my writing these past few...

Where is Thanksgiving?

We leaped right from Halloween to Christmas. Don’t forget the power of Thanksgiving as a time to remember how we got where we are.

Holland

I recently read an amazing essay by Emily Perl Kingsley that I hear is rather famous. It’s called “Welcome to Holland”.   In it, the author essentially compares being a special needs parent to taking a deviation from a planned vacation. You have spent your whole...

He Held Her Until She Died

In his recent conference address, Elder Robert C. Gay spoke of "Taking Upon Ourselves the Name of Jesus Christ." He spoke of ways to see others as Heavenly Fathers sees us, even when it's inconvenient (or, in the case of James E. Talmage, a medical risk) to ourselves....

Happiness is . . .

Happiness is knowing that I am a child of a loving, Heavenly Father.   Happiness is knowing that my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, paid for my sins, sorrows, griefs and illnesses, and died for me that I might live again.   Happiness is knowing there is a...

Taking Control of Our Lives

“It’s not my fault I’m like this. I had a bad childhood.”   Today, a bad childhood often seems to be an excuse for bad behavior. Certainly, it’s important for parents to give their children good childhoods (and people who have suffered abuse during any stage of...

Makeover

Occasionally we do something just to check it off the list. Most of the time, however, our intent is to do what is right (even when we can’t yet do it for the right reason).   We held stake conference in our newly renovated Alpine tabernacle today. As we walked...

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