The Importance of Family History to Mormons

The Importance of Family History to Mormons

It is a core belief of Latter-Day Saints, that family relationships extend beyond the grave. A Latter-Day Saint man and woman who are married in an LDS Temple by one who holds the priesthood are sealed together for eternity. A marriage performed without proper...

When Someone’s Spiritual Gift is Different From Yours

When Someone’s Spiritual Gift is Different From Yours

My friend recently gifted me a session with a woman skilled at using a person's feet to identify physical and emotional issues. She didn’t know anything about me, but within minutes, with her skilled fingers and tuned in perception, she knew, among other things, that...

Is Playing Dungeons and Dragons Allowed for Mormons?

Is Playing Dungeons and Dragons Allowed for Mormons?

Twenty plus years ago, when I was a teenager, several different church teachers taught that playing the game Dungeons and Dragons was wrong. It was a sure path to apostasy and outer darkness. So, despite the attraction—magic and elves have always held an allure for...

Motherhood and Me

Motherhood and Me

When we were a young couple just starting out our family, things were easily overwhelming. We had our first 4 children by the time the oldest was 5 years old. Running errands or taking care of tasks was always difficult even when my husband and I decided to "divide...

How Can We Love Each Other with Kindness?

How Can We Love Each Other with Kindness?

As we are all born on earth into families, we have the opportunity and given the gift of relationships. We might not think of it as a gift, but it is. Some of us shy away from these relationships while others run toward them.  I am the kind that runs toward them and...

My Favorite Music Video

My Favorite Music Video

Perhaps my favorite music video ever isn’t what you would expect. Yes, I know. How can one choose just one video as the favorite from the millions available?   When I was in high school, I was interested in business and technical subjects. But that was back in...

Stay Strong

Stay Strong

I woke up on a hot summer morning thinking, “Can I make it through the day?” I don’t do well in the heat, and the forecast for this particular morning was 110⁰F (43⁰C). I logged onto social media to cheer myself up. The first thing I saw was an “invitation” to...

Weekly Family Home Evening

Weekly Family Home Evening

One of the most important things you can do for your family is to hold a weekly Family Home Evening. But for many who are new to the church, this might seem an odd event. Just what is Family Home Evening (FHE, for short)?Family Home Evening is an opportunity for the...

The Fatal Gecko Snare

The Fatal Gecko Snare

The gecko bolted to the grass, turned and bolted back to the rocks. I’d gone to the doorway to turn on the sprinklers and his movement caught my attention.   He moved sideways and I could see a yard roach laying perpendicular to the gecko’s body…in the gecko’s...

Dig Down Deeper

Dig Down Deeper

We are swamped, overwhelmed, and stretched to our utmost capacity. Many of us simply do not have anything in the tank to give to others.   A couple years ago, I went through a period of severe trial. There were months and months of barely dragging myself to...

Rebar and Concrete

Rebar and Concrete

I used to think that God’s grace was like this: I work my hardest, give Him all the pennies I saved and when it wasn’t enough He’d pitch in the other $4 – like when my son wants a new pack of trading cards and doesn’t have enough money to cover the tax.  Then one day...

The Test

The Test

The test and my answer   An interesting phenomenon is occurring in my family right now. My children are becoming spouses and parents as they are beginning their post-high school lives. The experience is not surprising or unexpected, but the emotions and memories...

My Best Visiting Teaching Experience

My Best Visiting Teaching Experience

When I was a young mother, the Relief Society was rearranging all of the visiting teaching.  I was assigned a new partner, Belinda, who was older than me and had been divorced and remarried. I didn’t think we’d have anything common. And two of the three sisters that...

This is Life

This is Life

My life certainly did not play out anywhere near where I thought it would when I graduated college. We all have those hopes and dreams when we are young and starting out in the world as an adult. It's exciting and there is much hope, as it should be but where our...

Collateral Lines in Family History

Collateral Lines in Family History

A collateral line refers to ancestors from whom you don’t directly descend, but that are still in your ancestral family. Such as aunts, cousins or your 5th Great Grandmother’s siblings.   All too often in Family History research, these collateral ancestors are...

Seeing Time

Seeing Time

How did He do it? How did the Savior get everything done?   Technically, His ministry was only three years long, yet John affirmed that “there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the...

Dare To Shine

Dare To Shine

When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either. ~ Leo Burnett   Discouragement is a part of life. We set goals for ourselves and fall short. Somehow the scale never quite gets as low as we wish. Somehow...

Anger is Dangerous

Anger is Dangerous

I was terribly shy in high school, always afraid of saying something wrong or making a fool of myself. Only my closest of friends knew how silly and lively I could be (I’d like to add vivacious and dynamic…witty…a snappy dresser…um, where was I? Oh yeah.). Only around...

Persecution and the Mormon Extermination Order

Persecution and the Mormon Extermination Order

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has four books of scriptures: The Holy Bible (KJT), the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine & Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. Today, I'd like to talk about the Doctrine and Covenants. From the title page we read:...

Free Lunch

Free Lunch

Awe. Now I have your attention. But really, check this out.   FREE rice bowl, 3 Asian tacos, salad or both mi sandwich with an organic fountain soda for each person that responds. I am serious. Everyone wins. No kidding.   Are you down?   Just answer...

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