I’m a Pioneer

I’m a Pioneer

July 24th is Pioneer Day, when members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) celebrate the arrival of the pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley. It used to be that most members of the Church had pioneer ancestors, but the Church has grown...

The Purpose of Prayer

The Purpose of Prayer

If we have a problem with a corporation, we place a phone call to their help center. If the help center can’t help us then we speak to their supervisor . . . and then their manager . . . his upper level manager . . . her vice-president . . . her executive vice...

How Can We Expect Righteousness to Prevail?

How Can We Expect Righteousness to Prevail?

How can we expect a righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause? --Sophie Scholl   During a recent work assignment, Sophie Scholl's story entered my life again. A vocal member of the White...

Life as the Sister of a Missionary

Life as the Sister of a Missionary

(*Thoughts from our missionary’s sixteen-year-old sister.*)   My brother and I are really close and always have been. We just get each other! I know his raised eyebrow when he's trying to get me riled up and how he gets really, really quiet when he's upset....

Let’s Get Prepared Now!

Let’s Get Prepared Now!

"Now, brethren, I want to make it clear that I am not prophesying, that I am not predicting years of famine in the future. But I am suggesting that the time has come to get our houses in order....That's all I have to say about it, but I wish to say it with all the...

Making Friends

Making Friends

When I was younger I didn’t find it too hard to make friends. I had a group of close friends who ate lunch together and hung out on Friday nights. And then I had my one or two very best friends.   But there are a lot changes when you get married. And even more...

In Vain

In Vain

For some reason, I have been reminiscing recently with some old songs and artists from my youth: Jim Croce, England Dan and John Ford Coley, Simon & Garfunkel.  You may be familiar with them or not--I realize they are ancient.     Those musicians still...

Build Relationships – Look in Your Children’s Eyes

Build Relationships – Look in Your Children’s Eyes

How much do you look into your children's eyes? No, not just glance their way, but actually look deeply into your son's or daughter's eyes while talking to them?   It seems an odd question, perhaps, but start looking around. Start noticing the interactions of...

Inestimable Treasure

Inestimable Treasure

I remember sitting in the Missionary Training Center (MTC) years ago, listening to a powerful speaker talk about the Bible and its history. I was a new missionary, surrounded by hundreds of other missionaries. One of the church's leaders (called a General Authority)...

The Church Is Full of Hypocrites

The Church Is Full of Hypocrites

Paralyzed by the 'to-dos', I escaped. The walk along a mountain ridge brought clarity and renewed sense of purpose as the sun burst through the clouds with illuminating morning light.   None of the overwhelm had changed. I needed to change that myself.  ...

The Glorious Prize Box

The Glorious Prize Box

I have struggled to get my son to do anything lately.  For some reason the only phrases he seems to remember start with no. No way, no how, no chance.  It was getting VERY old, to say the least.  He would not leave the house, even to go to church.     He seemed...

Pursuing Passion

Pursuing Passion

This week I got fired before I got hired.  It was an incredible let-down letter.  The principal said that she didn’t want to hire anyone to teach at her school who didn’t want to be there.  Instead of letting it discourage me, I wrote her back.  Who wouldn’t want to...

When Your Ward Sucks

When Your Ward Sucks

I have to start off by telling you that this is not a rant post.  Keep reading, it will surprise you.   I grew up in the Midwest and on the east coast, in the USA.  And then I moved to Utah.  I learned many things by observing the congregations I was a part of....

Learning From Our Heritage

Learning From Our Heritage

My dad used to tell us to learn from the mistakes of others. He warned us that we would make enough mistakes on our own without repeating the mistakes of others. I think I can take that one step further. What if we learned good character traits of others so that we...

Reflection

Reflection

See your reflection in Christ   A few weeks ago I asked the question “Have you ever wondered if you would have accepted Jesus Christ’s message had you been living in Jerusalem in those days?”   Regardless of your response then, you are answering that very...

The Undetected Infestation in the Healthy Cabinet

The Undetected Infestation in the Healthy Cabinet

Everything felt normal when I woke that morning. I perused my usual things sliding into the day. Then, just as I decided to get going, I read the comments on a video featuring a beautiful young woman. They distressed my soul. The controversy leaped off the page....

Ticks: What are the Risks?

Ticks: What are the Risks?

In my last article I talked about ways to keep pests like mosquitoes and ticks from invading your yard and ruining outdoor outings. In this article I would like to focus on ticks and the dangers they present as well as what symptoms to look out for if you think you...

My Mormon Experience Learning About Jewish Shabbat

My Mormon Experience Learning About Jewish Shabbat

Rabbi Geri Newburge warmly welcomes the Philadelphia Interfaith Visionary Women’s Council for the final session of 2017’s interfaith experiences.  We gather in the Mainline Reform Temple, Beth Elohim, located in Wynnewood, just outside of Philadelphia.  On this...

The Gift

The Gift

I am surrounded by talented and artistic people in and out of my family: illustrators, artists, graphic designers, and interior decorators to name just a few.   Remember the classic old movie set in the depression of the mid-1930s. A 12-year-old boy who has very...

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