A Woman’s Role in the Church in the Last Days

A Woman’s Role in the Church in the Last Days

I come from a long line of strong (and opinionated) women. We are not marshmallows. On the contrary, we might be described as prickly cacti. While the prickly pear cactus has warts of deadly thorns, it also produces gorgeous blossoms and contains luscious liquid that...

Chasing Away the Winter Blues

Chasing Away the Winter Blues

With all the political drama from the news and several winter storms passing through our country, we need a little lighthearted pick up as daylight saving time starts and we move into spring. Sometime we need a break from the world and cannot always get away because...

Missionary Left-Overs

Missionary Left-Overs

Over almost two decades of married life, we have had the missionaries over for dinner a lot! We’ve collected quite a few memorable moments during these wonderful meals together.   Like the time a missionary got up from the table in the middle of our spaghetti...

And it Came to Pass

And it Came to Pass

One of the greatest pieces of motherhood advice finally clicked for me in the middle of the night.   I was nursing my sixth child. He was still nursing two to three times a night, even though he was reaching the age where most babies learn to sleep for much...

Lesson for Life

Lesson for Life

Miracles happen all around us—small and large—they occur in our midst, and we frequently hear of them if we look for them. I want to tell you about a lesson in this light I learned as a boy.   The evenings in Castle Valley were comfortable and beautiful. As the...

The Burdens We are Not Meant to Carry

The Burdens We are Not Meant to Carry

I write this not because it is easy for me, but because it is necessary for me. As much as I say I long for rest or heaven or peace or just ONE problem free day, I have become increasingly aware of how I make my own life harder.   There is meant to be opposition...

Why I’m Not a Survivor

Why I’m Not a Survivor

This article was previously published on "Hi, I'm Bekki."  Republished with permission.   A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to my counselor about what we've euphemistically termed the "crummy days," the period in which I first experienced the symptoms of...

Waves

Waves

I have a friend who broke her face.   Periphery Waves   She lounged in a tide pool, enjoying the water, and holding her infant son securely to her chest. She watched her husband and two-year-old daughter exploring the pools' ridge line. Suddenly, in her...

God IS in the Details of Our Lives

God IS in the Details of Our Lives

Several articles are making the rounds on social media lately claiming that God is not in the details of our lives. Instead, the difficulties we are going through are of our own and others’ making and God has no part of them.   This belief is based on faulty...

The Fall

The Fall

I grew up in a garden.  Like Adam and Eve had everything they needed with little effort, as a child, I did too.  My parents loved each other, loved the Lord and loved me.  I had food every day.  Even my voracious curiosity was fed.  It was a paradise.     At home...

Bible Videos

Bible Videos

I teach a family history class. Frequently, I don’t really know how the class is going to proceed until it happens. The scripture “I will give you in the moment…” comes to mind. John Bytheway once said that he can hardly wait to go to a fireside where he will be...

Joy

Joy

What is the purpose of life? We’re here to gain a body and a family, to learn, to be tested, to develop faith, and ultimately to return to our Heavenly Father. However, the Book of Mormon also offers another interesting perspective on the purpose of our time here on...

Keeping Families Together in the Last Days

Keeping Families Together in the Last Days

It is tough living in 2017. Fear and anger are running amuck. The world is a scary place right now. Watching the news is downright depressing—not to mention social media. It is so easy to get caught up in all that fear and anger. Is there no balm in Gilead? (Jeremiah...

Sariah’s Conversion

Sariah’s Conversion

Our Stake President asked us to read an unmarked Book of Mormon, looking specifically for examples of the Savior's atonement. The last time I KNOW I read through an unmarked copy of the Book of Mormon was in 1991. I can't remember if I have read an unmarked copy since...

Monday is My Fun Day!

Monday is My Fun Day!

Every week, missionaries get one day to take care of their personal needs for the week. This day is called their preparation day, or P-day. Mundane tasks like laundry, grocery shopping, haircuts, etc. are all taken care of once a week.   It is also the day when...

Understanding the Atonement

Understanding the Atonement

One of the most important, if not the most important aspect of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the Atonement.  Adam fell.  We know he did this.  He needed to so mankind could come to the earth.   To help us get back to our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ sacrificed...

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