Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy

Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy

The past couple of years, I’ve really be concentrating on trying to keep the Sabbath Day holy, as this is something I have struggled with for a long time. I’ve made some progress, but I’m not there yet. I don’t think I’m the only one who struggles with this, so I...

The Effects of Service

The Effects of Service

The last segment of this series on service will mostly be quotes from the Brethren that were too long to put in the previous sections. They are powerful lessons on how service affects our lives.   Service is the fluid art of touching another person’s life with...

Perspective

Perspective

I just had a conversation which has shifted my perspective. My neighbor and I were sharing bus stop chatter about life. Her experience as a black woman living in a very vanilla suburb of Philadelphia compared with my own experience as a Mormon living in a very...

My First March

My First March

In watching the equality marches this week, I reflected on the causes I've passionately joined over the years. This is not a post for or against the current marching, just a few musings about a time I stood up against a grievance.   My First March for Equality...

The Grand Picture

The Grand Picture

If we could be lifted up out of our life to look down from above to see ourselves, what would we see? What would it be like if we had a good look at our life from birth to when we left this earth? What would we think of ourselves? What is the grand picture of our...

Change Your Life

Change Your Life

The other day I saw a quote by Richard G Scott that read, "(Jesus Christ) gave His life so that you can change your life." I read this at the most perfect time in my current life, so I immediately saved it into my phone to keep as a reminder.   This is why it...

Eyes to See

Eyes to See

There is so much good in our midst. We have family and friends that set good examples for us. Bounty is prevalent and available to all men. The gospel has been restored in its fullness and as such provides a sure way to resolving our challenges today, tomorrow, and...

Strong Women Reach Out Across Differences

Strong Women Reach Out Across Differences

Over a million people worldwide marched in protest this weekend. The incredible message of unity, despite differences, is being overshadowed by vulgarity.   News reporters, showcasing the tasteless and the rude, are doing their jobs and seeking to boost ratings....

Learning Wisdom From Service

Learning Wisdom From Service

In this third part of the series on service we’ll look at the need to learn wisdom in how we serve, as well as the benefits to us that come from that service. Service is the laboratory where we put into practice the book work we have learned from studying the gospel....

Time Slips By

Time Slips By

Thumbing through my list of quotes, I found this one by Marjorie Pay Hinckley. She was wife to one of the most beloved Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, Gordon B. Hinckley and I admire her so.  She always set the example of a true...

Sugar Coated

Sugar Coated

When does sugar-coating truth change the benefits of truth into something that is no longer good for us?   I absolutely love almonds and the health benefits of almonds are great! Almonds contain fiber, protein, magnesium, vitamin E, and healthy fats. Almonds are...

He’s Happy To Be Here

He’s Happy To Be Here

If we’d known how much we were going to enjoy him, those first few “down syndrome days” would have been very different. It isn’t that I thought we might not enjoy him, but in those first few days there was so much unknown that it did feel like we were navigating a bit...

What Was Lost Can Be Found

What Was Lost Can Be Found

I opened the car door and just stared at the empty space. Where was my bag? I performed high powered computations—Did I bring my church bag? Yes. We came straight from church and so I had my church bag. Did I leave it there? Yes, it was right there. We thought it...

Making Music

Making Music

What a blessing it is to be able to listen to good music. While mankind has always had talented musicians, only recently has access enabled instant gratification. The recording quality has improved over the years such that today’s digital music has the quality and...

What A Mormon Learned about Christ-like Love from Baptists

What A Mormon Learned about Christ-like Love from Baptists

I write this having just come from a Baptist funeral for a good friend, Booker Armstrong. My husband worked with Booker for many years at Caltrans. Through those years we got to know Booker and Dorothy through social situations in addition to Danny’s days with Booker...

The Why of Service

The Why of Service

This is the second part in a series on service. The first part covered the problems associated with service. This part looks at the reason behind service. The bulk of this part of the series lies in the quotes from the six General Authorities I have randomly selected....

The Box

The Box

I want you to think of a small, brown, cardboard box. Scrawled on one side, in thick, black marker is Family. Scrawled on another side, in the same oppressive black: Physical Health. On another: Financial Status. On another: Educational Opportunities. On another:...

Wait–So You Can Believe

Wait–So You Can Believe

My friend, Lena Soliven, is an Uber driver on Oahu. She's recounted many interesting and profound ride stories. But the latest story she shared really hit me.   She picked up a man wanting a ride from Waikiki to Honolulu for work. The man mentioned he was worried...

Standing for Something: LaVell Edwards

Standing for Something: LaVell Edwards

In loving memory of LaVell Edwards   One of my favorite memories was the occasion when Gordon B Hinckley recognized Coach Edwards’ numerous accomplishments and announced the naming of the LaVell Edwards Stadium.   How does one begin remembering a person with...

Sleep

Sleep

Even when we know that something is good for us, it is sometimes tempting to do things that get in the way of our good health. Throughout my life one positive health habit that has been the hardest for me to consistently maintain, is getting a good night’s sleep. It...

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