#LIGHTtheWORLD with Faith- Part 2

#LIGHTtheWORLD with Faith- Part 2

...A continuing commentary on Moving Forward with Faith   The power of faith   In this world wealth equals power. It is only fitting then that the wealth of the Church would be the faith of its people. Faith is the source of spiritual power. It is what sets...

#LIGHTtheWORLD this Christmas- Part 1

#LIGHTtheWORLD this Christmas- Part 1

Each year the Church has tried to spread good throughout the world by using social media to encourage belief in God and to encourage people to do more good. This year’s Christmas time social media campaign is embodied in #LIGHTtheWORLD. We are all being encouraged to...

Flat Missionary

Flat Missionary

Does anyone remember the story of Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown? A little boy goes to sleep and a bulletin board falls on him. When he wakes up, he is flat as a pancake. The children’s book goes through the many adventures befalling Stanley now that he is flat.   We...

How Do You Name Your Blessings?

How Do You Name Your Blessings?

Count your blessings; name them one by one, Count your blessings; see what God has done. Count your blessings; name them one by one, Count your many blessings; see what God has done.   While singing this chorus in Sacrament Meeting, my six year old nephew Brady...

Hands

Hands

I am often edified by a good analogy. It sometimes simplifies things difficult to understand, sheds further clarity to an issue, and encourages application of the lesson in our lives. So for a moment let’s consider the following analogy together. We will start with a...

Love, Serve, Grow

Love, Serve, Grow

I've learned a lot about myself the last couple of months. I've learned how an entire ward (LDS local congregation) can come together and serve. I've learned (again) the meaning of charity. Sometimes our prayers are answered in ways we don’t expect and can’t...

Games to Play in Nursery

Games to Play in Nursery

Two hours is a long time to entertain toddlers. The schedule suggested in the lesson manual is valuable for making the time move along without allowing children to become bored or fussy. However, it can be challenging to think of games to play with children so young....

Testimony in Music

Testimony in Music

When I was twelve years old, I attended church every week in a room above a butcher’s shop in Naples, Italy. Every Sunday, myself and my seven siblings would walk past hanging carcasses of lambs and rabbits to climb the narrow back staircase which opened to a room...

Our Days Are Numbered

Our Days Are Numbered

Similar tragedy struck two families I love and admire during the same week--with drastically different outcomes. In both families (who don't know each other), a beloved and only teenage son felt sick. Unknown to them, both teenagers had a cancerous T-cell lymphoma...

An Observation on Birth and Death

An Observation on Birth and Death

This article was previously published on Mormonbasics.com This is a personal observation and musing on the differences between how we see and treat births and deaths in our culture. It is not so much doctrinal as it is a private perspective brought on by a recent...

How I’m Like the Pilgrims

How I’m Like the Pilgrims

Weigh the sentiment that the unknown can be fearful against finding things to be thankful for (since this is November) and perhaps we can see how giving birth to a child with Down syndrome brought me to what might be similar conclusions to those of the original...

Hope

Hope

If you think you are unimportant, second rate, and inferior to the others around you who are rich, pretty, famous, and happy, well know this, you are not alone. We all feel inadequate some time or another. And if we are really being honest, we feel inadequate most of...

Getting Back On The Right Trail

Getting Back On The Right Trail

We chatted all the way down the mountain, excited to find the waterfall. On the valley floor, we followed a very dry stream, listening for sounds of rushing water. Nothing.   The descent took us longer than we expected. The trail apps logged the hike at 2.8...

How I Accidentally Got Into Family History

How I Accidentally Got Into Family History

Family History is boring.  It's for retired people who have nothing else to do.  And the only way to really do family history is to go out in graveyards and find the names on stones and write them down.  Or so I thought.  I'm a young mom, busy with a young family.  My...

Tender Mercies

Tender Mercies

When I use the term “tender mercies” I am writing of those often over-looked blessings that come our way from the Lord. These compassionate acts of kindness are the Lord’s way of showing us that He loves us and is watching over us, often in the easily forgotten...

Mothers Matter

Mothers Matter

Our family has been sick lately.  I know it is the change in the seasons, and the fact my son has a new goal in life to never use soap.  But that doesn't stop it from being an endurance contest for me as a mother.  My sweet boy has been throwing up for several days...

Primary Rule Charts

Primary Rule Charts

I once substituted in the class I had taught a few years before. When I got the children seated, one of them looked around anxiously and asked, “Sister Bittner, where is your rule chart? We need to do the rules.” After so long and several teachers, they still...

Soap

Soap

Learning from each other is vital. I am hoping this article provides valuable insight to you.   My first memory of the unpleasant taste of soap is when mother washed my mouth out with the lather when I was a child because I said something forbidden.   I...

Political Correctness VS Gospel Principles

Political Correctness VS Gospel Principles

We Must Choose A Side   We have come to a point in the world where sitting on the fence is no longer an option. Regardless of what the world says, there is no gray area when it comes to right and wrong. The line is drawn in the sand, and we must each decide on...

Recovering From A Bad Lesson

Recovering From A Bad Lesson

This article was previously published on Latterdaysaintwoman.com It was the worst lesson I’d ever taught–not the lesson itself, but the class experience in general. None of the tricks I’d learned over the years to keep children under control were working. My little...

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