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...

Do You Know What God Did at Arnon?

Do You Know What God Did at Arnon?

What miraculous war did the Lord fight in the brooks of Arnon?   My scripture study yesterday included Numbers 21. Verse 14 really struck me.   Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars of the Lord, What he did in the Red sea, and in the brooks of...

We Need Friends

We Need Friends

A girl needs friends. I don’t care if you’re an introvert or an extrovert, or the rare ambivert. (Thanks to several personality profile tests over the years, I know I fall into the last category—strange people who both like to be around crowds of people and who also...

Critical Investments

Critical Investments

Automatic transfers might be, in my opinion, one of the greatest financial inventions.  I love them because before I can get my hands on the money, part of it is tucked away for when I might really need it.  I love to save without feeling the pain of parting with the...

Making Your Life an Anthem to God

Making Your Life an Anthem to God

I remember when I was a young man—a boy really—I would sit with my brother and watch football games for our favorite teams from the NFL. This was many years ago, but I remember these occasions like they were yesterday. Similar to athletic events today, the game...

Making It To the Pillbox Ridge Line

Making It To the Pillbox Ridge Line

When I reached the rock, I stopped. I knew I needed to stop. I felt so exhausted, nauseous even. I'd picked the pillbox hike and really wanted to reach the ridge. But I had reached my mental and physical limit.   I asked my friend Jill to go ahead. She'd been so...

Orienting New Teachers

Orienting New Teachers

This article was previously published on Latterdaysaintwoman.com   Often, we think of teaching as an isolated activity, particularly for Primary and Youth leaders. Teachers go into a classroom, close the door and teach. God, however, wisely provided skilled and...

The Longest Week of My Life

The Longest Week of My Life

There is nothing that prepares you for having your first child leave the nest. Nothing.   Add in that this child is leaving you for two years. The only contact will be once-a-week emails and twice a year half hour skype conversations. Conversations that have to...

How Toxic is Your World?

How Toxic is Your World?

Have you ever thought about how many invisible toxins you’re exposed to everyday? Unless you make your own everything, from completely natural organic materials, the odds are that you are exposed to many chemicals and other toxins every day of your life.   Let’s...

The Gift of Being Lost

The Gift of Being Lost

This article was previously published by Chona on Mormons.ph.  Chona is on the Philippines team for the More Good Foundation and lives in the Philippines.  She is a human resources professional and a graduate of BYU-Hawaii. She shares her faith and beliefs through...

The Power of Women

The Power of Women

I love Sheri Dew.  When I was in college she served in the general presidency of our church's women's organization.  I will never forget a talk she gave in October 1997 titled "Are you the woman I think you are?”  It was in the meeting for all the women in the Church....

Cool New Technology Today

Cool New Technology Today

I would like to delve right into the subject at hand this morning, but I feel I must address a side matter briefly. Humor me.   Giving one’s article a title is a lot more difficult than you might expect. Frequently there are numerous topics addressed in so many...

Conscience

Conscience

For several months, people have been trying to convince me that they know what my conscience is telling me to do. I suppose to some degree this happens prior to any major election in the United States, but never in my lifetime have I seen it quite like this. I wonder...

Is Your Life Really Your Own?

Is Your Life Really Your Own?

In writing the commentary for the 2017 Relief Society and Priesthood manual lessons, I came across a quote from a First Presidency message by President Hinckley. He made one simple statement that stunned me for some reason. He said, “We come into the world not of our...

Forgiving Jesus

Forgiving Jesus

After Abigail heard the news, that they were coming to destroy her whole household, she “made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched corn,and an hundred clusters of raisins, and two...

The Importance of Addressing every Diagnosis

The Importance of Addressing every Diagnosis

I'm not sure about you, but my Autistic son has more than one diagnosis.  His doctor listed High Functioning Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Anxiety, in that order.  When I first heard his diagnosis I was so overwhelmed.  I cried because I was so sad that my...

Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child

Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child

I hesitate to write this. It’s about parenting. Do I hide this from my children so they don’t laugh at just how much I need what I’m writing? Let’s try to learn together.   “Spare the rod, spoil the child”. No one wants a spoiled, entitled child. No one. Yet I...

In the Genes

In the Genes

Don’t be frightened by this scary x-ray!  It’s not a Halloween decoration – it’s actually the inside of my Down syndrome son’s foot.   One of life’s “if I’d known then what I know now” moments can be explained here.  When I went for the amniocentesis that would tell...

Overcoming Obstacles

Overcoming Obstacles

Of course, we all want our hopes and dreams to come true. We sincerely want to achieve our goals and attain our greatest desires. At times when we see someone reach that ecstasy when she is sweet, humble and deserving, we are both inspired and touched.   It can...

Shaking Off the Distractions

Shaking Off the Distractions

I love technology.  I love being able to communicate with friends and family in a matter of seconds at any time.  I love keeping up with what is happening in the lives of those I love through Facebook, text, Twitter, etc.  I know how my friends in NYC and Texas and...

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