Strengthening our Timber

Strengthening our Timber

Here is a thought for your Friday.  We often look at the weekend as a time for relaxing, a release from the pressure of the work week.  But sometimes the weekend is more stressful than the week is.  When we have families with special challenges, or callings at church...

What Does it Mean to Carry Christ’s Yoke?

What Does it Mean to Carry Christ’s Yoke?

This article was previously published on Mormonbasics.com Our Savior has said time and time again that his yoke or burden is light. He offers to help carry our burdens and lighten the weight of our struggles if we will but accept his burden. But what does that even...

A Perfect Brightness of Hope

A Perfect Brightness of Hope

I have written before about my upbringing. In many ways, it was difficult work on the farm, but loving parents disrupted their lives so that we children could have a life-changing experience. And we did. And the challenges facing our youth today have a purpose in...

My LDS Conversion

My LDS Conversion

This article was previously published on Latterdaysaintwoman.com When I was a young girl, perhaps ten years old, my family was on a day trip to Los Angeles,  California.  As usually happened on our outings we were lost. In our family, being lost automatically...

Family Movie Night: Top 10 movies of 2016

Family Movie Night: Top 10 movies of 2016

This week for Family Movie Night I thought I would shake things up a bit and give you some insight into the year in movies for 2016. Honestly it’s been a bit rough and many films have disappointed me. Just to prove this point I didn’t really like Batman v Superman but...

Serve in the Lord’s House

Serve in the Lord’s House

No One Can Help Everyone, But Everyone Can Help Someone This week I have been privileged to volunteer at the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Open House.  For those not of my faith, a quick explanation.  A temple is literally “The House of the Lord”, which means we...

The Benefits of Fresh Local Produce

The Benefits of Fresh Local Produce

August is the peak season for many crops, and depending on where you live you can find an abundance of locally produced foods at local markets. While local farmers produce many summer favorites, each state has different crops that are their particular specialty. These...

When I Didn’t Really Want to Serve

When I Didn’t Really Want to Serve

Serving the Hungry “You have a lasagna. Go back and see if they need food,” the voice whispered in my head. I had just gotten into my truck, exhausted.  I didn’t want to go back. I sat there for a minute with the key in the ignition. Sometimes my mind’s too busy to...

Nearly Drowning? Tread Water

Nearly Drowning? Tread Water

Treading water I look something like a drowning dog.  I flail around trying to do that egg beater thing with my legs and doggy paddle like I’m trying not to die (which is true).  I can sort of keep my head up, but not really.  I have to put my head way back to keep my...

Hearts of the children

Hearts of the children

I like to think that we were all ecstatic about the Great Plan of Happiness. Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said “We shouted for joy when given the privilege of coming to this earth to receive a body and to move forward in God’s plan for...

Family Movie Night: Mary Poppins

Family Movie Night: Mary Poppins

You, my faithful readers, may think it is easy to write about the great films. That the prose should just flow when talking about the masterpieces. Unfortunately I have found the reverse to be true.  I sit there and stare at the screen and think ‘how do I capture how...

“Who’s Going to Protect Me Now?”

“Who’s Going to Protect Me Now?”

“Thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty” (1 Samuel 20:18). This morning, I attended the funeral of a friend’s 24 year old brother.  His untimely death sent shock-waves through the family. “Who’s going to protect me now?” cried one of his girls at the...

It’s how you use the Tools…

It’s how you use the Tools…

Social media causes narcissism. People who take selfies have shallower relationships. Reality-TV watching is directly related to self-absorption. “A study by Larry Rosen at California State University, presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological...

From Earth’s Bounty: Home Gardening Favorites

From Earth’s Bounty: Home Gardening Favorites

As we head into August the first thing on most people’s minds is the intense heat, and how to keep cool in spite of it. The second thing may be what to do with the overabundance of certain vegetables which are taking over their gardens. It’s understandable that in...

What Moving Taught Me about Marriage

What Moving Taught Me about Marriage

This article was previously published on Latterdaysaintwoman.com Back in May, I wrote an editorial responding to Helen Croydon’s opinion that marriage is pointless. It was posted at LDSBlogs.com. Croydon doesn’t want to waste five minutes helping someone find a shirt,...

Remembering My Pioneer Heritage

Remembering My Pioneer Heritage

The wood felt curious in my hands as I dipped between the handle and the cart. I leaned my waist into the handle. The cart moved easily and seemed eager to get under way. My sister Destinee stood on the other side of the frame. My parents stood at the back of the cart...

Imprisoned

Imprisoned

Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. -Matthew 25:36 All my life, I have read this scripture with the thought of visiting those behind prison walls, and it is certainly appropriate, good, and right....

Reading the Old Testament Slowly

Reading the Old Testament Slowly

Every time I turn around I’m being invited to read a book of scripture on a schedule–usually a fast read. I zip through them and that has value, but it has a different kind of value than reading slowly. When I read on someone else’s schedule, I find myself keeping an...

Family Movie Night: Ernest And Celestine

Family Movie Night: Ernest And Celestine

There are few people who are bigger Walt Disney fans than I am. I love their films but I also enjoy stepping outside the box and discovering smaller, more quirky animated movies. A lot of times these small budget animated films can take risks a big studio with a...

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