Family Movie Night: The Others

Family Movie Night: The Others

Anyone who knows me knows I am a scary movie wimp.  I don’t mind a good ghost story from time to time but anything with murderers or that is violent count me out.  So, it may surprise you to hear this week’s Family Movie Night recommendation is a horror movie! Yep, I...

A Child’s View of God

A Child’s View of God

My bishop told an adorable story on Sunday about a little girl who was learning to pray. Being so enthusiastic about her newly acquired skill, she volunteered every chance she would get to say the family prayer. Most of her attempts seemed like a prattling of...

Thriller Culture Too Scary

Thriller Culture Too Scary

A long time ago, (1965) and what seems like in a galaxy far, far away, my sister and I would trick or treat around our neighborhood in a little town in New Jersey in our rabbit or princess costumes.  We came home with our goodie bags excited to go through our candy....

My Journey Is Just Beginning

My Journey Is Just Beginning

GOAL: To focus on living the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) for one year. For one year, I have decided to dedicate myself to trying to follow 7 verses of scripture more faithfully. (Not that I don’t have a million and one things to do in life, I just...

You Are Important

You Are Important

You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are! — Eckhart Tolle In other words, you are a child of God. You are so important that Heavenly Father sacrificed His own Son to bring you back to Him. You are important...

How I Stopped My “Hot Buttons”

How I Stopped My “Hot Buttons”

My cheeks were red. I could feel the heat, and I didn’t dare open my mouth.  She had offended me, again.  All the love I generally have in my heart was gone, and I felt defensive and spiteful.  What happened?  I didn’t enjoy being around this person because I was...

Experience It For Yourself

Experience It For Yourself

My son and his wife had the chance of a lifetime recently to return to his mission field in South America. The love and appreciation of these good people is evident at every hand. His wife writes the following: I love seeing my husband interact with the people of...

What Mormons Knew 150 Years Ago About Processed Meat

What Mormons Knew 150 Years Ago About Processed Meat

Yesterday the World Health Organization (WHO) came out with a statement telling us that processed meat, such as sausages and ham causes cancer-- and that unprocessed red meats, 'likely' cause cancer.  But did you know that for over 150 years The Church of Jesus Christ...

Family Movie Night: The Burbs

Family Movie Night: The Burbs

This week’s Family Movie Night we are once again embracing the spirit of October and Halloween for our movie pick.  It is in the spirit of the great haunted house movies that we talk about 1989’s The Burbs. There are a couple of reasons this film came to my mind,...

Finding Joy – How to Get What We Deserve

Finding Joy – How to Get What We Deserve

Last week we looked at some scriptures that showed us that God really does want us to be happy. Happiness is the design and purpose of our existence. The ultimate expression of what we can achieve is in the lifestyle of our Father in Heaven and in that joy Christ...

The Good Samaritan’s Secret Message of Redemption

The Good Samaritan’s Secret Message of Redemption

The beloved parable of the Good Samaritan teaches how we should treat our fellow man. But for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, there is a deeper message within the details—a message that points to Christ as the only Savior and Redeemer of the world. The...

Widows and Widowers: A Special Breed

Widows and Widowers: A Special Breed

Many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other believers find unexpected twists and turns in their life. These can be challenging. One of those unexpected twists is to find ourselves alone as widows or widowers when a spouse unexpectedly...

Parenting: What YOU Do

Parenting: What YOU Do

I’ve done toddler tantrums: in stores, in church, at the park...I don’t take them personally. Sometimes the child is hungry, sometimes they need a nap. Sometimes they need to face the very harsh reality that their mother is the worst mother in the world and won’t give...

Valleys of Discouragement

Valleys of Discouragement

The valleys of discouragement make more beautiful the peaks of achievement. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, Stand A Little Taller, Eagle Gate (2001) My dad used to say, “You have to have the bad days in order to appreciate the good ones.” Life is pretty good for me...

A Unique Prison Work Program Option: Genealogy

A Unique Prison Work Program Option: Genealogy

Utah inmates have a rather unusual option in the work program lineup.  Genealogy. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints partners with the Utah prison system to train inmates to complete family history projects. The Church’s first Family History Center opened...

Beautiful Epiphany

Beautiful Epiphany

What’s in a name? I start with this simple question because the answer is both surprising and significant. Nephi explained it this way:   “Behold, my sons, … I have given unto you the names of our first parents who came out of the land of Jerusalem; and this I...

Thoughts on Womanhood

Thoughts on Womanhood

What is it about your mother that you remember the most? Probably something that had to do with something that she did for you, right? I bet you are envisioning birthday parties or homemade meals or even family trips that she planned. What you probably aren’t thinking...

Save The Baby Humans- Stop Abortion

Save The Baby Humans- Stop Abortion

Isn't it amazing how the words we choose can give something power and validity or take it away? The words "Pro-Choice" have taken the sting out of the reality of abortion.  The movement online to change the wording to remind us what is really is going on can take many...

Finding Joy – What We Deserve

Finding Joy – What We Deserve

We all know that life is hard. There are times when no matter how hard we try, it feels like life itself is seeking to crush us into the dirt. Yet 2 Nephi 2:25 says that “men are that they might have joy.” So when does the joy begin? Perhaps our definition of joy...

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