My grandpa owned a bowling alley decades ago, right after he was baptized. He got a call in the middle of the night. Their bowling alley had been burned down. It was arson. My grandpa had to go in to take a lie detector test to see if he was responsible (to get the insurance … More “Having a personal, ongoing, daily, continuing relationship with the Savior can unchain the divinity within us.”
Can you imagine being the wise men? Feeling prompted to follow a star. And then wondering— Why weren’t we warned that Herod was bad news BEFORE we went to see him instead of after? Why weren’t we prompted to go to the scriptures for our answer? Looking at it only from their perspective, things may … More Sometimes, you just have to trust, knowing that God’s ways aren’t your ways and that a divine pattern will appear as you keep your eyes on The Son.
I’ve always assumed that the star leading the wise men was a clear and constant guide, but the more I studied, the more unlikely this seems. The wise men saw the star at the start of their journey, but it seemed to only provide a general direction, judging by the fact that that they asked … More “Don’t forget how you once felt. Don’t distrust the experience you had … Don’t give up when the pressure mounts. Face your doubts. Master your fears. Stay the course and see the beauty of life unfold for you.”
I had a dream that I took all my kids to Walmart and got a pair of size 11 shoes for a child. The next day, I passed Walmart and remembered the dream. It was one of those is-it-me-or-is-it-God? moments. Because if it wasn’t God, I really didn’t want to do it. It was snowing … More “Sometimes we do not know if we are ‘walking by the spirit’ by the fruit of a situation, but we can always know by the fruit of the spirit – love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness and faith.”
Fear not for… These three words were heralded many times preceding Christ’s birth. Fear not for… thou hast found favor with God. (Luke 1:30) Fear not for… that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 1:20) Fear not for […] unto you is born this day in the city of David … More “We need not fear the future nor falter in hope and good cheer, because God is with us.”
I was in the car with all my kids on the way to their school when one of my sons said he didn’t have his backpack. If we turned back, we would be late so I told him he would just have to take a reusable grocery bag. He started bawling. I said a quick … More “God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there.”
That first Christmas night was filled with a string of unanticipated events. An unanticipated pregnancy followed by an unanticipated journey. An unanticipated occupancy rate followed by an unanticipated manger. An unanticipated star providing unanticipated guidance. But God anticipated all of it. And made it Holy. Our lives, too, are filled with strings of unanticipated events. … More The first Christmas night was filled with a string of unanticipated events.
A dear family friend of mine was prompted in 2005 to do family history work. She sat down with her ten-year-old daughter, and for the next four years they worked together on a family line. During those years, her family faced intense financial instability. They lost their house and were renting. But family history felt … More “Don’t underestimate your family on the other side of the veil.”
I heard a thought in sacrament meeting that I’ve thought about a lot this past year. “The first words you speak each day should be in prayer “The first words you read should be the word of the Lord “The first words you hear should be after quiet pondering “The first entertainment or happiness you … More God wants all of me. His expectations are as great as His grace.
It was Christmas time and my grandparents had to choose: tithing or Christmas. They paid their tithing. My grandma carefully wrapped a pack of canned cream of chicken soup in newspaper and put it under the tree for my mom. She looked at the near empty fridge, ready to get very creative for Christmas dinner, … More “You cannot give a crust to the Lord without receiving a loaf in return.”
There was a woman who reached 18 and, despite having a knowledge of the gospel, did not have a testimony of it. With permission, I share her experience. “I was working at a summer camp. One night, I got so inebriated that I was unconscious and was sexually assaulted. “Two weeks later, to my devastating … More Heaven is filled with those who have this in common: they are forgiven and they forgive.
Recently, I’ve tried changing one four word sentence out for another. I changed out “I don’t have time” to “It’s not a priority.” I still catch myself saying “I don’t have time.” But the thing is—I do have time. I have time to shower. I have time to clean that thing that has been sitting … More Overcome the world
You know the story of The Giving Tree? I don’t love it. (If you do—that is fine! Many people do! But you probably won’t like this post haha.) In the story, the tree gives her apples, then her branches, then her trunk to a boy she loves until she is just a stump. I’ve sometimes … More “Grace is not the absence of God’s high expectations. Grace is the presence of God’s power.”
A man was journeying on a boat. He fell asleep while a storm raged. His companions were scared for their life and woke him up, incredulously questioning him on how he could sleep at a time like this. They ask him to call upon God. Jesus? (Mark 4) Jonah? (Jonah 1) The parallel is striking. … More “Believe in miracles. Hope is never lost.”
In 1741, George Frideric Handel composed “Messiah.” Handel had all the proceeds for the performances go to releasing people who couldn’t pay their debts from debtor’s prison. Because of his donation, one hundred and forty people were released from debtor’s prison. An appropriate use of funds for a song about the Messiah, wouldn’t you say? … More Our redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, came to pay a debt He didn’t owe, because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay.
I had a neighbor named Jill growing up whose husband was diagnosed with cancer in his fifties. They did everything they could to exercise faith. He continued his calling as bishop. They went to the temple, held fasts, and tried every available treatment. Her husband still died ten months later. She said her experience helped … More Faith-promoting and faith-perfecting
Sorry it’s been a bit quiet over here—I had a sweet baby boy last week! It has been a sacred time for me. It’s also a time when I’m highly sensitive and have to remember to be gentle on myself and give myself time to heal. I was inspired as I read the story of … More As we seek light, we will feel light
In 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit Japan with devastating consequences. About 200 billion dollars of damage was done, 450,000 people became homeless, and more than 15,500 people died. A reporter from the United States went and interviewed a man in the fishing village of Murohama—where a high percentage of people survived. They told the … More “Listening and hearkening into the living prophet will have profound, even life-changing effects in our lives.”
One day, I was out on a walk with my sons. We saw a crow swoop down on a robin in its nest. The robin quickly flew away. I watched the crow eat the robin’s eggs and fly away. As the mother robin flew back to her empty nest, the Spirit whispered to me, “Some … More “Don’t look for new landscapes, use new eyes to see what is already there.”
One year, my dear friend had a pretty lousy birthday. She knew it wasn’t a big deal—she was almost thirty. She didn’t need anyone to remember her birthday. Her husband was in school and working nights, so she had celebrated earlier with him. But on the day of, she felt like she had sort of … More “I assure each one of you that the Lord knows you, that he is aware of your concerns and your anguish, and that He loves you— intimately, personally, deeply forever.”