I was cutting multiple onions yesterday with a blunt knife and pretty much immediately started crying on onion number one. I tried to blink through it—but it was stinging so bad that I briefly contemplated how much the recipe actually needed onions. In a moment of desperation, inspiration hit: I moved the cutting board to … More “Choosing repentance is choosing change.”
A young boy was journeying through his village on a donkey with his grandfather. They passed some villagers who loudly discussed what a shame it was that the boy was riding the donkey while his elder walked. Embarrassed, the boy got off the donkey and had his grandfather ride it, only to hear another group … More Pay more attention to your Creator than your critics.
Have you heard of the zombie ant fungus called the Ophiocordyceps unilateralis? The fungus infects carpenter ants and slowly takes over an ant’s nervous system, eating the ant from the inside out. When the fungi has control over the ant’s muscles, it compels the ant to leave its nest and climb a leaf almost exactly … More “There is one thing the power of God and the power of Satan have in common: neither can influence us unless we allow them to.”
There was once a farmer whose sheep got bitten in the face by a rattlesnake. The sheep’s face immediately started swelling up. For two days, it continued to swell. The farmer was worried, but the sheep was not. It kept drinking, eating, and climbing just like normal. Then, after those two days, the sheep started … More “Because Love Overpaid Our Debt”
There is a story of a farmer who lost his watch. He enlisted the aid of a group of young boys playing outside of the barn. He told them that he would award any boy that found it. The boys looked and looked, but the farmer finally called off the search. One boy came up … More “God always attempts to speak to you. Listen, and follow the uncomfortable suggestions that He makes – everything will fall into its place.”
In 1952, Florence Chadwick attempted something no woman had attempted before: swimming the Catalina Channel. It was cold and extremely foggy the whole time she was in the water. She could barely even see the support boats swimming beside her. Fifteen hours in, she decided to quit. She went to get into the support boat, … More “Only faith that He suffered for our sakes will help us endure to the end.”
In the 1950s, a rather brutal experiment was done. Rats were put in a glass of water and swam until exhaustion. On average, they lasted about 15 minutes before they sank. But just as they sank, the scientists took them out, dried them off, let them rest for a few minutes, and then put them … More “With God, comfort replaces pain, peace replaces turmoil, and hope replaces sorrow.”
A nobleman asked his servants to do four things: Plant olive trees, Build a hedge, Set watchmen, And build a watchtower. (D&C 101) The servants planted the trees and the hedge and put watchmen around it. But while building the foundation for the watchtower, they started to wonder…why are we doing this? D&C 101:48 states, … More “Obedience is a choice … between our own limited knowledge and power and God’s unlimited knowledge and omnipotence.”
So the story goes, there was once a master carpenter who worked for the same master his whole career. One day, he told his master he was retiring and the master asked him to build one last house. The master said, “Scrimp on nothing. I want the finest materials used.” But the chief carpenter got … More What kind of house am I building the Lord?
A little girl saw a plastic pearl necklace at the grocery store and pleaded for them. Her mom told her she could have them—but she would need to earn the $2.50 herself. She worked hard, doing extra chores to save up money. Finally, she went to the store, proudly handing over the money. The plastic … More “God is a great compensator.”
There were once two pots. One was whole and the other had a crack in it. Each was used daily by a woman to bring in water from a stream. When the pots got back to the house each day, the cracked one always only had half the initial water in it. The cracked pot, … More “We are valuable in our imperfections.”
There was a sweet, pregnant dog who got her legs stuck in a riding lawn mower. The family was devastated. She couldn’t use those legs again, but miraculously she was able to deliver all of her babies safely. The mama pup learned to use her front paws to scooch wherever she needed to go. And, … More “Our most impactful parental teaching is our example.”
A ceramics teacher divided his students into two groups—one, he said, would be graded on the quantity of work they produced, and the other would be graded on the quality of work they produced. When grading time came, something surprising happened: the highest quality work was created by the group being graded on quantity. It … More “Ordinary people who faithfully, diligently, and consistently do simple things that are right before God will bring forth extraordinary results.”
There was a story about a girl who got a kite for her birthday. She excitedly went to the beach to try it out. She got the kite high in the air. As she let more and more string out, the kite went higher and higher. But then she had a thought—why not let go … More “When we keep the commandments, our lives will be happier, more fulfilling, and less complicated.”