I am ok if Eve had everything planned out in her mind before eating the fruit, and I am also ok if she didn’t. I feel that either way you look at it, you have to do some mental gymnastics. Conference quotes and even the actual scriptural accounts of the fall just don’t all perfectly … More “We need women who have the courage and vision of Our Mother Eve.”
A seven-year-old girl found an abandoned baby gosling in her driveway one day. When night fell and the gosling was still wandering her yard, the family brought the gosling to the safety of their back porch. After a few days, it became clear that the gosling considered them family. The family felt the same. They … More “Everyone loses their way at some point, to some degree …”
My sister and I were learning how to do a backflip on the trampoline when I was about seven years old. My dad was spotting us. Every time my sister did a backflip with my dad, she would yell “keeeeyaaaa!” (Yes, this is the same one who hook-kicked a kid at the ward party). She … More “When we turn our lives over to the Lord, the power behind us is always greater than the obstacles before us.”
Peter denied Christ…and God loved him.Jonah ran away…and God loved him.Pilate washed his hands…and God loved him. “God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there.” THOMAS S. MONSON God has said, “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing … More “God’s love for you is there whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there.”
Joseph Smith’s first baby passed away at birth. Emma almost died after the delivery as well. And just two weeks after this tragic time in Joseph Smith’s life, he learned that Martin Harris had lost the Book of Mormon manuscript. Joseph began to sob. “Oh, my God, my God,” Joseph groaned, clenching his fists. “All … More There is joy in sorrow, light in darkness, hope in failure, redemption in sin, a balm for pain, a way when lost. His name is Jesus Christ.
Being discouraged for “frequently falling into foolish actions.” (JSH 1:28) Man, I can relate to Joseph on this one. It is frustrating to fall short again and again. To see the gap between what you should do and what you actually do. But God doesn’t have a prerequisite of perfection to do His work. “God … More “Imperfect people are all God has ever had to work with.”
I was sitting, nursing my daughter last night. She was doing the “suck, suck, desperate, hungry wail” on repeat. And I just cried. Because that feeling of being empty. Of my child needing me and me being depleted…it felt like my last week instead of just that heart-wrenching moment. I have so many things I … More “Diamonds are formed under pressure. And bread dough rises when you let it rest.”
Did the wise men make a mistake in going to Herod? What if they had chosen to search the scriptures to find the prophecy of Christ’s birth (Micah 5:2) instead? Or prayed?Or gone to the temple to get direction from Anna? But they didn’t. I could be completely wrong with this particular interpretation, but let’s … More God can make mistakes into miracles