One morning before school, my son had a melt down that, in the rush of getting him out the door, I didn’t feel that I handled correctly. It was a tricky situation though, and I didn’t really know what the right thing would have been. Frustrated, I prayed after dropping him off, wanting to know … More “Blessings come not so much because of our abilities, but because of our choices.”
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 “The same God that placed that star in a precise orbit millennia before it appeared over Bethlehem … has given at least equal attention to placement of each of us in precise human orbits…”
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.”
Amanda Smith was camping with her family at Hans Mill when a mob attacked. Her husband and one of her sons was killed. Another son, Alma, got shot in the hip. Desperately needing help, Amanda went to the Lord. She received inspiration on how to create and apply a poultice for the wound. Her son … More “It is our faith that unlocks the power of God in our lives.”
I just started running again. It has been a long time. And my left knee—which was injured fifteen years ago—has started acting up again. When I run, I feel like my knee is all I focus on. Is my stride wrong? Am I overcompensating? Or am I just overthinking this whole thing? Should I think … More “God is in the small details of our lives.”
Did anyone else laugh a little when they read in the heading of D&C 15 that the revelation for John Witmer was intimately and impressively personal, only to turn the page and see that the revelation was almost word for word the same as the revelation given to Peter Whitmer? But then I started thinking … More How we heed is dependent on what we need. Words that are the same penetrate hearts that are different.
Mary Whitmer was exhausted and overextended. Joseph, Emma, and Oliver were boarding in her house and she was taking care of them along side her own large family. She “was often overloaded with work to such an extent that she felt it to be quite a burden.” After a long day of housework wound down, … More The spirit doesn’t go to sleep at midnight. And it won’t sleep through your personal midnight either.
I was listening to the scriptures as I cleaned the dishes on Sunday and I felt the spirit strongly as I read “whosoever shall thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God.” (D&C 12:4) It is interesting to look at the order here—first, you act. Then, you are called. Not the … More “God can’t steer a parked car.”
Did anyone else think it’s weird that the example given for the spirit of revelation is Moses crossing the Red Sea on dry ground? It seemed to me, at least before looking into it more, that there were so many other scriptural examples that could have been used. But then I read Moses 1 again. … More “Personal revelation is the way we know for ourselves the most important truths of our existence.”