“If the bitter cup does not pass, drink it and be strong, trusting in happier days ahead.”

Did you know that lemons are the unnatural result of crossbreeding a citron and a bitter orange? Meaning, life never gave us lemons. We created them all by ourselves.  I think there is powerful symbolism in that. Adam and Eve created a bitter experience by choosing to eat the fruit… the Lord telling Eve, “I … More “If the bitter cup does not pass, drink it and be strong, trusting in happier days ahead.”

“Worthiness is not flawlessness. Worthiness is being honest and trying.”

It was a cold and stormy day when Mary Ann Young and her seven children—suffering from malaria—ran out of food. This was two months after Brigham left to serve a mission in England.  She wrapped up her baby in an old worn blanket and paddled across the Mississippi River in the storm. A friend wrote, … More “Worthiness is not flawlessness. Worthiness is being honest and trying.”

Many dead ends only look that way to our mortal eyes.

I have a friend who fell in love and one day, the spirit said, “You will be sealed July 30th.”  She believed it and planned on being married to her husband on that day. However, due to circumstances out of her control, they got married in October.  She was so confused. She had truly thought … More Many dead ends only look that way to our mortal eyes.

“When I don’t see the hand of God, I should trust his heart. I know what kind of heart he has.”

A young woman once told me a story. As a young girl, she lost her lucky penny. After searching and searching, she knelt down to pray. She never found her penny, but her dad gave her a dime. Blessings come in unexpected ways. Many times, I think we miss our blessings because we are too … More “When I don’t see the hand of God, I should trust his heart. I know what kind of heart he has.”

“It takes faith to put everything on the altar of God, trust in Him, and know that His plan for you is better than the plan you have mapped out for yourself.”

There was a story here about a mission couple who served a mission in Russia and found their son who they thought was dead. After doing more searching, it seems this story might not be true, sadly. If anyone has a first hand witness of it I would love to hear it and put the … More “It takes faith to put everything on the altar of God, trust in Him, and know that His plan for you is better than the plan you have mapped out for yourself.”

“The Lord has more in mind for you than you have for yourself.”

Hermit crabs live within salvaged, empty seashells. As the hermit crab grows, it is forced out of its shell and has to find a new one. That moment, as it grows out of one shell and has to look for a new one, it is particularly vulnerable. But that vulnerability is necessary for it to … More “The Lord has more in mind for you than you have for yourself.”

“Let us not give up. Let us be true to our covenants.”

I was mostly a short-distance runner in high school track. But since one of my events was the 1500m, I would occasionally run with the distance team. My least favorite practices BY FAR were when the distance coach would have us run laps without telling us the number of laps we were going to run … More “Let us not give up. Let us be true to our covenants.”

“If you saw the size of the blessings coming, you would understand the magnitude of the battle you are fighting.”

“The Eagle does not fight the snake on the ground. “It picks it up into the sky and changes the battle ground, and then it releases the snake into the sky. “The snake has no stamina, no power and no balance in the air. It is useless, weak and vulnerable, unlike on the ground where … More “If you saw the size of the blessings coming, you would understand the magnitude of the battle you are fighting.”

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Written by Sarah Keenan: When I was young, we lived next to a very nice old lady who would occasionally let us come to her house.  One day, she allowed us to visit her garden in her backyard. It was absolutely beautiful, with brightly colored flowers everywhere. As soon as we entered the yard, the … More Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.

“Often, the answer to our prayer does not come while we are on our knees but while we are on our feet serving the Lord.”

There once were two boys trying to get home. They got halfway across the field and a bull started charging at them.  One boy said “I’m going to stop and pray” The other boy said, “you can do what you want, but I am going to run and pray! Run and pray.  This story reminds … More “Often, the answer to our prayer does not come while we are on our knees but while we are on our feet serving the Lord.”