[I spoke in church last Sunday. These were my words.] I love to sing. When I was a freshman in college, I wanted to sing in a choir, but I wasn’t a vocal performance or music major, so I joined the only choir at my university for ordinary people, called University Chorale. Our instructor was really […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Today I was invited to prepare to speak to our church congregation this coming Sunday. When I heard the topic assigned to me, I laughed out loud. God has a sense of humor, friends. My assigned topic? ….Trusting God. Ha ha ha ha ha! I’m not gonna lie. Last Friday was really rough. Between recovering from […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
On the last Sunday of 2018, I spent my final 3rd hour of church helping out in Primary. During the lesson, a sister in my ward was teaching the children the hymn, “Come, Follow Me.” In the process, she told them this story found in Luke, chapter 5: 4 Now when he had left speaking, […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
[Originally written May 31, 2012] After my parents’ divorce, my dad and all six kids moved into my grandparents’ home in Springville, UT. I’m told that I clung to my older sister at first, but it wasn’t long before I warmed up to Grandma. I wasn’t yet two years old, so I technically should have […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A conversation with a family member this past week has me thinking a lot about choices, God’s will, commandments, promptings, and agency. In particular, I’ve been thinking about the phrase “supposed to.” People of faith often talk about feeling that they are “supposed to” do something, be somewhere, help someone, etc. My mind has been […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Could it be that Jesus’ whole mission on earth was to show us that while duality exists, . . . there is a greater wholeness that reduces it to mere illusion? . . . Could it be that nothing but wholeness ever does prevail once we are willing to perceive it? -Glenda Green A few […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
This topic has been on my mind for a while, simmering on the back burner, waiting for a quiet moment. Before I say anything else, let me be clear: I am very grateful for my church. My church blesses my life in more ways than I can list here. I love that my church has one […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
Everything but love is suffering. -M. Catherine Thomas A few years ago I attended a Neonatal Resuscitation Program workshop. One of the things we spent a lot of time talking about is verbal first-aid. When a mother and baby have experienced a resuscitation, it is generally a very traumatic experience. The first thing we were […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
What I have felt toward our leading presidential nominees for the past year can be summed up by one of many similar viral memes… For most of the year I actually ignored all things political because I just didn’t need the negativity in my life. But as my news feeds filled with more and more […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
This week, I have been remembering the winter of 2005-2006. It wasn’t my finest hour. I was living in a stuffy basement apartment, caring for my newly-arrived second baby, and filling my mind with negativity and anger via daily involvement with pessimistic politics on the Internet. Eventually, I found that I was rarely going to […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.