The Atonement: The Greatest Covenant Ever Kept

Our whole family got to speak in church last Sunday. Our topic was “Covenants.” Locke spoke about what a covenant is and his upcoming baptism. Croft spoke about the sacrament and renewing our covenants. Crew talked about the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood. Elle talked about how she prepares “to make and keep sacred covenants.” Chad talked about the new and everlasting covenant of marriage, and I talked about    “The Atonement: The Greatest Covenant Ever Kept.” Several people asked me for a copy of my talk– from one of my Young Women to an elderly gentleman who is currently serving a mission with his wife. Another man wants to share it with his B…


For the Strength of Crew

I attended a Stake Young Women’s training a few months back and received some inspiration for my personal family. I had been wondering what to do with my 11-year old son’s scripture study. He had gone back to public school, and we didn’t have as much time as before. Also, he is not often self-motivated. My younger daughter was in a groove with Preach My Gospel, my older daughter was reading the New Testament on her own for seminary, and I was reading the Book of Mormon Stories with my little guy. But what to do with an 11-year old who has a strong pull towards the world? My answer came as the 2nd counselor in the Stake Presidency spoke. He said that kids need to be reading …


The Disabling Power of the Holy Ghost

In my post last week I asked, “How can you tell the difference between just a kind thought and an actual prompting from the Holy Ghost?” I answered with the small insight that a true prompting is often accompanied by an enabling power. (You’ll want to read that post first so today’s post will make more sense.) But today I want to keep talking about my initial question and offer another insight that is the exact opposite of my first answer. I think that some promptings actually come via a Disabling Power— a power that restrains us from acting, rather than a power that helps us to act. I learned this principle previously, but the most recent reminder involved my l…


Two Words

I’m writing this post for all my young friends. May this post give you something to think about as you live your young life. A Facebook friend recently posted this meme: Some of the responses on her time line were Drink less. Grow up. Chill out. Don’t stress. Be strong. You’re amazing. Get involved. Apple stock. Be authentic. Save money. All of these responses were good advice. But the two words that came instantly to my mind when I saw the post were THANK YOU. I wanted to give my younger-self a big hug and tell her thank you. Thank you for not drinking or doing drugs or getting pregnant in high school. I could always count on you to make good choices. Thank you for working…


Prompting or Just a Kind Thought?

Have you ever wondered, “How can I tell the difference between my own ideas and an actual prompting from the Holy Ghost?” I have tossed around this question for years. Understanding the language of the Holy Ghost has been a life-long pursuit, or at least an adult pursuit, and still continues to this day. Different people answered my question with, “If you have a good, kind thought just act upon it anyway.” Well, that advice doesn’t wholly work for me. I’m sure it will for many people, but my mind is much too busy of a place to act on every thought that passes through. I would be running faster than I have strength if I tried to follow-through with every ki…


Let Go of the Bananas

Have you ever heard the story of the monkey that just won’t let go of the bananas? At the gist of this story is attachment. What are we not willing to let go of? What are we holding on to tightly that isn’t serving us? What ideas, programs, practices, hopes, dreams and expectations are jeopardizing our safety and our sanity?…


First Answer to Prayer

I was in the first grade, and I had lost a reading book that my teacher let me take home. The book was due back, but it was no where to be found. I looked and looked. Mrs. Johnson kept bugging me to return the book. I so wanted to please my teacher and felt terrible that I had let her down.…


My Wish for My Daughters

My 25-year-old self cannot believe I am writing this post. She would disagree with me whole-heartedly. She would say that my thinking is archaic and insulting. She would want me to write about a college education, self-confidence, happiness, or pursuit of dreams. She would be ashamed and disappointed in my 1950’s thinking. But my 25-year-old self, didn’t know Chad yet.…


A Couple’s Gospel Study Plan

Have you ever heard counsel or a suggestion in church and thought, “Yah, that’s never going to happen.” That’s kind of how I feel when I hear someone say that couples should study their scriptures together. I just can’t see that happening in the near future. However, I do see the value in being connected spiritually as a couple so Chad and I came up with our own gospel study plan:…

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On Courage

Thank you to the phlebotomist that took my daughter’s blood yesterday. Not only was she kind, gentle, informative, patient, and helpful with my nervous little girl, but she taught me something about myself.…