Spiritual

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?…

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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.…

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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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What Tiffany Needed to Learn About Tiffany

We all need to learn more about ourselves and trials, set-backs, and inconveniences are often the best way to learn about our own character. Last week was a rollercoaster of emotions. And it was the week that Tiffany needed to learn something about Tiffany.…

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Small Refinements

The Lord has been nudging me lately to make some small refinements to my Sabbath Day observance. Small refinements are small, subtle, seemingly insignificant tweaks or adjustments, but they can have big, bold, significant impact.…

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Personal Scripture Study for Kids

When I approached my husband with my dilemma, he replied, “Is it (personal scripture study) really a big deal? Does he need to read his scriptures? I never studied the scriptures when I was his age.” My response was, “EXACTLY. Neither did I, and we both suck at personal scripture study now as adults. Imagine if we had cultivated habits earlier in our lives?”…

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Getting It Together

Our family has decided we need to get it together. Again. Just like we have several times before. Ha. But isn’t that life? You’ve got it down. Then you don’t. You’re together and then you’re not. You’re on a roll and then you stumble. Well, we were in an off cycle there for awhile. Maybe it was dad’s traveling or spring sports or the moving blues. No matter the cause, I was ready to stop making excuses and make some changes. So I used the car ride down the canyon to a baseball game to hold a family council. I asked the kids, “In what areas could our family improve?” There were some blank stares and some silence and then the conversation s…

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2 to 3 Witnesses

I had my first experience with my 2 to 3 witnesses several years ago. I was thinking a lot about exercise and what I should do. I hated exercise, but yet I knew it was good for me, so I wanted to find what was right for my body and my spirit. After pondering and praying on this question for awhile, I had 3 events that happened within a few days of each other.…

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God-Like Parenting

We had a fun Sunday morning yesterday. And by fun, I mean frustrating and humbling. One child did not want to fast and one child was “sick” and did not want to go to church. We had a few discussions and a few lectures, and the kids were still holding their ground.…

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The First M&M of Confidence

I got pulled over last week. I had just picked up Elle from dance and we were driving home. I looked in my rear view mirror at one point and saw flashing lights. In a millisecond I quickly reviewed my driving actions. What did I do wrong? I wasn’t speeding. My seatbelt was on and so was Elle’s. She was legal to be in the front seat. My registration was current. I had my driver’s license, registration, and insurance with me. Why was I getting pulled over?…

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