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Christmas Reflections

Christmas is coming.  Isaiah wrote this about the Savior: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6) When you start writing names […]

Jesus Christ – Savior and Redeemer

In these challenging times, what a blessing it is to be able to read about Jesus Christ—our Savior and Redeemer—in the scriptures each day! How grateful I am for the light and hope they bring to my life. I love the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I love […]

Does God Need to Hear From Me, to be With Me?

I wish I heard from my children more often. They are all grown and gone and I miss them! I love the stage of life I’m in, and I’ve grown to appreciate the empty nest, but I still miss them. I can do so many personal projects I didn’t have time for when all my […]

Taught by Their Mothers

They had been taught by their mothers (Alma 56:47) The year was 1994, and Mom had come to live with us for a few years. She turned 88 that year.  Her blindness was worsening.  She had only a tiny area of peripheral vision in one of her eyes and was entitled to a carefree, relaxing […]

Fasting in Gratitude

Toward the end of my two-year proselytizing mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, , I received a call to a leadership position.  I thought my mother would be pleased and wrote home to tell her about it. Her letter in response to that announcement began like this: “When I got your […]

Motherhood: The Highest, Holiest Calling

My mother was probably a lot like yours.  She loved people, and she went about doing good.  In fact, she lived a life devoted to doing good and being good. Because of her, I have a desire to praise all mothers for what they are and what they do.  Heber J. Grant taught that “No […]

And They Shall Teach Their Children to Pray

I stared into the white froth of the river as the water tumbled over the jumble of rocks and debris and raced under the bridge.  Tears gathered and slid down my face and into the torrent below.  An instant of carelessness and inattention: that is all; a look at the river, a laugh, a shake […]

A Religion Worth the Effort

Finding true religion is worth the effort it takes to investigate carefully and prayerfully, without fear, doubt, or procrastination. Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort.” I agree with President Roosevelt. In my own life, I discovered that the […]

Answered Prayers

My son never goes to bed without his blanket, or “Gee Gee.”  He treats the well-worn blanket like a best friend, and never faces a tough situation without it. One day, I took my sons out to the store and returned home around naptime. Gee Gee was nowhere to be seen. I tried to lay […]

Money from a Man in Trouble

We thought we were going to the Phoenix area, but for a moment, for a sweet, quiet, tearful moment, it seemed we had found Zion instead.  It was 114 degrees in the shade that summer day of 1973, and there wasn’t that much shade. Our ‘62 Pontiac wagon roared through the August heat toward the […]