I Really Lived

servingOne of the women that I adore and admire was Marjorie Pay Hinkley. She was positive, and loving, and just a saint in my eyes. Of all of her quotes, the one that stayed with me the most was when she said,

“I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.
I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp.
I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my Continue reading

Let’s Stop Giving Our Crap to the Poor

crapI enjoy reading almost as much as I enjoy writing.  I follow many writers and their work.  Each Saturday (or Sunday) I will share an article that particularly touched me this past week.

It’s been a while since I’ve shared something.  Developing routines for my writing is going slowly.  However, this article has been on my browser for weeks, just waiting for me to share.  I suppose that the time I spent in Ethiopia changed the way that I see charity.  It also changed the way that I see the wealth in America.  I used to think that my family was poor, but once I returned home I had a new perspective on all that the Lord has blessed me with.

Kristen from wearethatfamily.com perfectly wrote about my thoughts on this.  Click on the link to read this wonderfully insightful article: “Let’s Stop Giving Our Crap to the Poor.”

Involvement at the Risk of Error

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy Mother recently sent me an email that included this phrase, “However, with involvement comes the risk of doing something wrong.” Although she was referencing parenting and the risk of making mistakes as you raise a child, I found it applicable in other parts of my life.

I’m the type of person who jumps into things head-first. While it usually ends in bumps and bruises, I rarely let fear hold me back. This past weekend was no exception. I am a singer, and although I feel somewhat comfortable singing classical and opera music, I feel utterly terrified at singing anything popular. The problem with singing music that everyone knows is Continue reading

Who are you? And the Football Analogy

footballIf you ask me who I am, I would talk about my present accomplishments and activities. I’d talk about my roles as a mother and wife. I hadn’t ever considered that there would be anything else.

Then, I went to a concert recently. A Native American, R. Carlos Nakai, performed on different flute instruments. The music was wonderful, but I was even more inspired by the things he spoke of. He spoke of his ancestors as if he was one of them. He would say things like, “We then wandered up to the land of North America,” or, “In the winters we would gather together in the lodges.” It was clear that he felt a part of them. I think the only people in my family history that I every have connected myself with are the relatives that I have personally associated with in my lifetime. He even knew their stories and about their lives. All I really know of my Great-Grandfather was that he worked on the Continue reading

What I Did This Christmas

christmasOk, I get that all of the cute traditions for Christmas are supposed to make it more fun. However, it seems that a new one is added each year. My list of things I should be doing for the holidays had been growing, and I was feeling more and more overwhelmed. Well, our family had some big changes and blessings this past month, so I (out of necessity) removed most of the popular traditions off of my list of things to do. The interesting realization that I’ve had is that my family survived that time of craziness and apparent deprivation just fine. So, here is my list of things that I refused to do this December. Continue reading

Mormonism in the 21st Century — Polygamy

This column is the fifth in a series of articles that I will write on Mormonism in the 21st Century. Everything I write here is from my own perspective, and is not endorsed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

African ElephantIf I was sitting with you and talking about the “Mormon” church, I’m more than certain that you’d have a question of polygamy. It is the proverbial ‘Elephant in the Room.’ I almost didn’t write about polygamy in this series because it isn’t practiced in the 21st Century by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, however, since it is likely the most cited piece of our history, I felt it necessary to address it.

So, to begin with, yes, polygamy was present within the Mormon church for many years. It was instituted by revelation in approximately 1831 as a continuation of the restoration of the gospel Ancient principles—such as prophets, priesthood, and temples—were restored to the earth, and plural marriage was one of those ancient principles.

Polygamy was a difficult Continue reading

Mormonism in the 21st Century — Gender Roles

This column is the fourth in a series of articles that I will write on Mormonism in the 21st Century. Everything I write here is from my own perspective, and is not endorsed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

ward-council-452390-wallpaperFor my topic today I have chosen to write about something quite a bit more controversial than some of the other topics I’ve addressed. I will be writing about gender roles within the church, including expectations for each gender, equality, and responsibilities. I have taken extra time to write this column because I wanted to get all the information right. This issue also has individual significance for me because I had personal concerns about this and have searched for answers to my many questions concerning my role as a woman in this church. However, through my search I have gained an understanding that I can now share with others.

To begin with, I want to write about Mother Eve. I believe that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a unique view of this wonderful mother of all living. We believe that Eve understood Continue reading

“Are You Lonely, Mama?”

I enjoy reading what other people write.  I follow many writers.  Each Saturday I will share an article that particularly touched me this past week.

10400629_130762810155_8955_nThis week I loved the article “Are you Lonely, Mama?” written by Kristen at the blog When at Home.  I related so well to her thoughts.  I, too, often feel loneliness, and the reminder that the work I do at home is important was so needed this week.  What a beautiful article for all moms to read.

Click Here to Read it.

Mormonism in the 21st Century — Restoration

This column is the third in a series of articles that I will write on Mormonism in the 21st Century. Everything I write here is from my own perspective, and is not endorsed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

priesthoodThe New Testament gives us some insight into the way that Jesus Christ organized His church. He called twelve apostles, and laid his hands on their heads to give them the priesthood authority. Before the Savior’s death and Resurrection, He gave His Apostles authority to teach His gospel, perform the ordinances of salvation, and establish His Church in the world.

After the death of Jesus Christ, the Apostles taught until they were killed. Without revelation and priesthood authority on Earth once again, the people fell into what became known as The Great Apostasy, or the Dark Ages. People did not know where to find truth; they relied on human wisdom. Eventually, the people began searching for more answers. Sometimes people rebelled against the teachings of the churches, such as the pilgrims, and searched for more truth.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, did restore the true church once again Continue reading