What if Their Story, Were My Story?

It’s been almost a year since I’ve written anything thoughtful and substantial here on my little blog.  It’s been over two years since I have felt moved to write anything political in nature.  My reasoning has been pretty simple: I don’t care about politics anymore.  Crazy, I know!  For years I watched many of my…

No Contention in the Land

Those of you who have followed my blog over the years may have noticed that I am not nearly as political as I used to be.  I haven’t exactly been living with my head in the sand, but I have taken a healthy step back from the political arena.  While I enjoy learning about and…

Suffer the Children

I’ve been having trouble with one of my children.  A certain five-year-old of mine is a bit of a bully.  Jack had a very traumatic birth and has always been a little bit delayed.  As such, I think it’s safe to say he’s been spoiled over the last five years.  Now I am reaping my reward….

The War

One of the things that I love about the scriptures is that it doesn’t seem to matter what is going on in my life, the scriptures give me direction, comfort, and strength.  Even those verses that people often gloss over, or think are just historical rather than spiritual, can have a great impact on me. The…

Nourish His Word

In the October 1986 General Conference, Elder Boyd K Packer said: True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior. Preoccupation with unworthy behavior can lead to unworthy behavior. That is why we stress so forcefully the study…

The Forgotten Scriptures Part 1: Enos-Omni

In the Pathway program, the students take turns teaching each week.  This week I was assigned to lead the discussion on the scripture block of Enos through Mosiah chapter 3.  I don’t mind admitting that I wasn’t too excited about it.  Either the scripture block before or after would have appealed to me more.  It is…

Leave the Pieces

I’ve always wondered at the term “broken heart and contrite spirit” in relation to coming unto Christ.  I could never wrap my head around the idea that I could find Heavenly joy by having my heart broken and my soul devastated.  The Hollywood picture of a broken heart was not compatible with what I read…

I delight in the words of Nephi

2 Nephi 11:2 says: And now, I Nephi, write more of the words of Isaiah, for my soul delights in his words. For I will liken his words unto my people, and I will send them forth unto all my children, for he verily saw my Redeemer, even as I have seen him. I’ll be…

Charity

Every once in a while I get knocked in the face with the realization that my babies are growing up.  One of those moments happened today when Lucy gave her first talk in Sacrament meeting.  She was asked to speak on Charity and after a week of preparation and very little help on my part,…

The Refiner’s Fire

Earlier this week I was listening to a talk from April of last year by Elder Uchtdorf.  He said, “I believe that all of us experience times when the very fabric of our world tears at the seams, leaving us feeling alone, frustrated, and adrift.” Then he said this:  Then he said this: I have learned that there…

Murmur Not

A few weeks ago we went to the Bronx Zoo.  We got a late start and the zoo was so big that after several hours of seeing animals and exhibits we decided that, rather than drag eight tired and hungry people through the rest of the attractions (which were numerous), it would be wiser to come back…

Freetown {Review}

Every once in a while I read a book, have a conversation, or see a movie that makes me simultaneously horrified and grateful.  I’ve often thought how our Father in Heaven must weep when he looks down on Africa and other countries in similar circumstances.  Africa is flanked on both sides by civilizations that not…