2015 Choir Retirement: God Be With You!

2015 Choir Retirement: God Be With You!

On Sunday April 19, 2015 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir bid a tearful, fond farewell to 28 family members during the annual retirement ceremony. Membership in the Choir is limited to 20 years of service, or age 60, whichever comes first. Each year that goes by for me I find the retirement ceremonies become more emotional. It’s difficult to describe just … Continue reading

Opening The Windows Of Heaven

Opening The Windows Of Heaven

Last Friday I got a group email from members in my ward (congregation) spreading the word that our Stake President (spiritual leader over a group of wards) was requesting that all of us include as part of our fasting and prayers this weekend a specific request to heaven for “more moisture“, and to spread the word to others to do … Continue reading

The Lord’s University – Heaven On Earth

The Lord’s University – Heaven On Earth

This morning, the public tour reservations for the new Payson Utah Temple opened! Hooray! I’ve been watching this beautiful holy house rise for the past 3 years and I’m so excited to get to go inside! I have my reservation for the second week of May. :) Before a temple is dedicated there is always an open house with … Continue reading

Home The Movie And Life

Home The Movie And Life

Some days are great. Today was an exceptionally great day! Emotionally, physically, spiritually. Everything seemed to just align together in perfect harmony. The weather, the body, the people, the food, and the sweet little cherry on top [a movie called HOME]! Continue reading

It’s Here! General Conference Is For You

It’s Here! General Conference Is For You

I am a tiny tot with her eyes all aglow, and I surely find it hard to sleep tonight! General Conference is here! It always feels like the most excellent Christmas to me, and guess what? You’re ALL INVITED to attend the celebration with me! Oh, please do come! You don’t want to miss this! You can watch … Continue reading

He Is Risen! – Hymn for The Easter Feast

He Is Risen! – Hymn for The Easter Feast

One of my favorite Easter hymns is “He Is Risen” written by Cecil Frances (“Fanny”) Alexander (1818-1895). From a very early age Fanny loved to write poems. She was near-sighted, timid and shy. At the tender age of nine her father noticed a lump under the rug in Fanny’s bedroom. Lifting the rug, he discovered a hidden stack … Continue reading

Finding Easter

Finding Easter

I should be sleeping. If I went to bed right this moment I might be lucky enough to get four three two solid hours of sleep. But, I’m not in bed and I’m not sleeping. Instead I’m sitting here worrying. I’m worrying about my in-laws who are both very seriously ill. I’m praying over them and wondering how … Continue reading

The Dust of Eternity

The Dust of Eternity

I have a remarkable story to share with you today. I hope that it inspires you as much as it inspired me. Since Joey’s death on Monday I’ve been particularly reflective about both the transitory and eternal nature of life. I’ve spent some extra time pondering heavenly things. You could say my heart has been turned a little more “outward and upward.” Continue reading

Saying Goodbye To Joey

Saying Goodbye To Joey

This is the painful post I never wanted to write. Today we had to say goodbye to one of the most beloved members of our family. Joey would have turned Sweet 16 in May. I still can’t believe he’s gone. The emptiness in our home and the hurt in my heart is going to take time to process. Joey was adopted on … Continue reading

June Smiled Through The Tears

June Smiled Through The Tears

I’ve been thinking about the ups and downs, twists and trials of life, and that made me think of my beloved maternal Grandmother –  “Grandma June” – who left this world on Aug. 10, 2012. It’s still hard to believe that she’s ‘gone’, and even more amazing that it’s been over 2 years already. Talma June Dickson Christensen was a woman … Continue reading

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day With A Purpose

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day With A Purpose

Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. There are festivals, parades, dancing, leprechauns, special foods, kissing, drinking, and a whole lot of green. When I was growing up, St. Patrick’s Day meant one thing – the importance of wearing something green to keep from being pinched all … Continue reading

BTW, Which Way Are You Facing?

BTW, Which Way Are You Facing?

Last night I had the delightful opportunity to attend a women’s meeting (fireside) with special guest speaker John Bytheway – a very funny, inspiring, gifted man who also happens to be a devout Mormon. If you’ve never heard “BTW” (By-The-Way), then you have really been missing out on something special. I’m eager to introduce you! John Bytheway excels in equal parts motivational speaker, comedian, storyteller, teacher, inspirational … Continue reading

David Archuleta Sings At BYU Hawaii

David Archuleta Sings At BYU Hawaii

Former American Idol and returned Mormon missionary David Archuleta visited the BYU Hawaii campus in November 2014 to speak and sing as part of the Great Ideas Conference. During the meeting, David performed a touching rendition of the beloved LDS song “If the Savior Stood Beside Me,” which he sang in both English and Spanish. Of course, it was … Continue reading

Being A Temple of God

Being A Temple of God

Today’s Conference Countdown message was originally given the women of the church, but it applies to all. I love this message so much I had to share it, plus, I love Sister Marriott’s darling southern accent (seriously, doesn’t listening to her voice just make you feel all warm and cozy?). Neill F. Marriott wasn’t always a Mormon. … Continue reading

Serving And Saving

Serving And Saving

Today’s Conference Countdown message is about the power of Christ to serve and save souls, and the power of Christ within us to also help serve and save. President Thomas S. Monson shared the following story during the October 2006 General Conference: “While driving to the office one morning, I passed a dry-cleaning establishment which had … Continue reading

A Renewal For The Soul

A Renewal For The Soul

In the Saturday morning session of October General Conference 2014, Sister Cheryl A. Esplin gave a powerful sermon about the Sacrament [what we call holy communion] which we partake of in our weekly Sunday service. She taught that partaking of the bread and water can become much more than a ritual, but a truly spiritual experience and … Continue reading

It’s About Time

It’s About Time

Here we go again! The annual “Spring Forward” happened Sunday night. That always seems like a lovely euphemism for “Say goodbye to another hour of critical sleep, sucka!” Doesn’t it? *sigh* My body hasn’t adjusted yet. I could rant some more about this antiquated fall-back spring-forward practice. But, that’s not what I want to blog about today. Today I … Continue reading

Purim Festival Honors Esther and God

Purim Festival Honors Esther and God

Last night at sundown the Jewish festival of Purim began. It will extend until sunset tonight. Purim is considered one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (in late winter/early spring). This holiday commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people … Continue reading

Ye Elders Of Israel: Hymn By Cyrus Wheelock

Ye Elders Of Israel: Hymn By Cyrus Wheelock

Memorable moments during General Conference not only include testimonies borne over the pulpit but also testimonies borne through song. One special and powerful musical sermon was given during the October 2014 Conference Priesthood Session by a choir of approximately 375 young missionary Elders chosen from the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. This stirring arrangement of the Latter-day Saint hymn “Ye Elders Of … Continue reading

In Like A Lion Out With The Lamb

In Like A Lion Out With The Lamb

Happy March… or, is it December? It’s snowing today in Northern Utah, and it’s predicted to snow tomorrow. This is an interesting change. We haven’t had legitimate snow here (as in, “needing to shovel the driveway”) since Christmas Day. It’s been unusually dry. I guess we thought it wasn’t going to snow again this year and we’ve … Continue reading

This Is Exactly Why I Do Not Blog

This Is Exactly Why I Do Not Blog

In the immortal words of Sally Field, “I can’t deny the fact that You Like Me right now! You Like Me!” Or at least, according to WordPress.com, you like me. They even gave me a badge to prove it. Yay me… er…you! I’m laughing, because don’t you think it’s kind of silly? What does this award mean, exactly? Is … Continue reading

Protecting Our Nest: Arming Children Against Pornography

Protecting Our Nest: Arming Children Against Pornography

Is your home and family protected? Are the children in your life empowered against evil? That is the question President Boyd K. Packer helps us consider in a talk from the April 2013 General Conference illustrating the importance of looking out for those we love. Using a personal story as a parable, President Packer shared a tragic scene he witnessed in his own … Continue reading