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Gardening In The Rain

Gardening In The Rain

I’m officially gardening again! According to the Farmer’s Almanac (i.e. people that garden who actually know what they’re doing) it’s considered “safe” to plant after Mother’s Day – which really means I can’t procrastinate any longer. I’ve been putting it off mainly because every time I think “OK. This is it. Tomorrow morning is the day!” inevitibly it would be pouring … Continue reading

Remember Courage

Remember Courage

What does it mean to have courage? There are many wonderful examples all around us of people being courageous. I bet you can think of someone right now in your life who is exercising courage. In fact, I bet you’ve had to find and use courage, too. Continue reading

Mormon Prayer: Heavenly Conversation

Mormon Prayer: Heavenly Conversation

In honor of this weeks National Day of Prayer, leaders from different faiths were interviewed by The Washington Post to demonstrate how they pray. Sister Linda Otani McKinney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and leader of a local LDS Relief Society, was invited to share about Latter-day Saint/Mormon prayer. She explained how we think of prayer as “a heavenly conversation,” and outlined the four basic steps to prayer; Continue reading

Motherhood Matters

Motherhood Matters

This Sunday we will celebrate Mother’s Day in the USA and my thoughts are turned to all of the wonderful mothers in my life. On Saturday September 27, 1980 the annual General Relief Society Meeting was held in Salt Lake City inside the Tabernacle on Temple Square. The theme was “Learn—Then Teach,” Continue reading

Singing With Angels Movie With MoTab

Singing With Angels Movie With MoTab

I got to be a “movie star” yesterday for the upcoming feature film Singing With Angels, and there was definitely some heavenly intervention involved! The past week I’ve been “down and out” laying in bed with a terrible illness – fever/aches/congestion/cough you name it – binge-watching episodes of HGTV home makeovers in-between being catatonic, feeling miserable and sorry for … Continue reading

Sunday Schooling Things

Sunday Schooling Things

The Lord has been “schooling me” a lot (as He does) and I decided to start taking notes. The Lord desires us to acknowledge His hand “in all things“(D&C 59:21) and to give thanks to Him “in every thing.” (1Thess 5:18). The thought occurred to me that another way of acknowledging & giving thanks would be to share some of the insights I’ve received … Continue reading

Nepal Earthquake: Is Bishnu OK? How Can We Help?

Nepal Earthquake: Is Bishnu OK? How Can We Help?

I joined the world in shock and sadness this morning at the news of the devastating earthquake in Nepal . My thoughts and prayers are with all of the people suffering directly and indirectly, and those who are tirelessly trying to go to their aid. My first thoughts today were; “Is Bishnu and his family OK?” and “How can I … Continue reading

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

What Makes A Woman? – An Empowering New Song

What Makes A Woman? – An Empowering New Song

Excited to share a new music video today that features some of my very best friends (who didn’t even tell me they were doing this amazing thing)! The song What Makes a Woman? is from a new musical comedy called The Best Medicine written by the brilliantly talented writer, author, speaker, playwright, “YouTube Mom“, CEO entrepreneur Joni Hilton. [yes, and a Mormon].  The musical scoring … 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