Tagged with trials

Sometimes That Mountain Doesn’t Move

Sometimes That Mountain Doesn’t Move

Only five more days until the 184th Semiannual General Conference! In preparation, today’s inspirational message is about mountains, trials, despair and prayer. I have a story to tell, and there’s a sweet new song you’re gonna wanna hear.

It’s been one year this month since Daughter A. returned home early from her full-time LDS mission after serving for seven wonderful months. She loved her mission, and her mission loved her. Continue reading

The 5 Parables of Rain

The 5 Parables of Rain

Have you ever noticed that there are a lot of quotes and imagery surrounding rain? I was thinking about some of them today and how they apply to my life. They offer many positive messages to ponder.What can we learn from the rainy days or extended storms in our life? Continue reading

Does The Journey Seem Long?

Does The Journey Seem Long?

As far as I know, there have only been two recorded instances in LDS General Conference history when a singer performed a solo. The first solo occurred in 2009 when a Brazilian “mormon soprano” named Liriel Domiciano was invited by Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley to perform “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir … Continue reading

Give Me This Mountain

Give Me This Mountain

Growing up in Utah, I have spent a lot of time living up, down, in, on and around mountains. My family and I have made our home on the side of a beautiful mountain overlooking a valley with the Great Salt Lake in the distance. The disadvantage of living on a mountain is the extra effort it takes to climb … Continue reading

Not Everything Can Be Fixed In A Microwave

Not Everything Can Be Fixed In A Microwave

Last night after coming home late, and being tired and hungry I looked in the kitchen to see what I could cook quick and easy that would still taste good. I pulled out a new frozen food we had recently purchased. It was a Greek dish, and it looked delicious. I turned the package over for cooking directions but only found instructions for baking in a conventional oven… Continue reading

For Times of Trouble, Remember The Pioneers

For Times of Trouble, Remember The Pioneers

…for these people, the story has long ended. Their struggle is over, and all are safely gathered in. It is actually the rest of us who are now struggling to “pull our carts” through the hard terrain and deep snows of life, facing circumstances that we are often ill prepared to handle, wondering how we can get up and go on another day, having to dig a little deeper into our soul to find a higher purpose. . .and always praying for help to come. Will we be as brave? Continue reading

Find Beauty In The Storm

Recently I achieved a small victory and made it out of bed and into the gym before 5:30 am. I avoided the crowded kickboxing class and chose an elliptical machine in a quiet corner. Browsing through the small TV screen in front of me, I attempted to find something that would help me ignore my protesting muscles as I pushed … Continue reading

Facing Hard Times

This life is not always easy, nor was it meant to be. It is a time of testing and proving. When we are having a particularly hard time, and things seem unbearable, we can be assured that we are not alone. There is One who can bear our burdens, and hold us in His arms… Continue reading

Be Still And Know

Be Still And Know

My heart is heavy this weekend as I learned of two tragedies hitting home and heart. The first was the death of Christian songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman’s youngest child, Maria Sue. Certain areas of the country have given this more media attention than others. Our paper included only a small paragraph hidden in a national … Continue reading

Choosing Hard Things

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.” Hymn 110 This weekend while I was working on a church assignment, I found a scrap of paper tucked into my Bible. It was slightly torn, but I could tell at one time it had been a program from a Sunday service. I recalled … Continue reading

A Little Change

A Little Change

Isn’t life interesting? We build a comfortable “personal space” around ourselves. It is almost like our own mini world-within-a-world that we carry as an invisible shell. This protective shell is the sum of all our experiences, knowledge, hopes and fears. It shapes how we see the world. It defines ‘life as we know it’, and … Continue reading