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General Conference To The Rescue

General Conference To The Rescue

Just when hope seems lost, the future seems dim, and we feel like we can’t take one more step…General Conference arrives! This weekend allows us to pause, reflect, sit quietly, and see a new perspective. One of the grand recurring themes of the scriptures is the message of rescue and “saving” what was once thought to be lost. Today has been … Continue reading

9-11 Stories of Hope

9-11 Stories of Hope

Today the United States of America marks fifteen years since the horrible terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In many ways “Nine-Eleven” seems like just yesterday, and in other ways, it seems a lifetime ago. This is a day we will always remember where we were, what we were doing, how we felt – and how it changed us forever … Continue reading

Remind Me Again How We Do This?

Remind Me Again How We Do This?

Do you ever wonder what “this” is all about? You know – this. As in, Life. It seems like whenever I reach a crossroads, where some big decision has to be made, or a crises happens, or a change is taking place, I think about “this” – the living thing – more… Continue reading

Between A Rock And A Lion

Between A Rock And A Lion

And… guess what? I spoke too soon. After 7 days of being in love with our house, those ‘perfect buyers’ are leaving us at the altar. Yep. I’m trying not to be despondent, but my heart is feeling heavy. “everything is going to work out,” “these must not have been the ‘right family’,” “the Lord has a different plan … Continue reading

Day 16: Getting To Know Van Gogh

Day 16: Getting To Know Van Gogh

Tuesday July 12, 2016 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour Journal ~ Welcome to Amsterdam! We arrived by bus from Brussels to Amsterdam at 2:00 am. Our hotel is located on a very narrow cobblestone street and our tour bus drivers had to do some fancy maneuvers getting us to the door. But, they … Continue reading

The Foundation Will Be Deeper

The Foundation Will Be Deeper

The house made more progress yesterday! After getting its footings poured last weekend. It was then prepped just a few days later with large metal boards called forms or “frames”. We arrived later in the evening in time to see 7 men working diligently to get our entire basement framed. The following day my Dad … Continue reading

“O Come, All Ye Faithful” – Christmas Video

“O Come, All Ye Faithful” – Christmas Video

“We all have our own journey of faith to make… and it should be celebrated” say the founders of FaithCounts who encourage people of all denominations “to look inward and reflect on the value of faith in [your] own [life] this holiday season.” As a celebration of faith, two A’cappella groups – Vocal Point and BYU Noteworthy – have … Continue reading

Daily Bread

Daily Bread

Here is my thought for the day. A simple quote by a Christian pastor named Chip Ingram about Daily Bread really got me thinking some deeper thoughts than “what’s for dinner?” and “I gotta get this project done for my boss by 5!” So, I created a photo quote out of it to hang next to my computer – which also happens to be perfectly sized for … Continue reading

Thank You Kathie Lee

Thank You Kathie Lee

Other than television personality Glen Beck, I don’t recall the last time I’ve heard a popular media star bear their testimony on prime time television of the divinity of Christ, the blessings of the Bible, the value of church attendance, building family bonds, and the importance of faith. But, this week Kathie Lee Gifford – famous for her decades of talk show presence – did … Continue reading

Pioneer Principles: Your Heritage

Pioneer Principles: Your Heritage

July 24 is a very significant date in both Mormon and Utah state history. On Saturday July 24, 1847 – after nearly 17 months, and hundreds of miles of weary wagon travel – Brigham Young led an “advance party” of 148 pioneers into Utah’s Valley of the Great Salt Lake. They sought a sanctuary where their people could live in peace, … Continue reading

Amazing Grace Restores Faith On Broadway

Amazing Grace Restores Faith On Broadway

One of many  ‘Best Memories’  from my time in New York City this summer was getting to see the new Broadway musical AMAZING GRACE. WOW! If you are headed to NYC and you can only see one musical, then please make sure to see this one! Before we went on tour my friend Debby and I … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Do I Love Thee?

How Do I Love Thee?

One of the great love stories of the 20th Century was the courtship and marriage of poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning. They exchanged hundreds of letters during their prolonged and opposed courtship. Eventually, they eloped and moved to Italy. Elizabeth’s father disowned his oldest daughter, never to speak to her again. Elizabeth suffered throughout her short life with terrible, mysterious illnesses … Continue reading

Love Climbs Every Mountain

Love Climbs Every Mountain

Prepare to be inspired. Life-long friends Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray shared an amazing journey last summer, and now they have a powerful message to share with the world about what they learned. I’m excited to share their new TED-x Talk which released last night! This is a message about love, courage, self-less service, friendship, and above all, … Continue reading

The Power of Our Words

The Power of Our Words

The apostle James gave a stirring lecture regarding the power of our words. He bluntly accused the tongue as “an unruly evil full of deadly poison”, but he also offered the secret formula to become the “perfect man” [or woman]. “If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to … Continue reading

Mormon Mission: Hard Work – Priceless Blessing

Mormon Mission: Hard Work – Priceless Blessing

Today we officially welcomed home my youngest cousin Kate, who has been serving a full-time mission for the past 18 months in the England Leeds Mission! We are so proud of her faithful service. I will miss following her mission blog and hearing her updates and weekly testimonies of faith (but, perhaps she will choose to … Continue reading

Tolstoy: Where Love Is, There God Is Also

Tolstoy: Where Love Is, There God Is Also

The Russian Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828-1910) , commonly known as Leo Tolstoy, is considered one of the world’s greatest novelists. He is best known for two [very long and epic] novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877). Tolstoy was born into a life of high society and privilege, but was humbled through witnessing war … Continue reading