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June 28, 2017

I recently read The Gifts of Imperfection by the popular TED speaker, Brene Brown. It’s about embracing your authentic self, among other things, and at one point she says this:

“Until we can receive with an open heart, we are never really giving with an open heart....

June 27, 2017


Just as Jesus “bore our griefs and carried our sorrows” (Isa. 53:4), so we are to participate in His suffering—by barring ourselves from sin and self, and choosing instead to follow what He would have us do. (Rom. 8:17)

“Suffering” simply means barring ourse...

June 25, 2017

That awkward moment. An acquaintance is going through something wrenching like depression, or unemployment, or a messy divorce, and you want to reach out supportively. You know the need goes deeper than a casual “How are you doing?”

With siblings or close personal frien...

June 23, 2017

Many years ago my husband was called to serve as the bishop of a seriously struggling ward. He spent many hours at the church, late nights visiting troubled members and endless hours on the telephone. It felt our marriage wouldn’t survive.

During a time of deep despair...

June 21, 2017

“I’m stubborn, just like my dad.” I watched as a teenager at Girls’ Camp laughed and admitted to this trait. Her friends all nodded, giving examples of times she wouldn’t bend, refusing to clean her camping area, ignoring advice to wear “greasy” sunscreen, and having t...

June 19, 2017

While out jogging in central Provo, Nancy and I found our dream house—a stately, historic craftsman-style house with a lovely lawn, arbor, carriage house, and playground. We were enchanted!

We reworked our jogging path so that we passed that house every day. Often we wa...

June 18, 2017

A few days ago, my 4-year-old grandson, Helaman said something extraordinary!   He walked up to his mother while I was near and said, “Mom, did you know that when you’re still, you can feel stuff?” (This was a 4-year-old boy whose non-stop running is one of his definin...

June 14, 2017

Not long ago I posted an article called “What Does It Really Mean to Be ‘Saved’?” Click on this link to read if you missed it or would like to refresh your memory. I quoted from a friend I’m calling “Jacob” who is sharing his story of his personal repentance process in...

June 12, 2017

Lately I’ve been pondering again what Jesus did for us, searching for and reviewing answers to eternally significant questions. For instance, what does salvation really mean and how does it apply to me personally?


The gospel is often called, “The Plan of Salvat...

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