Happy Birthday, Grandma!

A little over two months ago, my grandmother was reunited with her loving husband in a place more beautiful than this one. Continue reading Happy Birthday, Grandma!

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The Heavens are Open!

Over the last few months I have had a great desire to improve my life, my heart, my mind and my spirit, but have been unable to do so. On my own.

Over the last few weeks I have had several faith-strengthening experiences; some have been from kind words from friends, others from lessons in church, and several directly from God. When I use the word directly, I use it quite literally. When we submit our will to our Savior Jesus Christ, we make room in our lives for amazing things to happen. The scriptures are full of miraculous events: Moses parting the Red Sea, the deliverance of Jonah from the mouth of the whale, angels closing the mouths of the lions to protect Daniel, the feeding of the 5,000 and countless others.

To contrast these large miracles of the Lord, let us study this “smaller miracle,” so we may better understand the love God has for each of His children, in a real and personal way. Continue reading The Heavens are Open!

Love is more than being nice…

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One of the most quoted scriptures in relation to love is in 1st Corinthians.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. — 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NIV

I will admit, I love this scripture, in fact it is quoted in one of my favorite movies….. don’t judge…haha!

I believe that because of this great scripture, often times love is associated with kindness and patience and an almost romantic view of the world, especially through the eyes of this passage. I want to share with you what I think real love is.

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The Most Important Phrase from General Conference

Before I start, I want to clarify what General Conference is. It is a meeting held by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints every 6 months. We have the blessing to hear from our leaders, but more importantly from our Prophet and Apostles. To learn more about our modern-day living prophet on the earth today, please read my previous post, Follow The Prophet. 
I LOVE General Conference. It has always been my favorite thing. What could be more amazing than words that come directly from Heavenly Father through the voices and experiences of his servants?!  I soak it up like a sponge, take tons of notes and it always helps me feel the love of God more in my life and live closer to the way he would have me live.

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Reflection and the Parable of the Pool

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One of the great blessings of being a member of my church is the great opportunities I get to serve a variety of people. All “callings” as we call them are completely voluntary and are done with out pay. I have served in many callings, one of my favorite was teaching the Sunday School class of 16 and 17 year old youth. The following post is some thoughts of mine I used in a lesson while teaching them about testimony. I want to apply it today more generally.

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The Unlikely Friendship of Depression and Anxiety

I am just going to say it: I love going to therapy. Its great! No, really, it is!

People don’t say this much and people don’t talk about this much because its awkward and its personal and I’m sure you are speculating with your wild imagination why I have been in therapy. That’s fine. I know who I am. If you want to understand me and therapy better and why its so awesome, keep reading. If you aren’t quite ready for this, feel free to close this window and go back to scrolling mindlessly through your Facebook feed. We can get to know each other when you are ready. 🙂

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