We must be “First Responders” to our spiritual promptings…

This last weekend we had the privilege of driving up to see my sister-in-law Sierra perform in the BYU Women’s Chorus Spring Recital. As an added bonus, we also were able to get tickets to a session of General Conference for Griffin and me, Sierra and her friend, and my in-laws.

Friday evening, we were able to catch a portion of the choir practice, which was amazing, and then we returned later to see them tear it up with a variety of talent-filled pieces. The hymns they sang really brought the spirit and the more fun pieces really brought joy to the audience.

What surprisingly affected me the most (as a precursor to conference) was the guest choir. Before they would sing certain pieces, both the BYU Women’s Chorus and the guest choir, would read aloud the lyrics. I found this very helpful, both from a musical stand-point and it helped me understand the feeling the song was meant to have before it was sung.

The Guest Choir sung a religious number with very few lyrics, but the lyrics it did have were very powerful and very striking for me.

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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!

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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I learned it the hard way…

In the months and conversations that followed my divorce, I often tried to escape the likely awkward surprising moments when people realized I was a 22-year-old divorcee with humor. They would say “I’m sorry…” and I would say, “I’m not, I am happy now! Its a good thing!”  And while that was true….it still doesn’t account for all the heartache in between. They would say… “Oh, that must have been hard….I can’t believe you had to go through that” and I would say “Oh, it’s okay, Heavenly Father knows that I need to learn things the hard way.

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