Must We Struggle Through our Struggles?

Stay positive. Have a good attitude. Have faith. Focus on something else. I can be patient. I can do hard things. It’s not as hard a trial as I thought. 

I think we all give ourselves a version of this pep talk when we are experiencing a trial or enduring a particularly difficult experience. I know I have.  We want to psych ourselves up; We are good people and we are strong. This trial isn’t as trying as you would think. People can’t even tell I am having a hard time, right? So people who look close shouldn’t be able to tell either. Right? Continue reading Must We Struggle Through our Struggles?

What Makes Something Special?

This Christmas I had a particularly difficult time feeling inspired as I shopped for gifts for my family and friends. I generally tend to look for meaningful and personal gifts and try not to be too commercial about it. For the first time, I felt myself scrolling through the “best gifts” section of Amazon.com feeling like a total cop-out.

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The Realization that Helped Me Heal After Divorce

My first husband was a kind, silly, fun and good man. And I was beyond excited when I had the privilege of marrying him in the temple. But a temple wedding does not a perfect marriage make.

He was kind and caring and wanted to do the right things. He wanted to be the man I could count on and wanted to make me happy.

Part of this life is understanding that we all have weaknesses and that we are here on earth to learn to overcome them through the atonement of Jesus Christ. I have had many opportunities to partake is the atonement to help me overcome my weaknesses, and have also learned the atonement is there to help me forgive others for their weaknesses.

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