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Growing in Patience

I don’t consider myself particularly patient because I hate wasting time.  I like to plan ahead and organize specifically so I don’t waste my time.  And excessive waiting —well, it’s  just so boring and useless.  I suppose I subscribe to Henry David Thoreau’s observation: The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”  -Henry David Thoreau Life …

||Book Review|| The Gospel at 30,000 Feet

I’ve always loved analogies and the way they teach a principle.  Personally, I’m partial to bicycle analogies, but who couldn’t help but love the way Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf draws on his real-life experiences from flying and connects them with life in a way we can all relate.  So when Deseret Book provided a chance to review his recently released …

Choosing God’s Path, Not Mine

We spent the first five years of our marriage in the typical transient state of many young couples — moving from one rental to the next for a little more space, graduate school, an internship. I eagerly looked forward to the day we could “put down roots” so to speak.  Everything from building lasting relationships to buying the perfect laundry …

My Little Brown Book

After my post, 3 Ways to Make More Meaningful Choices this Year, I had a couple of requests asking about My Little Brown Book. Put simply, it is a resolutions journal to track my progress and growth based on designated key indicators or life dimensions. It has become a way for me to prioritize and recognize my growth from year …

Learning to Listen

Some years ago, my in-laws generously took their entire family to the island of Oahu for a family vacation.  We enjoyed an incredible week of snorkeling, parasailing, hiking, sea kayaking, and making amazing memories together.  On the final day of our trip, we spent the morning packing our things. We were busy cleaning up the massive home that we had all …

How Developing More Courage can Improve our Lives

A few weeks ago we saw the latest Thor movie. The heroics and courage involved in Thor saving his planet were both entertaining and enjoyable to watch. Surrounded by superheroes and comic thrillers, the latest movie trends have made the heroics of saving the world and fighting bad guys become synonymous with courage.  Courage is defined as the “quality of …

The Place Which God for Us Prepared

  Life was lovely in Colorado.  My husband and I enjoyed four beautiful children, good neighbors, and fulfilling friendships.  We’d lived there for eight years, longer than either of us had lived anywhere.  Our older children didn’t remember living any place else — the younger hadn’t lived anywhere else. And yet, somehow, it felt so right to leave our home …

Tender Mercies In Our Daily Lives

Sometimes tender mercies aren’t the first thing we notice when life seems to be going terribly wrong. I had just gotten home from an appointment when I received a terrifying phone call from the local Hospital. A nurse on the other end said, “We have your husband here. He was out for a jog this afternoon, and we are doing …

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