Team Firstborn

Since I am the third child in my family, I never thought much about the significance of being the “firstborn,” because obviously that doesn’t apply to me, right? However, in Exodus 4:22 the Lord describes the house of Israel as “my firstborn.” Thus, as a member of the House of Israel, it’s important for me…

About “Spiritual Resilience”

How can parents and leaders help youth develop spiritual resilience? What is parental success? What do our youth want most, and how can we help them make the connection between what they want most and how Christ can help them get it? Sharla Goettl, in her new book Spiritual Resilience, presents some inspired insights to…

When Disciples Cut Off Ears

When I feel discouraged and confused about certain types of mistakes that I (or others) have made, I gain strength and understanding by relating to a particular story of Peter that is found in all four Gospels. When the Savior was arrested by an armed mob in the garden of Gethsemane, the disciple Peter drew…

Hurrah for Israel!

“Hurrah for Israel!” is what Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball shouted as they bid farewell to their sick families (in 1839) and departed on their mission to England, despite being ill themselves.  While this story is often used by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an example of optimism…

Jumping Into a Ward

Whether you’re brand new to a ward or you’ve lived in the same ward for 30 years, there are always new ways to take initiative and make a difference. While it may feel natural to ease into a ward gradually, the Lord is hastening his work, and we should as well. (In the Church of…

The Jaredite Voyage and the Year 2020

The Jaredites knew what it was like to have a year of uncertainty and limited social interaction, but they also knew three important keys to not only surviving but also thriving. While discussing the book of Ether (part of the Book of Mormon) in Sunday School the other day, I was struck by all the…

Adventures in Isaiah: Part One

As I’ve searched for ways I can center my life on Christ, I never expected the answer would be to change the way I see Isaiah. I’ve read the Book of Mormon many times, but in my most recent study I finally noticed just how blatantly we are commanded to study Isaiah. Of course, I’ve…

A Hero’s Welcome

My toddler doesn’t know how to say “I love you,” but he doesn’t have to. When I walk in the door, he says it all by giving me a hero’s welcome—smiling, lighting up, and exclaiming “Mama!” If that were the only thing he did, it would still be enough to convince me of his love….

The MOTH in Motherhood

I never imagined the lesson moths could teach me about motherhood. Shortly after I started dating my future husband, he surprised me one day by exclaiming, “Man, moths get a bad rap. Everyone loves butterflies, but moths are way cooler.” He proceeded to expound on how moths are so chubby and fuzzy—unlike scrawny, stick-like butterflies—and…

Ever Onward

Each year, the significance of Easter increases as my love for my family increases. Christ’s gift of his own life makes it possible for all to be resurrected and live with their families forever. More importantly, as Brad Wilcox said in his book, Changed through His Grace, “perhaps the greatest gift is not only that…