United

There is an individual and family study program developed for the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  This program is called Come, Follow Me and it provides a study guide for my family to have Gospel discussions in our home throughout the week.   We began our week talking about being united … Continue reading United

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Repentance is not a bad thing

All too often we associate repentance with negative feelings.  It isn’t too hard to make that correlation because if often comes after we acknowledge that we have done something wrong.  In a talk this morning a missionary said “Don’t think of repentance as a bad thing”, but as an opportunity for growth. An opportunity to … Continue reading Repentance is not a bad thing

Visiting, feeling like an outsider, and extending a smile to someone in need

We are visiting a church in another town this weekend.  A different congregation, with a completely different dynamic from our typical Sunday.  It is not out of the ordinary to be greeted by a number of people when visiting another Ward (what our church calls the geographic boundaries that constitute a congregation) before the Sacrament … Continue reading Visiting, feeling like an outsider, and extending a smile to someone in need

Fasting, the vehicle to overcome any struggle or obstacle in our lives.

Fasting is common in religious practice.  It is the practice of removing food and possibly water from your day for some period of time.  We are promised blessings from removing that from our lives for a small moment in a effort to focus on the spiritual.  This time of focus is suggested to bring a … Continue reading Fasting, the vehicle to overcome any struggle or obstacle in our lives.

Third Time’s a Charm? We don’t always get things the first time.

During today’s lesson it was discussed Peter and his association with the number three.  He was told that he would deny the Savior three times, and as much as he fought that internally it happened.  It wasn’t until the third time that he truly didn’t feel the impact of what he was doing as well … Continue reading Third Time’s a Charm? We don’t always get things the first time.

Passing Judgement, on ourselves and others

We are all very sensitive to judgement.  The last thing we want is to have others place undue opinion about who we are without the proper context and content.  With time and experience, people should be able to see who we are by the "fruits that we bear" or the actions of our lives.  While … Continue reading Passing Judgement, on ourselves and others

Balancing your life and your little side

So much of life is deciding where to put your energy.  What will I work on today, and how much effort will I put into it?  If you have children that decision-making tree grows a lot more branches as your children have nine million questions and desires of their own.  All to often we find … Continue reading Balancing your life and your little side

Sacrifice, or what we are willing to give

What are we willing to give, and for what cause?  During the Fourth of July holiday week/end I had been thinking about the armed servicemen and women of the United States of America.  The sacrifice they give each and every day so we can live in a manner we choose. Coupled with that I watched … Continue reading Sacrifice, or what we are willing to give

My person, my best, and the “whys” inside my head

The hardest part about my journey to self acceptance and understanding has been that my person, my best friend is the person I cannot be little around.  I cannot vent or be 100% vulnerable because of discomfort that is felt from both of us. I feel so conflicted and torn, but the person I would … Continue reading My person, my best, and the “whys” inside my head

Our choices, an opportunity for growth or regret

Sitting in Church it is often surprising (although it should not be any more..) that I come with questions and thoughts in my mind, and there are topics discussed that reach to me in aid.  We had a teenage boy and then a couple speak during the main Sacrament meeting in church today about Patriotism … Continue reading Our choices, an opportunity for growth or regret