Scripture Sunday

Aspects of Love - We celebrated love this week with Valentine’s Day.  It’s got me thinking more about all of the aspects of love.  I looked at an old blog post I posted many years ago and decided to give it a face lift… adding a little here and there from a few more years of experience. One of… Continue reading Aspects of Love
Blessing or Burden - I’ve been thinking all day about the burden that comes with agency.  I’ve been thinking about the price that comes with agency. Agency is a priceless, sacred, eternal gift.  Agency is the power to think, to choose, and to act for ourselves. Agency presents endless possibilities and opportunities.  Attached to these possibilities and opportunities is… Continue reading Blessing or Burden
Contention – Nobody Got Time For That! - “And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another.” Mosiah 18:21 I’ve been thinking about and pondering this scripture for a couple of… Continue reading Contention – Nobody Got Time For That!
The Gift of Love - One of the greatest rewards of surviving the sleepless nights of night feedings, the sleepless night of worry, the sleepless nights of “talkative” teens, and the sleepless nights of wondering how to pay for that mission, wedding or college is the joy of being a grandparent. I love making faces at little Freya and getting… Continue reading The Gift of Love
The Gift of the Holy Ghost - This past Christmas we gave my daughter a new cell phone.  This phone can help her to keep in touch with her parents.  This phone can give her knowledge when she has a desire to search.  This phone can guide her when she needs direction.  This phone can help her to stay connected to things… Continue reading The Gift of the Holy Ghost
The Gift of Repentance – The Parable of the Pen and Shane the Sheep - Today I gave a talk in Sacrament Meeting today.  Here it is in all it’s glory… To introduce my subject I decided to write a parable… the Parable of the Pen… and Shane the Sheep (no relation to Shawn the Sheep). As inspiration for this parable I look to John chapter 10 where Jesus makes… Continue reading The Gift of Repentance – The Parable of the Pen and Shane the Sheep
Symbolism - So much to think about today! Today I taught a lesson in Sunday School about symbolism.  We had a great discussion.  The kids were very engaged.  I will talk about what we talked about in another blog on a different date.  But I do want to address symbolism. I have been fascinated with symbolism for much of my adult life. Symbols… Continue reading Symbolism
Stillness Illness - I have a serious case of “stillness illness.”  It is my habit to live life in a constant state of business. Work must be done.  Children must be chauffeured.  Friends and family need our attention.  Seriously.  I live a life that is a whirlwind of activity. December is no exception.  I spend my time rushing… Continue reading Stillness Illness
Cultivating My Testimony of Jesus, the Christ. - A testimony is the personal assurance of Jesus Christ’s divinity, that Jesus is the Christ.  Paul wrote, “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).  To gain a testimony we must hear of Christ.  We must pray for divine conformation as witnessed by the Holy Ghost.  We must be willing… Continue reading Cultivating My Testimony of Jesus, the Christ.
Expect the Unexpected - I have been pondering prayer and receiving answers to prayers this past week. I think of the things I prayer for… greater faith, love, holiness, wisdom, discernment, God’s grace, courage, patience, the joy that only God can grant along with the basic daily needs my family and I stand in need of each day… and… Continue reading Expect the Unexpected
Keeping My Flame of Faith Alive and Well - I am sure thousands of books have been written, and thousands of talks have been given addressing the principle of faith.  Faith is a topic I feel we are all trying to understand, comprehend and gain a perfect knowledge of… what more could I truly add?  And yet, I find myself compelled to address the… Continue reading Keeping My Flame of Faith Alive and Well
Worship – A Matter of the Heart - Jesus taught “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Luke 4:8).  Not only is worship a commandment, but God has placed in our hearts a desire to worship, to seek Him and the salvation He offers, so to serve Him. A knowledge of truth is key to worship… real… Continue reading Worship – A Matter of the Heart
I Stand All Amazed - My heart is heavy.  There has been much distress around me – from the news to people I am acquainted with, that shocks and saddens me.  In times of great distress I turn music that uplifts my soul.  Today I was searching for that one song that could enlighten my mind and came across… I… Continue reading I Stand All Amazed
The Road to Wholeness - We are all travelers on the road to wholeness.  We are all moving, forward or backward, learning who we are and what we want to become.  To achieve wholeness is to overcome the “natural man” and to fulfill our greatest potential. The road to wholeness is traveled one step at a time.  Each step, no… Continue reading The Road to Wholeness
First Important Lesson – I am a Child of God - When my children were little… and fussy… and worried… and anxious… I’d hum a little tune that always made them feel better. As small children their sweet little souls knew it and believed it with great fervor! “Lead me, guide me, walk beside me…” “I am a child of God” is the first religious lesson… Continue reading First Important Lesson – I am a Child of God
The Parable of the Flying Cheerleader - It is football season and what better time would there be then now to share the Parable of the Flying Cheerleader. Life as a teenager is like being a flyer on a cheer leading team.  Let me explain.   Spectators are always impressed with the stunts cheer leading teams perform at fall football games.  This… Continue reading The Parable of the Flying Cheerleader
Feasting on the Words of Power - This weekend is a feast… a FEAST for the soul! It is General Conference weekend for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  In our church we have a world-wide conference twice a year that is broadcast for Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The prophet, the twelve apostles and others called by… Continue reading Feasting on the Words of Power
You are Mine - I have to admit, I am complete confused by women I hear or see complaining about the messages church leadership sends to women in the church.  I LOVE what I learn in meetings and in conference!  Take yesterday at the General Women’s Conference. I came away with a great reminder to  remember who I am,… Continue reading You are Mine
Oneness is not just for Buddhists - I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I am also a student of all that is good.  I love to read and see how religions from around the world reflect my own faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ. Today I read the conference talk given in the April 2017… Continue reading Oneness is not just for Buddhists
Glory of Truth Enlightened - D&C 93:36 “The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.” I’ve heard this scripture for most of my life.  It is the motto of the university I attended and graduated from. Intelligence usually is coupled with gathering of information… learning… thinking.  God wants us to learn.  He wants us to… Continue reading Glory of Truth Enlightened
Do You Hear the Crickets Sing? - There is a time in every single one of our lives when we all realized we have learned to hear the crickets. Crickets are messengers.  Near my home, crickets are a signal that summer is ending soon, that fall is approaching.  Their cheerful little chirps add to magical late summer evenings. (I read that their… Continue reading Do You Hear the Crickets Sing?
Another Testament of Jesus Christ - Today I finished reading “The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ”.  This is not the first time I have read this book.  However, this is the first time I have read it in 65 days – the time it took Joseph Smith to translate the gold plates. I usually read the Book of… Continue reading Another Testament of Jesus Christ
- Life is a struggle.  At least, this is a fact that I have learned throughout my life.  Whether it is physical pain, emotional pain, struggles with insecurities, or the continuing fight to grow a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, life is a struggle.  Life’s struggles often frustrate our abilities to increase our faith.… Continue reading
The Merciful Obtain Mercy  - In light of all that has happened in the world today, it was poetic that today I re-read the, The Merciful Obtain Mercy by President Dieter f. Uchtdorf.  Truly, the Lord knows what we must face.  He inspires His Prophets to teach us the way before we need it most.  This “instant classic” is brilliant, and… Continue reading The Merciful Obtain Mercy 
Fragile…  - This morning as I sat at my desk organizing the day and week, I looked up at the cork board above my computer and saw the delicate painted egg that a former visiting teacher gave me. I have new visiting teachers now, but I so enjoyed getting to know her then (thankfully I still see… Continue reading Fragile… 
Scripture Sunday – The Great White Out  - Today, as I sat in church, a thought struck me.  The little girl who was baring her testimony of Christ and how the Atonement of Jesus Christ allows us to have a “do over,” I thought, “Christ is my white out!  Because of Him I can rewrite my story anytime.” I know. It’s a weird… Continue reading Scripture Sunday – The Great White Out 
Scripture Sunday – What’s in a Name?  - The power of a name and its value has long been immortalized in prose, poetry, and religious ceremony. Everyone recognizes himself or herself by name. Every fall or at the beginning of each play production, I have students introduce themselves to the rest of the group.  I like to ask them to think about their… Continue reading Scripture Sunday – What’s in a Name? 
Scripture Sunday – Jesus IS the Plan  - Hannah is getting to go to the temple for the first time.  As a result she has been discussing the temple prep lessons with me (McKay and Myles through Skype today).  Today’s subject is The Plan.  This plan was designed to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.  This plan includes a… Continue reading Scripture Sunday – Jesus IS the Plan 
WORK – A four-letter Word  - This blog is for Kimber, who did a great job teaching Relief Society today on the value of work and self-reliance.  So many wanted to contribute to the thoughts shared that she didn’t get to say all the things she had prepared for the lesson, but she got me thinking and I should record my… Continue reading WORK – A four-letter Word 
Dancing with Daffodils  - As winter draws to a close here in the Northwest, the hearty daffodils begin to poke their heads up through the leaves, grass and twigs on the surface of the ground, braving the down pour of rain and the whipping of winds. During the dark days of winter it is common to walk by the… Continue reading Dancing with Daffodils 
An Example of the Believers  - Being an example radiates from our very being. It defines who we are, what we believe in, and how we act. There is good in everyone. Even though our beliefs may differ, we all radiate something……What is it that you radiate? What conviction shows forth from you that says “I AM AN EXAMPLE of…”? Yesterday… Continue reading An Example of the Believers 
Prodigal… dutiful… rejoicing  - This morning I find myself contemplating the parable of the prodigal son. I find myself in the unusual position of identifying with, and perhaps “being” all three characters in the story at once. The parable of the prodigal son is the most developed of the three parables of the “lost”, the “seeker”, and the “found.”… Continue reading Prodigal… dutiful… rejoicing 
Love Changes Everything  - Lately I am obsessing over how to motive not only myself, but my children, to make good choices. It’s hard. I believe firmly that God is very concerned about the quality of my life just I am concerned for the quality of my kids lives. He wants me to do more than just believe in… Continue reading Love Changes Everything 
My Yoke is Easy…  - I had a thought occur to me while studying Matt. 11:28-29. Why did I ever think I could learn to bridle all my passions without the Lord? OK… I’ve known this before, but I continue to forget. The Lord continues to repeat lessons for me because I continue to forgetful… sheesh… at least He is… Continue reading My Yoke is Easy… 
Once On This Island Report  - I had the great honor of directing Once on This Island at Central High School which performed the first couple weeks of March.  The show was added to the season after many students requested one more chance to do a show before the end of their senior year.  I didn’t start off directing the show.… Continue reading Once On This Island Report 
Les Miserables  -  From the beginning of January through the end of March of 2014 I had the pleasure of working on the production of Les Miserable performed at Pentacle Theater.  I was very involved in the blocking of the production.  The director, Robert Salberg, assigned me all of the large group numbers and most of the scenes… Continue reading Les Miserables 
A Masterpiece of Law vs. Grace  - Oh, so long ago I fell in love with the incredible story penned by Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables .  Such a literary powerhouse long before Alain Boubeil and Claude-Michel Schonberg wrote their musical based on the story in 1980. I fell in love all over again.  This time with haunting melodies and an exquisite score.    I loved it… Continue reading A Masterpiece of Law vs. Grace