Mother’s Day and Family Relationships

Wherever there is the potential for joy, therein also lies the potential for pain.  And so here we are on the eve of yet another mother’s day.  After working with so many women (and men) over so many years – I have come to understand this is a complicated day.  After all, we are women [Read More...]

The Power of Kindness

Relief Society Lesson I taught on November 11, 2012 From Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith, Lesson 21 My Favorite Quotes from the Lesson: I pray that the love of the gospel of our Lord will burn in our souls and enrich our lives, that it will cause husbands to be kinder [Read More...]

Part of Panel on Mormon Matters re Virtue

I was recently involved on a panel discussion over at Mormon Matters regarding “virtue.”  Here is the description from Dan Wotherspoon: So often in Mormon discourse, the term “virtue” is treated almost exclusively as relating to sexual purity, chastity, and virginity, completely missing its much broader and wonderfully expansive meanings. Similarly, most talk about “morality,” [Read More...]

Cognitive Dissonance and Faith Transition

The theory of Cognitive Dissonance is a well-established concept in the field of psychology that explains why we all experience discomfort and anxiety when we are exposed to new ideas and beliefs or engage in behavior that conflict with our pre-existing views, ideals, and beliefs.  Micah Nickolaison conducts this interview and states, “I’ve been extremely interested in [Read More...]

Be Anxiously Engaged

My Relief Society Lesson for tomorrow. Taken from Elder M Russell Ballard’s talk: Be Anxiously Engaged. Verily I say, women should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; for the power is in them…  Doctrine & Covenants 58: 27-28 My [Read More...]

Miscarriage from an LDS Perspective

Check out my newest podcast interview on Mormon Mental Health looking at miscarriage through a Mormon perspective.  Thank you to Jenni Brighton for an excellent interview and her work helping to develop The Amethyst Network.   Mormon Mental Health: Miscarriage from an LDS Perspective Part 1 Mormon Mental Health: Miscarriage from an LDS Perspective Part 2 [Read more...]

What thinks Christ of Me?

Recent Relief Society Lesson I taught: What Thinks Christ of Me? by Elder Neil L. Andersen Scriptures which stood out to me: Come, follow me.  Luke 18:22 Peace I leave with you… let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  John 14:27 Be not afraid, only believe.  Mark 5:36 These things I [Read More...]