Birthday Thoughts

On June 7, I turned sixty-one.  My two best friends, Jackie Selck Clegg and Elizabeth (Buffy) Cannon Wright, both died in their forties, Jackie of cancer and Buffy in a car crash. My aunt Carolyn also died in her forties.  A heart attack took her.  Two of my husband's sisters died at age forty-five, one of cancer and one of multiple sclerosis.  I look back over the twenty years which I got and they did not and contemplate what that time has meant.  I did write some important books, but others are … [Read more...]

Mothers’ Day Tribute–Nancy Young Layton

Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation. For after much tribulation come the blessings.  Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand. (Doctrine and Covenants 58:3-4)The Savior’s disciples once asked why a certain man had been born blind.  Had he committed some premortal sin, or … [Read more...]

Bruce Loves Margaret (and visa versa)

Our courtship is slightly famous.  Bruce gives his students copies of the essay he wrote about it, and I have my students read it as well.  And then, to boldly move it into the public blogosphere, Rosalynde Welch wrote about it here.The truth is, Bruce had been assigned by his friend Phil Barlow to write the essay for a book, but he hadn't finished it by the 1984 deadline.  Actually, he hadn't started it--though he had good ideas. He thought he'd write about faith and love.  But how do you do … [Read more...]