January 19, 2022

Lines and circles are drawn on chalkboards or whiteboards all over the world to represent the Plan of Salvation. Some include a lot of detailed information—not all necessarily  scriptural or accurate. Missing Center But among all those lines and circles, something is often missing—Jesus Christ.  Jesus is at the center of the plan, but some of our visual depictions leave Jesus out. Thinking about how Christ is sometimes left out of Plan of Salvation drawings makes me wonder if sometimes… Read more

January 11, 2022

“ I do not want to get baptized or go to the temple, because I don’t want to make promises and then fail to keep them. These words seem reasonable, humble, and well intentioned. But they demonstrate an incomplete view of covenants that may prevent us from being blessed by our potential relationship with Jesus Christ. A Covenant With Another A covenant is often defined as a two-way promise, but this definition misleads by its worldly applications. Philosopher Truman Madsen and… Read more

January 5, 2022

Those Who Mourn, Those Who Seek:                      Forever Blessed in Christ It was a small inconspicuous box, easily obscured by the more garish Christmas items demanding attention—like so many of the most important things in life. Inside the box was a tiny pendant on a chain, representing the tree of life bearing the fruit of God’s love. This tree of life is a little different: tiny figures of a woman and… Read more

December 29, 2021

My family sets up nearly twenty nativities each Christmas. It’s our favorite way to decorate. Nativity scenes act as powerful symbols of the holy birth, showing different individuals and groups of people who worshipped the Christ child. We also love reminiscing about the places where we gathered the nativities or people who gave them to us. My heart is drawn back to faraway places like Israel. Botswana. Ethiopia. Mexico. The Philippines. Or to closer places. My mother’s sewing room. Even… Read more

December 22, 2021

Merry Christmas to you and yours, wherever you may be! When I think about the impact of the Christmas season on my life, there are a handful of experiences that stand out. One of the most memorable experiences happened when my family and I lived in Michigan. A Grouchy Neighbor Anyone who has lived in Michigan knows that there are two things you can be sure of in the winter season there. It’s going to be frigid, and there’s going… Read more

December 15, 2021

Listen to “Even in the Silence,” a song by Hilary Weeks, and read about strengthening your connection with Christ. The skill of listening is as valuable as the crust around an apple pie and as important as sunscreen at the pool—but it’s as rare as getting a refund on our taxes. The skill of listening is available to all but used by few. Here are just a few benefits of listening. First, listening facilitates healthy, clear communication and is foundational… Read more

December 8, 2021

The first (and only) time that I met my only brother was when I was 44 years old. I’m not sure why the Lord had us wait 44 years before we could meet each other, but I am confident that His hand was involved in the timing. Meeting My Brother After doing a DNA test a few years ago, I learned I had a brother named Lyncha (“LA”) who lived in Missouri. I’d grown up as an only child (and… Read more

December 1, 2021

The Children and Youth program is more than goal setting. It is striving to become more like Jesus Christ in every aspect of our lives. Read more

November 24, 2021

Our prophet leads and guides us in these latter days. It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since President Russell M. Nelson invited us to post daily on social media about the things we are grateful for. Did you hear about how the #givethanks hashtag overwhelmed the social media algorithm  and changed what people saw on their feeds? That’s the thing with covenant people heeding prophetic counsel: we can change the world. This holiday season, we have… Read more

November 17, 2021

Would you throw your beautiful baby out the window? Of course you wouldn’t! But some years back, there was a family who did throw their baby out the window. Why would they do such a thing? A Good Reason Why Imagine walking down the street in the city. Suddenly, you see a baby plummeting to the ground. A police officer on the ground catches the baby, and you sigh in relief. Then you look up to see who would’ve dropped… Read more

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