July 9, 2020

Why read others’ words about freedom? They color the mosaic of freedom in our minds and hearts.  We discern the disparities between “then” and “now.” We realize that some struggles have not yet been overcome. And we see ourselves as a potential hinge-point of change, no matter how tiny and small. Sojourner Truth/Isabella Baumfree (1797-1883) was born into slavery in New York but took her freedom in 1826. She spoke only Dutch until she was nine years old. Her final… Read more

July 7, 2020

A dear friend of mine battles intense darkness.  She’s shared her furnace of affliction with me and I’ve cried and prayed for her and rejoiced at her victories. She diligently, daily studies the “Come, Follow Me” study guide for the Book of Mormon and various extra resources. I’ve begun noticing a change in her perspective. While she still has very bad days, she’s beginning to at least start those days in grateful praise and worship!  Her words have become psalms… Read more

June 30, 2020

“And it came to pass that they journeyed many days in the wilderness, and they fasted much and prayed much that the Lord would grant unto them a portion of his Spirit to go with them, and abide with them, that they might be an instrument in the hands of God to bring, if it were possible, their brethren, the Lamanites, to the knowledge of the truth, to the knowledge of the baseness of the traditions of their fathers, which were not correct” (Alma 17:9.) “A Portion… Read more

June 29, 2020

A Dream About My Future Wife by Jeffrey A. Bushman I have always enjoyed reading the scriptures and one area that I thought was amazing was that the Lord uses dreams to bless the lives of His children.  I have had many dreams, but only a few that I felt had the hand of the Lord in giving guidance in helping make life decisions. Sometimes I haven’t realized the purpose of a dream until much later. The following experiences came… Read more

June 26, 2020

Do you view obedience as binding, not blinding? “In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost. …I urge you to stretch beyond your current spiritual ability to receive personal revelation, for the Lord has promised that ‘if thou shalt [seek], thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things—that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life… Read more

June 20, 2020

My nephew Matthew chose to be baptized yesterday.  He asked his 12-year-old cousin Kyla to speak about the covenant of baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost. I normally don’t leave all of the “talk-ish” parts of a talk in my posts, but I loved everything Kyla had to say and decided to share all of her wisdom and humor as she shared about covenant’s first step. For Matthew’s Baptism by Kyla Bushman Matthew, I am very happy to be here… Read more

June 13, 2020

Roxy Kimokeo shared this beautiful imagery with me this morning. Birds and a Snare You know how I love birds? I love that they sing and seem so happy and that they can fly far away and seem to live halfway between earth and sky. Up away from the ground and all the danger and chaos, closer to the sun and moon and stars and almost to touch heaven. I think of birds a lot when I think of our… Read more

June 5, 2020

Grandmas who have live long and faith-filled lives have lots of wisdom to share and know how to share that wisdom simply so a child can understand. Darla Bushman shared her formula on how to overcome obstacles to courage. Having Courage Ever since I was a child, the word courage was associated in my mind with the wonderful characters in Bible stories, such as Daniel in the lion’s den, Queen Esther, and David, who fought a lion and a bear… Read more

June 2, 2020

I am a simple person.  When trying to understand the complexity of things I can’t understand without experiential knowledge, simple, commonplace things in my life help to serve as a metaphor to see as much as I can from others’ perspectives, in spite of the inconsequential nature of the metaphor. What a Lazy Dog My husband Anthony and I cycle daily around our town.  We include our British Bulldog into the family activity by pulling him in a refurbished double-seated… Read more

May 29, 2020

“They had this miracle, and also many other miracles wrought by the power of God, day by day” (Alma 37:40). As a people, we profess that we worship a God of miracles! The following is a childhood story of my mother, Darla Noble Bushman about a profound miracle she experienced. Surfing in Idaho When I was 12 years old, our family lived on a farm in Idaho where canals were used to water the fields.  Dirt roads ran alongside all… Read more

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