Top Ten Mormon Messages

Mormon Messages are short videos that the LDS church releases to provide people with spiritual uplift. There are many excellent Mormon Message videos, but as a final post of 2013, I put together a top ten. (So many good ones! It was really really difficult to choose. I would recommend watching the others.)

Coming in at #10

Whom Say Ye that I Am?

This post is by Jessica McKenna

I have been thinking of this scripture this week:

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

How would I answer this?  Who is Christ to me?

And I began to understand better Elder Bruce R McConkie's words: "In speaking of these wondrous things I shall use my own words, though you may think they are the words of scripture, words spoken by other Apostles and prophets.

True it is they were first proclaimed by others, but they are now mine, for the Holy Spirit of God has borne witness to me that they are true, and it is now as though the Lord had revealed them to me in the first instance. I have thereby heard his voice and know his word."

For As I pondered this question, I was lead to think on the many testimonies of Christ I have heard in my life.

Like this one: 2 Nephi 25: 23 & 26
For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.
And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.

And this one, found multiple times in Isaiah:
...but his hand is stretched out still.

Don't forget about this one found in Doctrine and Covenants 76:
 22 And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!

 23 For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—

 24 That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.

And the special witnesses given by living prophets and apostles: https://www.lds.org/prophets-and-apostles/what-are-prophets-testimonies


The scriptures and words of the prophets are full of testimonies of who Christ is- for that is their purpose!
Here are just a few more:


One of the testimonies that has touched my heart the most is Christ telling me in his own words who He is.


 10 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.

 11 And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.

And this... a compilation of His words, as found throughout the scriptures, and is the narration the Church uses with the Christus statue in Visitors' Centers around the world:

Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are.
I came into the world to do the will of my Father.
my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross... that I might draw all men unto me.
Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me.
Behold the wounds which pierced my side, and also the prints of the nails in my hands and feet.
For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you...
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
In my Father’s house are many mansions... I go to prepare a place for you.
If ye love me, keep my commandments.


These testimonies have become my own, for I have read them, prayed about them, and felt of their truthfulness. I have lived them and loved them.

So, whom say ye that He is? Who is He to you?
As you read and pray about the scriptures, those testimonies of Christ will sink into your heart and mind. They will become yours. And you will understand that you are His.

What are some of the testimonies of Christ that have become yours? Which ones are you working on making your own?

An Invitation

This post is by Jess, the queen of average.

Have you ever been invited to do something or participate in something that you never expected? For example, a friend is getting married and you're invited to be there. Or when someone graduates and you're invited to participate in the celebrations. It's so much fun! I love getting invitations. 

On the flip side, I also love inviting people to things. Any gathering I have, anyone is invited. Am I bothered when someone turns down my invitation? No. Maybe they are engaged elsewhere, or have a family obligation, or don't want to come. That doesn't bother me, I just like inviting.

Just as I like inviting people to be part the good times that might be taking place on a Friday night, I love inviting people to learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Why do I like inviting? Because I endlessly enjoy being a member and can't help but want others to feel and experience what I know! Also, there are so many misconceptions about members of the LDS church that I want to get those misconceptions cleared up. And the best way to do that is to ask the missionaries

(Side note: A few years ago I had endless questions about another faith and was asking everyone else but members of their congregation. How unfair of me! So I reached out to their missionaries and had every one of my questions answered! They appreciated that I went to them.)

So this holiday season, I am extending an invitation to you! I would love for you to know more about my faith. And I think the best way to do that is to ask our missionaries. We have TONS of them. (One of which is my very own sister, serving in Germany!) And even ones you can chat with right now online.

Am I asking you to be baptized a member of the church? Nope. 
Am I asking you to have questions about our faith? Yes! 
Am I asking you to ask those questions? Yes. 

Final note: Be open to learning more (because learning is what we're on earth to do). Have a soft heart. Go to God and find out what He wants you to do to be closer to Him. I promise, He'll give you an answer!

Thanks for reading this blog. It has come to mean a lot to me. I hope you've enjoyed hearing stories of people finding peace in their lives. It can also be the same for you, and so, I invite you to learn more.

The Angry Spot

This post is by Miranda.

It was a dreary English February morning, the sky was an oppressive grey and cold, wet mist enveloped everything. The kids had mad cabin fever and my husband was deployed to an un-namable location.  We were nearing the end of a trying Christmas holiday--everyone had had strep, which, when you have a child with Asperger's and the doctor wants a throat culture means you've just gone to Hell and Back; Thing 1 had climbed atop a radiator and pulled it off the wall, dumping gallon upon gallon of boiling black water onto the office floor; it was our first holiday without Daddy, you get the picture--and I was pushing aside my guilt and instead allowing myself to revel in excitement that the kids would soon be going back to school. And then, red gatorade.

My arch nemesis.

35ish Books I Can Read Over and Over

by Jess



One of my favorite holidays of the year is Thanksgiving. It is the perfect springboard into the season of love and giving. In addition, I love that this holiday helps to put me into a grateful state of mind. This year, one of the things I am most grateful for is literature.

Weird right? Who is grateful for literature? Well, I guess I am. :)

Look For The Light

This post is by Christopher Udall.

Finding God through surfing is not what I expected when I got out of class on a beautiful Aloha Friday. Like any other day after class I grabbed my surf board and headed to the beach. For the past year I have been going through some very difficult trials that have really got me down. Surfing has been my only release and on this Friday it has given my a new perspective on life. The waves where raging on the north shore of Oahu and I was so exited to get out there. As I was paddling out I entered what is called the impact zone, or the area where the waves are crashing down on you.

I'm Trying to be Like Jesus

This post is by Jess McKenna.


I love that primary song. It gives me the hope that I can keep trying each day. It reminds me that I have an example and pattern to follow.

The Dirt is Part of the Glory

This post is by Miranda.

I read somewhere recently a simple proverb that has had a profound effect on my mentality: Every flower and every tree must grow through the dirt. And some even have enough courage and fortitude to grow through the rocks...


Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. - J.K. Rowling

This is something that I once again reflected on during Sunday School today. We were talking about trials and afflictions and those inevitable questions and attitudes we can develop when going through hard times. 

Why does this have to happen to me? 
What did I do to deserve this? 
Why does a loving God allows such tragedies to occur? 
How can He sit by and watch and not intervene?  
Why won't He step in and help me/us/them?  
When will it ever end?

How To Tell If Your Conversion To Christ Is Shallow



This post is by Adam Watson. Adam started a blog with suggestions for movies that are family-friendly and Sunday appropriate. You should definitely check it out. Also, you should review my favorite post (make sure you watch the Zelda clip - ha!) and another favorite post.

Our observance or nonobservance of the Sabbath is an unerring measure of our attitude toward the Lord personally and toward his suffering in Gethsemane, his death on the cross, and his resurrection from the dead. It is a sign of whether we are Christians in very deed, or whether our conversion is so shallow that commemoration of His atoning sacrifice means little or nothing to us. - Mark E. Petersen

Yep. Ouch.

Why I Love Visiting Teaching



This post is by Jess.

Yes. I LOVE visiting teaching. Am I good at it? Not at all. But I love it.

In the last few years, I've had a major paradigm shift when it comes to visiting teaching. I'm way less nervous when I get handed a new assignment. I am not at all worried about coordinating a time to get together with my companion and those we teach and who is going to teach the lesson.

What is visiting teaching? Visiting teaching is an organized watchcare system for the ladies 18 and older in any given LDS ward or branch. Two sisters are asked to watch after the needs of one sister. If there are any concerns, a visiting teacher would report that to any leadership. The work of the Mormon church is based on meeting the needs of individuals. 

I've come to realize that Visiting Teaching assignments are an invitation to bring another individual into my life. And I can do that. 

Top 10 Quotes from LDS General Conference

This last weekend was one of my favorites of the year. We got to spend hours and hours listening to men and women called of God to share His message. And what did they share? Following are my top 10 quotes from October 2013 General Conference.

TEN

My dear brothers and sisters, if you ever come across anything that causes you to question your testimony of the gospel, I plead with you to look up. Look to the Source of all wisdom and truth. Nourish your faith and testimony with the word of God. - Elder Adrian Ochoa

NINE

If you define hypocrite as someone who fails to live up perfectly to what he or she believes, then we are all hypocrites. None of us is quite as Christlike as we know we should be. But we earnestly desire to overcome our faults and the tendency to sin. With our heart and soul we yearn to become better with the help of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. - President Uchtdorf

Simply Beautiful and Beautifully Simple

 This post is by Jess McKenna.



















I think that is the best way to describe my experience with General Conference this weekend.

I was taking notes during conference this weekend, and enjoying each moment to learn from the living prophets and apostles. My sister and her family joined us for the last session.  This added a 6, 4, and 2 year old to the mix. And I found myself feeling.... Well, a bit distracted to say the least.

My 6-year-old niece came and sat by me, inquiring as to what I was doing. I told her I was taking notes of the things that made me feel Heavenly Fathers love or things I needed to do, so I wouldn't forget them.  After the first talk I asked if she would help me. Being an eager learner who loves to write, she excitedly said yes.  She asked what she should write.  I told her to write down the words she liked or the words that made her feel happy.

Come Listen to a Prophet’s Voice

The predominant account in the Book of Mormon chronicles the dealings of God with a family which left Jerusalem approximately 600 years before the birth of Christ and settled in what is known today as the American continents. Shortly after arriving in the Americas, this family and their descendants split into two main groups, known as the Nephites and Lamanites. For the most part, the Nephites were a righteous people who loved peace and sought to keep the commandments of God, while the Lamanites knew little of God and His commandments, pursued war, and sought dominion over their brethren.

However, just before the birth of Christ the “more part” of both the Nephites and Lamanites had turned from God. According to the records of Helaman, “the people began to harden their hearts, all save it were the most believing part of them, both of the Nephites and also of the Lamanites, and began to depend upon their own strength and upon their own wisdom”. The people began to doubt what the prophets had taught, believing the doctrines and prophecies to be “a wicked tradition, which [had] been handed down unto [them] by [their] fathers”. These people stated that they felt the prophets were trying to “keep [them] in ignorance” because they could not “witness with [their] own eyes that [the doctrines and prophecies] are true.” In Nephi's account we read that eventually “the people began to be distinguished by ranks, according to their riches and their chances for learning”.

“Opinion? Of course, there is a difference of opinion; but again, opinion cannot change laws or absolute truths.” — Spencer W. Kimball, twelfth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In a day where modern technology gives almost everyone an opportunity to voice their opinions to anyone who will listen, there has arisen a perception—especially in regards to morals, the delineation between what is fundamentally right and wrong—that equal voice means equal authority. Just as in Helaman's time, with more people pursuing higher education than in previous generations, some individuals have turned from the teachings of prophets to relying on their own learning and wisdom.

Among some there has developed the idea that there is no such thing as absolute morals, that no one can definitively claim to know what is morally right and wrong, and accordingly, everyone's personal moral stance is valid and of equal weight. This moral relativism seems to be more and more what individuals are turning to, especially those who are younger, as a basis for their conduct—sometimes trying to bend the frame of traditional sources of moral code around their personal constructs. (That a general moral code is requisite for defining a set of laws whereby a people may be governed, and that in attempts to define such a moral code all too often to those with greater secular learning or greater popularity is attributed the greater moral wisdom, will need to be the topic of a different post.)

To atheists, the disappearance of a singular moral authority arises from the absence of a belief in the existence of Him who defines that which is eternally right and wrong—God. To theists, a belief that mankind can neither know nor comprehend the mind or will of God, or that God no longer calls prophets in our day, might be used as a justification that no specific individual among humanity can stake definitive claim on what God has said to be right or wrong—all are able to interpret what they feel God has stated through his prophets in times past and how it pertains to present challenges. Even among those who believe in living prophets, sometimes a rational is held up that the fallibility of man precludes the possibility that a prophet can claim with complete certainty to know God's view on specific issues.

Among the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the belief that God calls and ordains prophets to speak on His behalf. These prophets learn the will of God from God Himself, even by speaking to Him face to face when necessary, and are commanded to teach His truths and bare witness of Him to the rest of His children. God then sends the Holy Ghost as another witness to His children that what the prophets teach and witness is of Him and is true.

This pattern has been part of God's plan for His children throughout the ages. In Amos we read “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” And in a revelation to the prophet Joseph Smith “What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.”


The Importance of the Law of Witnesses

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have received my own personal witness that God has called prophets in our day. As a physicist, I am often asked how I can have such a strong conviction that God exists and that there are prophets of God now living. In my discussions I have found that the difficulty in others in reconciling my religious convictions with my rather scientific mindset arises from both a lack of understanding of the law of witnesses and an over reliance on the scientific method. The latter part of that statement might sound like heresy to other scientists, but I assure you, the scientific method has its limitations.

To explain, I would like to highlight the difference between knowing something for oneself of oneself, versus knowing something for oneself of someone else.

The process of learning something for oneself of oneself is governed by the scientific method. In this process one begins with a hypothesis, any hypothesis, and develops a set of experiments against which one can test the validity of that hypothesis. Critical elements of this process involve identifying both appropriate and adequate experiments, carefully and precisely carrying out those experiments in a repeatable fashion, correctly interpreting the results of the experiments and what those results might mean in terms of the original hypothesis, and being able to adeptly document and communicate the entire process to others that they might repeat it and confirm the conclusions.

On the other hand, the process of learning something for oneself of someone else is governed by the law of witnesses. In this process, those who have knowledge of a truth share that truth with others. As those who hear the witnessed truth do not have access to the full proof of that truth, they must rely on the character of the witnesses to substantiate the validity of what is being claimed—hence, they learn truths of someone else. Yet, even without access to the full proof of the truth, those learning truth through the law of witnesses can still apply the truth, see the results of doing so, and come to a reasonable expectation that that which they have heard is true. Critical elements of the law of witnesses are that there are multiple witnesses of the truth, that the character of those witnesses is such that one can be confident that their testament is honest, that the witnesses have sufficient expertise in the area of the truth being witnessed that they can speak with authority, and that those hearing of the truth be willing to accept and apply the claimed truth until, in due time, they can learn the truth for themselves of themselves.

Both the scientific method and the law of witnesses allow one to learn truth for oneself. They differ in how the proof of that truth is affirmed. Both are of great value in the process of learning; both have their place inside and outside of science.

Allow me to illustrate with an example the differences between the scientific method and the law of witnesses, and the great importance of the law of witnesses in the process of learning. I invite you, the reader, to ask yourself a question: do you believe that Einstein's statement on the equivalence of mass and energy, i.e. that E=mc2, is true? (N.B., This is not a trick question; to any fellow physicist reading this post, please feel free to assume that the mass in question is at rest with respect to the frame from which all quantities are being referenced.)

“I want to know God's thoughts—the rest are mere details.” — Albert Einstein

If you answered yes, ask yourself this (if you answered no, we should talk offline sometime): using the basic laws of physics could you mathematically derive that equation? If you cannot, have you at any time been able to do so, even if you can't remember all of the steps at the moment? If you can, or have before, derived the mathematical model and expression for this relationship, have you yourself performed any experiment which supports this model? And if you have done all of these things, can you demonstrate that your interpretation of the results of your experiment does indeed support this mathematical model of mass-energy equivalence?

If you could answer yes to all of the above questions, congratulations: you have applied the scientific method to learn this principle for yourself, of yourself. I imagine, however, that very few of you could answer yes to more than my first question.

If you answered no to any of my follow-up questions, and you insist that the only way to learn knowledge is through the scientific method, then it would be completely illogical for you to believe that there exists an equivalence between mass and energy—for in not being able to derive the necessary mathematical relationships yourself, in not having performed the experiments yourself, and in not being able yourself to justify that the results of those experiments corroborate the mathematical model, you can lay no claim on the scientific method to support your professed belief.

Now, is it unreasonable, really, to believe that E=mc2, even if you can't derive the equations nor perform the experiments nor interpret the results? No, of course not. Even if you have not done these things yourself, there are those who have. Over the years many physicists have added their voice to this claim: physicists who—although fallible—have given no indication that they are attempting to mislead us, physicists who have accrued expertise in this area by spending years of their lives studying it. Additionally, outside of that group of physicists, many have seen the application of this knowledge—for good and for bad—even though they themselves do not have access to the full proof of the mass-energy equivalence.

And it is reasonable for you to trust the claims of these physicists. However, to you (not them), this is a demonstration not of the scientific method but rather of the law of witnesses.

It is interesting to me that the law of witnesses is often used in science, although rarely explicitly acknowledged. And when the law of witnesses is explicitly discussed, in my personal experience it is not uncommon for scientists and other intellectuals to be dismissive of it as some form of hearsay, without merit. Rather, it seems scientists and intellectuals would like to assume that they can speak and act as though the entire breadth and depth of human knowledge is their own—because someone, somewhere, at some time, applied the scientific method—but they cannot do so without relying on the law of witnesses.

For all the rigor that the scientific method affords, it is the law of witnesses that allows one to learn true principles at a rate much faster than would otherwise be possible. Indeed, if you relied only on knowledge which you have received in applying the scientific method yourself, what truths would you be able to fully claim to know?

In teaching a child that 1+1=2 one does not begin by establishing the rules of formal logic and choosing an axiomatic set theory, nor would a Calc I teacher begin their class with lessons in real analysis. Instead, an explanation of truth is given, along with justifications and examples to support the claims being made and how one might apply them, and then the student is expected to apply those claims—building up the basis of an empirical knowledge—all without formal proof. As the student gains experience and knowledge in the application of a principle or truth learned of another, it helps them prepare to learn that same truth for themselves of themselves when—having sufficiently progressed—they are ready to do so at a later time.


The Importance of Prophets

“We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these [God's spirit children] may dwell; And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them” — Abraham 3:24

God knew that our time in mortality would be limited, He planned it that way. He knew there would be much for us to accomplish if we were to acquire all that we needed in order to be able to return again to Him and continue our progression, eventually realizing our full potential as His children. In the time between our birth and resurrection, we would need to enter into covenants, receive ordinances, and learn eternal truths which could only be understood in the context of experiences unique to this period of our existence.

Knowing, even designing, that we wouldn't have time enough to learn for ourselves of ourselves all of those most important truths, He created a plan that included prophets and the Holy Ghost. Through prophets, the Holy Ghost, and the law of witnesses, all of His children would have equal opportunity to learn for themselves of Him every truth necessary for their exaltation.

By not relying on the scientific method as the means whereby His children learn spiritual truths, God demonstrates that He is no respecter of persons—for otherwise a person's spiritual progression would be limited by their intellect and their chances for learning. By relying on the law of witnesses as His means for revealing eternal spiritual truths, all of His children who humbly come unto Him with a broken heart, a contrite spirit, and real intent may know through His Spirit the truthfulness of all things—irrespective of their educational background or intellectual prowess.

“The Lord has not chosen the great and learned of the world to perform His work on the earth. It is not those who have been trained and educated in the colleges and seminaries of learning, but humble men devoted to His cause whom He has chosen to take charge of the affairs of His Church, men who are willing to be led and guided by the Holy Spirit, and who will of necessity give the glory unto Him, knowing that of themselves they can do nothing.” — Lorenzo Snow, fifth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Knowing that His children would make mistakes along the way—violating eternal moral law in sinning, with the demands of justice preventing their return to Him and continued progression—God provided a means for redemption, through the Savior and His atonement, by which justice might be satisfied and yet mercy extended to those who met specific conditions. By calling and ordaining prophets and granting unto them authority through priesthood keys to arbitrate His covenants and have ordinances performed for His children on His behalf, His children are able to make the atonement effectual in their lives—allowing them the opportunity to overcome spiritual death, in addition to their guaranteed overcoming of physical death, that they may continue to realize their divine destiny hereafter.

God wants His children to realize their full potential that they may enjoy the same opportunities, blessings, and happiness that He enjoys. By teaching His prophets Himself, and giving them authority to speak on His behalf, He provides a singular source for clarification on spiritual truths—settling any confusion on matters pertinent to our exaltation.

It is true that God expects us to search out truths through our own study of the words of the prophets, prayer with Him, and by seeking personal revelation through the Holy Ghost. He commands us to study questions of spiritual matters in our minds and in our hearts. However, He will never reveal unto His children through the Holy Ghost doctrines which stand contrary to that which He has revealed to His prophets. When searching out spiritual truths for themselves, God's children are to search out whether He has already revealed the answer to their questions through His prophets. If so, God expects His children to be willing to accept, apply, and live by what He has revealed through His prophets that in so doing they might come to a reasonable expectation that that which they have heard is true—living by faith the principles God has already revealed, instead of living by principles they hope He might possibly yet reveal.

“Hold fast to what you already know and stand strong until additional knowledge comes.” — Jeffrey R. Holland, current member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

As much as God wants us to ask questions and learn His mysteries, we need to keep in mind that the answers to our questions will come from Him in His timeframe. God teaches both His Children and His Church “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little”. By waiting for us to be prepared before revealing additional truth, God prevents that additional light and knowledge from becoming a stumbling-block unto us. Indeed, as we prepare our minds and hearts to learn truth, that which is revealed through God's prophets and His Spirit will often be plain, simple, and easy to understand. Some truths, however, we might not be ready to understand until after this life.

We also need to keep in mind that having questions and having doubts are not one and the same. I have heard some suggest that having doubts is an important step in spiritual progression, reasoning that without first doubting one cannot understand nor develop faith—some even implying that this logic is some form of a higher spiritual road that only the best and brightest of God's children are prepared to walk. Although we are to ask questions, God has clearly stated that we need to cast aside all doubts and fears that we might have—including those concerning His anointed. He has counseled us to “Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.” In the words of Jeffery R. Holland, “In this Church, what we know will always trump what we do not know. And remember, in this world, everyone is to walk by faith.”


My Invitation

This weekend anyone with an internet connection will have the opportunity to hear and learn from those men whom God has called as prophets for our day, as well as from other leaders in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Two hour sessions will be broadcast on lds.org, beginning at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm MDT (4:00 pm and 8:00 pm GMT) on both Saturday October 5th and Sunday October 6th, as well as an additional session—intended for those in the Church who hold the priesthood, but available online to all—that will be held at 6:00 pm MDT on October 5th (12:00 am GMT October 6th).

I invite all to take the great opportunity to come and listen to a prophet's voice during these sessions of this general conference of the Lord's Church. In the words of Elder Russell M. Nelson, “If you have a question about the position of the Church on [any] important issue, prayerfully ponder it, and then heed the prophetic messages at this forthcoming October general conference of the Church. Those inspired addresses, plus inspiration from the Holy Ghost, will bring to your mind a fuller and truer understanding.”

I know for myself of God that Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a prophet called of God. He has authority from God Himself to speak on His behalf to the entire world, and is the only individual on the Earth today who is authorized to exercise all of the keys of the priesthood. His counselors in the First Presidency as well as the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are also prophets of God. These men lead Christ's Church under His direction, teach the doctrines and wisdom of God, and stand as witnesses to His existence and eternal truths.

If you will open your heart and listen to the words of these prophets—with the real intent to learn truth and apply it in your life—you can come to know for yourself of God, through the power of the Holy Ghost, that they are who I claim they are and that that of which they teach and testify is from God and is true. If you have any questions concerning what you hear, you can chat anonymously online at mormon.org with missionaries of the Church who would be happy to answer your questions.

For the Lord has promised: “And whosoever shall believe in my name, doubting nothing, unto him will I confirm all my words, even unto the ends of the earth.”

By [Sharing] Small and Simple Things... Online



In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Alma shares this thought, "By small and simple things are great things brought to pass." We are so lucky this is true! Like many, I want to make a huge difference, however, I am just small and simple. There are many that do more, give more, are smarter, wiser, better writers, etc. And that's okay because I believe what Alma says here is true. 

I Felt Like I Needed to Go and I'm Glad I Did

A lovely post by Ashlee.


Do you ever wonder why some of the greatest life lessons are learned in the most ordinary circumstances? The tale I have to tell is of such an experience.

It was an ordinary night and I was sitting on my bed watching Netflix, knowing full well that I was missing a church activity. I was perfectly content to sit in my room all night until I received a text reminding me that the activity was happening. My guilty side was persuaded and I decided to go to the activity. I wasn’t going to dress up though, they were getting my presence, they would have to be okay with shorts, hoodie and flip-flops. Of course no one cared what I was wearing and I was welcomed like I had just come back from war. Throughout the course of the night I discovered something... I was having fun. I had conversations about books, movies, life, vacations, with people I only knew from church who I had probably said 5 words to. 3 hours passed and I realized that I was enjoying my current company, the cool breeze, and one of the last summer nights we would have for a long while.

Let us Relish Life

Another great post by Ajay.



As we reach the age of accountability and responsibility, we also find that our time for hobbies and interest becomes more dim. Our bucket list items seem to be crossed off at a lesser rate, and the stress of those deadlines in work, school, and other commitments rise to a level that can make us question, if we can ever just enjoy the journey.

I'm the Executive Secretary in the Bishopric of my singles ward and have been so for almost 3 years now. Add that in with school, two jobs, producing a play, and trying to keep up with friends and family, and this can almost put me on the verge of locking myself in my room, pulling up Netflix and forcing myself to watch a chic-flick. ALMOST.

How Has Your Mission Influenced Your Life?

Roughly a year ago, President Thomas S. Monson announced a lower age requirement for LDS missionaries. This was a ground-breaking announcement and since, the number of people wanting to serve missions has increased tremendously.


He Already Has!

This post is by Melissa Degn Smith.

What is the number one reason why I have “so many” children?

Because I grew up in a large family? I did, and it rocked! But that's not the reason.
Because I've always wanted a cool 15 passenger van bought from a local Moravian church off of
Craigslist with cash? Hardly. (Admit it, you're jealous of the van, I know)
Because I just LOVE being pregnant? Uh, that would be a big fat no. (pun intended)
Because planning vacations in “group-pricing” is easier? More like, more expensive
Because playing hide-n-seek is my favorite thing ever? Actually I get my greatest secret-treat-snacking-without-having-to-share during those games, but I digress.
Because I like to provide my neighbors, everyone at church, Walmart and the post office (least favorite place ever) with free entertainment? The answer is STILL no, however it's slowly moving up my list.
Because what early 20s year old wouldn't LOVE to change diapers for others for 10 years straight? Need I even ANSWER that?!?!

Hi, my name is Melissa. I have 7 children ages 10 years old to 10 months old and I'm 32 years old.

A Five Minute Service Project

Another excellent post by Ben Jenkins.

I love serving the Lord. I get so much more out of it than I put in. I have been so blessed in so many ways. As a result I often feel compelled to serve more and more. In my daily prayers I ask Heavenly Father to bless me with opportunities to serve. I ask him to make me aware of the needs of others and to give me the courage to serve them.

The problem that I often run into in my desire is that I lead a busy life. I am a husband, a father of two young children, a PhD student, a university instructor, an apartment manager, a professional consultant, a haberdasher, a stake executive clerk, a stake technology specialist, a member missionary, and whatever else people want or need me to be. Yet I want to do more.

Finding Peace

This post is by Dominoe Hammond.

There are many things in the world that can rob us of peace. The one that happens for me, most often, is the teasing, screaming, crying, fighting, hair-pulling, toy-taking ways my kids show love to each other. Which makes me want to shut myself in my room with a good book and a box of chocolates! But all too soon there’s pounding on the door and little fingers reaching under the door and I get a sugar-induced headache. Not the best way to find peace.

Fortunately, no matter what situation we find ourselves in, there is always a way to find peace. In John 16:33, Christ says, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

President Heber J. Grant described the Savior’s peace this way: “His peace will ease our suffering, bind up our broken hearts, blot out our hates, engender in our breasts a love of fellow men that will suffuse our souls with calm and happiness.”

I find it interesting that he doesn’t say, “His peace will keep us from suffering, protect our hearts from being broken.” He said “ease our suffering” and “bind up our broken hearts.” He is not going to save us from every trial and hardship--because he knows that’s where we become stronger, wiser, more humble and understanding. And it is how we learn that it is only through Him that we find true peace, the strength to endure, and have faith in better things to come.

Reverence is More...

This post is by Kiley Yerka.

Earlier this year, I helped in my son's kindergarten class for a party. The kids were energetic, and needing them to calm down, I started to say, ‘It’s time to be reverent.’ Luckily, in that secular setting, I stopped before I got to the end and phrased it another way, but I had a hard time thinking of a proper substitute for the word. So many know that reverence means to sit quietly with arms folded.

But, it’s not simply that. As a primary song says,

Rev’rence is more than just quietly sitting:
It’s thinking of Father above,
A feeling I get when I think of his blessings.
I’m rev’rent, for rev’rence is love.
When I’m rev’rent, it shows in my words and my deeds.
The pathway to follow is clear.
And when I am rev’rent, I know in my heart
Heav’nly Father and Jesus are near.

In that song, it uses several words to describe reverence: thinking, feeling, love, and heart. These words remind us that although reverence is shown in our (quote) ‘words and deeds,’ it must begin within.

Is it Normal for Members to Feel the Holy Ghost?

This post is by Megan Wyatt.

I was raised in a Mormon family. But that is not why I am a Mormon.

The reason I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is because when I pray to know if it is God’s church He confirms that it is.

When I was doing my undergrad I had a conversation with one of my professors about the church, she was not a member but had been living in Utah for about 11 years and thought she knew quite a bit about it. In our conversation we got onto the topic of the Holy Ghost. One of the questions she asked about it was whether it was normal for members of our church to experience feeling the Holy Ghost.

"Never Be Vanilla"

This post is by Erin.

I played soccer all throughout high school. I had an awesome coach in my freshman year who shared with us something that I will never forget. He once told us "Never be vanilla." Of all the flavors of ice cream to be why be vanilla when you could be so much more. It took years for me to realize that God, our Heavenly Father feels the same. To Him, we aren't vanilla. Why be common when you are rare and extraordinary. Why choose to be like just like everyone else when you are unique and special beyond description, special to Him!

I sat in an auditorium watching a forum describing a young 8 year old boy. He had started a fund raiser to cure some illness and had raised an unprecedented amount of money. At his young age he arranged and organized marches and runs. He motivated children, adults, and youth to fight for change. In short, he was a saint. I found myself, probably justifying my lack of such an accomplishment, saying to myself that I would not like to be like that way anyway. Furthermore I thought I did not like attention anyway and I just simply wanted to be ordinary and fit in. A feeling, or thought as clear as if it were a voice whispered to me saying: "E, why be ordinary when you were meant to be everything but." I felt as if hit by a sludge hammer. I was never designed to be vanilla, none of us were. Why settle for vanilla?

Our Heavenly Father sees the potential in us that we don't. He is cheering for us to be all that we are meant to be but more than just cheering He is actively fighting for us to have every happiness. In the coming weeks I will be traveling home to see my parents. I already know the reaction of my father when I step through security. He'll be waiting and watching for me and once I'm through I know he will throw his arms around me saying something like "Hi Dolly!" He'll tell me how happy he is that I'm home and how proud he is of who I've become. I can only imagine that my greeting from my Heavenly Father will be the similar. I know He knows me by name. I know He loves me. I know that through Him and His Son Jesus Christ I can be so much more than vanilla.

"You are something divine—more beautiful and glorious than you can possibly imagine. This knowledge changes everything. It changes your present. It can change your future. And it can change the world...You are sons and daughters of the greatest, most glorious being in the universe. He loves you with an infinite love. He wants the best for you...Our destiny is greater than we can imagine. If only we understood who we are and what is in store for us, our hearts would overflow with such gratitude and happiness that it would enlighten even the darkest sorrows with the light and love of God, our Heavenly Father."  - Dieter F Uchtdorf

My friends, NEVER settle for vanilla!

With God All Things are Possible

Did you have the same lesson in Priesthood or Relief Society that we did? Chapter 14 of the Teachings of Lorenzo Snow manual?

The title of the lesson is "With God All Things are Possible." While that is a really powerful statement, it is not unfamiliar to the Latter-day Saint. There were some specific passages in this section that are quite mind-blowing to me. And I am in need of your insights and thoughts.

I'm very comfortable with the idea that we need to do all we can and then Heavenly Father will make up the rest. But is this a true statement? We understand that faith without works is dead, but what is the definition of works? What kind of works should we be doing?

Idea #1, we need divine help more than we realize: (Quote A)

In and of ourselves we cannot possibly comply with all the commandments that God has given unto us. Jesus himself could not without divine aid from His Father accomplish His work. He said on one occasion, “I can of mine own self do nothing, as I hear I judge and my judgment is just because I seek not my own will but the will of the Father who sent me.” [John 5:30.] And we, if it was necessary for Him, our Lord, to have divine assistance, will find it all the more important to receive His assistance. 


If Christ said, "I can of min own self do nothing..." why is it that I regularly rely on myself? What does it mean to receive His assistance? What are your thoughts?


What do you think of this loaded statement? (Quote B)

We should consider that of ourselves we can do nothing. We are the children of God. We are in darkness, [unless] God enlightens our understanding. We are powerless, [unless] God helps us. The work that we have to do here is of that nature that we cannot do it unless we have the assistance of the Almighty. … Here is the great trouble with men of the world, and too much so with the Elders of Israel; we forget that we are working for God; we forget that we are here in order to carry out certain purposes that we have promised the Lord that we would carry out. It is a glorious work that we are engaged in. It is the work of the Almighty; and He has selected the men and the women whom He knows from past experience will carry out His purposes. 


What other lines stand out to you from this lesson?


Feeling Peace While Cleaning the Church

Another wonderful post by Jake.

Recently I had my transplant re-evaluation, I've been on the list for 9 months average wait is 6-12 months. I found out that my antibodies were very high and my wait would be longer than expected about 10-12 months estimated wait still.

I was having a very hard time coping with the news and was praying for peace and trying to accept that Heavenly Father knows best.

On Saturday our ward had a chance to clean the church and I figured I should loose myself in service to try and take my mind off of things and possibly get some needed blessings. Having been praying for peace for the last week a few of us started to congregate in one of the rooms where my new roommate had sat down and started playing the piano.

The first hymn he started playing without knowing was All Creatures of our God and King, this being my favorite hymn I felt peace flood over me and felt Heavenly Fathers love and awareness.

I know that Heavenly Father loves us and knows us individually, he knows best and gives us trials and struggles to help us grow and learn. I'm thankful for trials and hope that my trials can also help others that may be going through similar situations. I love the gospel.

Seeing Miracles


This post is by Jeremy Wells.

One of the greatest blessings of my participation in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the companionship of the Holy Ghost. I feel honored and amazed whenever I am able to receive specific guidance and instruction from the Holy Ghost. Recently I have been reminded of the important role of the Holy Ghost in helping me understand what is happening all around me--miracles.

As a teacher at the Missionary Training Center (MTC) I have such a great chance to discuss the basic doctrines and truths of the gospel on a consistent basis. Just last week my missionaries and I were discussing the role of the Holy Ghost in conversion. As missionaries shared different experiences in which the Spirit has touched, instructed or influenced their conversion one sister made a comment that has helped me see the ways in which Heavenly Father has helped me become converted throughout my life.

This sister said that the Holy Ghost helps us to see miracles. In other words, without the Spirit testifying to our hearts it is unlikely that we will recognize a miracle for what it really is. Without the Spirit we may disregard the hand of God for mere coincidence or luck. She then shared a story when her precious kittens had gone missing. After much searching the kittens were nowhere to be found but after a simple heartfelt prayer to God a soft meow was heard from among the bushes and the kittens were found. She knew at the time that Heavenly Father answered her prayer so that she would have a greater testimony of His love for her. Had the spirit not been in her life the experience never would have strengthened her relationship with God.

You're Just Going to Have to Trust Me

This post is by the talented Katie Bastian.

Last night, I was peacefully enjoying a healthy snack when my little wiener dog, Zoe, jumped up on the couch and just STARED at me.  That face!  How can you say no that face?

Normally, after about 2 seconds of contemplation, I’d give in and give her a little piece of whatever I’m eating, but I knew that though grapes seem like a perfectly harmless treat, they are very bad for dogs.  So I kept eating.  She kept staring.  Finally, I began a very thorough, informative lecture to Zoe about how grapes can cause kidney disease and digestion problems and so on.  Yes, I talk to my dog like a person – she just GETS me.  Yet, she was not having it, and she continued to stare at me with those pitifully hopeful eyes.

Finally, I said, “Zoe, here’s the thing.  Sometimes, there are things in life that look delicious and fun and exciting on the outside, but what you don’t know is how dangerous they really are.  These grapes will taste good for a minute, but they’ll hurt you in the end.  You're gonna have to trust me on this one.”  With a deep sigh, she put her head down in defeat and gave up on her quest for grapes.

My Testimony

This post is by my amazing sister, Jamie. She's such an example to so many!!

Recently I've realized that a person can easily fall away from the church just by not living the gospel
principles that are the most important on a daily basis. I don't ever want this to happen to me.

I have been inspired by other people and the Spirit to become better at prayer. When I stop praying I feel very alone. I have family but, by not praying, I don't have my Heavenly Father guiding me every step. When I don't pray, it becomes just me, guiding me. And I don't like that.

I know that the Spirit wants us to pray and so we should.

I know that through praying we can know that the church is true. And when we pray life becomes easier and better. I love being at BYU Idaho and having the Spirit here on a frequent basis. The other day I was sitting at devotional at BYU Idaho and I had the prompting that Joseph Smith really is a prophet of God and so is President Monson.

I know if we follow our childhood habits, such as praying we can have the Spirit and we will remain strong.

Through praying during my trials I have become closer to the Lord. Even if it takes many years for you to find an answer to your prayers, it's okay, you know you've taken the path Heavenly Father wants you to take. And that's the best way to go.

The Power of Scripture Study

This post is by Amy Jane Wells.

Lately I have really been feeling like I needed to improve my scripture study. Excuses kept cropping up:
  • Well, today we are visiting family, I'll do better tomorrow.
  • Well, today we are camping, I'll do better tomorrow.
  • Well, today I got out of bed late and only had 10 minutes to read, I'll do better tomorrow.

The excuses keep piling up and will if I continue to let them. Yesterday, I sat down intending to "search" better than usual. I have been reading in the book of Revelations trying to understand the overwhelming amount of symbolism. I had a question and thought, "Oh, that's probably one of those questions that may be answered in a couple of years." So, I read on, "But can't I check cross references now to see if my answer is there?" I concluded to go back and check the cross references and get over the fact that I may not be able to complete the chapter today. As I checked the references, I realized my answer was there in the Doctrine and Covenants.

Wow! So, simple questions can be answered in a few short minutes? Amazing! The scriptures can give peace and guidance and can answer our questions if we will allow it.

In the Harshest Environments

Note from Jess: This post is by Storie Stinger Johnson. Storie shares such an incredible truth here. Notice the advice she gives to those who are at their lowest points. It sounds like the exact same guidance we get at church week after week. So profound, so beautiful, and so true! Thanks for sharing Storie!

I love my job. I help empower people who have been given a less than ideal situation in life. I help people who have been abused, who starve, who don't have a place to call home, people who struggle to find jobs, people who are ostracized and shunned from the majority of the population. I am a social worker. I have worked in agencies that deal with some of the lowest, harshest, darkest and downright scariest situations that life can deal out. I have worked with drug addicts, the chronically mentally ill, physically and mentally disabled, teens who were abused in every way possible known to man, the rich and poor, the young and old, every race, color and ethnicity. I have not seen or dealt with it all, but I have seen and dealt with more than the average person.

From all of the people, situations and environments that I have experienced I have learned one very important and universal truth- It has been the harshest environments of my life that I have been able to do the most good.

These populations of people are misunderstood, hated and shunned, but they are God’s children too. They need help, love and support just like the rest of us. God is aware of their situations and he has placed people like you and me into their lives to help them up, help them heal, and be their friends.

While working in a drug rehabilitation facility working with a client who was really struggling trying to reconnect with God in her life again. She has just lost her pharmaceutical license for using drugs and she was drowning in her own sea of despair. She was diving into the Bible trying to find something to grasp from, and I grabbed a Book of Mormon and shared two verses from it with her to supplement what she was reading in the Bible. She thanked me and took the Book of Mormon with her back to her room.

Another client in the same facility was struggling with finding any hope in her life. She had begun praying again but was struggling to get anything from it. After asking her how she was praying I mentioned that she could try kneeling on her knees and praying out loud. The next day after trying that she reported that it was a way more powerful experience, and that it had brought her some needed peace.

I Always Want to Be With My Own Family

This post is by Stephanie Allred.

When I began to attend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as a teenager, one of the things that stood out to me the most was the concept of an eternal family. I loved my parents and brother a great deal and felt that it only made sense that, if we are to live forever, this bond is one that is meant to carry on as well.

I gradually gained a testimony that the principle of eternal families is true and that the only way to obtain this amazing blessing is through covenants made in the temple. Around the time I started high school, I decided that a temple marriage was my highest priority in life.

Eventually, I met a man named Benjamin who I fell head over heels for and, in return, he loved and respected me more than I ever knew was possible. Early on in our relationship, we discussed the importance of the temple in our lives and I was thrilled to learn that he felt as strongly about creating an eternal family as I did!

As our love for each other grew, we held strong to our commitment to be worthy of a temple marriage and, on December 16th, 2011, that dream became a reality. We knelt across the altar from each other and made sacred covenants with our Heavenly Father. That was easily the happiest day of my eternities up until that point. At the time, my main focus was on how awesome it was that I was going to have my best friend with me forever! We became literal BFF’s. What I did not realize at the time was how crucial these covenants would become to me very soon.

Through fasting and prayer, we felt that we should not delay in growing our family. We were beyond excited to learn in February, that we were expecting our first child, due in late November. I’ll never forget the glow on Benjamin’s face when I told him he was about to be a father. Through a harrowing battle with morning sickness, that enthusiasm remained with both of us. We began to make plans. We picked out names. I wore my maternity pants with pride. Each ultrasound was a sacred occasion for us as we caught a glimpse of the miracle we were being allowed to take part of.

Then, on Father’s Day 2012, with no warning and no explanation, my water broke. After rushing to the hospital, we learned that there was nothing they could do. Our baby was still too young and his body was not yet prepared for life in this world. We would have to wait for our child to pass away and then begin the labor and delivery process.

Snail Mail: Small & Simple Things

This post is by Shara Jackson Harper, a woman who listens and acts.

Every year I try to pick a few specific things to put on my New Years resolution list that would enrich my life and help me bless the lives of others as well. One of the things I have tried to do regularly is to prepare and send real mail.

Not emails, facebook messages, texts, voice mails or instagram comments...but real, sealed, stamped, sent in the mailbox MAIL. I have a stash of cards, try to keep stamps on hand, and if I'm on top of things--I'll have it all together on Monday mornings to send some out that day.

I know how I feel when you receive a surprise note in the mail--who wouldn't want that? I love the feeling I have when I am writing kind words--I know it is the Spirit testifying of the power in these kinds of "small and simple things".

Those Speechless Moments Connected with Eternity

This beautiful post was written by Jess Adamson.

*disclaimer* there are many people involved in these stories that are not mentioned, but it doesn't mean they are not important.....I just figured you probably didn't want to be reading this blog post for hours on end....

There is something to be said for speechless moments. The ones where no words could adequately describe the raw emotion in your heart...

I have only had a few of these in my life, and they all seem to revolve around the principle of Eternity.....

Remember my baptism I told you about a few months ago? Well there was something about that day that I left out.  My dearest Grandfather was the one waiting for me in that water....

Before that day, he had watched my crazy teenage life progress with great anticipation in his eyes, because unlike me, he had always known my potential. He always saw me as a beautiful daughter of God, but he knew that I didn't see it.

The day I told him that I had made the decision to be baptized, he was speechless, and told me that he would be HONORED to be the one to baptize me.

The Great Plan of Happiness

This post is by Derek, a fantastic home teacher.
Just last Sunday, in our Gospel Doctrines class, I learned something really neat.

We were studying a talk that President Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave to the young women of the church. He talked about God's individual plan for each of us.

The part that I liked the most was when he talked about enjoying life right now. He shared how we each have problems and struggles and that sometimes life is hard. Many times we don't enjoy life now but look forward to some future time when we will be happy.

God doesn't want this for us, He wants us to be happy and enjoy life throughout. God's plan is for us to be happy and we can be so even if we are only working toward our goals. It was something that really helped me out, it made me realize that maybe not everything is turning out like I planned or hoped but that doesn't me everything is lost.

I think it's something everyone can benefit from and will help us all out in the long run.


Remember His Familiar Face

Another great post by Lisa Puga.

On the wall of my children's bedroom is a picture of Jesus Christ with children from around the world.  Every time my seven-month-old daughter sees Him, her face lights up. She moves her whole body with excitement. If I turn away while holding her, she squirms to see Him again. Other pictures hold her interest for about half of a second. Interestingly, my now three-year-old son acted the same way when he saw this picture of Christ when he was a baby.

Why does my baby show such a strong emotional reaction to pictures of the Savior?

She knows Him. She loves Him. I believe she hasn't forgotten completely the time when she lived with Jesus Christ and Our Heavenly Father as a spirit daughter before birth.

Pres. Ezra Taft Benson, a modern prophet, said, "Nothing is going to startle us more when we pass through the veil to the other side than to realize how well we know our Father and how familiar His face is to us."

I am so grateful for this knowledge of our divine heritage. God is our Father. He knows us. He loves us. He is not a distant father. Though we may not recall how well we knew Him before this life, we can come to know Him or rather remember Him through prayer, scripture study and service. He will help us recognize His hand in the very details of our lives. His plan provides for lasting eternal happiness for His children.

Read more here, here, here, and here. You'll be glad you did.

No Halfway Education Suffices for the Latter-day Saint

This post is by Emily Hardman. A woman who never settles for less.

Whereas, the glory of God is intelligence;
Whereas our ultimate goal is to become like him and inherit the same glory;
Whereas, glory of God is intelligence; and
Whereas, intelligence only comes through obedience in keeping his commandments
(D&C 93: 28 &36);
THEREFORE, my greatest pursuit is my quest for obedience.
OBEDIENCE IS MY QUEST, NOT MY IRRITATION!

My Educational Mission Statement


I have strayed from the form to learn. I will no longer suffer from academic bulimia. I will live the higher law; the principle of education. We are here to gain experience and prove ourselves herewith. We are to acquire all the knowledge we can to gain more understanding about the world around us.

I will “Seek learning by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118)

I'm Thankful to Have Temples Here on Earth

This post is by Richard Carter, someone who loves the temple!

I joined the church 8 years ago in Key West, Florida and since then, my life has never been the same.

Yeah trials are still there, but I have a better understanding why we face these hardships.

I am very thankful for my Savior for always being there for me. I love this church and my brothers and sisters, I'm thankful to have a temple here on earth.

When I lived in Key West, Florida, we had to travel 8 hours to get to a temple. We had to wake so early in the morning so we can make it to a session, but with the examples of the members of my sweet little branch that I miss so much. I was able to wake up and travel with them smiling and very excited.

Now that I live and Boise, Idaho and I have the blessing to go the temple every week and I only live 10 minutes away! I love the temple, I cant wait to be able to do more work in the temple in the near future! I love my Savior, I love the church, and I love my family!