But That Ye May Have Patience: The True Story of a Marfan Syndrome “Victim”

But that ye have patience, and bear with those afflictions, with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions. Alma 34:41, Book of Mormon (Joe’s favorite scripture) The first time I saw Joe, he was standing at the pulpit at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building in Saratoga […]

Inspirational Story of Wife of Joseph Smith Jr. – Mary Elizabeth Rollins: Pioneer from Les Miserable

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matthew 5:44 Growing up, I had heard of a courage pioneer woman named Mary Elizabeth Rollins, who along with her sister, managed to save several pages later published as the Doctrine and Covenants from a burning building in Independence, […]

5 Lessons From Mr. Rogers The World Needs Now More Than Ever: Review of Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff. ― Catherine M. Wallace I have been […]

Ministering One by One: Fourth Sunday Priesthood/Relief Society Lesson

*Note: Long quotes are labeled 1-4. If you would like to distribute them to participating members of your class to read aloud, download them here:Ministering Quotes Handout Welcome class members and follow-up on any previous assignments. Discussion question: What is the purpose of ministering? From Oct 2014 Conference address by Jeffery R. Holland: (Quote 1) […]

Ministering as the Savior Does: Fourth Sunday Lesson

Greet and welcome your class. Follow-up with any assignments from previous lessons. The objectives of this lesson are: Demonstrate how we learn by observing the actions of others Describe examples of ministering in your life Discuss how Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of how to minister We Learn by Observing the Actions of Others […]

No One’s Going to Fight for Me but Myself: The True Story of an Abuse Victim

“If you’ll eat this, you’ll be the highest jumpers ever,” Dorothy told her children, including her oldest daughter Tamara “Tammy” Perkins. At the time, Tammy’s dad, Don Perkins, was out of work after being temporarily blinded when someone at work hit him on the head with a hammer. At least, that’s the story Tammy was […]

Lesson on Ministering: Fourth Sunday Relief Society/Priesthood Lesson

Introduction Welcome your members to class and follow-up on any previous assignments. Briefly introduce changes concerning ministering: Jesus’s life and ministry exemplify the two great commandments: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” and “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” […]

Skeptical of Your Worth? Professors, Scientists, and Your Own Skin Prove You Wrong

And I know that I deserve your love There’s nothing I’m not worthy of —“This is Me,” The Greatest Showman The Making-up “I’m so sorry. I know I look hideous today. I was rushing, and I had to go pick up the grandkids. And I’d forgotten to set the alarm for earlier, so I did […]

The Question I Wouldn’t Answer: Rooting for Rehab over Revenge

“Love is the only thing that can turn an enemy into a friend.” – Martin Luther King Jr. The Nightmare Child Recently I watched a documentary1 on YouTube about two parents and their unruly seven-year-old daughter. She was defiant at every turn. The parents battled with her to get out of bed, get dressed, and […]