Category Archive: Building a Celestial Family

Here are some:- Ideas for bringing the scriptures to life and more fully living the gospel. - Insights I've gained through personal study. - Ideas for keeping family life Christ-centered. - Things that could be used in gospel lessons (FHE, primary, Sunday school, etc.) - Things I'd like to teach my children.

Jan 26

“How can I tell when God is trying to tell me something?”

(From a talk I prepared a while back, which I’ve been feeling impressed to share) Recognizing the Lord’s voice in our daily lives   I’d like to share some thoughts about learning to recognize the Lord’s voice in our daily lives.   When I was younger, I really struggled with this. I occasionally would feel that warm feeling …

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Sep 23

My Favorite Supplemental Resources for Come Follow Me

Okay first let me make a disclaimer: I’m not a fan of leaning on supplemental materials. There are SO MANY supplemental resources out there! So many lesson ideas, summaries, handouts, youtube lessons, etc. and I’m sure a lot of them are really great. But I’ve found (at least for me) that it can be SO EASY to get …

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Jul 17

Don’t Suppress A Tiny Voice

I heard this song a few years ago, and it really touched me!   Letting Perfectionism Suppress Our Voice I feel like it can be easy to feel tempted to suppress our voice, and to doubt our contribution because of our imperfections and weaknesses.  We might think, who am I to speak up? Especially when surrounded …

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Jun 23

Messages from the Lord vs Messages from the Adversary

In our day, we are bombarded with messages. Those messages come in many forms and through many mediums- i.e. the internet, social media, symposium, videos, op-eds, ted-eds, memes, books, teachers, forums, and even our friends. Many messages may seem harmless, but are propagating false ideas that do not come from God. Sometimes messages from the …

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Jun 10

One of the Most Important Pieces of Counsel the Prophet Ever Gave

June 20, 2020 I want to talk about what is (in my opinion) one of the most important, and perhaps overlooked, pieces of counsel that our prophet President Nelson ever gave. Back in January of 2016, I attended a devotional for young adults, where President Russell M. Nelson spoke. It was an amazing talk! One …

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May 11

On Discerning Truth, Prophets, & The Family Proclamation

  I’ve felt impressed to share some thoughts from a church lesson I taught (about a year ago, I think). I put it all on video (above)                 But since it’s quite long I also put some of the main points on here. I may come back later and add …

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Apr 30

A Hardened Heart

A hardened heart Crusted over Closed off to the light,  to the Spirit To change.   But it wasn’t always that way.   It hardened over time Indiscernibly. A little pride here,  a little there. And all the while you thought you were fine, Learning, growing, maturing, developing, becoming   But what are you becoming? …

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Mar 30

Grandma’s Faith: Putting the Lord First

It’s Easter time! I love this time of year, when we can reflect on the Savior and the joy/peace that comes from embracing gospel principles. In light of the church’s #PrinceofPeace initiative, I want to share about someone in my life who I look up to as an example of faith.   Meet my Grandma, Velda …

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Jul 10

Little-known Stories & Things I Love & Admire About Alex

It’s my husband’s birthday today! And so I’m going to indulge & brag to the world about how utterly awesome he is. Because hey, I’m his wife and I can do that! He has no idea I’m doing this…mwahahaha 😉   Might be super gushy but I don’t care- It’s something I’ve been wanting to …

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Jan 01

How I Learned to Recognize the Promptings of the Holy Ghost

I’ve been feeling an urge to write about this for a while, because I feel like it is perhaps the most important thing I have to share. And it’s been so useful and valuable in my life. But I don’t know exactly how to go about sharing something so deeply personal and sacred to me. …

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Dec 24

Why I’m Not Jumping on the Rainbow Bandwagon

  (A little overdue. Started writing this back in July, but got distracted with being mommy/moving/a million other things, & never got around to posting it. I figure it’s about time.)   The purpose of this post is to promote understanding.  I’ve heard some express how they just can’t understand why anyone would oppose same-sex …

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Nov 23

PreparetoServe: Blessings (Part 2)

In light of Thanksgiving coming up this week, I wanted to dedicate a post to expressing gratitude. Specifically focusing on the ways Alex and I have been blessed through working on (I’m breaking away from my normal routine of posting recipes/ideas and blogging on a more personal note right now, so if you don’t …

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Nov 10

PreparetoServe (Part 1): Our Journey of Faith

I realized that I’ve never really officially taken the opportunity to record my side of the story about Alex’s and my experience with building So here we go. It’s been an interesting, unexpected, spiritual journey–and a long process of receiving personal revelation. How it all began: Rewind 7 years. Way back in 2007, Alex was …

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Oct 25

Faith, Fear, & Scary Movies

What does faith have to do with scary movies? A few years ago, I took a “Media, Family, & Human Development” class at BYU.  One of the topics discussed in class was fear in the media. Though in class we didn’t go into much depth about it in a gospel sense, it really got me …

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Sep 18

My Favorite Children’s Picture Book

  Daughter of a King is my all-time favorite picture book. I just love it! I think every girl should have this book. The pictures are breathtaking and the story is beautifully written. The story line is about a little girl named Katie, whose parents taught her that she is really a Princess. She learns …

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Mar 19

Object Lesson Idea: Teaching about the Atonement

I think that it can sometimes be difficult to clearly explain the law of justice and the law of mercy, and how the atonement fits into this. It’s kind of deeper doctrine that can seem a little abstract. Anyway, I found this object lesson to be quite clever- a great way to help visualize these …

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Mar 06

Some Thoughts on Charity

I’ve been thinking a lot about charity, and discovered some really cool insights, which I want to share! Charity is Pure Moroni 7:47 tells us that Charity is the pure love of Christ. A pure substance is one that is free from any kind of contamination. It is only that substance, not tainted with anything else. Later …

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Dec 03

Quotes about the Iron Rod (Lehi’s Dream)

I love the rich symbolism of Lehi’s vision of the tree of life. I think it’s one of the best parables we could ever study because I believe that it nothing else is as applicable to life right now than it is. The more I study about it, the more layers of meaning I uncover …

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Nov 23

Quotes about Lehi’s Dream (the Tree of Life)

Here are a few quotes I really like about the significance of Lehi’s dream of the Tree of Life. Some of these quotes are ones that really sparked in me the desire to study about the vision of the Tree of Life in more depth, which led me develop a great love for this wonderful …

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Aug 20

3 General Conference Talks That Changed my Life

1. The Nourishing Power of Hymns If you haven’t read this talk by Elder Jay E. Jensen, you have to read it. It’s life-changing. At least it was for me.   The Power of Hymns to Invite the Spirit Probably the most significant way that this talk changed my life was by strengthening my testimony …

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