Pioneer: One that goes before, showing others the way to follow.

Every year on July 24, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) celebrate Pioneer Day, the anniversary of the day that the first Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. It is a day to honor and remember the faith, courage, sacrifice, and perseverance of the early members of the church. The early Saints…

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Meet Charlotte

Jad and I had been content for four years not having a pet. We never discussed even wanting a pet any time soon, and definitely not a dog. A hamster might have been okay when Casey got older. So, how did we end up with a dog, you ask? Well, in the beginning of March,…

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Gratitude can change your life for the best

I shared this talk in my church congregation on December 17, 2006, not long after the hardest experiences I have ever had in my life up until that point, and probably ever in my life, until now. The talk’s topic was gratitude. I always thought that it was an inspired topic, for through studying it…

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I never stand alone.

Alone I stand,While all the world around meSurrounds meAnd takes me for a fool.But I am notThe first to be regardedAs weak and simple-heartedFor choosing to believeThat He keeps watch over His own. CHORUSI never stand aloneWhen I stand with GodAnd I stand with His prophets.Wherever I may go,When I stand with GodI never stand…

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Washington, D.C., I love you.

Jad, Kamren and I went to Washington, D.C. this past Friday through Sunday. It was such a wonderful vacation for us. It was Jad’s first time ever being in D.C. and I hadn’t been there for many years. Throughout our time there, my mind flooded with memories of my childhood. When I looked at the…

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Sabbath Day Light: A perfectly imperfect Father’s Day

This Father’s Day was very different than all the others. That’s because instead of being home, we were in Charlotte. At first, I was really kind of disappointed that we missed being at our church, where Casey, along with his peers, would have sung a beautiful song to the fathers. I was sad that I wasn’t able…

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Sabbath Day Light: I love God and His children. That includes you.

There are so many things I could write about today. The Spirit at church was so strong and thick, you could swim in it. From thinking about my purpose to fasting today, to the beautiful testimonies borne by other faithful Saints, to discussing moral courage in Sunday School, to talking about the importance of education,…

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Are Mormons Christians: A question that can only be answered by a Mormon

I remember like it was yesterday sitting in my 9th grade history class. We were studying different Christian religions and my teacher brought up Mormons. A boy in class, one I happened to have a crush on at the time, shook his head and said, “Mormons aren’t Christians. They wrote their own book.” I, a 14-year-old Mormon girl, was too…

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Sabbath Day Light: There is music in me

I am a person who loves music. As I think about it, it has always been such a huge part of my life, and the memories I have make me smile. My love of music came from my Nana and Granddad. My Granddad was an amazingly talented pianist and organist. He had a gift not many people…

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