That Sucks! The words I think but never say when expressing compassion for trials

As a teenager I often used the word “sucks.” It was a common slang word to express disgust or discontent of which I felt a lot as a teenager. One day I was talking to my parents in their bedroom and said “sucks.” My dad stopped me and said, “Never say that word again.” “What […]

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To serve and be served: Why Mormons are so good at helping each other and why I’m not, sometimes.

Mormons are known for serving within our church groups. We take dinners, watch each other’s children, run scout groups, teach Sunday classes, pack boxes, clean, and many other services. We do this because we are a covenant keeping people.   A covenant is an eternally binding promise between man and God. Man agrees to obey […]

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Celestial Homesickness or Why Life Isn’t Fair

The death of 49 people in Orlando is a tragedy. Is the solution more gun control? Less? More acceptance of gays? Less? More regulations for immigrants and refugees or more service and friendship? While we may not agree on how to process or react to the situation, we can all agree that it’s not fair. […]

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Is Heavenly Father a Helicopter Parent? or What I’ve Learned So Far as a Grandma

I’m a grandma! My oldest daughter had her first baby. I was able to be there for the birth and to stay and help afterwards. During labor I gave suggestions to help with the pain and effectiveness of contractions. I rubbed her feet while her husband rubbed her back. I reminded her to breath in […]

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A Look Back at 13 Years of Children’s Literature Conferences Coordinated by Neysa Jensen: Our last one as coordinators

This weekend is the 8th Annual Idaho Conference on Youth and Children’s Literature and Writing. That’s quite a mouthful. We had to think of a name that encompassed the needs of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), the Boise State Department of Literacy, Language and Culture, and ICIRA (Idaho Chapter of the International […]

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Notice me: Texts, Facebook status, and literary rejections

We returned home from a family trip in which my daughter did not have access to the internet. The first thing she wanted to do when she got home was to see how many texts she received on her Ipod. I write these blogs so that I can share my testimony and the gospel with […]

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Do the Three Family Patterns–Prayer, Home Evening, Scripture Study–have a 100% Guarantee?

My parents began raising children in the 1970’s. My mom wanted to make sure that she raised successful spiritual children. So with my dad she followed the counsel of the church leaders of the time who encouraged families to follow three patterns: family home evening, family scripture study, and family prayer.   Family Home Evening […]

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Why won’t the Mormon church leave me alone? Part 2: Non-members

If you have a friend who is a Mormon or a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, your friend has probably asked if you’re interested in attending an event at our church or being taught by the missionaries or in reading and praying about The Book of Mormon. Maybe you’ve wondered […]

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Why won’t the Mormon Church leave me alone? Part 1: Members

Once you have been baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day-Saints, you are on the records of the church. Even if you stop attending, decide you don’t believe anymore, and move and don’t let the church know, you are still on the records. Members who don’t attend our […]

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Grateful to miss my missionary

I’m going to share a story from my daughter’s letter to her dad this last week. My daughter is on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She will serve for 18 months. She can e-mail us once a week. She can also send letters which we usually get once a […]

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