Jesus Christ’s Intimate Atonement, my son’s personal experience

My ten year-old son gets a migraine headache about once a week. He’s had them since he was about six-years old, but I didn’t know he was having a migraine. He would come home from school, usually on a Wednesday, throw up and sleep for a couple of hours in a dark room. When he […]

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What being a grandma has taught me about the Father and the Son

Before I was a grandma, other grandparents told me, “Being a grandma is great. You spoil them and give them back.” Or “It was worth it to have children so I could have grandchildren.” I thought this meant that being a grandma would be even better than being a mom, because I would love my […]

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Do Mormons have more access to the Atonement?

This past Sunday in Sunday School we discussed the Atonement and how the Doctrine and Covenants teaches us more about Christ and His Atonement. The Doctrine and Covenants is a book of modern revelations which is considered scripture for Mormons or members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Since all people have […]

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Sunrise in Mexico

On our last day of our family vacation in Puerto Morales, Mexico, my husband and I got up early to watch the sunrise over the ocean. We sat in beach chairs facing east. I couldn’t see the sun at first but the world lightened slowly. Then it seemed all of a sudden that rays of […]

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How to overcome your trials

In my ward or congregation I am the Relief Society President. I minister to and serve the women in my congregation. I meet new women who move in, assist in organizing a monthly activity, support the weekly teacher, arrange for the women to visit each other every month (visiting teaching), attend a twice monthly meeting […]

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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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