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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Mormon Martyrs

Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum Smith, sealed their testimonies of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ with their blood. They were shot on June 27, 1844. In a tribute to Joseph Smith, Elder John Taylor, a witness to the events, said, “Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save […]

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Is it true?

One of our children used to ask, “Is it true?” when she wanted to tattle on her sibling, but not seem like she was tattling. She’d say, “Is it true that we can eat in the living room?” “Is it true that we don’t have to do the dishes right after dinner?” “Is it true […]

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My job is the best!

This week my son-in-law started his first real life job after graduating from college in aviation technology. He repairs airplanes and helicopters for a living. He has inspired my youngest son to be interested in airplanes and jets of the future. My youngest son draws airplanes, creates airplanes out of Legos, dreams about airplanes, and […]

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How to Survive and Thrive in the Holm Home or What really goes on in our home

We have an exchange student from Norway with us for the rest of the school year. She is brave to leave her country and family and come to a new country and go to a new school and especially to live with a new family and learn their ways. Her brother was an exchange student […]

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