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This is where we chat about real topics as they relate to Christ, His Word, His Church, and us, His people.
BYU Students Protest Title IX Exemptions: Explained and Analyzed
Tuesday, BYU students stages a walkout with the goal of “ending discrimination against LGBTQ people at religious universities.” What’s going on?
The Temple Comes First: How the Temple Has Worked in My Life
The story of how we went from nowhere to live to the perfect living arrangements in 12 hours flat, and the reason why the temple is the miracle everybody needs in their lives.
Birth Series (3) – Comparing a Medical vs. Natural Birth
I had an epidural birth then a water birth. I break down the differences in my preparation, the procedures I had, and my overall thoughts. Plus, a list of things I wish I’d heard before my first birth.
Birth Series (2) – A Water Birth Experience
This is the ironic story of how I came to choose water birth at the same facility I had laughed at and how it went.
Birth Series (1) – A Hospital Experience
I always believed that a standard, hospital, epidural route was the way for me. It worked, but I learned that it was not necessarily the easy route I had been sold.
Birth Series (A) – Childbirth Research Reviews
Your convenient starting point for learning about natural childbirth, courtesy of a gal who trailblazer her way from hospital/pitocin/epidural birth #1 to a full on midwife/doula/water birth for birth #2. You’re welcome.
When Going to Church Is Hard + The Time I Was Inactive
I believe everyone has at least one reason to leave the Church. Mine: anxiety. This is my story of when I was inactive.
The Right Time to Have Another Kid + Why I’m Pregnant AGAIN
Don’t worry, this isn’t a post about how I’m pregnant!—just why. (A sequel to “The Right Time to Have Kids”)
No Calling vs. Hard Calling: Message to Those Wanting More (or Less!) Calling
When I told a friend about how overwhelmed I felt about my new calling, she chuckled. “You said you wanted a calling!” She was right. I had prayed for this for a year and a half, and I got what I asked for.
We Should All Be Gospel Scholars + How to Build a Scripture Study Plan for 2021
Feeling overwhelmed and unsure about how to study Come, Follow Me AND the Book of Mormon—and everything else? Read on to raise your vision and get some help as you choose an attainable scripture study plan.
Girls (and Boys) Who Don’t Serve Missions – Yes, You CAN Marry One!
I have heard this statement far too many times: “I’m only marrying a returned missionary.” I fear this is an incorrect and unholy thing to say.
Voting: It’s Not the Most Important Thing About You (or Anyone Else)
Frankly, who you vote for is not the most important or interesting thing about you—or anybody else. Thanks to revelation from God, we know we are so much more than that.
Change the World with a Prayer / Cambia el mundo con una oración
Prayer is how we can change not only our own lives, but the world. (La oración cambia no solo nuestras vidas sino también el mundo.)
When Has America Ever Been Great? – An Answer From a Christian Patriot
This isn’t about a presidential campaign; this is asking a real question.
A Rebuttal to “Modernized” Church Doctrine – Debunking False Teachings from BYU, Instagram, and More
We go through 4 examples of “modernized” Church doctrine, analyze where they go wrong, and discuss 4 ways to prepare against falling for the philosophies of men, mingled with scripture.
To God, We Are Babies – 4 Lessons from Parenting a New Baby
Nearly every day, my baby does something that makes me think of how God must see us, and she’s taught me many lessons about what it means to be a child of God.
BLM Is Anti-Christ
Please read to the end before you destroy me.
On Little Missions, Fighting Racism, and Why This Prolifer Quit Being a Live Action Ambassador
You were given a calling, or callings, for your life on Earth. They are causes about which you are passionate, ways for you to bring about good in the world. I call these “little missions.”
Jesus Solves All Problems: Racism, Police Brutality, Looting, Rioting
There are a lot of things we could—and should—do to solve our problems right now. But I’m prioritizing this post. I’m putting my money where my mouth is and standing by this claim: The most important thing we need right now is Jesus.
Don’t Be Afraid of the P Word – Why and How to Embrace Politics
I claim that we, as members of the Church, and especially as women in the Church, unjustly avoid politics when we should be using our political influence for good. We have a responsibility to represent Him any chance we have and to use our influence for good, even at the cost of comfort.
Women Can’t Do Everything
This has been one of the hardest and most valuable lessons for me to learn. Let me explain.
COVID-19 and Anxiety: “Who Knew It Only Took a Worldwide Pandemic to Manage Your Anxiety?”
I’ve been trying to understand why I, a person prone to intense anxiety, have had fairly typical anxiety levels, even though much of the world is panicking, and for good reason. So why am I not so afraid?
The Right Time to Have Kids
We’ve only been married a year. We’re waiting for my husband to finish his bachelor’s program and living in a tiny on-campus apartment. And frankly, we’re dirt poor. So why did we decide to have a baby?
7 Tips for Successful Come, Follow Me Personal Study in 2020
Don’t spend another minute feeling guilty about a less-than-satisfactory year of Come, Follow Me! Repent now and start fresh. God will take you as you are and help you become more!
How Jesus Solves All Problems
There are so many problems in the world to solve! How can one choose between all the charitable causes available?
Heaven and Health: A Dietary Journey
“No, thank you, I’ll pass. I brought my own snacks.” I wasn’t always so confident. My health journey has taken me a long way, and it continues today.
Ministering Despite Anxiety: How to Start Ministering
What if they don’t like me? What if they’d be better off living their lives without me wasting their time? What if I invite them out for ice cream and find out they’re allergic to dairy? What if they’re huggers!?
Abortion: God’s Word Cuts Through the Fog
A guide for any open-minded person who wishes to let the Lord frame their opinion of abortion.
Getting Married Young and Fast: A Word from Someone Who Did Both
I never wanted to marry young or fast. Then, I got married at 21, less than a year after returning from my mission, to some guy I’d met in that less-than-a-year. Yep, I’m that person.
Christianity: The Real Self-Love Movement
Is self-love prideful and evil? Or is it inspired and good?
Why Did You Even Serve a Mission?
For anyone who might/will serve a mission, who supports a missionary, who interacts with missionaries, or who has had a bad experience with a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Please Don’t Call Us Mormons – Even If You Are One
Why the “name change” is my favorite recent policy change in the Church (even when 2-hour church is in the running)
Making General Conference “Not Only Memorable… [but] Unforgettable” – 15 Ways to Prepare for General Conference
Tips for how to make the bicentennial 2020 general conference unforgettable
The Truth About Pregnancy
A guide for people who are pregnant, may ever be pregnant, have or may ever have a pregnant partner, have a family at all, belong to a church congregation, belong to any social group, or are people.
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