End of Summer :(

Sep 8, 2013 by

I can’t believe the summer is coming to a close. To not let it pass us by over Labor Day weekend, some friends and I went camping near Jamestown settlement and played at Virginia Beach. I came down later so I could get some writing done since it turns out I didn’t actually start composing my thesis until I was released as Relief Society president. I read a great deal and formed some ideas, but didn’t start the writing process. Things would always come up and I had lead time to do it.  Now I’m essentially in crisis mode because the ultimate deadline is upon me. Some of the content I’m cranking out now isn’t half bad. I just wish I’d left enough time for myself to rewrite and make it good. At this...

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Cher Doesn’t Get the Underwear Concept Anyway...

Jul 7, 2012 by

The singer Cher stirred controversy for her anti-Romney tweet.  The Supreme Court’s healthcare decision mobilized a large number of voters to rally around the not-Obama candidate, Mitt Romney, for his promise to lead the repeal of nationalized healthcare if elected. In just the four hour period following the Supreme Court’s announcement, Mitt Romney’s campaign raised $1 million.   Cher’s concern led her to Twitter to warn her fans. About Obama she wrote: “I Feel if he doesn’t get all his DUCKS IN A ROW we’ll b forced 2 listen 2Uncaring Richy Rich! The whitest man in MAGIC UNDERWEAR in the WH.”  I’m glad to see that Cher is a concerned citizen. My first reactions: Is anyone forced to listen to the US president? Isn’t Cher white? Is a white man in the White House a problem?...

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Sleeves on the Midnight Blue Dress? Sold...

Jun 11, 2012 by

During my recent visit with my sis in South Carolina, we went shopping.  (She’s holding true to our southern roots, while my current location brings my loyalty into question. However, I do technically live south of Robert E. Lee’s homestead so I’m in the clear.) My role was to entertain the little munchkin while my sister shopped. We make a good team. I like it that way. I enjoy the liberty of shopping whenever I feel like it, so I’m happy to provide my sister the same freedom when I can. I like that we’re close. I’ve almost forgotten her betrayal in the form of getting married when I was a missionary and replacing me behind my back, but that’s a story for another time. Having a little one makes it difficult to shop...

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My Current Explanation of Life’s Purpose...

May 16, 2011 by

Life’s purpose is to increase in spiritual power by the cultivation of faith in God. I make sense of the purpose of life through the framework of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  One of its tenets includes the pre-mortal existence of mankind in the presence of God, “For I, the Lord God, created all things, of which I have spoken, spiritually, before they were naturally upon the face of the earth…for in heaven created I them”[1]. In this state, we had a consciousness of the goodness of God and accepted the transition to a mortal existence. Since early Sunday School, children learn that the purpose of life is to come to earth to get a natural body and gain experience by learning and growth. I have heard this narrative so many...

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Mormon Temple Wedding: A Ceremony Centered in Christ...

May 11, 2011 by

“Who Shall Ascend into the Hill of the Lord?” Open Access with Preparation Just this last week a friend of mine told me about her friend’s friend’s description of their exclusion from a Latter-day Saint Temple wedding ceremony. (How’s that for degrees of separation?) This friend of a friend of a friend said he had to wait outside the Temple because he was “unclean.” It was a joke at which both my friend and I laughed because that’s not  how Latter-day Saints view it. If I had to choose one word describing those waiting outside the Temple during a wedding ceremony, it wouldn’t be “unclean,” it would be “uncovenanted.” Latter-day Saints believe that in every “dispensation” in which God has dispensed the gospel of Jesus Christ, He has made a covenant with His people...

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