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“Happy Half-of-a-Century to you!!”

By Melonie Cannon

The other night, I was the only adult playing board games with a herd of teenagers. We were playing with a set of pre-made charade cards. They laughed when I didn’t know what “dabbing” was or how to act out “making it rain.” But when I got my “Michael Jackson” card, I saved face and …

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Authentic Savior

By Kimberly Sears

“We are daughters of our Heavenly Parents, who love us, and we love them.” Those were the words that popped out of my mouth unrehearsed a few months ago while reciting the Young Women Theme, and I’ve said it that way ever since. I’m not trying to “steady the ark” or usurp authority over a …

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Home Centered Church– We’ve Got This!

By Michelle Lehnardt

One Sunday, more than a decade ago, my friend Jane shared her struggle with family scripture study with our Relief Society, We tried a hundred different methods over a dozen years and nothing seemed to stick. We pulled the kids out of bed at 5:30 a.m., we tried bedtime scripture study, dinnertime, breakfast. Sometimes I …

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Looking at Clouds from Both Sides

By Jes Scoville

I’ve written this blog post a few times. Every time it’s come out a little whiny, a little self-indulgent. Maybe it’s because I’m tired and weary and spread pretty thin right now. But we all are, aren’t we? We’re all stumbling across overdue field trip forms as we rush everyone out the door in the …

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Leaves of Gratitude in Teenage Land

By Terresa Wellborn

For years we lived encircled by palm trees. We owned one rake, seldom used. Fast forward to life in a four-season state. Maple, Oak, and Chinese Elms engulf us. In summer we adore their shade, in fall we endure their leaves, in winter they’re forgotten beneath the snow’s glory. This fall the leaves drop again, …

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When Church Hurts: Why I’m Here

By Teresa Bruce

I fled the Relief Society room, hurt by the first prelude notes. Waiting outside the front door wasn’t far enough away. I sidestepped into the hallway, attempting to smile, grateful sunglasses hid my tears. Standing huddled with both hands covering my ears felt embarrassing enough. You can click to learn more and understand where I …

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The Story of My Life

By Megan Wilcox Goates

Musing on the topic of “Why I Write” feels a little indulgent, as not everyone writes or even necessarily cares why I write. Hear me out. I, obviously, love writers and reading about their processes. I AM a writer. I teach writing. I read books (particularly memoirs) LIKE IT’S MY JOB. But waxing prosaic about …

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Immediately, a poem

By Elizabeth Pinborough

I saw a man once, clustered with people, walking with multitudes. He had a certain glory about him, the glow reserved only for little children and those who have known great hardships. The dust sprang up around his sandals and clung to the hem of his garment. A group of people, officious, intruding, huddled near …

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How a panic attack helped me discover my superpower

By Terresa Wellborn

I’m out and proud. My superpower is napping, but it took a full blown panic attack to discover. It all started a few years ago when I was barreling down the freeway at 80 mph in our family van. Suddenly it hit. A giant wave of uncontrollable panic. Tingling limbs, tunnel vision, pounding heart. I’d …

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