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Conference Sisters Speak

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

It’s October – that time when we think about pumpkins and goblins … and General Conference. In a different order perhaps? This month I decided to pull some treats out of the proverbial goodie bag of Conference addresses and see what gems our sisters at the podium had to say. In the Saturday morning session …

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Addressing Halloween Impoliteness: Increase Compassion

By Karen Austin

For the second year, I set up a folding table in my driveway to greet Halloween goblins. I don’t know many of my neighbors in our large development that sees 100 plus Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween. However, I want to do my part to return the favor since that many people worked to decorate and hand …

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Elder Kopischke: Prayer Alone Cannot Address Many Mental Health Needs

By Karen Austin

When General Conference weekend is approaching, some members will make lighthearted speculations about announcement or subjects for talks.  For example, I say one woman share a Tweet she sent prior to conference with a far-fetched (so she thought) prediction that Rexburg, Idaho would get a second temple. Sometimes I make lighthearted predictions; sometimes I hope …

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When Someone Is Drowning: Help, Hinder, or Walk by?

By Karen Austin

When I am having problems managing my emotions, I sometimes cause a bit of a scene. “* Helping Hand *” by pareeerica is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 I admire introverts for their ability to keep their conflicts well hidden. But then again, my introverted friends report this downside: stuffing emotions leads to a lot of trouble with the …

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Souls Unmasked

By Teresa Bruce

People are crying out here. And dying. Every day, precious new souls strap on tiny, frail bodies and scream at the unfairness of everything different — bright light, cold air, hunger, thirst, mess, texture, noise, pain… Meanwhile, every hour, other souls — too many just as young, some downright old, most in between — slip …

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Exercising My Demons at the Gym

By Karen Austin

I used to exercise about three times a week, but over the last six months, I have increased my visits to the gym so that I’m attending on average ten classes a week. I’m getting to know the instructors and the regulars. I often see another short, blonde, middle-aged woman in the classes I attend. …

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Don’t Call Me Crazy; Support Me and Accept My Gifts

By Karen Austin

  Over twenty years ago, I attended church in the DC Metro area. There was an older woman who didn’t quite fit in with the young professionals. It was the 1980s, and “yuppies” were the largest demographic of that ward. This sister also didn’t resemble the established older couples either.  Most mature people who attended …

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Finding My Grandfather by Sylvia Newman

By Sylvia Newman

Finding My Grandfather by Sylvia Newman My paternal grandfather died at the age of 44, decades before I was born. My maternal grandfather died when I was two, and I have no memories of him except the stories I’ve been told. My dad’s mom married again, and I knew my Grandad Ray until he passed …

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Book Review: Let Me Tell You My Story

By Catherine Arveseth

A few weeks ago, I sat on my daughter’s bed and read my twin girls an unconventional bedtime story. It was from this book, Let Me Tell You My Story. We read one narrative, and then another. Short personal accounts of individuals who fled their countries of origin in search for a life we admittedly …

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