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Guest Post: Where Art Comes From

By Jennie LaFortune

Camille Nelson is a multi-instrumentalist who grew up running and skiing in the beautiful mountains of Utah. Music has always been a huge part of her life and beliefs. She just released her debut album, “Lead Me Home” on August 18, 2017. It features original and traditional hymns on the acoustic guitar with a string …

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Guest Post: Seeking Light

By Kellie Purcill

The gleaming, golden orb pulsates with energy. I cradle this bright globe in the space between my outstretched hands. Eyes closed, I effortlessly roll and recede, left and right; I am a clear, sparkling wave on a peaceful shore. I raise my orb overhead; it radiates in purity. I focus on my cool, cupped palms, …

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Guest Post: Moving On

By Kellie Purcill

I opened the closet door and looked again at the clothes that defined the man I had loved and been married to for almost 45 years. Dress shirts and ties for his dental office; jeans and flannel shirts for work at our farm; suits and sports jackets for church and special occasions. Touching them one …

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Call for Guest Posts: Working Women

By Jessie Christensen

I have noticed for many years now that the narrative we tell about women and work in the Church does not reflect the reality I see around me. Women are encouraged to get an education and to develop their talents and skills, but we are also told that women who have children should make mothering their families their primary responsibility and forgo employment outside the home. The most common dichotomy I see presented to women is a choice between some sort of high-powered, high-prestige full-time career, and staying out of the workforce for years to be a full-time mother. Yet, when I look around at my friends and family who are members of the Church, I see hundreds of different lives with diverse, individual choices. I know women who have a high level of education who have followed the promptings of the Spirit to stay out of the workforce. I know women who have a high level of education who have followed the promptings of the Spirit to have established careers with high levels of responsibility and prestige. I know other women who have never worked and who started families at a young age. I know women who don’t have a high level of education and work low-prestige jobs. I know women who work part-time, who work full-time, who run businesses with their husbands, who do occasional childcare for extra income, or who do freelance work from home. I know women who have stayed out of the workforce for twenty or more years before returning, either out of necessity or desire. I know women who want to work outside the home but don’t, and women who don’t want to work outside the home but do.

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