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The Magi and Imperfect Gifts

By Karen Austin

During the early 1970s, my sisters and I would anticipate Christmas for the weeks ahead by gazing at the ornaments on our Christmas tree and shaking the packages underneath. We also regarded our nativity set with the little olive wood Holy Family and their admiring angel, shepherds, and magi. How lucky was that little babe …

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Book of Mormon Challenge Accepted—and Mangled

By Karen Austin

  This past October, when President Nelson issued the challenge for LDS women to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year, I could hear my father’s voice booming in the back of my head: “If you are going to do something, do it right.” I had just accepted a full teaching …

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Doing Things By Halves

By Kellie Purcill

I baked someone half an apple streusel recently. I didn’t deliberately set out to do it. Too many apples, a new baking tin, a prodigal pack of butter returned from the crisper and an internal bellowing for sweetness had me humming and puddling thick mix between my fingers and the springform’s edges before I realised …

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To judge or be judged

By Jennifer Whitcomb

You’ve all experienced this to some degree… to judge or be judged. I remind myself today that We are all fighting a hard fight. About others, we do not know the whole story. Others do not know the story of our struggles. A good friend told me that she tries to keep this thought in …

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No Respecter of Ornaments

By Leslie Graff

“Do we have to put them all up this year?,” my husband grumbles as he shuffles down a few trees and a dozen freezing cold boxes from the attic. “Yes, all of them!,” I assert, with some insistence. “In the Graff house we are no respecter of ornaments. It’s a matter of principle.” Everyone is welcome …

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