Yumpin’ Yiminy: Thoughts on the Social Media Fast

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

high yumpers

Some years ago I had dinner at the home of my great uncle in Stockholm. He told us about the wonderful assistant he had at his office. He said of her, “She is so good, dat ven I say ‘Yump!’ she asks ‘how high’?”

We all had a good chuckle about what an amazing employee he had, and I privately still smile when I hear his wonderful accent in my mind.

We want to be good followers of our God,  to yump when God says “Yump!” As disciples of Christ, our first priority is to follow God’s direction and counsel for us. We pray, we study, we weigh options, we seek peace and those quiet (or sometimes blatant) impressions that nudge or confirm to us where that Kindly Light would take us.

We also have promised to sustain our leaders.

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Dear Self: I Love to See the Walmart

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Because I live for much of the year in a sparsely populated location, it was big news a few years ago when the Walmart came to a town nearby. By “nearby” I mean a 40 minute drive away. By “town” I mean that 13,000 people live there. It calls itself Heber City, but I know fer cities (Chicago and Boston in particular), and “City” in this case is stretching it.

At last there is an option for one stop shopping! I like their prices on basics. I like that I can go in without worrying about whether I’m dressed stylishly. I like the little game I made up of seeing if I can spot at least one person wearing a cowboy hat when I go.

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Let’s stop blaming the victims

By Michelle Lehnardt

In the wake of recent tragedies, along with the compassionate vigils, kind tributes and signs of solidarity, are the ugly whispers, pointed fingers and blaming. “That mother should have been watching her child a little better at the zoo.” “Maybe he shouldn’t have been in a gay nightclub at 2 a.m.” “I heard it happened at …

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By Lisa Meadows Garfield

On a recent trip to Iceland, I saw these yellow flowers growing happily side by side, growing right out of hardened lava, no less.  Neither seemed to know that one was regarded as a weed, while the other was viewed as a beautiful flower. I was in Berlin one Sunday on this same trip, riding …

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Sticks and Stones

By Jennie LaFortune

When I was in elementary school, a lady the next street over watched me after school. Most days there would be some kind of fight between friends or the three boys in the family.  When tears or tattle-telling ensued, the mom always parroted the saying “sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will …

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News, Sugar, or Judgment

By Lisa Meadows Garfield

My business mentor recently extended a challenge to my coaching group. We were to choose one of these options, to focus on for one month:  1) No news, 2) No sugar, or 3) No judging.

Which would you choose?

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Dropping Rocks

By Melissa Young

Note: While I personally believe that the situation of the woman in John 8 is potentially more complex than consensual adultery, the account is probably most powerful if that is, in fact, what it was. There she is, in the center of the hostile crowd—a woman, taken in adultery. Her actions obvious, the law clear. …

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Judge Not–Or Should We?

By Melissa McQuarrie

Like many of you who were able to attend or watch the general Relief Society meeting last Saturday night, I loved listening to President Monson speak on charity at the close of the meeting. His remarks were loving, wise, and inspired. “Do [our] differences tempt us to judge one another?” asked President Monson. “Can we love one another if we judge each other? And I answer…No; we cannot.” He went on to say that charity is “the opposite of criticism and judging.”

Interestingly, I’d just prepared a lesson to teach the Beehives the next day, in which I was directed by the Supplemental Materials booklet to refer to the section entitled “Judging Others” in True to the Faith, which says, “Sometimes people feel that it is wrong to judge others in any way. While it is true that you should not condemn others or judge unrighteously, you will need to make judgments of ideas, situations, and people throughout your lifetime. The Lord has given many commandments that you cannot keep without making judgments. You need to make judgments of people in many of your important decisions, such as choosing friends…and choosing an eternal companion” (p.90). The booklet goes on to caution us to use “great care” when making judgments and advises, “All your judgments must be guided by righteous standards.…Approach any judgment with care and compassion. Whenever possible, refrain from making judgments until you have an adequate knowledge of the facts” (90-91). The Supplemental Materials booklet then asked teachers to pose this question: “The world asks me to be tolerant of everyone’s actions and beliefs. In what circumstances does the Lord ask me to make judgments of ideas, situations, and people?” (p. 8).

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Revisiting First Impressions

Rosalyn Collings Eves is our UP CLOSE Trips and Travels guest author today.  She enjoys traveling, although she hasn’t been able to do nearly as much of this since becoming a mother to two young children: a four-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl. When not trying to plan and execute child-friendly trips, she plays with …

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Painting 101

By Dalene Rowley

Admittedly, I am a registered Republican.

But, an active campaign volunteer, I’ve campaigned for more Democrats than Republicans. I vote for whomever I want. And I don’t like particularly like Kool-Aid. Not at all.

I loved growing up in the Pacific Northwest.

But I live in Utah now and have come to love its quirks along with its beauties and I get a little riled when commenters go on an “I hate Utah” kick.

I have been a faithful member of the church my entire life.

But the whole Prop 8 thing challenged my faith in ways I never expected and made me look long, deep and hard into what I believe.

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