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How can the church heal from political divisions?

By Michelle Lehnardt

My parents were converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and I grew up with ten, count ‘em TEN, protestant aunts and uncles who engaged in a whole lot of church shopping. When Janet grew weary of the pastor’s style—she found a new church; when James got in a big fight with …

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Practicing Kindness

By Jessie Christensen

I make my daughter’s lunch every day, even though she is a junior in high school. One of my goals in parenting has been to encourage autonomy in my kids, and yet nearly every morning I’m standing at the counter in my pajamas, chopping red peppers. Sometimes I wonder if I should keep doing this, and my parental fears of children who are unable to fend for themselves rear their ugly heads. Sometimes I even drive her to school, despite the fact that the high school is only three blocks away and the parking lot is a nightmare in the mornings. Cold, snowy mornings when you are carrying a heavy backpack and two musical instruments can be made a little brighter with a ride. I have learned that these times are not about being unable to do something, just an instance of learning to receive help and kindness. And although I want my kids to be independent and capable, I also want them to be kind and helpful as well.

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Saviors

By Elizabeth Cranford Garcia

A few months ago, I read an article about a Palestinian woman injured in a car accident who could not breastfeed her nine-month-old son. He refused a bottle for seven hours, screaming with hunger, his aunts desperate. Then a Jewish nurse arrived for her shift, and volunteered to nurse him. The expression on the faces …

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What You Say When You Say You’re Too Busy

By Sandra Clark

Get the kids to gymnastics, sign up for soccer, preschool co-op volunteer obligation, optimize your investments, update your will, register for summer camp, plant some annuals so your yard isn’t as barren this year as it was last, crank out the hours on the part-time hustle, take cookies to the fireside, teach your kids to …

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ARE MEN UNKIND?

By Lisa Meadows Garfield

At the adult session of Stake Conference last weekend, our Stake President suddenly and forcefully said, “Now brethren, I need to speak to you right now. This may sound harsh, but you need to hear this. I am hearing from too many of our faithful sisters about the way they are being treated by their …

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Let’s Offer More Compassion to Teenagers

By Michelle Lehnardt

My niece is homeless right now. Not homeless, but living in a hotel after the apartment my sister rented for her family turned out to be a scam and $3000 dollars– whoosh, gone… So they’re cooking on a hot plate and watching their bank account drain while my sister tries to keep up some semblance …

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Bringing “locker room talk” into the light

By Michelle Lehnardt

    My son came home early from the party. Not too surprising, since my sons have come home early many times over the years. But this was a birthday party for one of his best friends who was about to leave on a mission and my son had stayed scarcely a half hour. “What …

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Blood Isn’t Thicker Than Water

By Kellie Purcill

I donate blood. Not for money, not for a love of pincushions, but because I know it makes a difference. (The Australian Red Cross Blood Service also gives chocolate milk, juice and TimTams to donors afterwards, which is admittedly a sweet deal, but not my only consideration). Because I am such a fantastic bleeder, I …

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In Defense of Mother’s Day

Wife, mother, writer, sister, friend, Ruth Mitchell lives in the golden San Diego hills, plans the best parties and tells fantastic bedtime stories. Mother’s day dawns and the women are grumbling. Most of the women I know don’t particularly like Mother’s Day. Growing up my mom hated Mother’s Day. She would sit in church and …

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Putting some heart in it

By Leslie Graff

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I am a personal person. I REALLY like personal things. I like giving little bits of myself to other people, and I love when other people give parts of themselves to me. I love things that are homemade. This takes on a lot of forms. I have one friend who brings me after-church treats. As I load my kids in the car for the 25 min drive home, after wrestling 3 boys through the 3-hour block alone as my husband is off on assignment somewhere in the state, I would probably sell my first born for a cookie. She knows this and passes me off a slice of key lime pie, a mini loaf of chocolate chip pumpkin bread and makes my day.

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