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A Time to Save, A Time to Toss

By Teresa Bruce

Over the weekend, not at my house, I dumped 24 bottles of fruit juice down the drain and tossed a couple of pounds of brown rice into the trash. The juice expired 12 and 13 years ago. The bag of rice was opened more than a decade before the juices’ “best by” dates. (We won’t …

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Sitting with Jesus at the Corner of Yin and Yang

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Sitting with Jesus at the Corner of Yin and Yang by Linda Hoffman Kimball I have no personal ties to Uvalde, TX, but I’m a mother. I’m a human. I cried and cried and cried when I heard the news. I have lived long enough now to know that this will not be the last …

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Prose Contest Winner

Featured image: Linda Hoffman Kimball’s, “Zion’s Bright Trio”   First Place Prose   Life After Death  by Christy Crowe Hughes   It should have been a dream come true, and in a way it was. Three years ago I found myself at what my sons agree is the best place on earth: Disneyland. Friends had …

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Yin and Yang and Valentine’s Day

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Yin Yang and Valentine’s Day Recently I have felt the pull of both the good and the bad, the beautiful and the horrific, the yin and yang of life. On January 23rd my wonderful, vibrant, full-of-life sister-in-law died from injuries from a car accident and you can check over here to know how an injury …

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Loss, or When There Is No Doctrine

“I just don’t want anyone else to tell me what to believe,” my friend said with firmness. We were discussing religion. She knows I identify as Mormon, and she has some faraway Mormon relatives. She knew them when she and they were teens, a good twenty years ago. Religion, time and physical distance added them …

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Grief and Good Friday: A Unified Day of Fasting and Prayer

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

For centuries believing Christians have honored Good Friday – the day of Christ’s crucifixion and redemptive death – as a day of fasting and prayer. This year, President Russell M. Nelson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, like thousands of other clergy members worldwide before him, encourages Church members to dedicate this year’s particularly somber day of remembrance to those two specific avenues of worship.

Perhaps you, like I, know people who currently suffer with or have recovered from COVID-19. Perhaps you have friends or relatives who have died from this grim virus. Our hearts ache for the ill, whom we are – by mandate – unable to embrace. We cannot even literally “lift up the hands which hang down.”

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End at Start, Light with Dark, Holiday or Ho Hum, Go and Come

By Teresa Bruce

The holiday season can be joyous, but it can also be jarring. Voices raise in harmonic “alleluias” or in discordant disagreements. Thoughtful, generous giving can elevate giver and receiver, but keeping-up with others’ expectations can break or badly bruise budgets. Family gatherings draw loved ones closer into togetherness … or conflict. Loneliness lengthens into life-altering …

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In Things Yet Seen

By Jennie LaFortune

I’ve been watching people from a distance lose people they love lately. Peripherally. Once-removed. Twice-removed. Stories told from friends of friends. One, not so distant– a beloved neighbor who lived next to my childhood home. Some losses I’ve seen scrolling, naturally popping up on my screen, while others I was directed to. Told, “Did you …

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Guest Post: Jean Keenan on “Keeping Faith during Struggles”

Segullah is delighted to share this wisdom from the down-to-earth and witty Jean Keenan of Naperville, IL. She recently presented these thoughts at the Joliet Illinois Stake Women’s Conference. Jean graciously agreed to let us publish it in our journal to let a broader audience benefit from her experience and perspective. Keeping Faith During Struggles …

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From Introvert to Extrovert and toward Theovert

By Karen Austin

Many people know me as an extrovert because I have been fairly assertive in social situations from about fifteen to the present (late fifties). Of late, I prefer solitude. For some reason that I cannot discern (although I have some hypotheses), I’ve had trouble establishing myself at work, church, and in a friendship network here …

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