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Promoting Unity through Interfaith / Interpath Efforts

By Karen Austin

I have lived in nine different US States, which has afforded me the opportunity to meet a lot of people from a variety of backgrounds. During the four years that I lived in the Washing, DC Metro area, I got to meet people from several US States and people from several countries throughout the world. …

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Long Live Sister O!

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

We’re coming up (in August) on the tenth anniversary of the death of Chieko Okazaki. She served as first counselor in the church’s General Relief Society Presidency from 1990 to 1997, and died in August, 2011, at 84. That is long enough ago that many of the new generation of Relief Society sisters were still …

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

I realize that it’s September and not February 14th (Valentine’s Day), but time has been pretty loopy for months now, and I can’t even keep track of what day of the week it is, not to mention what month it is. But, as I enthusiastically pass the baton (or torch) to the new co-editorial partnership, …

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A Tribute to Aileen Hales Clyde by Kathleen Flake

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Editor’s note: 0n January 4, 2020, I attended the funeral of our sister and role model Lesley Aileen Hales Clyde, former counselor to the General Relief Society President, a life-long leader, thinker, and unpretentious, innovative stalwart. At the funeral, my scholarly friend Dr. Kathleen Flake, the Richard Lyman Bushman Professor of Religious Studies at the …

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Glass Grapes & Grieving

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

As a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in my college years in New England, I learned the craft of creating apple dolls just like the kind sold in the gift shop at Sturbridge Village, the marvelous historical living museum an hour away. Later on I learned how to make everything possible from cranberries. I also learned where to go in the Boston area to do fun things on the cheap. I went for informational strolls with my Relief Society sisters along Boston’s Freedom Trail.

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When Church Hurts: Why I’m Here

By Teresa Bruce

I fled the Relief Society room, hurt by the first prelude notes. Waiting outside the front door wasn’t far enough away. I sidestepped into the hallway, attempting to smile, grateful sunglasses hid my tears. Standing huddled with both hands covering my ears felt embarrassing enough. You can click to learn more and understand where I …

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Waving Wildly While Making a Joyful Noise

By Teresa Bruce

When the music paused, I swiveled around — not easy in jeans on the plush, cushioned seat — to see how many sisters filled the Relief Society room behind me. The Tuesday night turnout compared to summer Sundays when folks travel, a respectable, sociable showing. I smiled at teenage young women and not-so-young women and …

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Refuge

By Merrijane Rice

There’s a woman across the sea I’ve never met— not in this life. I imagine she’s an early riser, grateful for pale dawns flush with peace. She’d tsk my late hibernation, laughing, Awake! Arise from the dust! Maybe she has children. She’d nod and smile when I say they flood home like a river, dropping …

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Hominem Ex Machina

By Stephanie Wright

That feeling of helplessness. You know when you watch your baby sister, seemingly frozen in midair and about to skin her knee on the driveway? You’re too far away in your seat by the living room window, so you wish for God to cushion her fall with his mighty hand. That is the easiest kind …

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The Upside of Stupid

By Lisa Meadows Garfield

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I am moving across the country in two weeks, so June, my best friend of 30 years, drove 300 miles to visit me this week. She took two unpaid vacation days to do it. We had to pack in quite a lot of memorable activity and talk in just a short day and a half, so we headed up the Columbia River Gorge to get started. The first day’s plan was:  1) hike,  2) soak in the mineral water at Carson Hot Springs,  3) eat at Skamania Lodge,  4) sit in the adirondack chairs at Skamania and talk till the moon came up over the gorge. 

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