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Choosy Moms Choose Their Pews

By Karen Austin

Even though I attend sacrament meeting with great regularity, I don’t have a specific pew that fellow ward members acknowledge as “mine.” Well, I might claim a pew for two or three years, but I have lived in 9 states and probably 30 plus wards, so it’s fiction to think that ward members will bypass …

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Slipping Through the Cracks

By Brooke Benton

As I listened to my ward’s seminary graduates speak in sacrament meeting a couple of weeks ago, I found my throat swollen with emotion and an unexpected love fill my heart for all the sudden girl/women who bore testimony boldly (or nonchalantly or emotionally or monotone) and who thanked their parents and teachers with an intensity so sweet and earnest. They were my old babysitters, my friends’ children, neighborhood girls who once traipsed around in cut-off jeans and now zoom by me in their cars with cute smiles under big sunglasses, waving as the day whisks them away.

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From Pink to Blue

By Kathyrn Lynard

MY ELDEST CHILD recently completed elementary school. On her last day I came to watch the “clap-out,” the annual farewell march of the sixth graders through the school hallways. Students, teachers, and parents lined up to slap palms with the graduates, while a tear-jerky song about friendship played over the intercom. As my daughter came into …

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