Thou Shalt Not Steal (Unless…)

Thou Shalt Not Steal (Unless…)

If you take a religious text from your hotel room is it stealing? ⁠ ⁠ I was faced with this dilemma in February 2002. It was before the "Please accept with our compliments" was added. (Maybe Mr. Marriott has heard my story and added those words just for me.) ⁠ You...

The Tiny But Mighty Helm of a Ship

The Tiny But Mighty Helm of a Ship

Does life seem more like a ship than a train? Even if we have a planned course, it is impossible to be locked in on a track like trains. Instead we are susceptible to rough and stormy seas. What small habits control your ship? Just like the tiny helm of a huge ship,...

Do We Allow the Savior to Succor Us?

Do We Allow the Savior to Succor Us?

In this week's Don't Miss This study, David Butler and Emily Freeman discuss the meaning of the term "succor." They explain that the Hebrew is "surround or protect" Greek is "to aid and to help" and Latin is "to run to." My favorite has always been "to run to." How I...

You are not failing

You are not failing

I heard this quote referenced on the Cultivate a Good Life podcast yesterday. (I listened to a few episodes yesterday and don't quite remember which one. Maybe "The Power of No"?) When I heard the quote, I knew i wanted to find the reference. . Here's a bit more...

Got Roots?

Got Roots?

In life, we have all sorts of roots that help keep us grounded and also give us the energy for the things of life. Some of those roots are habits, some are places, some are friends and family.

When Your Son Teaches You about Faith

When Your Son Teaches You about Faith

I tearfully told John that I didn’t think we were going to find tickets but that we’d prepare to make the trip. With a manner of fact tone, he said, “Mom, it will workout. You had a prompting so it WILL work out.”    

When the Spirit Prompts You to Do Something Awkward

When the Spirit Prompts You to Do Something Awkward

In his April 2010 General Conference address, Dieter F. Uchtdorf stated, “Our hands can comfort. With this in mind, let our hearts and hands be stretched out in compassion toward others, for everyone is walking his or her own difficult path. As disciples of Jesus...

Feeling the Lord’s Love for YOU

Feeling the Lord’s Love for YOU

The majority of Priesthood Blessings that I have received, start with, “Anne, the Lord loves you…” Recently, I was present when someone else received a blessing and the same phrase was used. “The Lord loves you.” Part of me wondered if that is kind of a lead-in that...

Seeking Divine Potential

Seeking Divine Potential

I picked up one of my 7-year-old’s books (“The One and Only Ivan”) the other day and was taken by the quote by George Eliot at the beginning. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”   I’ve mentioned before that I go through phases where I am really...

Were the Fish Biting? My “Come, Follow Me” Moment

Were the Fish Biting? My “Come, Follow Me” Moment

A few Sundays ago, a youth speaker posed a question that kept me thinking the rest of the afternoon. “When the apostles threw down their nets to follow the Savior, were the fish biting?” The answer to that question gives meaning to the story. Were they having a bad...

Heavenly Parenting: Lessons from Joseph and Mary

Heavenly Parenting: Lessons from Joseph and Mary

There are two paintings on the walls outside the doors of the Celestial Room in the Meridian Temple. As you look to the Celestial Room, the picture on the left is of Mary beside Joseph as he knocks on the closed door of the (full) inn. The picture on the right is of...