Many years ago my husband was called to serve as the bishop of a seriously struggling ward. He spent many hours at the church, late nights visiting troubled members and endless hours on the telephone. It felt our marriage wouldn’t survive.During a time of deep despair I attended a professional seminar with other Marriage and Family Therapists. This was a seminar where they arranged for some small group interaction where we could be therapeutic resources to one another. There was one woman at the Read More.
“I’m stubborn, just like my dad.” I watched as a teenager at Girls’ Camp laughed and admitted to this trait. Her friends all nodded, giving examples of times she wouldn’t bend, refusing to clean her camping area, ignoring advice to wear “greasy” sunscreen, and having to be right in a silly argument.I’ve seen people talk about “stubborn streaks” with a trace of pride in their voices, embracing this trait like a badge of honor. And it is a good thing if it means sticking to strong values or having Read More.
While out jogging in central Provo, Nancy and I found our dream house—a stately, historic craftsman-style house with a lovely lawn, arbor, carriage house, and playground. We were enchanted!We reworked our jogging path so that we passed that house every day. Often we walked around the house and peeked through the back fence just to see more of the amazing yard. We dreamed. We coveted.Thunderbolt! One day there was a realtor sign in the yard. Breaking with all propriety, we went directly to the Read More.
A few days ago, my 4-year-old grandson, Helaman said something extraordinary! He walked up to his mother while I was near and said, “Mom, did you know that when you’re still, you can feel stuff?” (This was a 4-year-old boy whose non-stop running is one of his defining characteristics). She was somewhat puzzled and asked, “You mean like the wind?” He then said, “No, like the stuff you feel in your body!” Later, I cornered him and asked, “Helaman, what is it you feel in your body, – when Read More.
Not long ago I posted an article called “What Does It Really Mean to Be ‘Saved’?” Click on this link to read if you missed it or would like to refresh your memory. I quoted from a friend I’m calling “Jacob” who is sharing his story of his personal repentance process in detail in hopes of helping others anonymously. His story is lengthy and continues to bless and enlighten me. This is the second installment of Jacob’s story.As I said, my first awareness had been that I WAS CLEAN, and that I would Read More.