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When I was a kid, I played the violin. I use the term “play” loosely here. I once told my parents that I needed a new violin because mine was broken. It squeaked when I played it, and other people’s instruments didn’t squeak. My parents then had to tell me what “operator’s error” was. It’s […]

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My Relationship with Social Media

source I have spent a lot of time thinking about the role of social media in my life, specifically Instagram. My husband is sort of a social media hater. He has a Facebook but probably can’t tell you the last time he got on it. He doesn’t have an Instagram and he doesn’t understand the […]

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Record it!

When I was in seminary, I remember my teacher shared with us the importance of recording the things we learned, the impressions that came to our mind. My mother was also an avid note-taker, and my dad would often share things with the family that he had recorded in journals. My journals started shifting from […]

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Your Spiritual Survival Guide

Nephi is a scripture boss. He gives us permission and invites us to “liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be profit and learning” (1 Nephi 19:23). And that sounds nice, but what does that really mean or look like in real life? I was 17 the first time I really tried out, “likening” […]

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Slime Trails

One time, while sitting on the porch of a hotel room, I saw a snail. As I watched it crawl across the cement I became sort of fixated with it, and how slowly it moved. The snail seemed happy to be a snail, seemed happy to be creeping across my temporary porch, seemed oblivious to […]

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Optimism Over Pessimism

source “…there is none else save God that knowest thy thoughts and the intents of thy heart.” -D&C 6:16 For Family Home Evening a while ago, we read Elder Lawrence’s article in The Ensign titled, “The War Goes On”. He discusses some of Satan’s tactics in bringing down God’s children; it’s a fabulous and insightful […]

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