when you sit down for dinner,
think of Jesus, sitting down for dinner,
with His friends, for the last time.
when you get up from eating,
think of Jesus, getting up,
making His way to a garden.
‘His sweat was, as it were, great drops of blood falling
down upon the ground’ (Luke 22:44). Tonight,
when you walk to your bed,
think of Jesus, walking to the start
of a night of illegal trials. Tomorrow,
as you awake after a night of rest
think of Jesus, after a
We don’t really realize that this is one of the most intimate things we could ask someone—-
intimate because it’s completely personal, it’s a person in their entirety — we ask someone to get baptized.
Because when we ask it, we’re asking them to change almost everything— not just what they do, but even the way they think. It’s a complete transformation of their entire life, which created their entire being of existence on this earth that they know of. When we ask someone to g
It would be so easy to quit, ya know?
To give up. To go back—
back where 21yrs of habit, tradition, contentment & culture lay DEEP within my ROOTS, in my being. I know very well the times where we are
losing our voice, losing hope, losing strength–
Those times that feel unheard, unanswered, unwanted, unfit, unworthy—
to feel lonely, lacking, tired, tried,
to wonder, to doubt, to guess, to struggle, to sink, to sacrifice— Like you, I know how it feels to think our faith is i
STOP— just stop scrolling for a sec to read this.
Ten years. It’s been 10 years and still this morning I woke up & the first thing that happened was I ended up in tears. Multiple comments from multiple members of our church, and those who chose to hit the follow button on my instagram, creating a long strand of how disgusting I am.
NO, no, this had nothing to do with my tattoos– they mentioned specifically my weight & the color of my hair????
They all quite literally said “n
honestly…I was a little bit apprehensive about this year.A lot of unanswered questions and big big decisions that are out of our hands for Ben to pursue his PhD. This year is guaranteed a new and long season for us.
WHYYYY is trusting God so hard sometimes?? If it is true that we have the most all-knowing, powerful, perfect Being to ever exist on our side, why is it so hard to allow His will to take over and to fully give it to Him? Why is it so hard to let Him take care of
Utah STATE PRISON: While visiting Utah for my book tour, I postponed us getting on the road to drive home by 7 hours so I can make speaking here work! It was my SIXTH time speaking in the Utah State Prison, (not including other prisons and facilities for teens), but today I was in a new unit. The prison always has been and always will be my absolute favorite place to visit. The spirit there is literally indescribable. Actually my first chapter on my first page of my new book
Is God good even when things are not? I found myself saying, “God is so good,” the other day after finally hearing good news for once at the baby doctor. But was God still good all the times I left hearing bad news? Was He still good after I received a high-risk diagnostic? Was He still good after continued and unfolding complications? Was God good when I joined the Church and I lost my friends and had years of silence from some family members? What of mine and my husband’s
Two people are on an escalator when the escalator breaks down and stops moving. One says, frustrated, “I don’t believe this,” while the other one starts yelling for help, “Hello? Anyone there? If you can hear me, there are two people stuck on the escalator!” That’s right, an escalator. It’s funny because they aren’t really stuck. But it does pose valid questions we all need to ask ourselves at some point: Are we really stuck? Are we the ones getting in our own way? Are we see
Ever wonder where God is?
Ever yell at Him wondering why things are/were so indescribably hard?
Wonder if all your prayers really are heard? Or why you were asked to go through something
Ever wonder if He cares about you?
Or if He is even there at all? ‘Cuz same. But I’ve dedicated so much to travel & talk about the
hard & real
& HOW to choose God in hard times. How to keep going when you feel like you can’t.
How to be happy & optimistic when you feel l
After I got baptized, my life fell.apart. And I’m not exaggerating. Now, if you’ve heard me speak or read my book, than you know this. But I also realized today that the 191K of you following me on Instagram have not heard me speak or read my book & this isn’t common knowledge to most of you guys. I’ve never known loneliness until I got baptized. I’ve never known such painful sacrifice & loss until I joined the Church. I’ve never known real pain until then. Indescribable ang
IS GOD PUNISHING ME?!! Why did it have to happen to me and not them? Did I do something wrong??? It isn’t fair, it wasn’t supposed to be this way.
Why would God bring me to this just for it not to work out?
What am I supposed to be learning? What is the hidden blessing from this? What tragic thing could I be avoiding from this falling through? Was it taken away because I wasn’t grateful enough? Is there even divine meaning behind this, or is just life just being life? How
I went to bed a few Saturday’s ago trying to think of an excuse so I wouldn’t have to go to church the next day. I don’t know why, either. I just didn’t wanna go, ya know? Ever get like that? Where you know it’s important to pray and to read, but it doesn’t take away from feeling that you just…don’t want to.
I told that to God as I fell asleep. It was just Gracie and I at church the following day, (Christian had a cold), and I woke up surprisingly anxious to take the sacrame
I just released a new video this past week called LOVE EVERYONE, that talks about how everyone is welcome to partake of the love and blessings of Christ and this gospel. And that it’s never ok to teach hate. It is never ok to belittle and judge without even a glimmer of chance or fellowship shown. It’s never ok to turn someone away. Everyone is welcome and invited to partake of forgiveness, of salvation, of change, of real happiness, of the indescribable feeling of Christ’s l
I had a blog post go viral last year so we turned it into a video! Love EVERYONE - You Are Not a Bad Person!! [4k] I don’t care if you’re covered in tattoos, I don’t care what age or race or gender you are, I don’t care if you grew up and stayed in the church, if you grew up and left the church, or if you never heard of the church until now— EVERYONE is welcome and invited to partake of forgiveness. EVERY SINGLE PERSON is welcome and invited to partake of salvation. Of change
Hiiiiii! A message from me to YOU as we celebrate Christmas! When we celebrate Christ’s birth, we are celebrating everything we wouldn’t have it it weren’t for Him. Like the many, many years that passed between prophesy and awaiting the star to appear of His birth, let’s not allow passing time to bring doubt or loss of faith in what’s promised to us. <img src="https://i0.wp.com/i.ytimg.com/vi/tnIhgUhtUps/hqdefault.jpg?w=723&ssl=1" loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="You
I tried to get a mix of a little bit of everything in here. Some of the songs I wanted to add aren’t on YouTube, so this will have to do as a good starting place. I did create a YouTube Playlist, but some of the songs I linked to are part of a very long compilation upload and you’d have to listen (or watch) the Playlist to know when songs start playing that I didn’t intend to include, (if that makes sense). I’ll star which ones those are*. Take My Hand – Shawn McDonald I wan
Day 2 of the #LightTheWorld campaign was WATER. Hear more about what the LDS Church is doing worldwide to help others get clean water, AND the resources we have from the Church to be prepared to have clean water when disasters and emergencies hit. More info on LDS Charities: https://www.facebook.com/LDSCharities/ More info on Home Storage locations, Food Storage, online ordering: http://www.foodstorage.lds.org Watch where I tour a Church Home Storage Unit & learn how to start
[Don’t feel like reading? Listen to the AUDIO version, HERE.] “I was sitting in a lesson at church and the teacher said that all people with tattoos are bad people.” I have received WAY too many emails like this. This is a quote from an email I got just this morning. WHY? I thought we were past this! I thought we were more intelligent than this? I thought we were more loving than this? I thought we followed Christ better than this? And no, this is not about tattoos, and no,
<img src="https://i0.wp.com/i.ytimg.com/vi/zz7fPYb7yxA/hqdefault.jpg?w=723&ssl=1" loading="lazy" decoding="async" alt="YouTube Poster"> *Scroll down to the bottom of the post to watch my weekend’s vlog!* [Sacrament talk, Aug. 13, 2017]. I listened to the missionaries because I felt bad for them and I wanted to prove them wrong. After a few weeks into meeting with them every day, I vividly remember coming home from work late into the night, late enough that the night life
After baptism, I (naively) was surprised that there were people who had the gospel their whole life and didn’t care, or didn’t do anything about it. I was heartbroken after sacrificing and losing and changing so much to join this church— I guess just the contrast of living so long without it and seeing how much better everything became because of it, it literally just didn’t cross my mind that could even happen among people. You mean to tell me people had the Book of Mormon t