Am I like the Pharisees?

General Conference was this past weekend and I have had one thought in particular swirling in my mind since then. I think we often hear what we need to hear out of conference, although maybe sometimes only what we want to hear, but this time I felt so eager to drink up whatever our leaders had to teach us. I don’t know if it stood out to everyone, or if it’s one of those lessons that I in particular needed to be learning, but I couldn’t help but come away asking if I am sometimes like a Pharisee.  Continue reading

I knew I shouldn’t have built that snowman

You may remember a post I wrote a month or so ago about my first time EVER building a snowman. You read that right, I’ve lived in Utah for seven years of my life but had never made a snowman until this year. There were a lot of factors at play in my managing to never have that experience for so long, but at a certain point the effort not to build one became deliberate. That was when I realized that when I played the game “never have I ever”, I could get everyone else out by saying that I had never built a snowman. (You see, it’s a game where you get other people out by saying things that you have never done that other people have probably done).  Continue reading

When you feel like you’ve found your people

Tonight was New Beginnings. If you’re not Mormon, you have no idea what that is, but when the girls in our church turn 12, they go from Primary (with all the kids), to Young Women (with all the almost grown-ups). It’s a big deal. New Beginnings happens once a year to highlight and welcome all of the girls that will turn 12 that year, and if you missed it the other day, the 12 year olds is the class of girls that I am now serving overContinue reading