Friday, March 16, 2018

Free Webinar - Is it Okay to Receive Income when using Gifts, Inspiration, and Your Divine Mission?

Have you noticed some confusion about this topic? 

  • What does priestcraft really mean? 
  • What things are okay to charge for, and what are not? 
  • If I serve for free in the church does that mean I need to give my business services away for free? 
  • How does God feel about people making money? 

Let's find some clarity together!  

As a former seminary and institute teacher, and currently a faith-based life coach, I care deeply about aligning my life with God's truth. I'm a truth seeker and sharer. 

We'll look at gospel truths, research, common sense, and personal stories to gain clarity and answer these questions. And help you feel more empowered to live your divine life mission in the ways you are meant to!

Click here to sign up for this free webinar. 

It's best if you watch it live, or you have 48 hours to watch the recording. 

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018

My friend Julie performing Rewrite the Stars with her hubby Steve of The Piano Guys!

Eeek! My dear friend and mentoring client Julie Nelson just released her FIRST Youtube video with her hubby, Steve, of Piano Guys! 

It is AMAZING!! Perfect for Valentine's Day!

I'm so proud of you, Julie!!! 


I was interviewed in a podcast about 3 Tips for Powerful and Meaningful Prayers

Paige Anderson interviewed me for her Moms of Light podcast. Here's what Paige said:
"I had the AMAZING opportunity to interview Becky Edwards about prayer for this weeks Moms of Light podcast! I LOVE all of the tips she shared and I especially love how she opens up and gets very real with the questions at the end. She is amazing and I just love her! If you haven't been to her blog Purpose Driven Motherhood you should! It is a MUST FOLLOW BLOG!"

Click here to listen to the 35-minute interview podcast. 

In the link, Paige has also included a list of wonderful movies, talks, books, and music about prayer. 

Click here for 12 tips for power praying, rather than check-off-the-list praying. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Does your worth depend on your works or the number of check marks on your to-do list?

I know I'm not alone in feeling the pull to base my worth and value on my accomplishments, the checkmarks on my to-do list, compliments I receive after I give a presentation, or "likes" on something I posted. In our LDS culture, we put so much emphasis on works that sometimes we overlook the grace part of the equation, which is what really empowers and saves us, not our own works. We can also forget that our worth isn't something we earn. It's already set and does not change. 

Here are some quotes and lists I made to distinguish these concepts as I've been on my own journey to see myself and my works more in line with the way God does. 

Peter Sonoma, another faith-based life coach, planted this seed in a class he taught
Peter Sonoma said in some of his slides for the class: “My performance determines which kingdom I spend eternity in. I perform to glorify Heavenly Father, not self or others. I never use feelings that come from good performance to glorify or value myself. I also don’t use bad feelings from my poor performance to put myself down. ...
"Learn to see your worth as Christ sees it. I am a child of God born and reared in the courts of glory by Heavenly parents. My worth was established before I got here. I don’t perform to prove my worth.” (Peter's class is called "Becoming Christ Centered. Click here for info.)

Here are three lists I made as I've pondered and studied these concepts.  

1. True value and worth come from God, not from my performance or from impressing others. God’s love for me is constant, unchanging, not dependent on my doings.

  • My value and worth are eternal, set before this world, and unchanging. They are independent of performance. I don't earn my worth. It's there whether or not I deserve it.
  • I am of great value and worth to Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother, the Savior, and the Holy Ghost.
  • I am their daughter. I was reared in the courts of glory by Heavenly Parents. I am a god in embryo with God’s nature inside me.
  • They love me no matter what.
  • I am their work and their glory.
  • God sees greatness in each person.
  • I want to see my worth as God sees it, independent of my accomplishing.

2. My works, obeying, repenting and forgiving, following the Spirit brings blessings, but they don’t change my value or love from God.  

  • My works do matter because happiness, blessings, fulfilling my life mission, and exaltation are the result of obedience and repentance. This is by the natural laws of God.
  • God likes it when I obey because He wants me to receive those things because He loves me so much.
  • Obedience and accomplishing do bring confidence, but not more worth.
  • These things feel satisfying, fulfilling, and energizing.
  • When I do good things for the right reasons I feel God’s grace and angels empowering me to do and be more than I could alone.
  • It’s about loving God and others.
  • Flow. Trusting there’s enough time for what matters to God.
  • It’s not about comparison at all. It’s just about being a conduit or tool in God’s hands to bless others.
  • Obedience invites the Spirit, which brings fruits of the Spirit of peace, joy, love, light, resilience, revelation.
  • Our works can make us more or less worthy of the Spirit, of God's blessings, and of exaltation, but they do not make us worth any less.

3. Doing things to earn worth through my doings or approval of others.

  • These things don’t satisfy or fulfill. They’re addicting - never get enough.
  • Leads to being out of balance.
  • Can be draining.
  • Distracts and takes valuable time, energy, and space from the most important things.
  • Comparison.
  • There never seems to be enough time.
  • Relying on outside sources for compliments or approval is a slippery slope because later a person can criticize and the person then feels terrible about himself. It’s better to rely on God’s approval.

Quotes about this concept

Some of these quotes are from Peter Sanoma's class, and some I gathered afterward.

President Thomas S. Monson

“Your Heavenly Father loves you—each of you. That love never changes. It is not influenced by your appearance, by your possessions, or by the amount of money you have in your bank account. It is not changed by your talents and abilities. It is simply there. It is there for you when you are sad or happy, discouraged or hopeful. God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there” (“We Never Walk Alone,” September 2013 general Relief Society meeting).   

“The worth of a soul is its capacity to become as God." (Our Sacred Priesthood Trust,", Ensign, May 2006)

Joy D. Jones

"Let me point out the need to differentiate between two critical words: worth and worthiness. They are not the same. Spiritual worth means to value ourselves the way Heavenly Father values us, not as the world values us. Our worth was determined before we ever came to this earth. 'God’s love is infinite and it will endure forever.' (D. Todd Christofferson, “Abide in My Love,” Ensign, Nov. 2016)

"On the other hand, worthiness is achieved through obedience. If we sin, we are less worthy, but we are never worth less! We continue to repent and strive to be like Jesus with our worth intact. As President Brigham Young taught: “The least, the most inferior spirit now upon the earth … is worth worlds.” (Brigham Young, “Remarks,” Deseret News, Mar. 6, 1861, 2). No matter what, we always have worth in the eyes of our Heavenly Father.

"Despite this marvelous truth, how many of us struggle, from time to time, with negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves? I do. It’s an easy trap. Satan is the father of all lies, especially when it comes to misrepresentations about our own divine nature and purpose. Thinking small about ourselves does not serve us well. Instead it holds us back. As we’ve often been taught, 'No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.' (Attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt.) We can stop comparing our worst to someone else’s best. 'Comparison is the thief of joy.' (Attributed to Theodore Roosevelt.) 

"In contrast, the Lord assures us that when we have virtuous thoughts, He will bless us with confidence, even the confidence to know who we really are. There’s never been a more crucial time to heed His words. 'Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly,” He said. “Then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and … the Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion.' (Doctrine and Covenants 121:45, 46.)  ("Value Beyond Measure," Ensign, Nov. 2017)

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

“My brothers and sisters, the first great commandment of all eternity is to love God with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength—that’s the first great commandment. But the first great truth of all eternity is that God loves us with all of His heart, might, mind, and strength. That love is the foundation stone of eternity, and it should be the foundation stone of our daily life. Indeed it is only with that reassurance burning in our soul that we can have the confidence to keep trying to improve, keep seeking forgiveness for our sins, and keep extending that grace to our neighbor.” (“Tomorrow the Lord will do Wonders Among You,” Ensign, May, 2016)

J. Reuben Clarke

“I believe that his juridical concept of his dealings with his children could be expressed in this way: I believe that in his justice and mercy, he will give us the maximum reward for our acts, give us all that he can give, and in the reverse, I believe that he will impose upon us the minimum penalty which it is possible for him to impose.” (Conference Report, 3 Oct. 1953, p. 84)

Marion G. Romney

"Now the answer to this profound question—What is man that he should be of such inestimable worth?—comes only by direct revelation from heaven. So important is it that it is communicated to men by God himself and angels sent by him.” ("The Worth of Souls,” Conference Report, April 1978)

Elder Neal A. Maxwell

“Mistakenly regarding our present assignments as the only indicator of how much God … Brothers and sisters, our individual worth is already divinely established as “great”; it does not fluctuate like the stock market.” (“Consecrate Thy Performance,” Ensign, May 2002)

John 5:44

“How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

President Boyd K. Packer

“I do not like to receive honors. Compliments always bother me, because the great work of moving the gospel forward has in the past, does now, and will in the future depend upon ordinary members.” (“The Least of These,” Ensign, Nov. 2004)

President Gordon B. Hinckley

“There is also in our society a sad tendency among many of us to belittle ourselves. Other persons may appear to us to be sure of themselves, but the fact is that most of us have some feelings of inferiority. The important thing is not to talk to yourself about it. … The important thing is to make the best of all that we have. … Don’t waste your time feeling sorry for yourself. Don’t belittle yourself. Never forget that you are a child of God. You have a divine birthright. Something of the very nature of God is within you.” (“Strengthening Each Other,” Ensign, Feb. 1985)

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

God Himself said we are the reason He created the universe! His work and glory—the purpose for this magnificent universe—is to save and exalt mankind.8 In other words, the vast expanse of eternity, the glories and mysteries of infinite space and time are all built for the benefit of ordinary mortals like you and me. Our Heavenly Father created the universe that we might reach our potential as His sons and daughters. … This is a paradox of man: compared to God, man is nothing; yet we are everything to God. While against the backdrop of infinite creation we may appear to be nothing, we have a spark of eternal fire burning within our breast. We have the incomprehensible promise of exaltation—worlds without end—within our grasp. And it is God’s great desire to help us reach it.” ( “You Matter to Him,” Ensign, Nov. 2011)

Elder L. Tom Perry

"Have you ever thought of yourself as a junior angel crowned with glory and honor? Every one of our Father in Heaven’s children is great in His sight. If the Lord sees greatness in you, how then should you see yourself?” (“Youth of the Noble Birthright,” Ensign, Nov. 1998)

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

“Never lose faith in your Father in Heaven, who loves you more than you can comprehend. … Never, ever doubt that,” he urged. “And never harden your heart” (“Like a Broken Vessel,” October 2013 general conference).

President Henry B. Eyring

“From before the world was, a loving Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son loved and worked with those who They knew would wander. God will love them forever.” (“To My Grandchildren,” Ensign, Nov. 2013)

President Thomas S. Monson

“We are sons and daughters of a living God, in whose image we have been created. Think of that: created in the image of God. We cannot sincerely hold this conviction without experiencing a profound new sense of strength and power.” (“Each Soul Matters,”

Here are some more quote memes about our true worth. 

Feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts about our worth and works. Or which was your favorite quote and why you liked it. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

How Do We Know Who will be our Next LDS Prophet and President?

How does Succession of the LDS President Work? 

Picture from
President Gordon B. Hinckley

"Authority to exercise those keys is restricted to the President of the Church. At his passing, that authority becomes operative in the senior Apostle, who is then named, set apart, and ordained a prophet and President by his associates of the Council of the Twelve” (“Come and Partake,” Ensign, May 1986, 46–47, emphasis added)

President Boyd K. Packer

“Shortly after the death of President Gordon B. Hinckley, the 14 men, Apostles, who had had conferred upon them the keys of the kingdom, gathered together in the upper room of the temple in order to reorganize the First Presidency of the Church. There was no question about what would be done, no hesitancy. We knew that the senior Apostle was the President of the Church. And in that sacred meeting, Thomas Spencer Monson was sustained by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as the President of the Church” (“The Twelve,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2008, 83; emphasis added).

Both of the above quotes are from “Chapter 3: Succession in the Presidency,” Teachings of the Living Prophets Student Manual (2016)

Here are the words in the above image from The Friend Magazine, April 2016: 

"When a prophet dies, Heavenly Father has a way to call a new prophet. He calls the new prophet from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Here is the order President Monson and the Apostles were called in:

  • President Thomas S. Monson
  • President Russell M. Nelson
  • Elder Dallin H. Oaks
  • Elder M. Russell Ballard
  • Elder Robert D. Hales
  • Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
  • President Henry B. Eyring
  • President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  • Elder David A. Bednar
  • Elder Quentin L. Cook
  • Elder D. Todd Christofferson
  • Elder Neil L. Andersen
  • Elder Ronald A. Rasband
  • Elder Gary E. Stevenson
  • Elder Dale G. Renlund

"The man who has served as an Apostle the longest, besides the Prophet, is the President of the Quorum of the Twelve. When a prophet dies, the President of the Quorum of the Twelve becomes the next prophet. He prays and calls two new counselors.

"In general conference, we raise our hand to sustain the new prophet. This means that we promise to do our best to follow what he teaches." ("How Are Prophets Called?" Friend Magazine, April, 2016, emphasis added)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

8 Talks by President Russell M. Nelson and 11 Talks by Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, Plus their Books

I already love our upcoming prophet and his wife. I have for years. I LOVE studying their POWERFUL teachings!

As I studied a handful of President Nelson's talk in preparation for a sacrament meeting talk, I felt the Spirit strongly confirm that he is indeed God's next chosen prophet. 

As I marveled at the extraordinary study challenges he had taken on in the past couple years, I felt the Spirit witness that President Nelson had been tutored by the Lord to study in these ways as part of his personal preparation to become the next President of the LDS Church. I feel the Spirit again as I type this. 

I invite you to prayerfully study some or all of these talks. 

Mark your favorite parts of the talks and make a list of the invitations they are giving us to act. Prayerfully choose some of those things to work on, and I promise you will be blessed. Also feel free to share this post on social media so others can benefit from studying the inspiring words of our new prophet and his wife. What better way to sustain them?

8 Recent Talks by our New Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson (listed from newest to oldest)

1. Face to Face with President and Sister Nelson on February 3, 2018 (I will include a link once this event occurs)

2. The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life Be Like without It? General Conference, October 2017

3. Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives, General Conference, April 2017

4. A Sacrifice of Time, President Russell M. and Sister Wendy Nelson, Roots Tech, February 2017

5. Prophets, Leadership, and Divine Law, Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults, January 8, 2017

6. Becoming True Millennials, Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults, January 10, 2016 

7. Joy and Spiritual Survival, General Conference, October 2016

8. A Plea to My Sisters, General Conference, October 2015. 

Here are More Talks by Russell M. Nelson: 

  • BYU Devotionals here. 
  • BYU-Idaho Devotionals here.
  • General Conference talks here (I counted SIXTY talks from 1984 to 2017!)

11 Talks by our New Prophet's Wife, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson (All the talks I could find) 

1. Love and Marriage, Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults. January 8, 2017

2. Family History Discussion,  Wendy Watson Nelson and Sheri Dew, RootsTech, February 6, 2016

3. Becoming the Person You Were Born to Be, Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults • January 10, 2016

4. “…My soul delighteth in the covenants of the Lord,” BYU Women’s Conference, April 30, 2015
5. Becoming holy amid the increasing turmoil, from BYU-Idaho women's meeting on January 26, 2010, Summary of Sister Nelson's talk by LDS Church News writer Chanae Landeen

6. Not Even Once! Talk given at the World Congress of Families V in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Aug. 12, 2009.

7. For Such a Time as This,  BYU Women’s Conference, May 3, 2007

8. Things Are Not Always the Way They Appear To Be, BYU–Idaho Devotional, March 19, 2002

Talks from Sister Wendy Watson, before she married the Prophet in 2006. 

9. "That Thy Outgoings May Be in the Name of the Lord": Solving Our Marriage and Family 
Problems through Celestial Therapy. BYU Women's Conference, 2000.

10. Change: It’s Always a Possibility! BYU Devotional, Apr. 7, 1998

11. Search Diligently in the Light of Christ, BYU Women's Conference, 1997

10 Books by or about President Nelson 

6 Books By Sister Nelson 

Click here to learn how we know who will be our next LDS President.

Click here for 99 inspiring quotes by President Monson and an easy FHE idea to discuss and apply some of the quotes. 

Click here for a talk by President Eyring that was published in the Ensign FOUR times, about following the prophets leading us to safety.