Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Did you know that negative emotions can affect the physical body?

I recently gave a training on how negative emotions can affect the physical body.

There are examples of this in the Book of Mormon.

One is Lehi and Sariah, who were so upset when their wicked sons tied Nephi to the ship that "having suffered much grief because of their children, they were brought down, yea, even upon their sick-beds. ... even they were near to be cast with sorrow into a watery grave." (1 Nephi 18:17-18)

Another example is Zeezrom, who "lay sick...with a burning fever, which was caused by the great tribulations of his mind on account of his wickedness, for he supposed that Alma and Amulek were no more; and he supposed that they had been slain because of his iniquity. And this great sin, and his many other sins, did harrow up his mind until it did become exceedingly sore, having no deliverance; therefore he began to be scorched with a burning heat." (Alma 15:3)

Here is what Boyd K. Packer said about the connection between physical health issues and maladies of the spirit, emotions, or mindset. There is a connection. It's real.

"I recently asked a doctor of family medicine how much of his time was devoted purely to correcting physical disorders. He has a large practice, and after thoughtfully considering, he answered, 'Not more than 20 percent. The rest of the time I seem to be working on problems that very much affect the physical well-being of my patients but do not originate in the body.
'These physical disorders,' the doctor concluded, 'are merely symptoms of some other kind of trouble.' 
In recent generations one after another of the major diseases has yielded to control or cure. Some very major ones still remain, but we now seem able to do something about most of them. 
There is another part of us, not so tangible, but quite as real as our physical body. This intangible part of us is described as mind, emotion, intellect, temperament, and many other things. Very seldom is it described as spiritual.
But there is a spirit in man; to ignore it is to ignore reality. There are spiritual disorders, too, and spiritual diseases that can cause intense suffering. 
The body and the spirit of man are bound together. Often, very often, when there are disorders, it is very difficult to tell which is which."
(Boyd K. Packer, "Balm of Gilead," Ensign, November 1977)

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Heaven Journaling is Blessing the Littlest People

Three sisters, Karin, Kristin and Mikelle, posted pictures of the little people in their lives being blessed as they are doing heaven journaling. I share these with their permission.

Karin Dance said, "A little person snuck into my prayer closet, complete with scriptures and a notebook. And then my heart exploded ♥️♥️♥️. #warroom #teachmetowalkinthelight #30dayheavenjournaling #fruitsofmylabors

Kristin Mosman said, My sister (Mikelle) came to visit for the day and we spent some time in my “prayer closet” studying scriptures and journaling. 
Kristin then shared this quote by Elder Scott: “Powerful spiritual direction in your life can be overcome or forced into the background unless you provide a way to retain it. … Knowledge carefully recorded is knowledge available in time of need. Spiritually sensitive information should be kept in a sacred place that communicates to the Lord how you treasure it. That practice enhances the likelihood of your receiving further light.” Richard G. Scott

Can I just tell you how much both of these pictures melted my heart? 

These are "mothers who know." 

Mothers who understand that THEY must plug into God's light, power, revelation, Spirit, and the fruits of the Spirit to be the best mothers they can be. Every child in the family is blessed when the mother is filled with the light, love, peace, patience, and calm that the Spirit brings.

Mothers who are teaching, by example, what it looks like to ask for, study, and record answers from heaven. 

Mothers who are ready to teach the next generation the most important skill we can acquire in this life, the skill of personal revelation. 

Mothers who are standing up and responding to President Nelson' pleading with us, 

“Does God really want to speak to you? Yes! … You don’t have to wonder what is true. … Through personal revelation, you can receive your own witness. … I urge you to stretch beyond your current spiritual ability to receive personal revelation. … I plead with you to increase your spiritual capacity to receive revelation. … Choose to do the spiritual work required to enjoy the gift of the Holy Ghost and hear the voice of the Spirit more frequently and more clearly. … 
"In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost. … Pray...about your concerns… Write the thoughts that come to your mind. Record your feelings and follow through with actions that you are prompted to take. … Repeat this process day after day… Through the manifestations of the Holy Ghost, the Lord will assist us in all our righteous pursuits.” (Ensign, May  2018) 
“Now I plead with each of you to ... take your questions directly to your Heavenly Father in prayer. Ask Him, in the name of Jesus Christ, to guide you. You can learn for yourself—right now at your age—how to receive personal revelation. And nothing will make a bigger difference in your life than that!” ("Hope of Israel," Worldwide Youth Devotional, June 2018)

Feel free to join the challenge group and learn this simple process of heaven journaling! 

We started the 30-day challenge a few days ago, but it's TOTALLY fine to jump in later too!  Once you join the group, be sure to watch the video in the pinned post that teaches how to do a "heaven journaling sandwich." 

You'll also find there a free printable handout with a 30-day checkoff chart, inspiring quotes about heaven journaling, and a list of question ideas you can use while heaven journaling! And you'll find TONS of inspiration and motivation by reading other people's experiences and epiphanies!

Click here to join the group! 

P.S. I love how both Karin and Kristin are using their closet as their "war room," a term from the movie War Room. You can check out the movie here. I highly recommend it! 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Check out this family's heaven journaling FAMILY answer!

Have you tried heaven journaling yet? How about with your FAMILY? 

I share this with permission from my friend Krystin Wahl. This happened in her family just today. 
I had my personal heaven journaling session this morning, then thought for our family study it would be neat to implement and teach my kids this skill. So we came up with a question.  
Q. How can we become closer as a family? 
A. My oldest daughter flipped through the triple combo and stopped at 1 Corinthians chapter 1. Answer in heading. ‘Perfectly United in the same mind’...vs10...’ speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment’ ... ‘no contentions( vs 12)’, and a declaration to speak in vs 13 ‘I am of Christ’ 
My kids loved receiving an answer so clear.

There's still time to join our FREE 30-day Challenge Group of Heaven Journaling on Facebook! 

We officially started the challenge yesterday, but you can totally join and begin later! 

In the group, you get a 7-minute training video about how to do a "heaven journaling sandwich," plus a printable handout that I give at firesides. It has inspiring quotes, a 30-day checkoff chart, and a list of question ideas you can ask during your heaven journaling. 

The group is a great place to share support, encouragement, tips, ask questions, and get motivated in this life-changing process of heaven journaling! Click here to join! 

Here are some of the comments people are saying: 
"It really really works!.... even when I think I have a question that won’t have an answer that can be found in the scriptures....the spirit guides me right to it and WOW! I love that I am apart of this and I love hearing about others stories. Thank you Becky ❤️" - Amber
"This has been my first experience with heaven journaling, and I love it! I do my scripture study in the morning, and when I come home from work I just want to do it again! Haha Thank you for moving forward so passionately in this mission. Heaven journaling has made a big difference in my life. I was in a funk with my scripture study and sincerity of my prayers, so the timing of this experiment has been perfect for me. I feel closer to Father and full of peace, and it's only been a week! I looked myself in the mirror at work this afternoon and noticed that my eyes were almost glowing. I grinned and thought to myself, "it's because you talked with God today." I look forward to continuing this process. ❤️" - Mackenzie 
"This is my second day attempting this and I cannot tell you how easy it is. I use to think I couldn't get revelation and I was blocking it. This is so easy and effective!! Thank you for starting this page and sharing Heaven Journaling with others!!" - Shannon 
Click here to join! 

Our prophet wants young people to learn the skill of personal revelation, and heaven journaling makes it more clear, simple, and exciting! 

President Russell M. Nelson: 
“Now I plead with each of you to ... take your questions directly to your Heavenly Father in prayer. Ask Him, in the name of Jesus Christ, to guide you. You can learn for yourself—right now at your age—how to receive personal revelation. And nothing will make a bigger difference in your life than that!” ("Hope of Israel," Worldwide Youth Devotional, June 2018)
Sister Wendy Watson Nelson:
“Would you be willing to try an experiment for 30 days? Daily kneel and thank your Heavenly Father for the scriptures. Tell Him the one question you most need to have answered that day. Plead to have the Holy Ghost with you as you read. Then open your scriptures anywhere, and read until you find the answer. Try it for 30 days and see what happens.” (“Becoming the Person You Were Born to Be,” Worldwide Devot,  Jan. 10, 2016)

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Irritating or Endearing?

Check out this organized way of stacking campfire wood.

My brother-in-law stacked these tonight at a Bear Lake, Utah campground. This was so perfect for his personality that I had to take a picture and show my husband, who also loves order like this.

Now, is that the ONLY way to stack wood for a campfire? 


I can think of other family members, myself included, who might have just tossed the wood in a pile. Is that wrong?


There are many ways to make something work. Isn't it great that we can add our own unique flavor, personality, and style to what we do, and it's okay if it's different than how someone else does the same activity?

Here's an example. When my husband cooks, he follows the recipe exactly, even -- I kid you not -- flattening the salt with a knife over the measuring spoon. I'm not kidding, he really does.


I cook on the fly. Often without a recipe, or if I use one, I usually don't measure every ingredient. And I LOVE making soups up as I go.

And my soups are really good, just got the record.

You know what's great? 
I think my husband's way of cooking is adorable.

And he thinks my way is adorable.

Thank goodness, we don't criticize each other's differences. We adore them.

What is a quirky part of your personality, or someone's that you love, that you can choose to embrace and adore, rather than criticize or judge?

It's a freeing way to see the world.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

I finally heard the Elder Holland devotional where one of my favorite quotes came from...

I was slightly shocked that Elder Holland had given a devotional talk I hadn't heard. 

But this one is a hidden gem, not talked about as often as others. And it is the source of one of all-time favorite quotes. 
You can read the talk HERE.

For more quotes about angels click HERE.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

It's official! New business name...

(Note: I'm not sure why sometimes Blogger has these crazy formats that won't be fixed no matter what I do. But have appreciated Blogger as a free source for my blog the past handful of years, and I'm excited to move over to a new website!)

It's official!
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  • The website designers are working their magic, and soon that will be new too!
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

As evil increases so does a compensatory spiritual power for the righteous.

An old Chinese fable shared by Elder George A. Smith: 

“A man travelling through the country came to a large city, very rich and splendid; he looked at it and said to his guide, ‘This must be a very righteous people, for I can only see but one little devil in this great city.’

“The guide replied, ‘You do not understand, sir. This city is so perfectly given up to wickedness … that it requires but one devil to keep them all in subjection.’

“Travelling on a little farther, he came to a rugged path and saw an old man trying to get up the hill side, surrounded by seven great, big, coarse-looking devils.

“‘Why,’ says the traveller, ‘this must be a tremendously wicked old man! See how many devils there are around him!’

“‘This,’ replied the guide, ‘is the only righteous man in the country; and there are seven of the biggest devils trying to turn him out of his path, and they all cannot do it.’” (Journal of Discourses, 5:363–64.)

Quoted by Carlos E. Asay, "Opposition to the Work of God," Ensign, Nov. 1981.

Also, here is the source for the quote meme above: 

The Prophet Joseph Smith related from his own experience, “The nearer a person approaches the Lord, a greater power will be manifested by the adversary to prevent the accomplishment of His purposes” (in Orson F. Whitney, Life of Heber C. Kimball, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1967, p. 132).

On the other hand, here's some good news. Elder Neil L. Andersen said:  

"As evil increases in the world, there is a compensatory spiritual power for the righteous. As the world slides from its spiritual moorings, the Lord prepares the way for those who seek Him, offering them greater assurance, greater confirmation, and greater confidence in the spiritual direction they are traveling. The gift of the Holy Ghost becomes a brighter light in the emerging twilight. ... My brothers and sisters, as evil increases in the world, there is a compensatory power, an additional spiritual endowment, a revelatory gift for the righteous." ("A Compensatory Spiritual Power for the Righteous," BYU Devotional, August 18, 2015, emphasis added)

Click here for a post of Elder Holland sharing that evil influences are real and that by using God's power we can cast them out.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Are you listening to the right voice? And a great FHE object lesson...

I've had three opportunities to teach this concept this week.

Now I want to share it with you. 

Here's the object lesson. Be sure to attach it to a piece of cardboard so your family members or students can't  move it around to reverse engineer it. 

Here's my little drawing of the watchman on the tower who can see what we can't see that is coming between now and the Savior's Second Coming. 

The city of Carcassonne, France. Elder and Sister Anderson spoke about this city and analogized it to our day in General Conference and BYU Women's Conference, respectively. 

Click here to join the free Facebook group called Heaven Journaling 101. Be sure to watch the video in the pinned post that teaches how to do a "heaven journaling sandwich." 

Tonight's worldwide devotional from President and Sister Nelson was a wave of spiritual power!

Oh. My. Goodness. 

Tonight's worldwide devotional was one of the most POWERFUL things I have ever watched. 


I invite you to watch it. And take notes. 

You'll be extremely glad you did. 

And if you're like me, grab some Kleenex because you'll be feeling the Spirit for sure. (The devotional starts at the one-hour mark.)

I really hope they release a transcript of this because there were so many AMAZING quotables. 


Click here for eight other amazing talks by President Russell M. Nelson, and 11 talks by Sister Nelson, plus their books. 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Is God Remodeling You?

I first heard Elder Neal Maxwell quote this beautiful parable from C.S. Lewis when I felt deeply depressed.

I was sitting in the upper rows of the BYU Marriott Center, tears streaming down my face.

This morning I mentioned this parable in a training I gave. And I mentioned how remodeling always requires sacrifice and makes a mess, but it's so worth it to be remodeled by God.

Then I saw that the LDS Church had created this cute little video about the parable.

I LOVE C.S. Lewis for being so ahead of his time, and for this parable that came at the exact moment I needed it.

"Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense.
"What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of—throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself."

- C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Touchstone, 1996), pp. 175–176. http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/webfm_send/75

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Wanna do a 90-day Book of Mormon challenge starting tomorrow?

Several years ago I started a 90-day Book of Mormon challenge group. 

Now that I have other things going on, Julie McCrite Cosgrove does a great job managing the group. 

She's starting the 90-day challenge again TOMORROW! 

Wanna join and share your takeaways with others who also love the Book of Mormon? This book has changed my life over and over. Let it change yours!

Click here to join the group. 

Click here for blog posts I wrote as I did this Book of Mormon challenge a few years ago. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

We reached a million page views, on Mother's Day!

Thank you, everyone, for helping my blog reach a million page views! 

And on Mother's Day even! 

It's kinda funny because I'm in the process of choosing a new name for my business, so this was a fun farewell to the name Purpose Driven Motherhood. I'm still ruminating and praying over the new name - lots of fun options!

Here was the count early morning on Mother's Day. 

Here was the count the next day. Thank you for helping us reach this fun landmark! 

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Yes, women can register too! I did!

I’ll be presenting, along with some of my favorites: Leslie Householder, Meg Johnson, Michael McLean, Kevin and Charlotte Varble, Scott Wilhite, and more… over 20 awesome speakers!

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Three short videos for Mother's Day ... Get a Kleenex

The first one is "Just a Mom" from the LDS Church.

Next is "You Made Me a Mom" by Story of This Life. 

And last is a music video, "Becoming Me" from Matthew West, one of my favorite Christian musicians. 

Happy Mother's Day to my mom and all the wonderful mothers out there! 

And the future mothers too!

I know Mother's Day is joyful for some, and for some it can bring heartache. My heart goes out to you either way, and I love you! <3

For my friends who want to be mothers but aren't yet, here are a couple of articles that may bring some peace. 

- Are We Not All Mothers? By Sheri Dew 

- The Idea of “Mothers in Zion” Made Me Mad—Until I Learned What It Meant By Sharon Eubank, an LDS.org blog post published a couple days ago

Giving my webinar in pajama bottoms?

Haha! My daughter saw my outfit after I gave an online training this morning and showed me this picture. 

Yes, I am indeed dressed up on top with pajamas and socks on bottom!