Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Last-minute special on our retreat next week, thru Friday or until tickets sell out!

We still have openings for our retreat next week! 

Here is a special through Friday, or until tickets sell out, whichever comes first.

If you feel inspired to be there, click here to register. 

I am excited to have you come!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Would you or I have this kind of courage?

This courageous young woman Marie Cardon defended the truth at the risk of her own life.

Would you or I have that kind of faith or courage?

Bonnie Oscarson is the voice we hear in the video:

"If it is the Lord’s plan, it should also be our plan! ... The Lord needs us to be brave, steadfast, and immovable warriors who will defend His plan and teach the upcoming generations His truths" (Bonnie Oscarson, "Defenders of the Family Proclamation," Ensign, May 2015).

Her story reminds me of President Monson's experience of daring to stand alone.

As we get closer to the Second Coming, we're likely to have more moments where we must stand alone in defending truth.

Each time we practice choosing right even when it's not popular, our ability to choose the unpopular right becomes stronger. It helps to remember to look up, not sideways. We want to be on God's side of the line, no matter what anyone around us chooses.

Are our kids being raised in real life or virtual life? It's an important choice.

Wow, this is sad. This struggle is real. 

We are the first generation to raise children in this age of portable digital devices. We must be careful and deliberate, both for ourselves and our children. 

Also, did you know that the electromagnetic frequencies emitted by these devices are damaging, and that the frequency of the earth is really good for your body? 

God is so smart.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Scholarship Giveaway for Powered with Purpose Retreat!

Who wants to win a scholarship to our Summer Powered with Purpose Retreat? 

To enter, simply go to my Facebook page and find the scholarship post, make a comment below it of why you'd like to come to the retreat, and tag five friends who might be interested in the retreat too. Winners for a 1-day, 2-day, and 3-day scholarship will be announced on Thursday, May 25th.  

Click here for details about the retreat. 

And here's a video of my "why" for creating this retreat. 

Elder Stevensen's foibles... nobody is perfect, so let's not compare!

Oh my goodness, this had me laughing so hard!

It's tempting to compare ourselves to what appears to be others' picture perfect lives.

But this clip of Elder Stevenson's recent keynote address at BYU Women's Conference 2017 is so true to life, at how imperfect life really is, and that we don't need to compare ourselves with others' lives that may look perfect on social media. But now we know better. I love it!

Click here for Elder Stevenon's whole talk.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Talk #4 of 12 -- Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge, by Richard G. Scott

This is a series of my favorite takeaways of some powerhouse talks we are studying together in my Facebook group called 12 Talks in 12 Weeks.

Elder Scott has mentored me in many ways for many years, even though I've never met him in this life. 

I did have the honor of attending his funeral. When I get to the other side of the veil, I'm really excited to give him a big hug and thank him for changing the way I pray, the way I ask for and receive and record personal revelation, the way I teach, the way I study, the way I look for principles. I love this man, and love all that he teaches me! I have a manila folder collection of my favorite talks by Elder Scott. I'll likely keep adding to it as I study others. 

Talk #4 is Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge. 

Click here for a printable talk. 

Click here to watch the talk. 

Here is a video of my favorite takeaways from the talk. 

Here and here are blog posts I wrote about the importance for looking for principles as we study. 


Here are some quote memes from the talk. 

Click here you'd like to join the Facebook group studying and sharing favorite takeaways from these 12 talks. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mormon Ad Contest Entries and Winner! "Before tech...connect!"

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest! Here are the entries, and the winner is announced at the end. It was hard to choose! 

Tammy Zufelt- Thomas

These pictures I took at the Salt Lake Temple and Visitors Center make me feel so connect to Christ, and remember covenants, unconditional Love and acceptance, they tell me I am enough right where I am, and that I can continue to come to him and grow in Christ....(the picture of praying/scriptures is from the internet). When I saw you doing this, It prompted me to find this photo on my computer again and I felt so much hope when I did, it was something I REALLY needed this week, so thank you for the push! This isn't really Mormon ad(ish) but it was a nice reminder to me anyway. Can't wait to see what others do, and see who wins your lovely gift!
Oléa Gough

Becky Edwards, I love your slogan about connecting with God before anything else! As I thought about what spending time in my scriptures does for me more than any social media or technology can do I just kept thinking how as I read and pray and spend time with Him it's like getting a heavenly hug. My scriptures are like love letters to me. They are a way I can connect with Him and open up a conduit for Him to connect with me. Suddenly I remembered this picture that someone posted last week (sorry, I can't remember who it was) but I think it is the PERFECT image to go with your slogan! I'm so grateful to the woman who shared it because it has lingered in my mind since the time I saw it.

Suqi Zheng

This was when my son almost one year old.He is such a laughing and happy boy.I think life should be like that, always feel happy and smile even life is full of all the challenges.

Susan Chamberlain 

Cloe Jones

Jasmine Turner

I chose two winners...

Oléa Gough

and Jasmine Turner

Congratulations Olea and Jasmine! You'll each be receiving an oil lamp from Jerusalem!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Talks #5 of 12 -- Mothers Who Know, by Julie B. Beck, and Fathers by D. Todd Christofferson

This is a series of my favorite takeaways of some powerhouse talks we are studying together in my Facebook group called 12 Talks in 12 Weeks. We're taking the rest of the summer off from posting new talks, to give people time to catch up and post their favorite parts from any of the 12 talks. Then in the fall we'll start back up again with another 12 talks! 

This time we read two talks, one for mothers and one for fathers!

"Mothers Who Know" by Julie Beck: 

"Fathers" by Elder Christofferson

Here is a video of my favorite takeaways from these two talks. 

Here is a blog post I wrote about a moment I shared in this video of thinking, "She is valuable and I am not." 

Here are some quote memes about the motherhood talk. 

Here are some quote memes about the fatherhood talk. 

I love this happy picture of a daddy dancing with his daughter. Wonderful! 

Click here for a post of recent Edwards' family pictures, capturing the joy of family. Here is one favorite pic.

Here is my hubby Mike,who babysat our three grand daughters so their mom and I could attend the temple. He walked the three girls to run a quick errand at Wal-mart several blocks away. I told him he gets the Father of the Year award for that! 

Click here you'd like to join the Facebook group studying and sharing favorite takeaways from these 12 talks. 

Celebrating Mother's Day with Recent Family Pics

I'm a photo girl. Everyone who knows me well knows I love taking pictures. I spent some time on Mother's Day enjoying recent family pics and gathering them into a blog post that celebrates family. Since our eldest child, Malia, is going through a divorce, she and her girls moved in a couple months ago, and these pics are from the last couple months.

I told Mike he gets Grandpa of the Year award for this! He babysat the three grand daughters so we could attend the temple, and walked them several blocks for an errand at Wal-mart. At the temple I kept finding myself smiling thinking of this adorable scene. 

Watching my teenage boys love their cute nieces melts my heart! 

Malia and the girlies

Gabe's 15th birthday

Hyrum's 15th birthday. Many people don't believe they're twins because they look so different!

Acting out singing "Once There Was a Snowman." 

Quick road trip to see Adam perform in BYU-Idaho Chamber Choir
Watching General Conference

General Conference 

Family devotional!

Grandma cooking lessons! 

Family dinner!

Family dishes dance party!

Watching Adam sing at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square 

Singing Happy Birthday to Zia on her fourth birthday
Gabe is a fun ballroom dancer! 

My parents took the girls to their ward fund raiser carnival for face painting and games
Picnic lunch in the backyard

Dropping off Gabe at Elevation, a leadership camp in Southern Utah 
Grace's 18th birthday party at our favorite Chines restaurant, The Mandarin in Bountiful, Utah 

Malia and I attended a Simply Divine Eating retreat at Bear Lake 

Malia giving me a back rub at the retreat.

This little cutie pie was a heart melter at the retreat. I love that she has smiley eyes when she smiles like her grandma! 
Me with the grand daughters before speaking at a young adult fireside in Provo

Malia and the girlies 

Malia teaching the girls to make probiotic water kefir

Grace presented at a Female Entrepreneur Conference at Thanksgiving Point the day before her 18th birthday!

Grace takes a selfie with little Claire every morning! She has lived with us from being two months old and is now four months old, so it's fun that she has a daily log of her growth. 

Mike and Grace both gave short presentations at my first Powered with Purpose retreat in Utah County. 

Baby Claire on Mother's Day 
Papa on Mother's Day