Posts in Being LDS

Rejoicing in Ambiguity and Other Lofty Goals

The university newspaper of which I was once editor-in-chief — the BYU-Idaho Scroll — called me for an interview a couple weeks ago. It’s strange being on the answering side of those interviews. I’m more comfortable being the one asking the questions, taking the notes, telling the story. The role reversal had me slightly on edge. Kaisey (pronounced “Kay-see,” in case you’re wondering like I was) did a great job with the article. You can read it here. But one of her best questions didn’t make its way into the article: “What… Read More

The scripture that changed me when I turned it around

It was the end of 2016, and I was preparing my New Year’s resolutions. It wasn’t going well. It could have been because the post-baby blues were hitting me hardest right then. It could have been the discouragement I felt in my new, post-third baby body, which I still loved but that didn’t feel like mine. It might have just been that I was smack in the middle of the first real, snowy winter I’d experienced in four years. But whatever the reason, motivation was running low. And then a thought… Read More

10 Things You Should Know About “Sweet Is the Work”

Guess what? I have a new book coming out on March 1! Of this year. As in, 28 days from now. Can’t believe it! It’s officially official. Edits are complete. Artwork is finalized. The cover is approved. It’s off to the press. “Sweet Is the Work: Lessons from the First Sister Missionaries” is coming to a Deseret Book, Seagull Book, or Amazon near you. 10 things you should know about “Sweet Is the Work” I dedicated this book to my daughters. This one’s for the girls. My girls, and yours too. I chose the topic…. Read More

On my own: Temple worship as a young mom

I haven’t been to the temple since my baby was born a month ago. It’s forgivable. When you have young children, temple attendance can be impractical — theoretically possible, but extremely difficult. Babysitters are expensive and hard to come by, and temple trips can take hours. Besides that, temple dates don’t exactly fill my love tank. I need conversation and laughter and eye contact on a date — things that are hard to come by in a place of worship. But I know I’ll make it back sooner than later, and that I won’t have to… Read More

A little too kind

Jimmy Fallon was trending on Facebook today. Like pretty much everyone, I’m a big Jimmy Fallon fan, so I was excited. Was it a new epic lip sync battle? A favorite singer doing musical impressions? A new batch of thank you notes? Nope. He tousled Donald Trump’s hair. And the Internet went insane. If you don’t want to follow those links and read all about it, I’ll summarize: According to the Internet, Jimmy Fallon is an irresponsible media figure because he asked Trump easy questions and even “tried to make him… Read More