One Can Make A Difference

One Can Make A Difference

An anonymous poet wrote: “Don’t write your name on sand, waves will wash it away. Don’t write your name in the sky, wind may blow it away. Write your name in hearts of people you come in touch with. That’s… Continue Reading

When God’s Answer is “No”

When God Answers No

My son isn’t coming home. At least, he’s not coming home in the foreseeable future. My heart is broken. The back of my throat knots up and it becomes hard to swallow and even breathe; tears randomly pool up in… Continue Reading

Am I a Builder or a Wrecker?

Am I a Builder or a Wrecker by Tanja Crouch

Several months ago, I ran into a former seminary student and the younger sibling of two other former students. Both offered flattering words about their disappointment that I was released a few months earlier. We were having a lovely exchange… Continue Reading

My Will or Thy Will Be Done?

My Will or Thy Will Be Done

A couple of weeks ago, I taught a lesson in gospel doctrine about the Savior’s experience leading up to and in Gethsemane, when He prays, “Thy will be done.” Since then, I have thought a lot about the concept of… Continue Reading

Recognizing Joy: An 8 Bunny Day

Finding joy in the journey" Thomas S. Monson Recognizing Joy: An 8 Bunny Day #joy #LDS

My morning was filled with joy because it was an 8-bunny day! For the two years I taught seminary at the Wheeler’s home, I left my house at 5:40 AM to drive over. At that time of the morning, I… Continue Reading

My Church Calling: A Love-Hate Relationship

My Church Calling a Love Hate Relationship

I have a love-hate relationship with my current church calling: gospel doctrine teacher. Okay, maybe “hate” and “love” are a little harsh and extreme. Let’s try “like” and “dislike”. With the recent changes to ward boundaries, I had hoped I’d… Continue Reading

Comparing Myself to Others’ Highlight Reels

Comparing ourselves to others highlight reels

Sometimes I feel like my life is so small compared to others. That my accomplishments are minuscule, when compared with everyone else, and that I have squandered my time and meager talents. To me, it looks like everyone around me… Continue Reading

Forgiving an “I’m Sorry I Got Caught” Apologizer

Forgiving the I'm Sorry I Got Caught apologizer

I received an “I’m Sorry I Got Caught” apology after I read something that was not intended for me to see. A friend forwarded an email from her child serving a mission. She wanted me to read what that child… Continue Reading

General Conference Changed My Life

General Conference Changed My Life

I have a son who is in prison. He made a mistake, but that is another story. This story is about how General Conference changed my life (and my son’s). In October, I sat with my General Conference notebook in… Continue Reading

I Am Not a Nice Person. But I am working toward A Change of Heart

I am Not A Nice Person but I

Being Nice is Hard Work I am not a nice person by nature. I do not intuitively think of others and their needs. I do not automatically cross a room to ask about someone’s day, or offer to sit with… Continue Reading