Quotes from Houston
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What’s it like? I’ve been in Houston for 10 days to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. I got to volunteer through LDS Charities with American Red Cross on the disaster mental health team. You can check out my … Read More

The refiner’s fire
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My recent HWN has been reflecting on the refining power of grief and sorrow. Elder Quinton L. Cook said: “The refiner’s fire is real, and qualities of character and righteousness that are forged in the furnace of affliction perfect and purify us and … Read More

Did God set me up for sorrow?
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Some paths I’ve taken in life with a confirmation that Heavenly Father supports me :) and some of those paths have led to sorrow :( I experienced that recently in a way that made me ask… Did Heavenly Father guide me … Read More

Why do I have to…?
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A lot of things in life cause me to wonder why… Why do I have to wait so long for…? Why do I have to endure this…? Why do I have to sacrifice my…? I pondered on a personal question … Read More

Bear Record of Him
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We read this verse in institute tonight: “…all things are created and made to bear record of me, both things which are temporal, and things which are spiritual; things which are in the heavens above, and things which are on … Read More

What does faith feel like?
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Recently I’ve been asking myself what faith feels like… What would have come to mind in the past are things like: hopeful, confident, optimistic, excited, and invulnerable. I’ve realized that’s not how faith usually feels… not for me anyways. More … Read More

Consigned to happiness
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Yesterday a young lady told me she wasn’t interested in continuing to pursue a relationship with me… I didn’t have a lot invested after only a couple weeks, but the pattern of rarely making it past 2 or 3 dates is … Read More

Life’s Sandpaper
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I’ve reflected on this quote from Elder Maxwell recently (my HWN): “So often in life a deserved blessing is quickly followed by a needed stretching. Spiritual exhilaration may be quickly followed by a vexation or temptation. Were it otherwise, extended spiritual reveries … Read More

A tribute to dating survivors
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They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. And yet so many people continue to go on dates… even when it seems insane. My hat is off to you! Those of you who … Read More

After the trial…
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I’ve been praying for hope and faith… and I wasn’t surprised when it became hard to have hope and faith. I think this is frequently how prayers are answered, and I’ve started to expect it. Expecting it also helps me recognize and … Read More

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