General Conference thoughts: “Let This House Be Built unto My Name”

What is a house for? I visited Mesa Verde in southern Colorado and learned about that area’s Native Americans and their move to houses. I was surprised humans learned how to dwell in houses. It seems like an instinctual process to build a shelter. But apparently, it’s not. At least, not for some. Once this particular group of people moved to shelters they left some pretty hardy dwellings behind.

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I’m fine. And you?

A regular reader of this little blog will know that a few years ago I hit a bit of a rough patch. Let me be clear, technically I was fine.  Physically I felt fine.  Nothing was wrong to the visible eye. My faith, though, was shaken; my future path uncertain.  When faith becomes so intertwined with one’s identity it becomes noticeable when that core loses its footing.  I couldn’t help it when my feelings and mood seeped into my blog posts.  So much so, I had faithful readers ask me about my well-being.  My foundation became shaky as I had to make a decision to stand or find a new foundation.  Let’s just say, things were up in the air a bit.  While I am still struggling a little I have continued on and tried to rebuild my foundation a bit more secure than before.  It is a process.  But that’s just a little background for the main point of this blog and that is this: you never know what struggle someone is fighting inside so be nice to people.  Seriously. Continue reading

Come, Follow Me observations and insights from the trenches

Over a year ago, I was called to serve as a Gospel Doctrine teacher for a ward in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It is my second go-around in this calling as I taught this class for three years starting in 2006.  After teaching Gospel Doctrine I went into Young Women and had the opportunity to usher in the era of the Come, Follow Me for youth.  Once you teach using that format, you can’t really go back to the old style of gospel teaching.  So when I started my second round of Gospel Doctrine, I taught using the new format.  In January of this year, when the format for Sunday School changed to the Come, Follow Me lessons I was excited.  Don’t tell anyone but this is probably my favorite calling.  I love to teach.  I love the scriptures.  It’s a good combination for me.  While I have no other expertise than my love of this calling to write this post I thought I’d share a few observations I have noticed about Sunday School.  Keep in mind, this is only my opinion and since I really have nowhere else to share my thoughts, here we go. Continue reading