Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria and Missionary Work

We are Sent Two-by-Two As Hurricane Maria pours it’s destructive force upon Puerto Rico, my heart is drawn to the beautiful people that live there. Puerto Rico was my home from the summer of 1999 until the end of 2000.  I served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the San Juan Puerto Rico…

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Funeral of Amos Abplanalp

Evie Clair dad Amos Abplanalp funeral

  My first impression of the Abplanalp family occurred in 2015.  I went to a meeting about an upcoming Christmas campaign called “A Savior is Born.”  After dinner, I heard a young voice sing a song from the movie “Once I Was a Beehive.”  The voice belonged to a young girl named Evie Clair.  You might of recently seen her singing…

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How to Make the Sacrament more Meaningful

  Recently, my daughter turned 8 years old and she decided that she wanted to be baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When we are baptized we make certain covenants to remember Christ, keep his commandments and take his name upon us. In return God promises his spirit will be with us.  It…

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If evil men are not the world’s problem, then what is?

  Recently a war of words has turned into violence as a group of people decided that they are superior to another group based on the color of their skin.  Throughout history we have witnessed people puffed up with pride.  They have taken a superior role over anyone that is not the same as they are.  We have witnessed the results…

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No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls Allergy Free

  Need a quick snack to keep your child’s energy up?  Here’s an easy recipe that has no dairy, gluten free, no eggs or soy.  This is right up my son’s alley.  There are very few things he can eat because of his food allergies, but this one works!  You can add or subtract what your child can eat…

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The Price for Freedom

At the end of the school year, my son promoted from 8th grade. At the beginning of the ceremony, the choir sang the national anthem while everyone stood with their hands over their heart. I have always felt such pride in what that song as well as the Pledge of Allegiance stands for. As I helped my little kids…

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3 Tips to Build Bridges vs. Burning Them Online

“Just love.”  That’s the inspiration my sister felt was important for her to focus on this year.  Remember my article on “Just breathe?”  Well, after I master the “breathing” part, I need to focus on “Just love.” In a world where love tends to be a four letter word, it is difficult to find, be and share brotherly love….

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Your True Identity

Finding our true identity in life can be a long and sometimes a difficult journey.  On the other hand, your image, which means the general impression that a person portrays to others, can be defined quickly by others based on your outside behavior or appearance. I remember when I was growing up in my parent’s home, my dad would…

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I melted into the wall and slid down the wall to the floor like pancake batter dripping down the cupboard…

Nearly two years ago, the unthinkable, the unimaginable, the unbearable…..it happened. It happened to me. It happened to my husband, family, friends, and my beautiful 3 year old daughter. My innocent three year old with brown locks and sky blue eyes, the little girl that would be the one to talk to you all day long. Kate. My glorious…

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