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Sunstone Presentation on Human Trafficking

by heather
Last week I attended the Sunstone Symposium in Salt Lake City, Utah. I attended to support several friends who were presenting and I attended because I wanted to listen to Ed Smart speak on human trafficking. I feel like this information is worth sharing and more relevant to my old blog than my current one, so I'm back for a minute. The presentation was a panel of 4 speakers (there was a fifth scheduled, but he was unable to attend), and the theme was 'Faith in Action'. The first speaker was Read more [...]

Adolescent Sex Education: History and Policy

by heather
This is a paper that I wrote for my Health Care Policy Class last semester. I thought the topic was important and could lead to some good discussions. I think parents, healthcare workers, policy makers and concerned citizens need to be more aware of these issues and how they are handled. In light of the recent Hobby Lobby ruling, I think it is even more imperative that the public is given accurate medical information about sex. Adolescent Sex Education Policy and Effects “One of the great Read more [...]

What I’ve Been Up To: February 2013

by heather
What I've Been Up To: I've been busy with homework. Full-time coursework + kids is pretty time consuming. I applied to graduate school. Hopefully get in this time. However if I don't I'll be ok. I have friends here. Moving is a pain. I have projects I am involved in. I can go to a different program, however this one is the one that I really want, so if I got in that would be awesome. I made this Roasted Tomato Soup from Thug Kitchen. It's delicious and has more vegetables than your traditional Read more [...]

YW Lesson: How do the things I say affect me and those around me?

by heather
I've had a couple requests to start sharing the lessons that I gave to the Young Women last year. Here is one that I gave in September 2013 and felt was important. I really hope that they listened. These are pretty much my notes. I did try to ask questions and encouraged the girls to share relevant stories throughout. How we communicate reflects our understanding of who we are as children of God. Our language can either uplift and encourage others, or it can hurt and offend them. When we use uplifting Read more [...]

Mormon Journey Part 8: Conversations, Young Womens and Rape Culture

by heather
At this point I was in a tail-spin, something that I think many who have lost their faith can identify with.  For those who are reading who still may be believers, I want you to know that it is a myth that the modern ex-Mormon left 'because they wanted to sin or they were offended'. I cried. I prayed. I fasted. I hardly slept. I read my scriptures and the Ensign like my life depended on it and cried some more. And I listened to dozens and dozens of pod casts. Everywhere I looked the things that Read more [...]

What I’ve Been Up to: November

by heather
What I've been up to: Thing 1 had a birthday. If you live in the St. George area, the Sand Hollow Aquatic Center is the best deal for you birthday party money. $65 gets you an hour and a half of swimming for 12 kids, plus a hot snack bar item, a drink, a balloon and a party favor for each child. The kids get some healthy activity and I don't have to worry about all of the stress that comes with hosting a children's party at my house. (You do however have to book at least 2 weeks in advance.) Respiratory Read more [...]

Mormon Journey Part 3: The guy in my Spanish class

by heather
This section has actually very little to do with Mormonism, but it is completely relevant to my journey, so I'm going to tell the part of the story where my husband and I got together, and I was a silly teenage girl. On occasion people have asked me if I always knew that he was the one for me. That would be a definite 'no'. My earliest memory of Alan was that he was in my seventh grade advanced science class. He sat a few seats over from me. My friend was making fun of him for being so shy. (Kids Read more [...]

Mormon Journey Part 2: Truth Seeking & Healing

by heather
Part 1 Back when I was a youth, my mom was once asked to substitute teach my Sunday School class. Normally, she taught Relief Society where the class members are eager to participate. The 14-18 year olds are less eager. So she kept putting me on the spot because she knew that I would have to answer.  (Now that I myself  have spent some time teaching teenage girls, I completely understand how difficult it is to get them to say anything.) I remember one of the questions she asked is, 'If you could Read more [...]

What I’ve Been Up to: October 2013

by heather
What I have been up to: I made my son a sackboy costume for Halloween. When I was in high school my mom wanted me to take sewing. I opted for Spanish, anatomy and orchestra. I think in the long run those classes have served me well, but the week before Halloween I was really wishing that I had a better idea of what I was doing. However, it turned out descent and he loved it so much he wants to wear it next year for Halloween too. Visited some friends on the Wasatch front. :) I made Read more [...]

Book Review: My Story by Elizabeth Smart

by heather
My Story by Elizabeth Smart (with Chris Stewart)is both horrifying and beautiful. Horrifying because of what she went through (although she does not go into any kind of graphic detail, which I'm sure most readers would appreciate) and beautiful because of the strength that she has. It is beautiful because through the dreadfulness of her experience she continued to have hope, and because she pulled something positive out of this experience, going on to become an advocate for recovery programs and Read more [...]

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