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Mormon Journey Part 7: The Shelf Cracks

by heather
I have always had many awkward and misshaped shelf items. Experiences I'd had that didn't fit into the gospel puzzle as I understood it. Experiences that I put on the metaphorical shelf because I couldn't find satisfying answers. Sometimes when it was relevant to the conversation I would bring up one of these experiences. And on more than one occasion the friend at the other end of the conversation would say "Heather, I have no idea how you have a testimony." Which always struck me as really Read more [...]

What I’ve Been Up To: December 2013

by heather
What I have been up to: We had a blizzard. One co-worker said that she has lived here for 22 years and she has never seen a snow storm like that in St George. And not only did we get a snow storm, but the snow stuck around for more than a week. (In fact we still have some in patches in our yard weeks later.) Totally weird for St. George. But the kids enjoyed snow fights and building snow men. I got my neighbor gifts AND my Christmas cards out before Christmas. Wahoo!  (Well, most of them.) Read more [...]

Loving our neighbor and 3 reasons we should support same-sex marriage

by heather
When Christ was speaking on earth, someone asked him what was the most important commandment. Here is his reply: Mark 12:30-31 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. There are many big questions that I don't have the answers to, but Read more [...]

Quotes from September

by heather
“I've got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don't want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I'd rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before 'thin'. And frankly, I'd rather they didn't give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather Read more [...]

What I’ve been up to: August 2013

by heather
What I've been up to: I didn't get into graduate school. The program is very competitive and the fact that my application wasn't complete (One transcript office sent my transcript to the wrong school and it took 2 weeks to get a hold of someone who was even willing to write down my name.) made it one of the first on the chopping block. Of course that was a little disappointing, but I think it is for the best. I can still take a few classes online that will count toward my degree (at a lower tuition Read more [...]

Quotes from August

by heather
Here are a few quotes I recently came across that either made me think or just made me happy: "Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it's more like a cha-cha"- Unknown (Found on Upworthy) "Our job is to love people. When it hurts. When it's awkward. When it's uncool and embarassing. Our job is to stand together, to carry the burdens of one another and to meet each other in our questions."--- Jaime Tworkowks "Each of us bears Read more [...]

Just Be Nice: Thoughts on Gays and Mormonism

by heather
I teach Young Women. I love it. I love my girls and I sincerely hope that the things I say to them will help them to become happy, productive, loving and thinking women. Our lesson this past Sunday was a review of General Conference, with each of the girl's bringing in a quote or talk that they enjoyed to share. They had each noticed different things during the sessions, and I felt like everything was constructive. Then the other leader brought in a talk from Elder Perry, which wasn't bad in it Read more [...]

What I’ve been up to: March 2013

by heather
Spent >$700 on plumbing repairs- oh yay. My mother-in-law and father-in-law came to visit, the next weekend two of my husband's siblings came to visit, then for spring break his youngest sister and her husband visited and currently my parents and sister are in the midst of a 7 day stay. Yes, now is the time of year that everyone wants to come to St. George. No one wants to come June-September. Can't say that I blame them. Over spring break we hiked in Pioneer Park, we hiked the Temple Quarry Read more [...]

The Power of Just One Mom: Why You Can Make a Difference

by heather
Recently a Facebook friend posted a link about the Nestle boycott. Nine years ago when I did my study abroad experience as a nursing student in a maternity hospital in Argentina I had heard that in years previous Nestle had given out free samples of formula to patients in the public hospital. Due to poor education (or lack thereof) and limited resources, mothers would water down the formula which led to infant malnutrition. Because of the natural physiologic response of supply and demand these mothers Read more [...]

iSideWith.com

by heather
Have you ever found yourself thinking 'I do care about politics, but I have small children and I don't have the time to research the candidates and their policies so that I can make an informed decision'? I know that I have. Politics is one of those things that I feel is important to be informed about and involved in, however when you are being a mom to small kids it kind of slides down the priority list. I recently found a solution (at least a partial solution)- iSideWith.com On this free website Read more [...]

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