changing the world … starting with mine
June 26, 2014

Embracing Imperfection

February 10, 2014

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My missionary is home . . . early.  For many of you your first thought is pity for me because you assume he has a moral issue and that I’m embarrassed. Or perhaps he was poorly committed to a mission, like so many young men seem to be these days. Or ill-prepared in the first […]

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Into the Wilderness

October 19, 2013

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Originally published at Real Intent I’ve been on a bit of a sabbatical for the past 6 months, moving from one wilderness to another to yet another. Three years in wildernesses of one kind or another, following decades of wildernesses of different kinds. It has been a refreshing experience. If you’ll forgive a bit of […]

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What Would Marjorie Do?

May 15, 2013

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Published long ago in a galaxy far, far away… Wait, it was right here.   A week or so ago I sat in a women’s group meeting and listened as a member of the group talked about how girls dress too casually for church nowadays. She mentioned girls wearing leggings under their dresses and clucked, […]

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Your Life is So Easy

May 15, 2013

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Previously published in the discussion forum at Real Intent. Some years ago I was Young Women President shepherding a group of very individualistic souls. One was a gregarious young woman, whose parents were divorced and mother was earning barely above minimum wage, whose life was filled with economic distress but whose character responded by stepping […]

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Follow the Money

May 15, 2013

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I witnessed an exchange today that was unsettling. It was between a supervisor and one of his employees, who just happens to be his son. In front of me, this supervisor/owner used aggressive posture and shaming tone and belittling rhetoric to attempt to control behavior. I’ve lived long enough to recognize that there is usually […]

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Choose Higher Ground

April 20, 2013

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My missionary son wrote his first p-day letter Monday. It was heart-rending. I thought of The God Who Weeps as I pondered on the soul-stretching he is going through, and the profoundly humble way he is embracing it. And I wept too. It caught me at my own moment, on the second day of a […]

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Brad Wilcox, Continuous

April 13, 2013

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In a delightful pair of books, popular LDS author and speaker Brad Wilcox (His Grace is Sufficient) outlines a generous perspective on our discipleship. Many of us have wryly noted that the bulk of the gospel is wound into that deceptively simple statement of the fifth step of eternal progression: endure to the end. While we […]

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