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The Best is Yet to Come!

The light is sometimes hard to see and for days on end, darkness takes us over. It does for all of us. I don’t care if you have a big family, tons of money and a boat; it happens to us all! There is inequality in life. But, it doesn’t have to overtake our every thought. So stop worrying that you are a “less than.” You aren’t, and I sure as heck am not. I’m putting my “less than” tee shirt in the wash and tucking it away in the back of my closet (to be brought out at my discretion).

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How Seeking His Will Changes Prayer

Last week, as I scoured the Internet searching for answers to a never-ending stream of questions about this cancer diagnosis (which by the way, I don’t recommend doing), I came across a thread that disturbed a little hornets nest within me. I wish I could find it to quote it exactly, but I quickly shut it down, never to look back. The gist of the post was that God wanted all people to be healed and have everything go right in their lives, and that if things weren’t going well, it was because they weren’t praying hard enough or having enough faith.

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Beauty for Ashes

I finally stopped praying for things to go my way last year. Bitterness and discontent many times got the best of me. It’s funny how the refiner’s fire changes us. Having been painstakingly dismantled and continuously refashioned, I now pray for the ability to accept whatever life gives me, avoid bitterness, and always see the…

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Asperger’s Syndrome: Finding the Center of the Storm, Part 2

By blog contributer, Catherine Dooley Part 2 of 2 My humble prayers were answered as I spoke with a friend of church.  As I described my son’s struggles and his odd behaviors, she asked me if I had taken him in to be tested for Asperger’s syndrome. I didn’t know what Asperger’s was, so I…

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Beauty Tips for the Soul: #3

Image courtesy Jerine Beauty Tip #3:   Realize Your Divine Potential Quotes by Dieter Uchtdorf “…We spend so much time and energy comparing ourselves to others—usually comparing our weaknesses to their strengths. This drives us to create expectations for ourselves that are impossible to meet. As a result, we never celebrate our good efforts because…

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The Girl’s Guide to Baby Making and Infertility, Part 3

By blog contributor, Marie Biddle Part 3: The Clinical Why does the waiting room of a fertility clinic feel like the lobby to death’s door? No one looks at you directly. No one smiles. No happy laughter while looking through a magazine. Not even soothing elevator music to calm the nerves. I guess a place…

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Asperger’s Syndrome: Finding the Center of the Storm, Part 1

By Blog Contributor, Catherine Dooley Part 1 of 2 “And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I…

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The Girl’s Guide to Baby Making and Infertility: Part 2

By blog contributor, Marie Biddle Part 2:  Red It was odd that no one else got food poisoning that day. Maybe my chicken was undercooked? A bad smore? The throw ups hadn’t lasted very long and they were strange in nature. I went from lying in bed to “I’m gonna lose my cookies ASAP!” Then…

Beauty Tips for the Soul

image courtesy, Jerine Beauty Tip #2:  Be tolerant. My therapist once quoted Scott Fitzgerald to me when he said, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time.” This amazing revelation has held sway with me on many occasions since that time, particularly when…

Charitable Read: An Opportunity to Help Guatemala’s Least Fortunate

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The Girl’s Guide to Baby Making and Infertility, Part 1

By blog contributor, Marie Biddle  Part 1:   Everythings fine…right? I was going through some old boxes the other day, and found needles and a bottle of pills. While this sounds a little like something you would find in dark alleys with rainy awnings, the locating of these items made me cry. They were my old tools. Tools…

Beauty Tips for the Soul

“Red Lipstick”, by Jerine Beauty Tip #1:   Strive to Live Virtuously “The abundance of life, the fullness of purpose and meaning, are to be found in virtue—virtue that reflects and reaches for the godly virtue of the Savior Himself.  For us, then, virtue is not simply a feature of a good life, subject to the…

Memoirs of a Run-Away Model, Part 10

“It’s something he doesn’t want to discuss in detail,” Soleil said under her breath after our vexing encounter with the bullet-ridden chest of a young model. I felt uneasy about the situation and pried for more information but she was guarded in her explanation of his wounds. I knew she knew more than she was telling me; she had known them the longest and they had become close friends. “There was a deal that went bad,” was all I could garner from her. Once again, I would brush off the disquieting thoughts in my mind and move on to more important things–like the magnetism I felt between myself and Vasko, his Yugoslavian roommate. I was anxious to meet up with him and friends for dinner and dancing in a few days and it was clear that he was excited too. There was a light in his eyes as he spoke to me that collaborated his affectionate gestures. We headed back to our apartment and got ready for the week of castings ahead.

Becoming Mormon: My Search for Happiness

By Blog Contributor, Tonya Hartsog When my Mom was almost 5 months pregnant with me she suffered a heart attack that the doctors had mistakenly diagnosed as a new type of influenza. She was left untreated and at one point her legs were so filled with fluid, it would seep from her legs as she…

Memoirs of a Run-Away Model, Part 9

By Alison Satterwhite Part 9:  Bottoms Up I wasn’t in “Kansas” anymore.  After that night, I had pinpointed a weak spot in my naive glamorization of the modeling world.  I was in uncharted territory and for a moment, my teenage sense of indestructibility was in question.  Although I believed in a moral code higher than…

5 Reasons Why I Believe

By Alison Satterwhite Although most people ask the question, “What do Mormon’s believe?”, often what they really want to know is “Why?” Aside from receiving a personal confirmation of the doctrine, I realized that these questions work together harmoniously to solidify the answers in my heart.  In other words, the reason ‘why’ I believe is…

Holy Women, Elevated Aims

By Alison Satterwhite What is holiness?  In ancient as well as modern times, the word ‘holy’ has implied moral character or being set apart for a sacred purpose.  If we are to reach our highest potential as women, holiness must certainly be our aim. In fact, it is more than a lofty ambition; it is…

Memoirs of a Run-Away Model: Part 7

By Alison Satterwhite Part 7:  Neurosis The alarm sounded early and I nervously jumped up and readied myself for the day. Today would be my first day of castings and each was an opportunity to meet with potential clients around Milan. At the time, I didn’t understand the importance of these initial contacts and was…

Prayer 101: How to Pray

“Namaste”, courtesy yuckbananas via flickr By Alison Satterwhite 1.  Humble Yourself. We must first be transformed from within. Humbling ourselves as a little child is the first step to praying with sincerity and overcoming the tendencies of the “natural man”. Saying prayers out of habit, tradition or as a reaction to our external circumstances is different…

Memoirs of a Run-Away Model: Part 6

Photographed by Luciano Consolini By Alison Satterwhite Part 6:  Bottle Rocket Sasha was a 16 going on 25-year-old girl from Boise, Idaho and did not resemble the ectomorph model type but more like the “mean girl” from high school.  She had movie star qualities: voluptuously soft features, feminine curves, full lips, and long beachy hair.…

Memoirs of a Run-Away Model: Part 5

Adonis’ Dream by Richard Franklin By Alison Satterwhite Part 5:  Meet Adonis “Good bye mom,” I said with a combination of child-like fear and teenage apathy. We both deeply misunderstood one another. My calloused heart remained closed off to her and I was more than relieved to have my concerns shift away from her disapproval…

Memoirs of a Run-Away Model: Part 2

By Alison Satterwhite Part 2:  The Masquerade The music went black, the lights went interrogative. I quickly put on my masquerade of cool, confidence mixed with indifference and hardness. Underneath were raw, unabashed doubt and insecurity. Palms sweating, I steadied my wobbling knees. It was my turn. Suddenly a whirlwind of thought invaded my mind.…

Premortal Life

Amazing testimony from Renowned Scientist on the Premortal Existence, http://www.lds.org “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” ~The Lord, speaking to Jeremiah “Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the  intelligences that were organized…

The Most Important Work You Will Ever Do

“No success can compensate for failure in the home.” ~David O. McKay, a prophet “The most important work you will ever do is within the walls of your own home.” ~Harold B. Lee, a prophet video courtesy http://www.lds.org via youtube “These recognitions from government, state, and city leaders…are most gratifying. They know what creates nations…

Obituary: The Death and Rebirth of America?

I received the following quote in an email today and felt compelled to post it.  It was entitled “Obituary”.  The theory is eerily reminiscent of the pride cycle in the Book of Mormon thus I’ve included a talk by an apostle on the same subject.  I would love to hear your enlightening thoughts. “A democracy…

What are YOU Grateful For?

All images on this post courtesy http://www.katewares.com via flickr “Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.” ~John Henry Jowett “Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.”…

Linking Generations: Baptisms for the Dead

The Kirtland Temple “In the great vision in the Kirtland Temple, Elijah the prophet appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and committed the keys of temple work and the sealing power into Joseph Smith’s hands. This fulfilled Malachi’s prophecy that Elijah would be sent ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to…

No Tongue Nor Pen Can Tell the Sorrow

This is the harrowing account of my 3rd great-grandmother’s journey to find religious freedom and tolerance. As retold by Claire Haynie 1866 Margaret McBride My Name is Margaret Howard McBride and I am 52 years old. I have lived here in the Salt Lake valley for almost 10 years. My physical journey to the valley…

In Flanders Fields

When I think about Independence Day and the meaning it holds for me, it settles weightily upon my mind like anything worth having. The irony of it. Loss and gain. Joy and sorrow. Liberty and death. Glorious freedom!  The willingness of families to sacrifice.  Men, women and children. Sacrifice.  The eternal principle of sacrifice.  It…

A Mother Such as Mine

my mother seated far left By Alison Satterwhite I’m grateful to have a mother such as mine.   She has virtually nine lives with all the challenges she has faced, yet she is always upbeat and easy to be around.  When she is nearly dying-and she has come to that point on more than one occasion-you…

True Beauty

*Mindy Gledhill singing “Whole Wide World”, courtesy youtube.com “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” ~Audrey Hepburn “The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the…

Adversity Can Make You Strong

By Alison Satterwhite “Adversity can make you strong.”  I read those words in an ad campaign as a young woman and they have stuck with me ever since.  At times, it is hard to accept our lot and trials in life.   Seeing the forest through the trees can take a seasoned veteran, and in…

Why a Restoration of the Gospel was Necessary

Apostasy & Restoration By Dallin H. Oaks, a living apostle The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has many beliefs in common with other Christian churches. But we have differences, and those differences explain why we send missionaries to other Christians, why we build temples in addition to churches, and why our beliefs bring us such…

Lifting Burdens

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” ~Jesus, as quoted…

To Create is Divine

Watch and be inspired! courtesy, mormon messages via youtube.com “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.  Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence…

Love is NOT an Attribute

courtesy, LightsCameraScream “Love is not an attribute, it is a commandment.” Robert Orton, an apostle “Another word for love is charity.  Thus, when Paul tells us what charity is in the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians, he is really explaining what love is. A loving person suffers long and is kind. His love is of long duration; he envies not.…

Receiving Personal Revelation

“Revelation signifies the making known of divine truth by communication from the heavens… ~James Talmage, an apostle “Saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto…

What Matters Most

courtesy “mormon messages” via youtube.com “…it is good advice to slow down a little, steady the course, and focus on the essentials when experiencing adverse conditions.” ~Dieter Uchtdorf, an apostle “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~Leonardo Da Vinci “It is said that any virtue when taken to an extreme can become a vice. Overscheduling our…

Modesty Empowers Women

By Alison Satterwhite “Modesty in dress is one of the identifying characteristics of true saints.  It is an aid in preserving chastity and an outward sign that the modest person is imbued with humility, decency, and propriety.  Immodesty in dress is worldly, excites passions and lusts, places undue emphasis on sex and lewdness, and frequently…

Nourishing Faith

“Faith is like a little seed; if planted it will grow.” ~from the children’s hymn, “Faith” “Belief, in one of its accepted senses, may consist in a merely intellectual assent, while faith implies such confidence and conviction as will impel to action.” ~James Talmage “Arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and…

Let Your Light So Shine Before Men

By Author, Marianne Williamson, quoted at Nelson Mandella’s Inaugural Speech “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who…

Uniting Families Eternally

One of the most exciting and beautiful doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the doctrine of temples.  In temples, covenants are made and ordinances such as vicarious baptisms for the dead, marriages, and endowments are performed –all of which serve to unite families eternally and bring us home individually to our Heavenly Father.…

The Family: A Proclamation to the World

We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. All human beings—male and…