Category Archives: Faith

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…