We who are in covenant with Jesus should take sacred meetings very seriously. We should focus on Jesus and His good news. Here are some ways to go about it.
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With Elder Quentin L. Cook of Quorum of the Twelve Apostles sitting at his side, President Russell M. Nelson said: “These brethren are so loyal. I love them — like my own brothers, like my own sons.”
I have chosen a reading life. I would like to think it was conscious and deliberate—an epiphanous childhood moment when I rose up from the sandbox, raised my shovel to the air and declared, “I shall be a reader.” It didn’t happen that way.
I spent the first 25 years of my life attending very traditional Latter-day Saint wards in the heart of Utah. For the past two years, however, I’ve been part of a very different church situation. We live in Malawi with our two small boys. Although the branch feels very different from any ward I’ve attended before, many of the differences are what make being a part of the branch so joyful.
With a stillbirth you’re always thinking, maybe if you had delivered her just a day earlier, you would have beaten her to the punch, and got her out, and then she would still be here. But you didn’t deliver her a day earlier. Your body killed her first, and delivered her afterward. That’s a gut-punching sadness, knotted up with guilt and what-ifs and an endless procession of if-onlys.
In this episode, I interview Dr. Wendy Ulrich, author and therapist, on the subject of forgiving ourselves. We discuss the importance of forgiving ourselves; what that means, why it is sometimes difficult, and what the ultimate goal of self-forgiveness is.
Has an angel ever helped you? The answer is yes! The thick veil surrounding us generally prevents any awareness of our cherished pre-mortal associations and their frequent aid to us, but there are times when the veil thins, and we become conscious of these loving beings helping us on our mortal journey.