Author Archives: theholliedays

Elder McKee, [almost] signing off!

Exactly a week from today will be the day little brother, Elder Connor McKee, is finished serving a two year, full-time voluntary mission for the Church. I am enormously proud and terribly excited to join him and my parents in France next week. Connor worked harder than anybody I know to be able to serve […]

More Holiness Give Me

In fast and testimony meeting a sister bore her testimony of what she perceived to be a great spiritual battle waging in our time. All around, she said, the adversary threatened the spirituality of God’s children- and she wondered how we might more effectively wield our swords of the spirit; adorned in the armour of […]

… in all patience and faith

On a number of occasions in the past few months, the subject of Joseph Smith- and by extension, the leadership of lay ministry- has come up as I’ve met with women in my stewardship, and other friends and acquaintances. I think on words uttered as a promise and warning from Moroni to Joseph at their […]

Happy 175 Relief Society!

Last year we really outdid ourselves learning about the history of the Relief Society at out ward RS Birthday party. This year, we decided to take advantage of the incredible city we live in and discover what nuggets of women’s hi[her]story we were sitting on top of. For your viewing pleasure, here are a couple […]

I give unto you to be [lightly salted]

Toward the end of His ministry, Jesus took His disciples out of the bustling city. A congregation of those treasured followers went with him high into a mountain- symbolically “out of the world.” Considering He would soon have to leave them, and leave His Church to be led by His trusted friends, the Saviour gave […]

Concluding the 85 Day Book of Mormon challenge

My heart is full this evening! The week that has gone by at the conclusion of our Book of Mormon challenge has been speckled with emails, messages and social media posts from our girls, each expressing their gratitude for the Book of Mormon, and the things they learned from their study of it. In Relief […]

The story of our divine potential

I covered an institute class last week and taught a lesson based on our divine potential. I don’t attend institute regularly myself. Aside from “graduating” the program about three times already, being a RSP is time-consuming and takes most of my nights anyway- and given the chance to visit an inactive or needy sister or […]

Receiving the Holy Ghost

Elisabeth Weagel served as our Relief Society Secretary for over year. She finished a Masters degree here in London and I’ll be saying a temporary farewell to her this weekend. I am always amazed by the talents of special women in our Relief Society. Elisabeth has used all of hers to serve the women around […]

An Ensign to the Nations, a Light to the World

I’m so excited to be studying from the Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley in Relief Society this year. For the first time, I’m flipping through a manual of lessons that I actually remember first-hand. This is how all of the old ladies in my childhood wards learned in Sunday lessons… needless to say… I’m feeling […]

The Innkeeper’s Wife

When I was seven, our primary school put on a nativity play. I was excited because I thought for sure that I would be chosen to be Mary. All of my teachers knew that I went to church- I thought I had it in the bag. Imagine my disappointment when the roles were posted and […]