Category Christ

An anthem in Westminster Abbey

Early this summer I went to an evensong service at Westminster Abbey. I always maintain that although Westminster Abbey is the beautiful and historic site of such events as Kate and William’s royal wedding- it’s surely the dustiest building in all of England. You’d think they could run a mop around with the number of […]

Looking to Christ in times of hardship

Sister Alana McCormack is serving as a family history missionary in our ward. She spends a lot of her time being the kind of missionary who jumps across the veil from time to time. I love her willingness to quietly serve others. She is a smartie and I love her. Here is her talk from […]

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 […]

He’s In Your Boat!

I’ve lately been reading stories of the Saviour and boats. Not separately: together. I’ve previously written about Jesus walking on water, toward the storm-tossed fishing boat that held terrified friends. This story is instead an account of the Saviour, who travelled with his followers in a small boat. A storm gathers and soon the passengers […]

My Peace I Give Unto You

Last Sunday’s lesson was a lesson of promises! Howard W. Hunter’s legacy includes a great fondness for the stories of the saviour; a desire to be closer to Him, to walk where He walked. What has struck me is that he also warns as you would expect someone with a prophetic duty to do so. He […]

Knock: ask, search, [maybe] find

In 2015 I collected a stack of church-themed books that I, because I am that cat who seems to be living all nine lives at once, have not had a chance to delve into yet. The stack found its way to the back of my library shelves, and happening upon it kind of made my […]

Mary Declares: Master

I’ve been giving a great deal of thought lately to Mary Magdalene. My best friend from college to the present day says that Magdalene is her scripture heroine, and as with most things Anna comes out with, I considered it a very wise and admirable choice. I have been thinking of Mary a lot since […]

Virtue and Pitfalls

Linda S. Reeves, who serves in the General Relief Society Presidency, spoke at Women’s Conference on living virtuous lives. I loved the perspective she lent to the topic, and how inclusive she was of women in the pitfalls and dangers of the modern-day attack on virtue. The female journey through the dreary world is as […]

Anticipating New Apostles (A Broken Heart and a Contrite Spirit)

Since the last installment of the Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church in April, three apostles have passed away. President Boyd K. Packer, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, died in July; Elder L. Tom Perry died in May and yesterday Elder Richard G. Scott passed away. I wrote recently on the call of […]

I Cannot Watch Them

There’s a beautiful compilation of music that tells the story of the Saviour’s final days in His mortal journey. It’s called Lamb of God, composed by Rob Gardner. It’s written with reverence to the story of Christ’s atonement and final teaching, and it’s told from the perspective of Peter and other apostles. The role of […]