Category Compassionate Service

The pelting of this pitiless storm

Very occasionally Londoners are able to tear their commuting eyes from their newspapers or books or phones and take in the advertisements that paste the walls of the underground tube carriages. The market research on this must be very broad because these ads are usually products for hair growth or Scandinavian-style furniture. So imagine my […]

A Summer With Great Aunt Rose

I really wanted to make sure I had documented all the talks at women’s conference this year; the messages there were poignant and tailored to our struggles today. Being a busy relief society president and finding myself short of hours in the day, I was grateful that my mother was willing to share with me […]

Not What I Think of Myself

I have a list of things to do a mile long today, so today’s thought will be brief, which makes me feel ROBBED, because this talk at women’s conference was profound and so sweet to me. Sister Carol F. McConkie’s talk was preceded by this spotlight:     When Lisa realises she is being honoured […]

Willing to Mourn With Those That Mourn

It’s my privilege to know exceptional people.  I’d like to say it’s because I’m picky about who I associate with, but truthfully I think Heavenly Father put His favourites in my path. Last night I got an email from one such favourite, and she reminded me of a great lesson. A young father in her […]

The Character of Christ

I’ve been having a challenging time lately. Sometimes I feel the real temptation to shake my fists at the heavens and question God, “why! I know I’m a decent person; I know I work hard, and I really try!” For about a month, I really have felt like I’ve been plummeting, hitting road block after road block, […]

Navigating Through the Wilderness

I recently gave a presidency lesson in our Relief Society. I like giving presidency lessons because its a great opportunity to tap into the group as a whole and give them what I know they need- that’s the awesome power of the mantle; I don’t necessarily understand how it’s possible to know so much and […]