Month: April 2017

Our first college graduate, promises kept, and my life workbook notes

Our first college graduate, promises kept, and my life workbook notes

My life is blessed everyday when I study the scriptures. I particularly feel the power that comes from reading, pondering and trying to apply the verses in the Book of Mormon. I keep a scripture study journal when I study, and I’ve decided that I’d like 

Info Bite: Skaidrīte Bokuma, from suicidal thoughts to joyful smiling

Info Bite: Skaidrīte Bokuma, from suicidal thoughts to joyful smiling

I was looking for a photo this morning while preparing something for my myself and daughter. I loved the radiant smile on this woman’s face, and I wanted to find out why she was smiling. The article I read surprised me! This elderly woman from 

Info bites: Healing from sexual abuse

Info bites: Healing from sexual abuse

Illustration from the article. Click on the image to view the article.

I’m excited about a new page I created on my blog for “info bites” from newspaper and magazine articles I have read that relate to nurturing children, women, marriage, and families. I decided that this is one of the ways I can reduce clutter in my home while maybe helping others: I can choose one article that inspired me and share it before passing the magazine along to someone else or tossing the newspaper into the recycling bin. (I still like getting hard copies of most newspapers and magazines. It is also a memory tool for myself, so that when I want to refer back to what I have read, I can find it digitally instead of hanging on to the hard copy. I hope to also starting doing this with books!)

This week I read “A Bridge to Hope and Healing” from the April 2017 Ensign magazine. Here is my quick summary:

  • Sexual abuse is terribly wrong, serious and painful:

    “ ‘There is the terrible, vicious practice of sexual abuse. It is beyond understanding. It is an affront to the decency that ought to exist in every man and woman. It is a violation of that which is sacred and divine. It is destructive in the lives of children. It is reprehensible and worthy of the most severe condemnation…. Shame on any man or woman who would sexually abuse a child. In doing so, the abuser not only does the most serious kind of injury. He or she also stands condemned before the Lord.’ ”1

  • We can help free others from heavy burdens by–

    • listening without judgment,
    •  understanding the hurt caused by abuse, and
    •  helping them find the resources that will help them replace pain with peace.
  • Forgiveness is critical for victims to be able to heal,

    • but friends and family members of victims need first to listen and express empathy and support for the victim.

There are links in the article to other resources for help as well.

I had never considered Doctrine and Covenants 123 in the context of helping victims of abuse!

I also appreciated knowing more about behaviors that commonly can result from those who have suffered abuse.

I believe that all of us have people in our circles who have suffered from abuse of one kind or another, and the chance of someone we know having been sexually abused at some point in their lifetime is high. I have prayed before and will continue to pray to know how to help those around me to access healing. Life can be very complicated, so I’m grateful for the information in this article in learning to nurture those with wounded hearts around me.

To read more “Info Bites,” click here.

Ramanujan and Ratings: Reviews of “The Man Who Knew Infinity”

Ramanujan and Ratings: Reviews of “The Man Who Knew Infinity”

A mathematician from India comes to Cambridge University and claims that the equations he has created come from God: will anyone believe him? Our family (ages 11 + up) watched this compelling biopic during spring break, and Lane and I really loved it. Some of our children 

How and where to serve: THAT is the question (again)

How and where to serve: THAT is the question (again)

The year is rapidly coming to a close, signaled today by the multi-school orchestra field trip. Our orchestra did so well! The children love playing the Disney songs: when our director announced we were playing “Let It Go,” there was an audible “Ah!” in the 

How to overcome doubt and fear

How to overcome doubt and fear

Our prophet’s April 2017 general conference address is power-packed. I particularly love the promise that I can overcome doubt and fear by studying the Book of Mormon. I have renewed my commitment to not just listen to or read by to try to really “study, ponder, and apply” what I read in the Book of Mormon.

Today I typed up this quote so that I could post it on the inside door of our bathroom, where I share inspiring scriptures and quotes with my family. I thought perhaps someone else might appreciate being able to print out this quote. It’s very simply made, but I hope it will help lighten another parent’s load as they also try to help their family center their lives on Christ. Just click on the image or this link to go to a printable PDF!

Getting your laugh back

Getting your laugh back

It’s the first day back from spring break–Monday morning–and I’m JUST getting going! I got out of bed about 9:30 am after a challenging night, which is NOT my favorite way to start the day. But today is going to be a great day: I 

Primum non nocere, butter, and honey

Primum non nocere, butter, and honey

Today when we came out of Costco where we were shopping for groceries, some said something that caused two of my daughters to almost simultaneously break out into a song from “Anne of Green Gables: the Musical.” I loved hearing them sing the upbeat song