“Cry nothing but repentance.” I’ve been thinking lately how all the advice I can give others is in some ways flawed: I don’t follow it myself all the time. I think that is why talking about repentance is so important. I am not perfect, and I do strive to live a righteous life. But I occasionally lose my patience with my children. I judge people too harshly. I complain about good things. I’m too casual in my worship.  I am very far from being a perfect person, and sometimes when I think I’m doing pretty good, the Lord opens my eyes and I see I have much room to improve.
Repentance is a powerful principle. I think we all make mistakes that we want to change. And repentance gives us the way to change them. Through our own efforts to improve ourselves, and relying on God and the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can change. We can be forgiven of our sins, and become more than we can by our own efforts. It is the most joyful news in the world!
I firmly believe that our world is not full of evil people fighting against good people. It’s full of people desiring to be good, but often not knowing the correct path to change. Our world is filled with good things. We have so much potential for good, and I don’t think we are living up to that potential at all. If evil fills the world, it isn’t as blatant as we often think. Often I find it in my own heart, in my own misperceptions, and little sins that I try to get away with.
But God is a merciful God. And He blesses me with good in my life as I try my best. He provided a way for good to overcome evil, and I’m grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ that teaches me that way.
It’s conference! I’m very excited this year, and I have a goal to sit and listen more…six hours is a very long time to just sit and listen without falling asleep, but I know I won’t regret it if I do. 

Still Small Voice

Listen to the still small voice,

Listen, Listen

When you have to make a choice,

He will guide you, Always.

My niece sang that song as I drove her home from a trip to the zoo. Even he two-year-old sister knew it! I’d forgotten the song existed. Not only did she sing the song, but gave a little lesson to go along with it:

“The still small voice is the Holy Ghost. And when you are playing with your sister or your mom and don’t know what to do, the Holy Ghost will tell you what to do.”

It stuck with me. I decided to use the song for Primary singing time. We sang the song while playing a variation of hot and cold, where you sing louder when you get closer to an object.

I taught how the Holy Ghost is a lot like that. When you are close to what you should be doing, it’s loud and easy to hear. But when you are far away from what you should be doing it’s quite.

Fast forward to today. I was having a blah day. Then I realized I was delaying something that the spirit was directing me to do. I thought back to my lesson I taught on Sunday, and decided I was feeling so bad because I was far away from the Spirit. So I did what I was delaying and felt much better.

Children really can teach us. I tend to be an intellectual person, and I don’t always get how we can learn from children. Sometimes it’s better to keep things simple and children are awesome to help lead us that way.




At church, as I sang the words, “No waters can swallow the ship where lies the master of ocean and earth and skies,” the story took a very personal meaning. I have felt at times as if I am going through a storm, and God is sleeping and His miracles aren’t there. But just as I think, “Master, cares though not that I perish?”, He is there to calm even the worst storms. In the scriptures it says, “Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.” If He is in my heart, no waters or storms or anything can swallow me up.


Faith is belief without tangible proof. My faith is not infallible. Many times it is tried. But in the end, I choose what I believe, I choose my faith.

Life is better with God. I choose God and Christ. Even when they seem far away, or questions arise. Life is still better with God. I want to believe in Him, so I do.

Faith does not have to be complicated. It is simple.

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Trying too Hard

I was in a Sunday school class today, and the teacher mentioned how inadequate she felt, that there was so much to do. I see that a lot in the church, and even see people leave because they feel so discouraged because they aren’t living up to the ideal. I’ve felt it myself many times.
Lately, I’ve realized that it is missing the target. Our church is centered on Jesus Christ. He did not come for the perfect people, but the sinners. He comes because I make mistakes, and I want to change. He can forgive and give me hope, even as I struggle with my weakness.
I’ve been changing my attitude. So instead of trying my hardest to do everything I’m supposed to, I try to live with God. I pray, read my scriptures, obey his commandments. And if I don’t seem to quite be good enough, or I still struggle with a certain weakness, I don’t worry or feel discouraged. I give it to God.
Ultimately I cannot earn my salvation. Christ earns it for me, and I simply believe him and live with Him. It’s not that hard. I’ve stopped looking at everything I’m not doing, the ideals I’m not living up to, and just focus on loving God and trying my best.