Twitter Notes from the Oregon City Stake Conference…President Morby said I could!

1780792_10202795744202040_1017836587_nMany of you already know I enjoy tweeting General Conference. It keeps me focused and allows me to share notes that are being taken, in real time, from all over the world. It also creates a digital, web record that is being indexed by all the major search engines. This means that when someone searches anything about the Church or its doctrine my tweets have as much a chance to be in the search results as someone’s who is antagonistic towards the Church.
Fact is, my tweets and posts alone won’t do much at all. However, the combined updates, posts, tweets, pins of all of us makes a difference in what is returned on everyday searches. It really comes down to this; we have to tell our story or someone else, who hates us, will.
With that in mind, I loved the messages delivered by the missionaries and mission president in the Oregon City Stake (my stake) Conference this past weekend. In effect, President Morby asked us to get on-line, get a Facebook page, a blog, a twitter account and start telling our story. I loved it because I was, well, already tweeting stake conference. Any guilt that I may have felt for taking notes via twitter was washed away and I become a tweeting maniac. Read more of this post

The Miracle of the Shampoo

The Oregon City Stake just celebrated its 40th anniversary. One thing you need to know about the Oregon City Stake is that we don’t do things small. So as the 40th year of the Stake existence approached, a go-getter sister (aren’t they all) was called and a committee formed. The result was a wonderfully delightful evening of reminiscing and reacquainting. It reminded me of what I’m sure the Sons of Mosiah felt when they were reunited after years of being a part in the service of God. Read more of this post

Another reason to love sports – March Madness and Murray State

Last fall I wrote a post highlighting some of the reasons I really like team sports. This morning I was watching the mega coverage of the NCAA’s March Madness. It truly is the best sports time of the year. In their coverage CBS (along with TNT, TBS & TruTV) focused in on the Murray State Racers. Read more of this post

Bold, unwavering faith in the Resurrection is Key

Sign on the door of the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem

I have been impressed lately with the importance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I don’t know that anyone can overstate the impact and significance – both globally and individually – of the literal resurrection of the Lord. In this secular day when “science” is king and the only way to know anything is through the scientific method, belief in the actual resurrection of Jesus is key and needs to be boldly articulated more often. Read more of this post

Revelation, councils, unanimity and marriage

In Doctrine and Covenants, Oliver Cowdery is taught a lesson about how revelation works.

“Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me. But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind;” (D&C 9:7-8)

To receive God’s help, His guidance, we must pray, we must ask. But as Oliver discovered, this is generally not enough. Sure there are exceptions when we can just ask and get an answer with no effort of our own (this is Grace) but the rule is that we must also do our part. Read more of this post

What is really right about sports

Molalla Indians

Like many of you, I love sports. There are a million reasons why we love to play or love to watch our favorite teams. When this love collides with the love we have for our children and family, it creates intense – often crazy – emotions.

Much has been written about the over-the-top parents and coaches who simply take it too far. Additionally, it seems we’ve been bombarded with news of scandal after scandal in college sports and there is never a shortage of negative stories coming from the pro ranks. There is plenty wrong with sports these days.

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Would it kill You to bless me a little bit!?!

Life is hard. It is an eternal truth and we ALL can relate, can empathize.  We should never, ever think that someone has it easy, without problems, because no one really does. Everyone is here to gain experience and learn.  That means we will all face adversity, struggles, heart-aches etc.  We know that, we intellectually get it. But don’t you have those days when you look up to heaven, with fists clinched and yell something to the effect of, “WHAT THE HECK!” We have those Teyve-like conversations with God and wonder, like Joseph, “O God, where art thou? And where is the pavilion that covereth thy hiding place?” (D&C 121:1) Read more of this post

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