Let’s Grow Our Mind

This year {2021} I will be sharing great articles that have lifted my heart, deepened my understanding, and brought light to my soul. I hope you will enjoy these articles too.

Embracing Uncertainty

This article was published in the Fall 2020 Impact Magazine put out by BYU College of Life Sciences.


A Latter-day Saint Theology of Suffering

This article is chapter 43 in the book At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women. It is well worth the read. This is a longer article, but it really gave my mind so much to consider about my own past suffering and how to think of my suffering in the future as that is a part of this earthly experience.


At the Pulpit Chapter 10, Let Us Cultivate Ourselves by Sister Eliza R. Snow

I feel a deep desire to know how things are possibly going to work out when life seems so crazy and I feel like there’s no way I can keep going. I want to know how it’s all going to end. I want to know 100% why I feel prompted to do something. But Eliza reminds us that this principle of waiting, trusting, and having Faith in God is critical to learn while we’re here. So I’m going to keep this quote close to my heart. I know it will bring me peace when I want to know why and how, when will a challenge will end, or when a prayer will be answered. Today there is a reason to hope.


My Great-Great-Grandmother, Emma Hale Smith by Gracia N. Jones

I have often felt as the author of this article, who is a great-great granddaughter of Emma Smith, when people have made harsh comments about Emma Smith. I am not related to Emma Smith that I know of-but somehow sharing her name has connected me to her in a way I just can’t explain. I have always had a great love for Emma- for what she endured because of her faith, and for what she endured as a wife and mother.If you want to learn more about Emma, I highly recommend reading this article by Gracia N. Jones in the August 1992 Ensign, entitled “My Great-Great Grandmother, Emma Hale Smith”.

I needed a lot of tissues at the end of this article. What a beautiful vision she experienced near the end of her mortal journey. You need to read the whole article! Here’s a quote that I love from this article. “As I reflect upon all I have learned from Emma’s life, I feel great reverence for the testimony she has borne of the divine authenticity of the Book of Mormon and for her precious vision of Joseph and her baby. Her legacy to us in her final witness is that she and all of us, through the ordinances restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith, have the opportunity to be with our families in eternity.”Because of the sacrifice of many people, we have the opportunity to be sealed as a family forever.


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