Monthly Archives: April 2010

Missing Shawna


On April 29th, 2005 – five years ago today – the South Salt Lake Police Department called to inform our family that my sister Shawna’s body had been found in a hotel room – due to an intentional drug overdose.  As a family, we sobbed and screamed and searched for solace amidst the heartbreaking shock of her suicide.  She was 34 years old…a musically-gifted mother of 5 children, and the wife of a devoted spouse.  Just prior to taking her life, my sister left a voicemail message on her therapist’s cell phone.  She said, in part,

“…My children are the reason I was born, but it’s time that they have some semblance of normalcy. 

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Godly Confidence


My friend Sarah Hinze sent me this excerpt from M. Catherine Thomas’ essay “Redefining Our Self” and it is soooo up my alley, in terms of what I promote and teach about GODLY CONFIDENCE that I just had to share.  Love M. Catherine Thomas, she’s become one of my new favorite authors.

She writes,

“Sooner or later we realize that the time has come to find greater spiritual power, to own our divinity, and to live with greater confidence — with boldness. By “bold” I don’t mean arrogant or overbearing (see Alma 38:12), but rather, the ability to take risks, be confident, and courageous.

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The word Station comes from the Latin word that means “to stand.”  Therefore, my basic, overall meaning of Sacred Stations is to stand in holy places.


Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? (Psalms 24: 3)

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand)…  (Matthew 24: 15)

How do you stand in holy places…and BE NOT MOVED when your environment is anything BUT Sacred?

A holy place is not always a location. 

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The Bottom Line

being of light

I just listened to a woman who’d had a near-death experience share the main thing it taught her:

“We are here to hold the light of God in our being.  That’s all…just hold it.  We don’t have to do anything.  Just hold it.  And as we hold it, other people around us find it and feel it.  We’re here to bring heaven to earth.”

I really love that.  I’ve heard variations on this same theme in a number of near-death studies and experiences.

I would add that we DO have to “do” things.  We’re here to love and nurture and lead and heal. 

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Jesus Knew What it Meant to be Depressed

Today is Easter.  All week I’ve been reflecting on something I’d seen in a different light during last Sunday’s lesson.  I teach the 9 and 10 year-olds…I swear they feed me more than I could ever attempt to feed them.

Anyway, the topic was on Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection.  Much of what we explored as a class was found in Matthew 26.  We talked about how the Savior’s sacrifice in the Garden of Gethsemene wasn’t just about atoning for the “bad” or sinful things we end up doing here on Earth, but about our sadness, our disappointments, and the things that make our hearts feel heavy.

How He didn’t just take on our sins,

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