I love Easter because of my Savior.

This week is Easter week, starting last Sunday with Palm Sunday, and ending this Sunday with the risen Jesus Christ. I love the Easter season, and I am so grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ. He suffered for me, He died for me, and He lives for me, and He did all that for you too! I am so grateful for His love, and how He exemplified our Heavenly Father’s love for us as well. Today I thought I would share 2 things with you, first a few videos to hopefully get you in the spirit of Easter, and then a couple of fun, easy pieces of art that I made for Seminary but really thought they turned out nice, and they were so easy!

But first, the videos. These are from my Church’s website. There are a ton more here, but I will link my favorites ones and then if you wish you can explore further on the site.

This is one of my favorites called Because of Him

This one they produced last year, and I love the story it tells in just a couple of minutes – The Good News

I love this one, He is here for everyone – Hallelujah – An Easter Message

And one more – Because of Him: An Easter Message of Hope

There are so many more videos, and if you want some directly from the scriptures, go to the Bible videos, New Testament and there are a number of ones about the Easter message and season. Easter is about Jesus Christ, and I am so grateful to have this week to really focus and remember Him.

Now, the artwork. The taller one with the hands I used some of my favorite scriptures from the New Testament, most of them comfort and understanding from the Savior. The second one is names of Jesus to remind me of who He really is. It’s super easy to make, all you need is a line drawing of Jesus, coloring pages work well, and a few colored pens or markers, or you could do it all in black too. I hope this Easter, and the message of the risen Lord Jesus Christ can bring comfort and peace to your life as it has to mine.


This was an exciting week. We had the best Thanksgiving ever! Our oldest daughter, who has been serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the last 18 months has completed her mission and returned home. We are so proud of her and the many lives she was able to touch while she was serving. She had mixed feelings about coming home, and when she was officially released from her mission it was a bit sad even though she was excited to see her family and to sleep in!

The mission that our youth serve now is similar to what it’s always been, in that the goal is to bring people closer to the Savior, whether they join our Church or not. But how they go about doing that has dramatically changed. With the increased technology available and ever since Covid, they have been using a lot more online resources to reach out and connect with people. Our daughter had the opportunity to help with the Social Media portion of her mission quite a bit and learned how to create online content that would publish peace and help them connect with those who were interested in hearing more about Jesus Christ. She left the mission with a unique to our times set of skills that she can now take into her life going forward to help her in future schooling and business interests.

Another big change that has come about more recently is how much communication missionaries are able to have with their family and close friends. Obviously as times have changed, we went from almost nothing except an occasional correspondence to more regular letters to emails and now messaging apps. Missionaries used to be able to call home only 2 days a year, Christmas and Mother’s Day. Now they can video chat with their families once a week. This extra ability to call has given missionaries another layer of support to bolster them through struggles as well as keep families involved in missionary work in their own areas because of how they see their kids/siblings changing for the better because of missionary work.

Our daughter has grown so much through her mission, both her commitment to our Savior Jesus Christ, as well as her confidence as a person, and her ability to handle situations as they arise and come out on the other side a better person. She had so many wonderful experiences, but the mission isn’t all peachy. She had a number of scary situations along the way, but always, with the Spirit, was able to navigate and stay safe. She came home with a lot of great habits like studying her scriptures daily, praying, time management, being efficient and effective in what she does, focusing on what is important, and loving the people she has opportunity to come in contact with. Most importantly, she came home with a peace that I hope she can hold on to for the rest of her life. Her mission blessed her and our family in more ways than we may even be aware of at this time, and I’m so grateful for her willingness to serve the Lord and the people of Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Yesterday and today my Church had its semi-annual General Conference. This is a worldwide broadcast where we hear from our prophet and apostles as well as our other general authorities. I have talked about this in a couple of past posts, so today instead of explaining about it, I will share a short quote from each one of the talks. This weekend is one that we in our house look forward to for weeks, not just because of the food and snacks, but because of the messages of hope and inspiration we receive as well as the wonderful spirit it fills our home with. I am grateful for prophets in our day to guide and direct us in these changing times. I hope you are able to find something inspirational in these short messages as well.

The last two aren’t necessarily the most important, there was just 35 instead of 36. I am so grateful for the words of these men and women, called of God to testify of Him. I am grateful now to have the opportunity to study these words for the next 6 months, until the next General Conference. I will link to Conference talks when they are up and available, usually by Wednesday.


I love studying the scriptures, and this year in my Church we are studying the Old Testament. I love the Old Testament, and that it points me to my Savior Jesus Christ. I also love seeing how the Lord works in the lives of individuals as well as seeing his hand in all people’s lives. Today as I studied, I was thinking about restoration, so I thought I would share my thoughts on how that applies to my Church.

First, it is important to understand how much our Heavenly Father loves each one of us individually, and all of us as His children. As I have talked about before, He is interested in each one of us, and is a part of the details of our lives if we allow Him to be so. We were sent here to learn and to grow, to become like Him, and to return to Him. We have the opportunity here to either accept His invitation to return through obedience or reject that invitation through disobedience. He sent our Savior Jesus Christ to Atone for our sins so that we could come and learn. Learning often happens as we make mistakes and try to correct those mistakes. Because of the Savior we can correct mistakes, we can repent, and we can become clean once again.

We are all part of a family here on earth, but more importantly, we are all part of God’s family in the eternities. We are literal children of our Heavenly Father. We are blessed to be a part of families here on earth because the home is the best place to learn, to make mistakes, and to learn how to do better. Loving parents lead and guide us as we grow, helping us become better all along the way. No home is perfect, but as we strive to teach and raise our kids well, we can be guided and helped on our journey and theirs.

Because our Heavenly Father loves us, He gave us prophets. We see this from the beginning of time, Adam being the first prophet. Other great prophets of the Old Testament are Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Samuel, Elijah and many more. Many of these prophets were prophets of dispensations because they were called because of apostasy among the people. As the people rejected the Lord through choices to follow other gods, they lost their connection with Him. They distanced themselves from the Lord. But as they became humble, or were humbled, the Lord again called prophets to teach and restore the gospel. These prophets were called of God in various ways. Moses’ call came when he saw a burning bush and turned aside to see why it wasn’t consumed. Samuel was called multiple times as he slept. Jesus Christ came in the meridian of time to again restore His gospel on the earth, but also to perform the Atonement so that every living creature could repent if they desired and would then have the opportunity to return to our Heavenly Father. After Jesus was crucified and resurrected, He gave authority once again to men on earth through His apostles. But just as with other dispensations the people again started choosing to turn away from the Lord. The apostles were killed, and the word of God and His doctrine were corrupted. Unauthorized changes were made to the scriptures, whether intentional or through mistranslations and priesthood authority was lost because of apostasy and distortions of gospel truths. Because of apostasy, many different churches were formed. After centuries of spiritual darkness, many people started to recognize that there were many doctrines and ordinances missing from the various Churches and they attempted to reform those teachings and practices, attempting to get back to the pure doctrine and truth. However, because so much had been lost, and there was no longer priesthood authority on the earth, just as in all other dispensations of apostasy, a restoration had to be made through a new prophet being called directly from God, just as Abraham, Moses, Elijah, and all the other prophets of the various dispensations had been called by God.

This happened in the Spring of 1820 as a young boy, Joseph Smith, only 14 years old at the time, sought to know which church was the correct church. He had studied the Bible, attended the various different religious sects as often as he could. He was seeking, as were many others, to know where to find the Lord’s complete truth. The Bible teaches that there is one Lord and one faith (Ephesians 4:5), so why so many different sects that contradicted each other. Not knowing how to settle on any particular sect without some guidance, he determined to ask the giver of truth, God. He went to a nearby grove of trees and determined to pray. As he records – “I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. … When the light rested upon me, I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other – This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith, a new dispensation of the gospel had begun, not just any, but the last dispensation before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. In the Bible this dispensation is referred to as the dispensation of the fulness of times. Since Joseph Smith, there has been a succession of prophets called of God to direct His work on the earth, today the prophet is Russell M. Nelson

Through the prophet Joseph Smith, as well as through subsequent prophets, the Lord’s Church, in its purity, is once again being restored upon the earth. I am grateful for the testimony I have gained, not only of the prophets in times of old, but my testimony that Joseph Smith was called of God, that he restored God’s Church once again upon the earth, and that Russell M. Nelson is God’s prophet today. I am grateful to know that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, that He speaks to His children in all dispensations that people are obedient, and that He will always help and direct our lives as long as we strive to follow Him. I love my Heavenly Father, I love my Savior Jesus Christ, and I love our current prophet Pres. Russell M. Nelson.


Today is Mother’s Day, so to start off, I want to wish you all a happy Mother’s Day! It’s a wonderful day to celebrate those Mom’s that have had an impact on our lives, whether they be family or those who have impacted our lives positively anywhere along the road. Thank you for shaping each of us in a positive way.

Today at Church I heard a story from John in the New Testament that I had never heard related this way, and it made me think, made me see things differently, and I am grateful for the added perspective to this story and to my life. So I would like to relate the story and what I learned. This story comes from John chapter 8, in which a woman was taken in adultery and was brought before the Savior by the Pharisees to see what He would do about it. This woman was at a very low point in her life. She, in fact, had reached what we would call “rock bottom.” She was caught in a sin, she was brought publicly through the streets, she was probably humiliated because of what she had done as well as the judgements cast by everyone who saw her and those who knew her story. To make matters worse, because of the law, she could possibly be sentenced to death by stoning. She was brought before Jesus, whom she may or may not have known of, to have her fate determined. What was His response?

“He who is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:7)

What happened? The crowd dispersed. Yet one remained. The only one without sin never left her side. Jesus stayed when everyone left. He didn’t stay to condemn her, He didn’t stay to humiliate her, He didn’t stay to accuse her. He stayed because He loved her and because she needed Him. And when they were all gone, what did He do? No condemnation, no ridicule, no humiliation. Love is what He extended, forgiveness was what He gave. But He never left her, just like He will never leave us, especially in our time of need, especially when we feel like we are not worth saving, when we are not worth anything. We matter to the most important people in the whole grand scheme of thing, and He, our Savior, and our Heavenly Father will never leave us, they love us so very much!

As I was pondering on this story it reminded me of a story I heard in one of my Church’s General Conference addresses. I think it applies here as well. I will relate the story here, and you can read the whole talk here, it is called “Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet by Jeffrey R. Holland.

“Without safety ropes, harnesses, or climbing gear of any kind, two brothers – Jimmy, age 14, and John, age 19 (though those aren’t their real names) – attempted to scale a sheer canyon wall in Snow Canyon State Park in my native Southern Utah. Near the top of their laborious climb, they discovered that a protruding ledge denied them their final few feet of ascent. They could not get over it, but neither could they now retreat from it. They were stranded. After careful maneuvering, John found enough footing to boost his younger brother to safety on top of the ledge. But there was no way to lift himself. The more he strained to find finger or foot leverage, the more his muscles began to cramp. Panic started to sweep over him, and he began to fear for his life.

“Unable to hold on much longer, John decided his only option was to try to jump vertically in an effort to grab the top of the overhanging ledge. If successful, he might, by his considerable arm strength, pull himself to safety.

“In his own words, he said:

“Prior to my jump I told Jimmy to go search for a tree branch strong enough to extend down to me, although I knew there was nothing of the kind on this rocky summit. It was only a desperate ruse. If my jump failed, the least I could do was make certain my little brother did not see me falling to my death.

“Giving him enough time to be out of sight, I said my last prayer – that I wanted my family to know I loved them and that Jimmy could make it home safely on his own – then I leapt. There was enough adrenaline in my spring that the jump extended my arms above the ledge almost to my elbows. But as I slapped my hands down on the surface, I felt nothing but loose sand on flat stone. I can still remember the gritty sensation of hanging there with nothing to hold on to – no lip, no ridge, nothing to grab or grasp. I felt my fingers begin to recede slowly over the sandy surface. I knew my life was over.

“But then suddenly, like a lightning strike in a summer storm, two hands shot out from somewhere above the edge of the cliff, grabbing my wrists with a strength and determination that belied their size. My faithful little brother had not gone looking for any fictitious tree branch. Guessing exactly what I was planning to do, he had never moved an inch. He had simply waited – silently, almost breathlessly – knowing full well I would be foolish enough to try to make that jump. When I did, he grabbed me, held me, and refused to let me fall. Those strong brotherly arms saved my life that day as I dangled helplessly above what would surely have been certain death.””

Elder Holland goes on to say, “we should always remember … brotherly hands and determined arms that reached into the abyss of death to save us from our fallings and our failings, from our sorrows and our sins. Against the background of this story reported by John and Jimmy’s family, I express my gratitude for the Atonement and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and acknowledge events in the divine plan of God that led up to and give meaning to ‘the love Jesus offers [us]'”

I have never reached the rock bottom, life or death situations like these stories relate, but I have had times of darkness, times of trial, times when I couldn’t figure out how to move forward. And what has cut through that darkness? My Heavenly Father through my Savior. No matter the trial, no matter how seemingly unimportant the question to my God, who knows all and sees all. I have never been condemned by Him, never ridiculed or made to feel worthless. I have received love, a never-ending stream of love, caring, comfort, kindness, compassion. I have received correction, I am not perfect. But not correction from an all powerful, unfeeling being. From a Father who loves His daughter, through His Son who loves me so much that He was willing to feel what I feel, to hurt what I hurt, to sorrow like I sorrow, so that He could comfort like I need it, heal what’s been broken, and light my way when I don’t know how to move forward. He never leaves me, especially in my times of greatest struggles. I know He never will.

The best part about my Savior Jesus Christ, is that He is your Savior too. He did all this for you too. He never leaves your side, He guides and directs, comforts and cares for not just me, but everyone. And He is never unavailable, He speaks each of our languages perfectly, and no matter how far away from Him we feel, we only have to turn around, because He is right there, always. If you don’t know Him, you should get to know Him, and if you do know Him, get to know Him better, because He wants to know you too.