Lessons From the Pool: The Refiner’s Fire

Lessons From the Pool: The Refiner’s Fire

By Whitney Can I tell you something you might think is strange? When I was on the swim team in high school I always loved it when my coach yelled out her critiques of me during practice. I know that sounds weird, but her critique, her attention, made me feel important. I already knew I was't a perfect swimmer and when she yelled at me I felt like she cared about me; that she was watching me and that she knew I could improve. After every race I  talked to her about my performance. I…Read more …
Just a Little

Just a Little

By Whitney/ Photo Credit: wallgraffitivinyl It's the beginning of a new year. A time to reevaluate and make new goals. I've been thinking about this a lot this past year, and today I was reminded of something the late prophet LDS prophet Gordon B. Hinckley urged us all to do: "Try a little harder to be a little better." This is my goal for the year: Try a little harder to be a little better. This can be applied to many different parts of our lives. Whether it's trying to be better at scripture study,…Read more …
How Firm is Your Foundation?

How Firm is Your Foundation?

By Whitney Do you remember the story about the wise man and the foolish man? The wise man built his house upon a rock and the foolish man built his upon the sand. And when the rain came the wise man's stood still, and the foolish man's was washed away.  The lesson from the story is that it is important to have a strong foundation. We can apply this to our lives in many ways. Usually we cannot see the foundation of a house. It is typically hidden under the ground. A small…Read more …
Can You Be Too Kind?

Can You Be Too Kind?

By Whitney Have you ever thought about how you want to be remembered? What if today was your last day on earth? How would people remember you? What would people say about you when you are gone? I want people to remember me as someone who was kind. [Tweet "I want people to remember me as someone who was kind."] Joseph B. Wirthlin said, “Kindness is the essence of greatness.” Have you noticed how far a kind act goes? Or how much a simple compliment brightens your day? It isn’t hard to be…Read more …
The Only Language You Need to Speak

The Only Language You Need to Speak

By Whitney I had the opportunity to spend 2 1/2 weeks in the Dominican Republic last month. It was amazing. I fell in love with the people there. The people there were so kind, loving and humble. Even though we spoke different languages, the Spirit was the same. We didn't let language ever become a big barrier for us. We talked, laughed and became great friends. When I got home I was thinking about this and came across a talk from President Uchtdorf: He said, “Have you ever wondered what language we all spoke…Read more …
It Was Mom

It Was Mom

By Whitney Take a moment and think back… Who tucked you in at night and tickled your back? Who took care of you when you were sick? Who held your hand so you didn't get lost? Who stayed up late to help you finish a science project? Who brought the homework assignment you forgot on the counter to school? Who taught you to pray? It was Mom. Throughout the scriptures we see the influence and effect of righteous mothers. From the beginning there was Eve—“the mother of all living” (Moses 4:26). There was…Read more …
That They Might Have Joy

That They Might Have Joy

By Whitney One of my favorite scriptures says, “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.” 2 Nephi 2:25. Our purpose on Earth is to be happy and have joy.  Jesus Christ and His Gospel is the source of that everlasting joy. I had the opportunity to attend the Saturday Afternoon session of LDS General Conference. During that session everyone (over 20,000 people!) stood and sang We Thank Thee Oh God for a Prophet.   I couldn't help but get emotional while standing in the Conference Center singing…Read more …
#BecauseHeLives: You Will Always Have a Friend

#BecauseHeLives: You Will Always Have a Friend

Have you ever felt alone? Like nobody knows how you feel? Has there ever been a time when you just needed a friend? Have you ever needed someone to talk to? Because Christ lives you will always have a friend. You will always have someone who knows how you feel and what you are going through. He is waiting for you to invite Him into your life. [Tweet "Because Christ lives you will always have a friend."] There are many times throughout the scripture where He refers to us as His friends. One…Read more …
What is the Armor of God?

What is the Armor of God?

Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. -Ephesians 6 by Whitney In life we need protection. Life is a battle everyday. Our battles may not be the same as ancient ones, but the are just as bad. The Apostle Paul said, "We wrestle not against flesh and blood,but against... spiritual wickedness." In this battle we are in, we need to decide now whose side we are on. Richard G. Scott said, "Stay on the Lord's side and you will win…Read more …
Embark in the Service of God

Embark in the Service of God

by Whitney In our Church every year there is a scripture that acts as the theme for the year. The theme this year is Doctrine and Covenants 4:2. This is one of my favorite sections in the scriptures. Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day. —Doctrine and Covenants 4:2  [Tweet "Serve Him with all your heart, might, mind, and strength, that ye may stand blameless before…Read more …