Wednesday, January 28, 2015

5 ways to make your spiritual resolutions stick this year

New Years is an exciting opportunity to start fresh and set goals for yourself… but the reality is that old habits die hard.

We are almost done with the first month of 2015 and a lot of us--me included--have started to slide back into our regular hustle and bustle.



Monday, January 19, 2015

5 Principles That Will Help Your Children Love Family History



Malachi’s prophecy that the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers is being fulfilled today (Malachi 4:6). The Spirit of Elijah  a manifestation of the Holy Ghost bearing witness of the divine nature of the family – can be found throughout the world, regardless of religious affiliation. [1] In a recent post, I talked about the positive psychological benefits of children who have a knowledge of their family history. Today, I focus on five principles that will help foster the Spirit of Elijah in your home and family. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Five Things That Helped Me Overcome the Death of a Loved One


This past weekend marked five years since my father passed away. Although we knew it was coming and we had been preparing for it for days, weeks, months, even years, the heartbreak was and still is there.

In preparing to write this post, I reflected on the week of my father's passing and things I have done since to keep moving forward and remember him. I came up with five things that helped me, and may help others, overcome the death of a loved one.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

7 Financial Mistakes Every Latter-day Saint Family Should Avoid



Since the earliest days in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, personal and family finances have been topics the Lord and His prophets have frequently addressed. Who can forget the Lord’s terse counsel to Martin Harris, an early Church member who generously mortgaged his farm in order to finance the initial printing of the Book of Mormon: “Pay the debt thou has contracted with the printer. Release thyself from bondage” (Doctrine & Covenants 19:35). Indeed, a substantial number of sections in the Doctrine & Covenants contain revelations from the Lord that relate principally or in part to financial matters. In these scriptures and in the nearly two centuries of teachings of modern prophets from the Prophet Joseph Smith to President Thomas S. Monson, we have been cautioned about the dangers of excessive debt and the blessings of living within our means.

Monday, December 29, 2014

6 Tips to Empower Your Children Against Pornography



It’s no secret that pornography has become a major issue in our society, especially among youth. According to one study, over 90 percent of boys and over 60 percent of girls are exposed to pornography before the age of 18.[i] Other studies have linked pornography to a number of detrimental effects on children’s social, emotional, and psychological development.[ii] With this in mind, it is perhaps more important now than ever before that parents consciously confront this pervasive problem. So where do we begin? Below are a few ideas from professional experts and leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (hereafter “the Church”):