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Love Songs — 2017

Marriage, Mormonism, Religion, Romance

Each year for our anniversary, I love selecting an “album” of songs that represent how I have grown and how Bryan and I have grown together. Each song’s lyrics express what’s in my heart and I hope it relays to my dear sweet husband, how much I care for you.

Ruby Heart

Ruby Heart

Oct 29th
This year’s album begins with one of my top 10 songs of all time: “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie. We both love these artists. They were brilliant and unique. The world is a duller place without Freddie and David. As brilliant as this song is, what is most beautiful is how it came about — it was written by just a few men and performed in one day. In just one day, a perfect song was created. Just like the day we met, a perfect partnership was created. We have had to work at our partnership, but it felt right on the first day — just like this song.

Oct 30th
The next song is one you introduced to me: “Fragilidad” (“Fragile”) by Sting. The song’s lyrics focus on how fragile someone who has been under pressure can be. We have been through many crucibles and have been fragile from time to time.

Oct 31st
Next is “Rise Up” by Andra Day performed by Esera Tuaolo, When I first heard this, it caught my attention because I desire to rise above where we are today and I know you do too. Together, we will rise to heights that are new.

Nov 1st
The next song is “In the Shape of a Heart” by Jackson Browne. He is a brilliant songwriter and taught many we respect about the art of songwriting. Thank you for buying me a real ruby early in our marriage. It reminds me that my “price” (value) is far above rubies (Proverbs 31:10).

Nov 2nd
This song is “This Never Happened Before” by Paul McCartney. It’s a love song in which the writer/singer is surprised by love. I have loved before, but I’ve never loved someone in the way that I love you. Our love is the way love should be. I understand that now. Thank you for being yourself and letting me love you. I am a better woman for it.

Nov 3rd
This is another song you introduced me to, Sting’s “Si Estamos Juntos” (“We’ll Be Together”). We will be together — today and, I hope, always.

Nov 4th
The last song is one a dear friend suggested, Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.” You are perfect for me. You are not a perfect man, but I see potential in you. I want to be with you eternally and I know you feel the same way. Thank you for 11 years of loving me. You are a gift from our Heavenly Father. I am grateful you actively work with me to have a celestial marriage in our terrestrial world. Thank you. Eternity might be long enough to love you … might be.

I love you.

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♫ My Favorite Hymn ♫

Mormonism

This is my favorite church hymn—always has been.

“I Believe in Christ”
Hymn #134

  1. I believe in Christ; he is my King!
    With all my heart to him I’ll sing;
    I’ll raise my voice in praise and joy,
    In grand amens my tongue employ.
    I believe in Christ; he is God’s Son.
    On earth to dwell his soul did come.
    He healed the sick; the dead he raised.
    Good works were his; his name be praised.
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The Lord Will Lead You to Heights That Are New

Talks and Lessons

Below is a talk I gave in Sacrament meeting the Sunday before Thanksgiving 2015.

I’d like to begin by reading a favorite hymn of mine, Hymn #127, “Does the Journey Seem Long?”.

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“Diligence”

Talks and Lessons

Following is a talk I gave in Sacrament meeting on Sunday, January 26, 2014.

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“Thrust in Thy Sickle with All Thy Soul”

Talks and Lessons

Often we view home teaching assignments as opportunities to serve those we are assigned to teach; however, there is so much more we can learn from this assignment.

Today, I’m going to share a few stories about 3 home teachers. In each story, I hope you see that home teaching is “a program that touches hearts, that changes lives, and that saves souls” (E.T. Benson, May 1987).

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“Fasting and Prayer”

Talks and Lessons

When the Savior was preparing to begin His earthly ministry, and He most urgently and earnestly needed His Father’s assistance and reassurance and strength to sustain him through what He knew lay ahead, what did He do? He fasted and prayed (Matthew 4:1–2; Mark 1:12–13; Luke 4:1–2).

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“Sacrifice Brings Forth the Blessings of Heaven”

Talks and Lessons

Meghal Vogel carrying another runnerLast summer, Meghan Vogel, a high school track runner, competed in her state’s 3,200-meter race. Meghan was in last place after running nearly two miles. In the last 20 meters of the race, Meghan had the opportunity to not place last when the runner ahead of her collapsed on the track. Rather than pass her fallen opponent, Meghan stopped, placed her arm around her and carried her to the finish line.

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Godly suffering

Mormonism

A friend of mine posted this photo on Facebook suggesting that a Christian who belongs to a religion that has a building as ornate as this cannot consider him/herself a good Christian given all the suffering that occurs in the world.

Let me tell you about this building: the Salt Lake Temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (AKA, the Mormons).

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To where does a mother turn?

Family, Marriage, Mormonism, Talks and Lessons

This year, I spoke in church on Mother’s Day. As one would expect, I focused on the sacred calling that motherhood is; however, since I’m not a mother, I looked at this topic from the perspective of a mother who has experienced much in her life — my mother.

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The interview that really matters

Mormonism

One day as I was spending way too much time surfing Facebook, I stumbled into a friend’s page of favorite quotes. Some were pithy while others profound, but there was one that offered me the best advice for an interview I know I will have one day that I need to begin preparing for now.

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