August 16, 2022
LILY Letter 71: A Mighty Change of Heart

Perhaps the most central message of the Book of Mormon is the mighty change of heart we can experience through the power of Jesus Christ's atonement. This "mighty change" is accomplished through the power of Holy Ghost, which brings about faith and even a change in our desires: "And they all cried with one voice, […]

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March 15, 2022
LILY Letter 49: Lucky in Love

With the luck of the Irish on your side during St. Patrick's Day, you may find yourself lucky in love too. We did! On March 17th of 2016, Cathy posted an image of herself in several Facebook singles groups in a shirt which read: "Looking for my Lucky Charm." She remembers thinking, "this is silly […]

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March 1, 2022
PUBLIC VS. PRIVATE TRIALS

Over the weekend, Jeff and I had the opportunity to attend a portion of the "BYU Life After Divorce Conference" (which we were invited to observe as potential presenters for next year). The ending keynote was given by Brad Wilcox, who talked about public versus private trials (among other things). He reminded us that Jesus […]

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November 16, 2021
LILY Letter 32: Personal Restoration

In October 2021 General Conference, Elder Uchtdorf said: "We need an ongoing, daily infusion of heavenly light. We need 'times of refreshing.' Times of personal restoration." Speaking of the restoration of the gospel, President Nelson said in that same Conference, "Restoration is a process, not an event[.]" Mid-singles who have experienced painful losses often feel […]

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October 25, 2021
DOES DIVORCE REMOVE YOU FROM THE STRAIT AND NARROW PATH?

In Lehi's dream we are taught of a "strait and narrow path" representing the way to salvation. (1 Nephi 8:20.) I always assumed that "strait" meant direct--like a straight line. This weekend I learned something new. At the adult session of our stake conference this weekend, our stake president, Brian Tate, spoke about the biblical […]

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October 19, 2021
LILY Letter 28: The Power of Words

"Always remember that you and your dating partners have infinite potential, and God cares deeply about their hearts¬†and souls--hearts you have the power to break or help heal. Make the intentional choice to be a wise friend and a healer. There are very few problems to which love is not the solution" (Jeff Teichert, Intentional […]

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September 22, 2021
REFLECTIONS ON FALL

It's almost autumn, and the world is changing. The kids have gone back to school. Summer vacations and adventures are over. The air is starting to cool. Halloween and Thanksgiving are around the corner. This used to be my favorite time of year. These days, I really prefer Summer and the adventures it permits. But […]

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August 23, 2021
THE LORD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS

This is a picture of me with Attorney General Sean Reyes at the AG's Summer Family Picnic earlier this month. 23 years ago, I left a job in another state where my friend Adam was one of my co-workers. I felt the job was a bad fit for me, and a lot of the time […]

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