February 22, 2024
LILY Letter 150: Growth in Hardship and Success

In this week's video, we discuss why God allows us to suffer pain. It's a natural human tendency when we are in a lot of pain to wonder why God would allow it if He loves us and wants us to have joy. In our faith, we are taught the plan of happiness - that […]

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October 5, 2023
LILY Letter 130: Reflections on Fall & Singles in the Church

As we officially move into autumn, 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. Autumn is a time of reflection. We think of the past with a certain amount of nostalgia. When Jeff […]

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April 19, 2022
LILY Letter 54: Is Divorce Part of Your Path?

In our religion, we value marriage highly—more than anything except the atonement of Jesus Christ. We believe marriage is central to God’s plan of happiness. Accordingly, when a marriage fails, we often think we have failed at life. If we are divorced, we may think something has gone horribly wrong, that God’s plan for us […]

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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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January 3, 2022
LILY Letter 91: Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2023! What are your plans? People often create New Year's resolutions this time of year, perhaps adopting a word to guide them in the coming year and striving to turn over a new leaf in some area of their life. It tends to be a fresh start, full of endless possibilities and desired […]

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December 23, 2021
AN UNUSUAL ANNIVERSARY

December 23, 2016, five years ago today, was one of those days when I said, like so many of you, "I hate dating!" It was the day Cathy broke up with me. I could tell it was coming for about a month. It had become increasingly obvious that her heart was not in our relationship […]

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December 2, 2021
FINANCIAL ISSUES AND SINGLE PARENTS

We all know single moms who have become displaced homemakers when a divorce occurred, and they were forced to enter the workforce for the first time in many years or perhaps the first time ever. Even if these women have college degrees, if they have gone a decade or two without putting anything new on […]

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November 30, 2021
LILY Letter 34: Relying on the Lord

The Lord’s Prayer, given in Jesus Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, offers strength and counsel to millions of people from all different walks of life. On “LILY Pod,” we dive deep into how this prayer can support a mid-single in their journey. “Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed by thy name. Thy Kingdom come, […]

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November 27, 2021
A HAPPY WEEKEND

This past weekend, we attended a wedding celebration for two members of this group, Sam and Kayleen Baguley Hallows. I was talking to Sam about how most of the greatest blessings in my life had come from tragedy. Getting divorced from my kid's mom was the hardest thing I'd ever done. But because of that, […]

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