A Guide to Doing Hard Things in the Land of Not Yet

One of my posts from last week was actually part of a draft for a talk I gave in church today. The topic was "We can do hard things!" Here are my more complete thoughts on that and on how Christ is essential to our ability to overcome.  Today I want to talk about the Land …

Introducing Book of Mormon Book Club

You may have noticed a new tab on The Art of Striving called "Book of Mormon Book Club," and I wanted to introduce you to this exiting new project. Lately I've been really inspired by Thomas S. Monson's encouragement to read the Book of Mormon. In a talk called "The Power of the Book of …

Brown sugar alchemy

On Wednesday I found two 3 x 5 card boxes of my grandma's recipes hiding behind a jumble of recipe books. My Aunt Janice was the recipe keeper before I borrowed them about 10 years ago; I have had them ever since. These are the tasty relics of an earlier era: gum drop cookies. Turtles. Cranberry pudding with …

A Girl in the War

This was a big week. I had some realizations that have helped my life continue to click into perspective a little more. This was also a big week on the world stage. Another attack happened in Manchester, UK, and this time the target was girls and girlhood and mothers and motherhood. This week had me …

Hello again, and some good (I hope!) reads

Is it really almost July? Where is this year going? I haven't written here for a while because I was soaking up California rays (which involved getting on a plane for the first time in two years--hurrah and triumph!) and then getting back in the swing of things. However, I've written a couple of articles for other sites …