Book Nook: My Story – Elizabeth Smart

Book Nook: My Story – Elizabeth Smart

When I think of Elizabeth Smart, I’m reminded of a very specific section of freeway close to my hometown in Oregon. I’m not sure if there was a billboard alerting drivers that she was missing, if that was where my mom told me that somebody had taken her, if that was where I found out she was found, or if – weirdly enough – it had no connection with Elizabeth Smart at all.

Regardless, it’s in my memory, and I’ll probably never know exactly why.

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Book Nook: Heaven is Here – Stephanie Nielson

Book Nook: Heaven is Here – Stephanie Nielson

Stephanie Neilson, and her husband Christian, spoke at BYU-Idaho back when I was a student. It was the only Thursday Forum that I remember attending, and I think I went because of a video I had seen about Stephanie a few years earlier.

After seeing the video and hearing them speak, I knew the gist of their story. In 2008, Stephanie and Christian were in a plane accident that resulted in 80% of Stephanie’s body (30% off Christian’s) being burned.

But, a few years later, I found this book at a thrift store, and I figured it might be worth adding to my library.

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Sunday Thoughts: You Are Not Your Mistakes

Sunday Thoughts: You Are Not Your Mistakes

A while ago, when I was teaching Sunday school, I mentioned that we all tend to have what I like to refer to as “pet topics”. The things we choose to think about when we don’t really have to think about anything.

Like when we’re called on to give a comment on something in church, and we think, “Well I don’t know much about that, but I have quite a lot to say on this other topic ‘cause I think about it all the time.”

For me that topic is encompassed in forgiveness, repentance, and the Atonement. All of those thoughts meshed into one.

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