Career Day: Genealogist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Sherry, and I’m a professional genealogist. I grew up around Dallas, Texas, but I’ve lived in Utah pretty much exclusively since arriving at Brigham Young University in 2003. I received a Bachelor’s in Family History/Genealogy in 2007. I have a husband and […]

Torn: Managing Expectations and Goals

Image credit: Christi by Bryn Watkins So, I’m torn. Just last week I was in Sacrament Meeting listening to the speaker laud an eleven-year-old girl who had outlined her life, in its entirety, all the way down to spoiling the grandkids with warm chocolate-chip cookies every chilly Sunday night. Everything in between matched up as […]

Out of the House and Back to School: Tips on Finishing (or Furthering) Your Education, Part 2

Image credit: Avolore by Holly Part I covered some of the basic questions about returning to school. Now it’s time to figure out some of the toughest questions including, how on earth will you pay for this education and what are the logistics of becoming a student again? How will you pay for it all? A […]

Out of the House and Back to School: Tips on Finishing (or Furthering) Your Education, Part I

Image credit: Avolore by Holly Over two years ago—in one of those quirky God-has-a-sense-of-humor moments—I received both a letter of acceptance into my long dreamt-of Ph.D. program, and a rather unexpected proposal of marriage. In a leap of faith, I threw over the Ph.D. for the Mr.S., and let go of one dream for another. […]

Podcast #3: Returning to School After a Hiatus

Naomi speaks to Gay Lynn Smith and Gloria Johnson, both women who pursued and completed degrees after some time away from the classroom. They share their experiences, stories, motivations, and advice about overcoming the fears and challenges of returning to school and graduating later in their lives. Dr. Gay Lynn P. Smith, serves as the […]

Cultivating Passion and Purpose

 by Dianne Orcutt President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “It is the obligation of every woman of this Church to get all the education she can. It will enlarge her life and increase her opportunities.” The charge—and its attendant promises—is exhilarating, but often daunting. Most women (and men) I know love learning, appreciate beauty, enjoy adventure […]

The Intellectual LDS Mother

Image Credit: “Family Group Reading,” Mary Cassatt, 1901. by Tiffany Gee Lewis A few years back, I was having one of those deep and meaningful life discussions with my husband. He asked me, “How has our marriage been for you? Is it what you thought it would be?” I responded truthfully, “It’s been wonderful but…I thought […]

Career Day: Flight-Rescue Nursing

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Denise Evans Ward, DNP, ACNP, FNP.  I am a mother, wife, and flight nurse.  I have been a nurse for twenty-seven years and a flight nurse for eighteen years.  I am too old to give my age, but you can guess by my […]

Three (Economic) Reasons I Want My Daughters to Aspire

by Ryan Hammond I would like to write specifically about some pressing economic trends that have led me to think deeply about the importance of supporting my daughters in their educational and future professional goals. My concern is colored heavily by my professional life as a professor who specializes in studying the changing nature of […]

Ending the Silence

by Tiffany Gee Lewis Years ago, when I had four children crammed together and a husband in the thick of graduate school, I stumbled across Tillie Olsen’s book Silences, which chronicles the lives of authors who have been silenced by life circumstance. I loved Tillie Olson, loved her short story, “I Stand Here Ironing,” which […]

Turn, Turn, Turn–My Turn

by Nan Recently I spent the day with a friend who is at the tail end of fairly acrimonious divorce proceedings. In the last several months she has expressed an array of emotions as she has processed the grief associated with the end of her marriage. This time she expressed surprise and dismay at the […]

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