Understanding the Possible

by Dianne Orcutt (photo by Brittany Rose Bowen) A few months ago I became a mother. Motherhood has been an exhausting whirlwind, but it has also been a period of the purest and most profound happiness I have ever felt. When I was pregnant I felt a whole range of emotions as I contemplated the […]

Answering The Call of Being Born to Lead

by Alisha Stamper I have known from a young age, and had it reaffirmed to me, that being an advocate for change, a leader, in any place where I have influence, is something I am supposed to do in my life. When I heard that Sheri Dew would be presenting on the idea of being […]

Reclaiming My Divine Nature

by Jessica Weiss It was an unexpectedly quiet and solitary moment during which I encountered Hadley’s “Diaspora: A Prayer.” (If you have not yet read her achingly beautiful essay, do yourself a favor and hop on over and spend a few minutes there. I’ll wait.) Sandwiched between 14-hour workdays, planning a baby shower for a […]

Diaspora: A Prayer

by Hadley Duncan Howard I weep in the shower after our conversation. I weep and pray and do all I can to not lean into the helplessness that is, at times, motherhood. She says she’s tempted not to raise her hand in class. She says it’s because she feels small there. She says sometimes she’s […]

Personal Revelation & Identity

by Bryn Watkins Recently, I found myself bopping around Indonesia after my work schedule plopped three free weeks in my lap to do with as I pleased.  One of the benefits I derive from traveling comes as a result of a mantra I’ve adopted from that classic Yes song: If I refuse to surround myself […]

Who Are You?

by Nan Petersen I read an interesting blog post this past week from Storyline. In it, the author, Candice Turpin, tells about a friend of hers who always feels less than important when people talk about their interesting, creative and helpful work. Not that her friend doesn’t work, but more that her friend’s job doesn’t easily translate […]

Fostering Vulnerability: Another Take on Daring Greatly

by Bryn Watkins Recently while exchanging catch-ups with a friend–how she is in her hemisphere these days and how I am in mine–she mentioned the new dynamic she’s found in the ward she recently moved into. She’s found some awesome people who have gelled with her, and she’s made some funny connections from past wards’ […]

Daring, Not Shaming, Greatly

by Naomi Watkins I recently finished reading Brené Brown’s book Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. I first became familiar with Brown’s work when I watched her TED Talk about vulnerability and found it insightful. And her book? It was gut-wrenching, like I’m on […]


by Nan I started a small Facebook group a few years ago with an assemblage of like-minded friends. We discuss issues relevant to the Church and society. It is a safe place for some to express doubts, concerns and less-than-mainstream thoughts without feeling judged or encouraged to walk away from the Gospel. We buoy each […]

Finding Validation from God and Not Social Media

Image from The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss by Bryn Watkins I have to start by saying that I love Facebook, and Instagram, and in fact the act of “liking” others’ lives has become somewhat of a hobby of mine.  Social media, however, and all those little thumbs-up or hearts or +1s that come attached, has built […]

Infinite in Possibility (and the Divine)

Image credit: Quinn Dombrowski by Bryn Watkins I feel privileged, as a young’un, to continue to enjoy nights of unencumbered romping around with friends and independent capering about on my own into the wee hours of the morning even as I make the ungainly transition to real-life adulthood.  I encounter moments of too-cramped, sweaty back […]

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