Let’s Hear It for the (Mission Presidents’) Wives!

It’s that time of year when information about the new mission presidents is shared in the LDS Church News. Each year, the LDS Church News publishes a very brief bio and photo of each mission president couple. Each bio follows a very clear script. We learn the following information about both the mission president and his […]

Someone Like Me

by Nan Petersen My senior year in high school I took Advanced Placement English, a challenging literature class with the goal of preparing class members to take a test for which a passing grade earned college credit. I already loved the subject matter, but the class itself was delightful primarily because of our wonderful teacher, […]

‘Girls Who Choose God’: A Reflection & Author Interview

by Naomi Watkins “Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just […]

Embracing Sisterhood

by Bryn Watkins Every month, when I sit down to write one of these I’m struck with the same increasingly-clear realization that I don’t actually have anything to contribute to this organization–I mean, last month I wrote about how happy chocolate makes me.  I’m nineteen and, as you might imagine, lack any of the valid […]

Carving Out a Place for Dreams

by Jessica Duckett Finnigan When I was engaged, I once joked that I wanted to have four daughters. As luck would have it, I beat the odds, and my husband and I do indeed have four daughters who are currently 11, 10, 8, and 6 years old. We’ve found that having four girls and no boys does have […]

Who Inspires You?: Hopes for 2014

Image credit: Justin Kern by Nan Recently at church, a sister learned forward from her pew to mine and whispered about her exhaustion because she was approaching finals the next day. I commiserated for a moment and then she said something that totally surprised me. She mentioned being inspired by me for having finished my […]

Finding Encouragement & Inspiration from Madeleine Albright

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and one of her daughters, Alice Albright, at the White House for a state dinner in 2011. Image source: Brendan Smialowski by Heidi Doxey A few weeks ago former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spoke to a standing-room only audience and I had the opportunity to crowd […]

Voices from the Past: How Family History Taught Me Involvement

by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof Sitting on my Great-Aunt Sandra’s mantle is a small, wooden gavel, about 8-inches long. The gavel belonged to my great-great grandmother, and she used it during her presidency of the Women’s Democratic Club of Utah (WDC). Emilie Cora Lewis Brown – the mother of my maternal grandmother’s father – served on […]

Education Everywhere

Image credit: DonkeyHotey by Melanie Steimle I love school. Studying for my undergraduate and graduate degrees, while challenging, filled me with joy. Yet the time spent learning about myself through full-time work, learning about relationships at home, and learning about God at home, church, and through trials has been just as educational as my classroom […]

The Power of Mentors

Image credit: Valerie Everett by Tiffany Gee Lewis I was talking to a woman the other day about her work. She mentioned she was laid off from a job after 14 years. “But it didn’t take me long to get a new job,” she said. “That’s why you keep your contacts open. LinkedIn saved me.” […]

Mirrors and Windows: The Importance of Mentoring and Networking for LDS Women

Hall of Mirrors at Palace of Versailles, France. Image credit: Patrick Down by Naomi Watkins “A single book can be a mirror for some readers and a window for others.” –Rudine Sims Bishop [1] When I taught a university-level course about global children’s literature, I shared the above quote on the first night of class to […]

The Confidence to Dream

by Dianne Orcutt When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, from about 14 on, the answer I always gave was “lawyer.”  I remember consciously answering all the questions on the 8th grade career assessment in a way that I thought would guarantee “lawyer” was one of the results – it was. […]

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