Interview with Janiece Johnson and Jennifer Reeder, Authors of The Witness of Women

with Dianne Orcutt As I sat in Gospel Doctrine class yesterday, our teacher excitedly commented that she loved how every four years as we come back to the Doctrine & Covenants there are more stories, more records, and more information illuminating the experience of the Restoration. I loved her enthusiasm for seeking out the lesser […]

#embraceyourAND: Taking a Leap of Faith

by Holly Ellis For many Mormon women, when it comes to “taking a leap of faith” and pursuing educational and professional goals, the hardest part is believing that you can . . . or, that you should! As a Mormon woman, I always wanted to be a wife and mother, and I believed that these […]

Taking a Leap of Faith

by Naomi Watkins Just before Christmas, I took action in a way that I would never recommend anyone else ever do: I resigned from my tenure-track academic job with no next plan or job in place. And I have until the end of June to figure out my next move. The short version of how […]

Putting Away My Planner

by Lina Buchanan Anyone who knows me well knows that I am not much of a risk taker. All of my life has consisted of calendars, timelines, and task lists. “Five-year-plan” might as well be my middle name. However, over the past few years it has become increasingly clear to me that the best things […]

The Comfort of Trees

Image credit: Jon Sullivan by Bryn Watkins For work, I sometimes find myself spending hours and hours in a Greyhound, watching the beautiful countryside fly past in an endless reel of blues on greens.  The country in which I live (New Zealand) is awash with casual spectacles that bloom outside that bus’s windows while I […]

The Luckiest

by Jessica Weiss For the last several years I have volunteered with a local concert series. I love it – the concerts are great, the people are great, and I really enjoy the work I do there. I was looking forward to one particular concert this year, more than any of the others. I am […]

On This Good Friday

We’re sure that most people have seen the excellent videos, #BecauseOfHim and #StartingToday, by now, but we wanted to share our thoughts and feelings as we watched and invite you to do the same. Celeste:  My faith is something I fight for almost daily. I am not among those who can say, “I’ve always known […]

Career Day: Librarian

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Amy Sorensen. I’m a Utah County native—I grew up in Springville, Utah, and now I live ten miles north (in Orem). I have four kids: my daughter Haley is at her first year of college, and I’ve got my three boys, Jake, […]

Career Day: Financial Coach

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job.  Hello!  My name is Kelli Sauvé and I’m a financial coach.  I was raised in Utah but my adventures have taken me to a few different places since then.  I’ve lived in California, Oregon, and Virginia and now I’m enjoying a new adventure here in […]

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 […]

Choosing to be Brave

Packard family photos by by Anna Packard No one told me how much bravery would be required to become a parent. I also never realized the bravery required to navigate the messy world of being a working mom until it became my life. I feel like I am currently in the working mom’s trenches. I […]

Peace, I Give Unto You

Image credit: William Bryce Ward by Jessica Weiss A few years ago, I was looking for a new job. I had a perfectly good job in my chosen field, but I truly felt like it was time for me to move on and gain experience elsewhere. Over the course of six months, I applied for […]

Decisions, Decisions

Image credit: Gagan Moorthy by Melanie Steimle When I returned home from my mission, I was extremely excited to go back to my previous job as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Humanities at BYU. Then the Spirit whispered to me, “Apply to teach at the MTC.” I know that for many BYU students […]

Career Day: Actor

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? Hi there! I am Andrea Daveline from American Fork, Utah. I was born and raised in Utah and had never really traveled outside of that great state until I married my husband 8 years ago. We are living in New York City with our young […]

Without Apology, Without Reservation

by Naomi Watkins “So what is it that you do?” my friend’s father asked as he offered me a seat in his home. “I’m in graduate school,” I replied, hoping that he would stop there and not continue to ask questions. But naturally, he persisted, desiring more specifics. “In literacy,” I continued. And then, one […]

Stop with the Fear

by Holly I have always been afraid. Lots of fear. Mom says I was born with it, and I think she may be right. My earliest baby pictures show me weeping in terror of the camera. I was afraid of walking to school, of being kidnapped, of falling, of climbing trees, of failing, of roller […]

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