Career Day: Historian

Photo Credit: Melese Spaulding Miller Jill Mulvay Derr, one of the volume editors of the recently published The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History, worked as a senior research historian with the Church History Department. She previously served as Managing Director of the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day […]

Interview with Olympian Kate Hansen

Kate Hansen is an American luger who has competed since 2003. In 2008 she became the youngest Junior World Champion at age fifteen. In 2013 Kate won the USA Luge National Championship with a broken foot. She finished 10th place in the Sochi 2014 Olympics. She recently retired from luge and currently attends Brigham Young University.  Kate, your aspirations […]

Career Day: Musician (Orchestra)

Imagine going to your job and that when you finish for the day, the people around you clap vigorously and smile because they appreciate what you have created with your work. I am Leticia Oaks Strong, a violist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. I love that I am able to create music that can […]

Career Day: Anesthesiologist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. What do you do? My name is Cathie Tingey Jones. I recently moved to Eugene, Oregon, after being away from Oregon for twenty years. I grew up about forty miles away in Corvallis, Oregon. I’m an anesthesiologist, which is a physician who specializes in anesthesia. […]

Career Day: Marine Corps Officer and Pilot

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Janine K. Spendlove and I’m originally from St. George, Utah, but ever since graduating from BYU in 1999 with my BA in history teaching I’ve lived wherever the US Marine Corps has sent me and my family. Currently I’m deployed, and my […]

Career Day: Social Worker

Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Karen Salisbury and I am a clinical social worker. I grew up in Sacramento, CA, but have lived in Utah County for the past 28 years. I’ve been married for 34 years and have 4 children. I received both my Bachelors and Masters degrees from Brigham […]

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 […]

Career Day: Chemist

My name is Erin Olson. I live in Orem, Utah. I have a wonderful husband and 5 children — 3 great step children and 2 of my own. I enjoy living in Utah and being so close to the temples and great recreational opportunities. I am originally from the farm town of Sterling, Colorado. Both […]

Career Day: Career Counselor

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Summer and I live in London, Ontario, Canada. I currently work as an employment counselor at Nokee Kwe, a nonprofit agency. I have an Honours BA in social justice and peace studies and an MEd in educational studies, with a focus on […]

Career Day: Writer

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. I’m a St. George, Utah girl who somehow ended up living in Switzerland. My husband got a job offer in Switzerland the same week as the company I was working for was taken over, so we saw that as a sign that we should definitely […]

Career Day: Certified Public Accountant

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Jonyce Bullock and I am a Partner in a CPA Firm located in Orem, UT. I attended BYU and received a Masters in Accountancy with an emphasis in Tax in 2000. Both my husband and I grew up in Orem and loved […]

Catching the Vision of Our Potential

by Dianne Orcutt This year I have been blessed to have gained both a nephew and a niece. As I hold these sweet babies, it is hard to look at them and not wonder what their futures will look like, what experiences and interests they will have, what kind of people they will grow up […]

It’s What You Bring To It

by Anna Bergevin Have you seen this quote circulating the Internet? I testify that it is the truth. Comparison is the thief of joy. —Theodore Roosevelt I believe this, yet I find it really hard not to compare. I want to know what’s going on in my friends’, family, and neighbors’ lives, but hearing about […]

Career Day: Physician Assistant

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Megan and I grew up in rural eastern Oregon. I live in Nampa, a suburb of Boise, Idaho. My husband and I met at Utah State University and were married while still undergrads. Together we obtained our Master’s degrees in Physician Assistant […]

Career Day: Museum Educator

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. What do you do? My name is Katy Knight. I’m from Provo, Utah, and I currently live here. I work at the Bean Life Science Museum as the education administrator. My bachelor’s degree is in biology education, my master’s degree is in botany (I studied […]

Career Day: Hairdresser

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Christie Somers. I currently live in Salt Lake City. I grew up in Washington DC and graduated from high school there and promptly moved to Provo, Utah to go to beauty school. As soon as I was done with beauty school, I […]

The Other Side of Charity: An interview with Lorianne Updike Toler

by Dianne Orcutt As Latter-day Saint women, most of us are intimately and profoundly familiar with selfless love and service. We may not be perfect in our efforts, but as a general rule our lives are filled with a measure of charity to those around us, day in and day out. In her new book, […]

By Way of Introduction

Image credit: János Csongor Kerekes by Allison G. Belnap Aspire– direct one’s hopes or ambitions toward achieving something; desire, hope for, dream of, long for, yearn for, set one’s heart on, wish for, want, be desirous of As a young girl I had one aspiration. Acting. I loved everything about it. The pretend, the dress […]

Planning to Succeed

by Dianne Orcutt I’m a bit of an obsessive list maker. I’m not particularly obsessive about actually using lists, but I love making them. I have running lists of places I want to visit, movies I want to see, books to read, restaurants to try, home improvement projects to tackle, topics I would like to […]

Career Day: High School Teacher

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Amber Rydalch, and I love my job as a high school history teacher.  I grew up in the small rural town of Oakley, Utah, and currently reside in Draper, Utah. I received my bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University in History Education, […]

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