Book Review: Enemy Pie

Do you have any enemies? Well then this book is for you, and your children, too!

My favorite books are Children’s books – especially ones that teach important, life altering lessons. “Enemy Pie” is a fun story about Jeremy, his new home, his summer and his ‘best enemy’. Luckily Jeremy has a loving father who teaches him a lesson about friendship that turns his ‘best enemy’ into his best friend.

by Derek Munson

by Derek Munson

‘Grown ups’ can certainly learn from this story, too. I can think of times when I didn’t have such warm-fuzzy for someone, but as soon I put the effort into getting to know them I learn to appreciate who they are and that they can be my friend, too 🙂

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Book Review: No One Can Take Your Place

Many years ago I had the opportunity to attend a LDS woman’s meeting in which Sheri Dew spoke at. She gave an exceptional talk focused on our individual roles on earth, and how no one could take our place. A year later, her book came out on the same subject. I bought it. I read it. I soaked it up. I read it again, and again learning something new each time trying to understand what my place was in my Mormon-single-adult world.

Years later, as a married woman, I had a conversation with Brother Patience (my husband) about his role as a husband and my role as a wife:

Brother Patience, why is it that men and women are so different, and yet we can’t seem to live without each other?”
“If we were the same, had the same roles, same strengths, same weaknesses, then we wouldn’t need each other.”


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The Journal of My Dreams

A few weeks ago I was thinking a lot about my personal journal, and found an article that helped inspire me to write more frequently (posted HERE). For years I have dreamed about an online service for journal keeping. I am a big fan of being able to access certain things from any computer in the world. (I guess you can call me a woman of cyber-convenience.)

Well, my journaling dreams have come true! LDSJournal.com is my new favorite thing out on the Internet. The program is still in beta mode, but is a wonderful as just as it is.  You can write as many entries as you want, delete entries, select your mood, add footnotes, add afterthoughts, print your entries and add personal information about marriage, family, education, accomplishments and more. LDSJournal also has a mobile access and reminder notifications.

LDSJournal.commay not be the journaling solution for everyone, but it certainly is for me.

How do you keep a journal?

Top 10 Reasons to Keep a Journal

Today I received a newsletter from LDS Living with a list of reasons why we should keep a journal. I decided immediately that the reasons are worth sharing  🙂

TOP 10 REASONS TO KEEP A JOURNAL

10. Journaling helps exercise writing skills and explore talents.

9. Journaling is a simple and easy task that provides an invaluable source of history to look back on.

8. Recording life experiences helps to know oneself better.

7. Recording personal trials and emotions can reduce stress and help in the healing process.

6. Keeping a record of daily events, facts, and feelings can enhance intuition and creativity.

5. Recording daily occurrences and personal feelings helps foster personal growth.

4. Looking back at personal experiences can help when analyzing situations and solving problems.

3. Daily journaling sets an example for children and other family members to follow.

2. A journal captures a life story for oneself and for posterity.

1. Keeping a journal helps you see how God has touched your life.

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Sunday’s Lesson Links

Confession: I am horrible at reading Relief Society and Sunday School lessons ahead of time. Terrible, awful. I am, however, really quite excellent at reading them during or after the lesson is given. Most of my problem is that I don’t know what the lessons are ahead of time. Sure, the lesson schedules are passed our, or are always printed on a calendar or piece of paper that someone passed out at one point or another…but don’t ask me where that piece of paper is now!

As a reminder for myself, and anyone else interested, these are the lessons for sunday (some wards are on slightly different schedules). There are also links to some additional reading from LDS Living that correspond to each lesson.

SUNDAY SCHOOL Book of Mormon Lesson 31: Firm in the Faith of Christ.  Click HERE for LDS Living’s supplemental reading article.

RELIEF SOCIETY Joseph Smith Teachings Lesson 16: Revelation and the Living Prophet . Click HERE for LDS Living’s supplemental reading article.

LDS Living offers a weekly e-mail newsletter service that will list the lessons for the upcoming Sunday, along with additial articles that aid in our understanding of the lessons. All of the church manuals and lessons are on LDS. org, too, so there is no excuse for not having a manual.

Happy reading!

About Mormons

Well, what do you know. There is actually an online tool about Mormonism! I was browsing through LDS.org and saw “Encyclopeia of Mormonism, Online in Searchable Text“. You bet that caught my attention.

The online encyclopedia was created by BYU Studies and the McMillian Publishing Company, and is available at a click of a mouse. There is everything imaginable about the LDS church (Mormonism) that you can find; historial places, people, ordinances, beliefs, holidays (Easter, Christmas), Zion, Sports, Sacred Grove, Liahona, and much, much more!

So, here it is: Encyclopedia of Mormonism. Click your little heart out. It’s amazing!

Free Read Online

Desert Book if offering a free online book, “The Holy Secret” by James L. Ferrell.

Many today carry a secret: We do not love what we have been commanded to love. We do not love what is holy. Although we might reverence things that are deemed holy — the temple, for example, and the scriptures, and the Sabbath — we do not love them. Not really. Not with our whole souls.

The Holy Secret is the story of a man who learns how to love what matters. As he does, he learns another secret: Love for holiness transforms life itself. His realization of what he had been missing may lead you to some discoveries of your own! “

You cannot download the book, but you can read chapter by chapter online, with a new chapter each week. As of today’s post there are 16 chapters available, so start your reading engines and get going!