I know my Father in Heaven is standing with arms outstretched, always inviting me, so why can’t I always feel it?
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Lightning doesn’t cross A.J. Edwards’s mind when he wakes each morning. He doesn’t step outside and scan the skies for storm clouds. He’s not even rattled by sudden claps of thunder. “I can go a long time without even thinking about lightning,” he said. But don’t be mistaken—lightning has shaped, defined, and refined much of Edwards’s life over the past two decades.
I’ve read the Book of Mormon many times, but sometimes I hear a verse or a quotation from it in a talk and it’s like I’m hearing it for the first time. That’s how I felt when Elder Marion D. Hanks quoted from Alma in his talk, “My Specialty is Mercy.” The section he quoted was very short, just “Mercy claimeth all which is her own,” but I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
The biggest problem with Christmas shopping isn’t the prices, the parking, or the long lines.
My new companion and I hiked up and down our mountainous area of Blantyre, Malawi to find anyone to teach that day. We didn’t have many prospects and we were discouraged. As we came to the top of a particularly steep hill after a day with very few interactions to give us hope, a young man nearly passed us by before looking up and saying, “Sisters! It’s been so long! Great to see you.”
Although her appearance in scripture is a short one, we suffer a great loss when we omit Queen Vashti from our narrative. This is true because while Esther may be the preeminent queen of the Old Testament, Vashti is the preeminent sovereign. Her story has a great deal to teach us about feminine modesty precisely because it teaches us so much about feminine power. All we need are eyes to see.
For years I have struggled with depression. Even with medicine, exercise and therapy sometimes it still hits hard for no reason at all. One particular low week I went to the temple feeling very emotional. While praying for comfort and relief, I thought about how much I love my Grandparents, who had since passed. Right then I offered a prayer, asking Heavenly Father to somehow let them know how much I loved them. But I didn't know that they would answer back.