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Watch out ABC . . . Here comes the Mormon Bachelorette!

The other night I happened to catch an episode of ABC’s The Bachelorette. Ashley is this season’s bachelorette and she happens to have issues getting over a past “relationship” (can we call it that?). Apparently the guy (Bentley) walked away (was this guy the former bachelor from a previous season and chose someone else over Ashley? still trying to put the pieces together). Oh no . . . I just saw a clip of them from a past season and all he could talk about was how good she looked in her pants and that he’d like her to “tickle his pickle”. Really?! ugh. She must have seen those episodes and clips. Does she not see the disrespect there? To help her move on, the producers are flying Bentley in to Hong Kong (the next destination of the show).

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Moments That Matter Most

It’s so hard to take time to do the things that matter most. . . . but the little things that matter most make the biggest difference.

For those who don’t know, I’m currently going to college while raising three small children. It’s often hard to balance the busy life of the kids’  school functions, homework, church, sports,while helping my husband with his business (every now and then), keeping up with my schooling and homework and so forth. I know you all understand this because you have super busy lives too. I try to do my stuff on my own time (homework, house chores, etc) but it’s often the case that I fall short of that and neglect the kids to do the other. On such occasions I quickly notice that arguing, crying, and sad children seem to live in my house.  I’ve found that if I just take a little time from what I’m doing to do the things that matter most – play and laugh with them – that things quickly turn around.

I’ve never regretted putting my stuff aside to be with them. Doing so not only makes them happy, but me as well. Taking the time to love them is a lot more effective than getting mad at them for interrupting me or being loud. If I just play with them for a moment, their spirits brighten and they can go on happily for quite awhile. They just need to know that they’re important to me . . . and that I’d put anything aside to be with them. My children are the moments that matter most.

What are the moments that matter most to you?

Enjoy this touching video from “Mormon Messages” – the LDS Youtube Channel. You’ll find a link to more videos like it in the sidebar. My favorite part of the video starts at 2:43, but you have to see the beginning to understand why it’s so special.

-Marzee, your atmchick

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Conductors through Eternity

A crystal stair,
Climb of the dead,
Sings of hope and faithless dread.

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Beauty in surviving life and joying in Motherhood

Featured Videos

The other day I spoke about Purpose in Pain.  This video takes us way beyond that.  Having survived a near fatal plane crash, Stephanie Nielson teaches us the joys in having faith in God and our Savior Jesus Christ.

I am not my body.  I am beauty,  I am a mother. ~ Stephanie Nielson

This video is featured in “Mormon Messages”.  There is a permanent link to it in the right sidebar.  Please visit it.

-Chickout 😉

Stephanie’s Blog: NieNie Dialogues

Music featured in the video: Mindy Gledhill

Immortal Goodbye

Mormon in the Real World

This is my deathbed scene, as prompted to write for my Death and Dying class.

Alone for the past few years, she became content with forgotten solitude; content until losing all association with it, barely grasping which world she lay in.  At least she no longer felt trapped, being beyond the captivity of her body, unaware of its final beating.  The numbness seeped into her bones, silently overruling her soul.  There was something though, faint and distant in her colorless world.  She rarely registered them, but heard their voices now.  Her grandchildren, singing a once familiar tune: Continue Reading . . .

Religious Villainy

Mormon in the Real World

Wednesday night I went to a reading by Penn Faulkner award winning author, David Bradley.  He is the son of a preacher and grew up with very specific religious views.  He mentioned that,”Religion is fact.”  In other words, his religious beliefs are indisputable truths that define his world.  He believes this is the case with all religious people.
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