Category Archives: Thoughts and Insights

Our Homecoming Talks

Ann Lewis Homecoming Talk 19 September 2021 We have recently returned from serving a 2 year mission in Bamako, Mali and Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa. We lived in a world very very different from our home here. Many of … Continue reading

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Life Lessons From My Stay in Bamako

Here are the thoughts I shared in my farewell talk Sunday in the Bamako Branch. I have learned many important lessons while we have lived here in Bamako. I’d like to share some of these lessons with you today. J’ai … Continue reading

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“To leave the world a bit better. . . .”

This week we visited an IDP Camp (Internally Displaced Persons, or refugees) just not far from Ouelessebougou main town.  After our visit, John recorded our experience as follows: Djiba, Ann, Roger and I piled into Madi’s sedan and drove to … Continue reading

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Character is Already Determined

President Ronald Reagan sums up the idea of the fundamental nature of character and what it takes to make good decisions as a leader. In a May 1993 speech to the cadets at The Citadel in South Carolina, Reagan said: … Continue reading

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Words Tell: Descriptions of the 2020 Election Fallout

I’ve spent a few hours yesterday and today reading through news reports following the 2020 Presidential Election.  We are now day 10 and 11 post election.  Joe Biden is the President Elect.  Donald Trump has lost.  I find it fascinating … Continue reading

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“Show how love and joy, beauty and goodness shine out amongst the rubble.” –Wendell Berry

I grew up next door to my Grandma Elsa Laemmlen.  When I was a girl, I wandered through the orchard to visit her, often daily.  I knew her and she knew me.  We didn’t need to say much, we just … Continue reading

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Meeting Martha Cragun Cox, a woman after my own heart.

I have been reading a wonderful book called Women’s Voices:  An Untold History of the  Latter-day Saints 1830-1900 by Kenneth W. Godfrey, Audrey Godfrey and Jill Mulvay Derr.  It is filled with journal entries and first person accounts of women … Continue reading

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A Matter of Bequeathal by Helen Mar Cook (1916-2015)

I have recently been introduced to the poetry of Helen Mar Cook.  Her son, David Cook, was our son, Aaron’s Mission President in Santiago, Chile.  Pres Cook has been sharing her poetry with me and with others and I have … Continue reading

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Turning Their Hearts

I saw this incredible piece of art today and I can’t stop staring at it.  Spanish artist, Juan Lucena painted this in honor of all the deceased grandparents of COVID 19 who were not able to say goodbye to their … Continue reading

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The Process of Becoming Christlike

I’ve been reading a very insightful book written by Bruce and Marie Hafen called Faith Is Not Blind. I’ve spent many years and a lot of energy putting things into my mind, willing facts and figures to stay put and … Continue reading

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