Category Archives: Thoughts and Insights

The Valuable Time of Maturity by Mário de Andrade

The Valuable Time of Maturity by Mário de Andrade I counted my years and realized that I have less time to live by, than I have lived so far. I have more past than future. I feel like that boy … Continue reading

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Young Women’s Standards Night at the Cabin

This evening I was invited to speak to the young women in our ward.  They had a fun overnighter at our Sundance cabin planned, with lots of good food, workshops, activities, a Days for Girls service project, and my fireside … Continue reading

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The Breath of Life

Written by Sandra Thurman Caporale from the Memorial Church of Christ in Houston. Artist credit for graphic:  Scott Erickson There was a moment when Moses had asked God what his name is. God was gracious enough to answer, and the … Continue reading

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Organizing My Sewing Room

I LOVE my Sewing Room downstairs.  But while we were gone these last 2 years, my space became a catch-all space for everyone who came and went in our house.  The room filled with boxes and bags of stuff (much … Continue reading

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Covid Continues to Rage

For the record, this is happening again in our Covid-filled world–the numbers are spiking and people all around us are sick.  We’ve returned to huge divisions among our families and friends.  There are many who don’t believe in vaccinating to … Continue reading

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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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