Category Archives: Thoughts and Insights

Christmas in Bamako 2019 “Prayer is Better than Sleep”

I woke in the dark pre-dawn this Christmas morning to the cries of the muezzin at the mosque across the street, calling us to prayer.   These reminders come daily, every few hours, reminding us that there is a God in … Continue reading

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Sometimes we try to keep too many irons in the fire.

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Grateful in Abidjan

Today in Abidjan. During this holiday season, I’m grateful for simple blessings like fruit and thundershowers.

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Dad is Preparing to Exit

This week while we were in the MTC, my Dear Dad had a bad stroke.  We’re both entering new territory.   The doctors tell us his stroke was massive; the left carotid artery was totally blocked resulting in the stroke being in … Continue reading

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Things I choose to Avoid

Here’s a list of a few things I don’t really care for: Crisco frosting (most frostings for that matter) Sports Center commentators Thinking about where I am in a parking structure Fake–hair, nails, eyelashes, body parts, smiles Arrogance or prideful … Continue reading

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A Small Cog in a Big Wheel

Farewell Talk 15 September 2019 Look back on your life. Can you remember times when you were in the right place at the right time?  Hopefully that happens every now and again!  Our lives are like tapestries that intertwine with those around … Continue reading

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Faithful Saints

My daughter, Claire is spending this Labor Day weekend up north at Bear Lake.  She snapped this photo this morning at church there.   It makes me so happy, to see so many good people on vacation, finding the nearest church … Continue reading

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Opportunity Cost

I led the discussion today in our Relief Society class.  The assigned topic was a talk given by President Oaks in last April’s General Conference called “Where Will This Lead?”  He began with the premise, “We make better choices and … Continue reading

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Pioneer Day Talk–Sacrifice and Service

Here is a talk I gave in our Orem Stonewood 4th Ward on Pioneer Day, 24 July 2011 Ann Lewis Pioneer Day–Sacrifice and Service I was born and raised on a farm in a small town in central California. My … Continue reading

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Camp Helaman, Manti National Forrest

This afternoon John and I were invited to speak to a group of about 50 young men from Sanpete and Sevier Counties and from Richfield Utah.  They’ve been at what’s called a “Camp Helaman” high in the Manti National Forrest. … Continue reading

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