Category Archives: Thoughts and Insights

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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Girls at Mutual Dell Girls Camp learn about Journal Writing

This evening I was invited to speak to a group of young women at a girls camp at Mutual Dell in American Fork Canyon.  They asked me to talk about Journal Writing and why it’s important.  That’s a topic I … Continue reading

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Some Good Advice to Our 2019 Graduates

16 of the best things people said (and did) in this year’s commencement speeches It’s tough to top the commencement speaker who told graduates he would pay off their student loans, but others had some memorable lines, too — and … Continue reading

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Go Forward with Faith

Today is the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the coming together of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Point in Utah.  I’ve been reading about what Brigham Young called the “pivotal and sweeping” changes this mode of transportation brought to … Continue reading

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Thoughts about the Notre Dame Fire

On Tuesday morning I was at BYU, at work scanning and preserving family treasures when I received a text from a friend with the news of the fire at Notre Dame.  I was stunned at the thought of the loss … Continue reading

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Living for each other is Nature’s rule.

Nothing in Nature lives for itself. Rivers don’t drink their own water. Trees don’t eat their own fruits. The sun doesn’t shine for itself. A flower’s fragrance is not for itself. Living for each other is Nature’s rule. In 2019, … Continue reading

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