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"CIRCLE OF SISTERS", compiled by JoLyn Brown, is a collection of short stories about Relief Society and Visiting Teaching that was published by Walnut Springs. Four of the book's 50 stories were written by me! Available NOW for purchase at Deseret Book and on Amazon. I am one of the featured authors on JoLyn's blog. Click HERE to see. Click HERE to read a review by Sandra Nazar at the Deseret News.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Heaven In Your Home

If you've ever lost someone you love, you know that, although time heals, the overwhelming feelings of loneliness and pain never completely go away ~ and that's okay.

This month marks 15 years since my mother passed away, leaving behind eight young children and a loving husband. Although it's been many years, the memories and emotions of that day feel as fresh as though it were yesterday. In a weird way, that makes me feel close to her. It reminds me that I have a guardian angel, of sorts.

I think most of us know this loss all too well. To keep from getting down about the memory of such sad events, make sure to keep the good memories alive, always. Talk about the person you love and miss to your friends and family members. Don't be afraid to share stories and laugh. Talk about the traits and talents that may have been passed to other family members. Talk about the quirks that drove you crazy and the moments that you loved.

Although my children never met my mom, they know her by patiently listening to stories as I go down memory lane. They know they have a grandma who is watching over them from Heaven and that, one day, we will all be together again. 

As long as the memories of those we've lost are kept alive in our hearts, there will always be a piece of Heaven in our home.
Heaven In Your Home


  1. Telling stories of a loved one is a great way to remember them. Writing those stories is preserving them.
    Nice sentiment.

  2. I know what you are talking about. I never met my grandfather (on this earth) but I'm sure he's my guardian angel because my mother told me stories of him. Now that my beloved grandmother joined him this last year, I'll be telling my kids more stories of them both. It is horrible to lose them, but if we share their stories, they never really leave us. Beautiful post.

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  4. We lost a grandson 14 months before we loss a son and the pain is continuous. But knowing they are together and will be teaching others and waiting for us is comforting.