Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Because Of Him

"Jesus is the Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer.  Because of Him, death is not the end, and life takes on new meaning.  We can change, we can start over—and we can live again with God.  This Easter, celebrate His life and discover all that’s possible because of Him."

Spring is a lovely time of year.  I enjoy the red tulips and the yellow daffodils that are starting to bloom. I adore the Easter holiday.  I love seeing children in their "Easter Sunday best."  I eat too many chocolate bunnies and hoard those decadent Cadbury eggs!  

But there is something infinitely more dear than the springtime flowers, the spiffy new church clothes, and the Easter candy.  Something far more precious and pure---the opportunity we have to celebrate the Savior.  His life.  His sacrifice.  His death.  His resurrection.  His beauty.

I know He lives, my friends.  And I know that once I pass beyond the horizon of my earthly mortality, I will live again too.  Because of Him, I will be reunited with beloved grandparents, uncles, and aunts who have passed on.  Because of Him, my ears will hear the music of my grandma's laughter once more.  Because of Him, my cherished friends--who have mourned painfully, suffered greatly, and have shed salty tears over the loss of their sweet fathers--will behold those men in glory and light, and remember how it feels to be embraced by them.  And because of Him, I will see my friend again.  I'll be able to touch her cheeks and look into her eyes when I tell her how much I love her.

 I know my Savior loves me.  I know He loves each one of you.  

We are family.  God is real.  We are His.
I hope you have a joyful Easter. 

Monday, April 14, 2014


BYU Women's Conference is a two day event held in Provo, Utah, where tens of thousands of women come to be uplifted and inspired.  The two days are filled with classes that each touch on a different subject that may be something that you are going through in your life or need some help with.  There are classes ranging from depression, to tips to make your marriage more successful, to learning how to share your religion through social media.  There is something for everyone.

This year, the conference will be held May 1-2.  In addition to the classes being offered, there are some other fun highlights as well.  A favorite is the concert that is held Thursday night in the Marriot Center.  It is sponsored by Deseret Book and they are bringing in some amazing artists this year!  Mercy River, Hilary Weeks, Sandra Turley and so many others!

Another thing that is a highlight that hasn't been available in years past is the Sacred Gifts exhibit. It is a once in a lifetime experience and it's free.  Just make sure to reserve your tickets ahead of time and hurry because they are going fast!

Lastly, if you go to women's conference this year, be sure to take part in some of the amazing service opportunities that are offered.  It is truly an experience you won't want to miss out on.

Now that you know a little bit about what it is, how would you like to win tickets for you AND a friend?!  BYU Women's Conference is graciously offering to give away 3 sets of tickets so that 3 of you can go with a friend to the conference.  If you already purchased your ticket, never fear!  You will be reimbursed.  We would love for everyone to have this opportunity and I am thrilled that 6 of you will!  To enter to win, just use the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway will be open from today (4/14) until Sunday (4/20) and the winners will be announced and emailed on Monday (4/21).  Good Luck, and I hope to see you at Women's Conference!

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