A favorite hymn offers priceless promises for those times when we're called to brave deep waters and fiery trials: "For I will be with thee thy troubles to bless, and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress." Those promises are real in my life. They make me feel that the most painful moments I've undergone had a purpose and were both a gift and a trust to be built upon.
I am a member of The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints and a survivor of two abusive marriages. My faith in Jesus Christ is inextricably intertwined with my perspective on the world. It informs my poetry, music, playwriting, novel writing, and my non-fiction book for people who are struggling as they minister to others with addictive or abusive behaviours. It underscores my coaching and filtering service for co-parents who want help with their communication. It also drives my efforts to build peace in an increasingly polarized world.
This blog is focused on gospel insights, with particular attention to Zion-building, overcoming marginalization and the role of LDS women. I seek here to reconcile deep questions with my enduring faith in the scriptures and in God's guidance to living prophets.
I also blog at 4mutualrespect.com, where I aim to foster respect and build bridges across political, ethnic, and religious divides. You can visit me there to lend your voice to the discussion.
If you are struggling with the daunting task of communicating peaceably with your co-parent, I would love to welcome you to my communication filtering and coaching service at Ceasefire Communication.
I use a pseudonym in order to be as authentic as possible without compromising the privacy of others who have shared my journey with me. Please be welcome, share your thoughts, and feel free to reach out if you would like to collaborate on a project together.