President's Message by Emily Kom

Happy Valentine's Day!

What do you think of the holiday? As a single person, it’s easy to roll the eyes. I have one friend that uses the word “despise” to describe her feelings about the holiday. I have another single friend that e-mailed me recently asking to come by and decorate cookies with her. Her...

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January

Happy New Year! Happy Birthday! Happy Anniversary! Happy Everything! Happy Everything!? My friends and I were out shopping and I saw the expression “Happy Everything” on hand towels. I turned to one of them and said, “I like that expression. How about you?” To my amazement,...

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'Tis the Season . . .

How did you finish that sentence? To be jolly; of our dear Savior’s birth; for colds; for good chocolate?  A couple weeks ago I went to an Advent Tea to reflect on the reason for the season. One of the thoughts presented was to ponder upon the star in the sky. What a miracle! The Magi...

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Make Our Blessings Count

With Thanksgiving Day this week, I’d like to contemplate a bit on the expression from religious leader Neal Maxwell, “We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”  What are some of the blessings you are counting in your life?...

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Apple Picking

Have you ever been apple picking? What are you looking for in an apple? Crispiness, sweetness, color, size, or simply one without bruises? Or does it depend on what you will use it for? Baking, eating, or making cider? I recently went apple picking and I didn’t pick the small ones,...

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New is Good

What is something new in your life? I’m sure if 10 people were asked there would be 10 very different answers—a baby, a car, marriage, job, bicycle, skill or God’s grace and compassions. Lamentations 3:22-23a states, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not...

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Connections

As a former college instructor, one section of my course dealt with “networking”. Networking is just a fancy word for connections.  One exercise students in my class participated in was a “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” exercise.  The object was to try to connect...

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"Grace - the meaning is in the undeserved-ness"

Have you ever heard or used phrases like “paying it forward” or “giving back” or “committing random acts of kindness”?  Often phrases like those are used in settings where people are talking about helping others or being philanthropic.  The thought is...

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “actions speak louder than words.”  Maybe, like me, you have even used it as a parent a time or two.  I have to confess something—I have a problem with actions sometimes.  Take this blog as an object lesson.  I have...

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"Spring Break"

My life revolves around a school calendar. That’s true for a lot of people who want to capitalize on making plans for the times when school is not in session. We look at those break times way in advance to plan the dentist appointments, the extra-long weekend, even just a meal without a...

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How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news... ~ Isaiah 52:7