There are songs and stories featuring shoes. We’ve got to wear them… most times… so why not make them fabulous.

As a child I loved Cinderella and would have died to have glass slippers,.. but I didn’t realize the cost: stepmothers! endless chores! and revealing your true self to the one you love!!! I’d be happy with a ruby slipper, killing a witch seems more bearable than the other options … there is no place like home.

You know the adage… when life gives you lemons… Well, we will expand it… when God me ugly feet… I bought cute shoes…

I know NOW that my body is a temple.. and God doesn’t mess up in its construction…. but as a child… struggling with worth… I hated my feet. To remove my shoes… was torture… they were stinky… and gross and I hated them…

Helen Keller added perspective:

“I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet”

Sometimes our problems need perspective. Besides, thinking you have gross feet—–is really a paradigm shift. There are always shoes, pedicures…. and different perspective.

Focusing on what my feet can do helps me realize their beauty. The Lord has always blessed me with not only feet, but ones that walk, run, and DANCE!!! When you realize all the things they do… it makes me start seeing the beauty!

My grandma used to sing a song to me that I hated…

Danielle- aaa Danielle-aaaa How your Feet Smella!!!

As I child I did not appreciate this song… especially because it was true!!! If the shoes weren’t leather, even if they were, I knew they were gonna be a stink bomb in about three days. But foot powder was a life saver.

These thoughts come from a discussion we had at a 17 of March party where they asked me to speak to the sisters about , “Walking a Mile in Her Shoes!”

We played name that tune: first song: Sand in my Shoes…. the Drifters  (even though this song sounds a lot like under the boardwalk… some even said… if you are under the boardwalk its guaranteed sand in your shoes!

When I asked what sand in your shoes meant, most conjured up memories of walking on beaches and hot sunny days.

So I stirred it up a little… apart from the beach have you ever tried walking with sand in your shoes? Or have tried walking with a tiny rock …. A small thing can make a hike very unpleasant… the solution is to remove it… Identify it… and take it out.

EASY!!! But when it comes to spiritual rocks in my spiritual shoes… I don’t always know they are there. Coveting is so tricky… it’s easier to see when you covet something physical like shoes… (then I said… I have never really conveted shoes…. but I stopped and I said… although looking around this room (because the room was displayed with numerous, fantastic original shoes )  I think I will start! But for me, coveting was more in the form ideas and relationships. Believing somewhere, someone was living the life that I wanted… that sand is harder to identify… because for a long time I wouldn’t have even known it was there. The easiest way for me to identify is the negative things I think or say about others is my first clue… It’s like a big magnifying glass on the sand in my shoes. The other way… if I am not truly joyful… each day… I need to stop and be still… pray… and express to my loving Father in Heaven… my true thoughts… sometimes he shows me I need to change something, sometimes its go serve someone else.. sometimes its but look at what I have given you… sometimes He just listens and says… Yeah that is hard… but I am the Potter and I am molding you to how I need you to be. Here is peace and comfort.


I didn’t use this video… but it works at this part… As a seven-year-old boy living in the Arabian Peninsula, he was consistently told by my parents to always wear my shoes. And I understood why. I knew that shoes would protect my feet against the many threats to be found in the desert such as snakes, scorpions, and thorns.


The second song was Adam Ants  “Goodie two Shoes”  This was for my 80 chicks!!!! Only the eighties chicks new this song…

So I held up a sparkly high heel and said… this is a beautiful shoe. But if I asked you to run a marathon it might not be the one you pick. A held up an ugly croc and said… this might not be the one I would choose to wear to church… But last year my cousin broke her ankle. She’s a fashion diva! But the one shoe that was a Godsend… was the crock. We giggled as she would say… I can’t believe how much I love these crocs!

Love your shoes.. whether its… season for heels, runners, work boots, orthotics, ski boots or gumboots… decorate them… celebrate them… Just because its croc season…. doesn’t mean they cant be bedazzled…

But let’s not judge… if its party shoes for you… don’t judge the Moses’ of the world for being in bare feet…. We don’t know what season it is for everyone.  Trust that they know how to select footwear appropriate for the season. Every shoe can fit… but a task always works better when you have the appropriate footwear.

Walk a mile in her shoes…sometimes we’d rather not…

3. Shoes… Shania Twain

I only had the karaoke version… Unfortunately, without the words… this song sounds like every country song… But we had a good laugh at it!!!

I told the sisters that this year in September I felt like I was on the path the Lord wanted me to be. I felt like I should return to teaching. Not in June when there was a plethora of jobs… but in September when the competition was tight.

After failing my first interview on the solar eclipse day… I wasn’t too sad because I bought these shoes. I presented a beautiful pair of faux fur lined boots with blue pleather and roses all over… They are adorable.

After the second interview failure… I rewarded my efforts with these. I should them my runners that had a butterfly on the toe and a “Live Your Life” painted on the other… The hightops didn’t match but they were coordinated and so fun. I thought these will be great teaching shoes!

By the time the third interview came around, I was ready. I had a fantastic portfolio, I had upgraded all the necessary training, I had rehearsed and practiced answers to questions. I interviewed principals and teachers and found all the right lingo. So buying these shoes… ( i held up my adorable Eiffel tower mary janes) was a little of a shock. But Arent they so cute!!! They will be great teaching shoes.

But now I had a problem… I had three beautiful pairs of teaching shoes and no one to teach!


And then my dream posting had come up. ( 0.5 literacy position!!!) Also, there was another job that I applied to at the same time… I variety position of Kindergarten and grade two math… Why not!!!

I couldn’t be more prepared… I knew I was supposed to be a teacher. My dream job was on the line… and there was a backup that I was fully qualified to teach… Wow, all my patience and hardwork would be paying off.

I had too many shoes so for failure four and five I bought a new purse and a dress.

Then i looked at everyone and said sisters… at this time I want you to turn to someone at your table and tell them a time when you thought you were right on track… doing everything the Lord wanted you to do… and you thought the blessing looked like a teaching job… but on looking back you realized the blessing was three pairs of fabulous shoes?

In all honesty, the question I asked first was not well formulated… and very wordy and completely confusing… So I said… How many of you have no idea about the question?

Most hands shot up …. to which I replied… “It’s hard to imagine why I don’t have a teaching contract, with beautiful questions like that!”

Then I reformed the questions and let them chat. I heard people answer right away. I saw others really thinking about the question. I heard one lady say… I am in the middle of it… I can’t see the shoes yet… but I know they will come!


4 . Last Song : Today, I Walked Where Jesus Walked… It was more of an instrumental.


Sometimes just like Moses… it’s time to remove them…

Or like Dorothy… click your heels and go home

Cinderella will always be losing one… but it gets her to her dreams

Whatever season… whatever style… celebrate everyone… if the shoe fits!!!!!

Then I showed them this orange jelly sandal decorated with beads. These are a souvenir from an epic trip that my mom, sister and I went to tour around France to reconnect with friends and family. My aunt had offered the shoes as a souvenir of our shopping trip and time together. I loved them… We went on a little canoe trip. It was so fun and I wore these shoes. Somehow my shoe had fallen into the river. The river was clear you could see the bottom, but there were some plants on the bottom but it wasn’t that deep or dirty. I fully expected to find my sandal. My cousin even brought his canoe over and jumped in and dove to the bottom with me. It was nowhere to be found. I was so sad. But the canoe trip was amazing.

I have prayed and had answers to prayers more miraculous than it would have been if I found that sandal that day…

But two years later when my sister was cleaning out her closet… She threw her sandals on the bed and said…”Do you want these?”

There was the answer to my prayer. Sometimes the Lord answers right away! Somtimes it takes years… and sometimes it takes longer!!! But He hears our prayers and He will answer in His time.

When Jesus does up his laces… and gets ready to go out… He sees the scars left on His feet…… Can a woman forget her sucking child.. She may forget thee… But I will not.. Thou art engraven on the palm of my hands,,, but he could have equally said… and thou art engraven on the soles of my feet…

Sisters… every shoe is important… All types necessary. You wouldn’t run a marathon in these… and you wouldn’t walk to work in this… But as we walk… barefoot or highheels runners or workboots… let’s be kind…

These are the shoes you see on Sunday… my big sparkle shoes…. but these (old house slippers… are my go to) and this is what is really happening in the home.

From the comfy flat ballet to the 6 inch stiletto even to the ones that help us walk better, or get to work, they all tell a story about us, who we are and where we have been. Whether you wear your dancing shoes, blue suede shoes or your cowboy boots made for walkin’…We all wear different shoes and no matter what kind of shoes you are wearing… the shoes you wear never make the woman you are.

And it is not always about the shoes but what direction they carry you. It’s not what shoe you wear… but who you are and who you want to become. 

Forrest Gump said, “Momma always said you can tell an awful lot about a person by the kind of shoes they wear.”





God’s Plan For Me… A Plan of Happiness, A Plan of Salvation

Lately, I have been questioning a phrase that I hear repeated. What does it mean “power of covenants” and what power is it?

I know that a covenant is a promise made between man and God. I made promises to God at my baptism to take His name upon me, always remember Him, and keep his commandments. Then God promises to always allow His Spirit to be with me. I likewise made other covenants to dedicate my time and talents to loving God and loving His children as I entered the temple and God promised me further light and knowledge.

But where is the power? What does that mean? I was reading in the Book of Mormon when after Jesus’s resurrection and ministry to the Jews he appeared to the ancient inhabitants of the Americas. Jesus teaches in 3 Nephi 16:7 “I will remember my covenant unto you…and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fullness of my gospel.” Is the knowledge of the fullness of His gospel power? Is knowledge power? Of course, it is!

I want to tell you about the knowledge of the fullness of His gospel and how it gives me power. Here is a picture of an overview of what I believe.

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First, I believe that life did not start with my birth here on earth. I believe that I was created spiritually first. That I am a littoral daughter of a Heavenly Father and Mother who loved me and I loved them. I believe that everyone here on earth shares that birth rite and quite wonderfully we are brothers and sisters. In this pre-earth state, we were taught and we lived peacefully but we were limited in our ability to progress. Our loving parents presented us with a plan to continue to learn with the opportunity to become like them -exalted beautiful parents. We would have to leave their presence and put our spirits in a physical body that would be weak, corruptible, sinful, and sad. But our Father didn’t leave us hopeless. He would devise a plan that would allow our Older Brother, Jesus Christ, to come and live a perfect life and offer himself as a sacrifice so that we could return to live in our Heavenly home once again.

Going to earth, we knew there would be a deep chasm, sin and death, that would prevent us from traveling back to our Father in Heaven. Jesus offered to build the bridge over which we all must cross to return to our Parents presence.

We weren’t all excited about this plan. There were some who rebelled and doubted, in fact they choose not to come to earth and get bodies. I believe that those who choose not to come down became Satan and his spirit followers, doomed forever to never have a physical body and draw on the saving power of Jesus Christ. They became set on trying to destroy all those who choose to follow God’s plan.

The difficulty is that we don’t clearly remember this part of life. As we were born, a veil of forgetfulness was cast over us. Part of this earths test is to see if we will live by faith and learn between good and evil and choose the right. I beg you to quietly reflect on this truth. Sometimes we are trying to understand a play without viewing the beginning act. We are thrown right into the second act of the play and we are left confused, not understanding the full context. The power of this knowledge is it gives us an overview of the play, to see the bigger picture, and not get so caught up in the character and plot developments.

I believe I choose to come to earth to learn how to help my spirit-self and my mortal-self live in harmony. My mortal-self wants to satisfy its cravings, desires, and passions. My spiritual-self wants to love and be enlightened, to sacrifice and serve and reach my full potential. There is a constant war inside myself of choosing to give into this carnal state or to rise above it and learn to master and control my body. This is why I adhere to strict laws about how to treat and take care of the God-given gift of my earthly body.   I exercise it, I rest it, I fill it full of healthy food and learn to appreciate the limitations and weakness it contains. I call upon my Savior to help me care for this gift and to learn how to master my own appetites, desires, and passions. I must learn to choose for myself and discern between truth and error and choose the right. I don’t believe the test is a tally the good and bad choices I make but a summation of the direction I am heading and the person that I want to become. How much I know God and how are my words and actions reflecting that knowledge.

After my life on earth is done. I believe my body and spirit separate again. My body is buried here on earth for a season and my spirit enters into a realm of spirits. Death does not change my personality or my desires. If I lived and desired righteousness here on earth my spirit enters into a place of happiness, peace and rest. In the spirit world, there is a separation of those who chose to obey God and those who didn’t. I believe that the gospel is preached to people who didn’t have the opportunity on earth to hear the fullness of the gospel. (1Peter 4:6 and 1Peter 3:19-20) This is one of the most beautiful and perfect parts of the plan of happiness. If every good person on earth chooses the truth here on earth there wouldn’t be a need for faith and we wouldn’t be tested. But the spirit world is the equalizer, everyone gets a chance to be taught the truth and accept it or reject it. Can you see how the gift of agency, the right to choose for ourselves, is woven throughout this whole plan? It was present in the premortal state, it exists on earth and continues after death. What a beautiful gift our Heavenly Parents offer us. This is why we perform baptismal work in temples for our deceased ancestors. They are not automatically baptized into our church but it’s like we hand them an invitation and they can decide if they want to come to the party or not. The spirit world is among us and sometimes the veil between us and them is thin.

When Jesus Christ comes again we will be resurrected. That means our body and our spirit will be reunited in a perfect and glorified state.  We will become immortal. Thanks to Jesus’s atonement immortality is a gift given to everyone. Eternal life, living eternally with God, is offered to those who have freed themselves from sin and suffering through the atonement of Jesus Christ.

Then we will be brought before our Creator to be judged. We will have a perfect recollection of how we lived. According to our deeds and desires, we will be assigned a kingdom of glory. It won’t be that God assigns us to a glory as we know what we have desired and wanted to become. I love how Elder Oaks explained: “The Final Judgment is not just an evaluation of a sum total of good and evil acts—what we have done. It is an acknowledgment of the final effect of our acts and thoughts—what we have become.25

During our mortal lives we make choices, according to the knowledge that we had, about good and evil. These choices  influence which kingdom we may obtain. The first kingdom is compared to the glory of the sun and is the highest place where we live in families and forever with God. It is a Celestial glory.

The second kingdom is compared to the glory of the moon and for people who didn’t accept the fullness of the gospel but lived honorable lives. It is called terrestrial.

Those who continued in their sins and did not repent in this life will be rewarded the telestial kingdom.

This great knowledge is scattered throughout the bible but it is found and taught in its completeness with scriptures modern and ancient working together. And modern revelation. I encourage you to ponder this plan. To really think about it. Ask me any questions that you may have… bur maybe sometime tonight quietly kneel down and ask God if this is truth and let Him reveal it to you.


God’s Plan For Me… A Plan of Happiness, A Plan of Salvation

Effectual Struggle

There is a primary song that says, “God gave us families, to help us become who He wants us to be.” The song could have stated, “to live in peace and harmony. ” But it reaffirms that they help us become who He wants us to be. I think the ward family that God gives to us is for a similar reason. Sometimes family life is hard, in both families. But accepting that the Lord is molding your into the sculpture He wants to create takes meekness and humility.

The proclamation states, “Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.” God has complete patience, love, and understanding. He was more concerned about being kind than being right.  He focused on peoples strengths and not their weakness.

Our ward and stake boundaries were rearranged this year. I was having a hard time finding my place. It seemed everything was different and I felt on the outside of the group. (I know I was feeding the wrong wolf but that is another blog post) I was asked to oversee the ward Christmas party. Usually organizing large events are my forte. I love the excitement, energy, and planning creative ways to include everyone and celebrate. But this year the task seemed overwhelming and I truly had no creative ideas. When I reflected why the Lord would offer me this opportunity only to have me reject it I had a distinct impression, I did it so you would not complain when you attended the party. It was the first time I told my ward no to on opportunity to serve. But this year I attended the ward Christmas party and it was beautiful to me. I didn’t murmur about anything. It was a fantastic evening.  I think it was a turning point in viewing my ward family.

In October 2015 Conference, Elder Christianson poses a profound question.  If “the Church is the creation of …Jesus Christ, it is worth pausing to consider why He chooses to use a church, … to carry out His and His Father’s work.” Perhaps we could add and what he expects of each one of us. The proclamation states, “Successful … families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.” If I practiced those qualities on my ward family what an experience I would have each Sunday. If i alter my attitude towards the boundary change and focus on the blessings that I and others receive from the love and service of my ward family. I am happier and feel more gratitude.

A few Sundays ago a beautiful sister shared her story so honestly that her message pierced my heart. In her comment, she blessed my life and changed the way I viewed this scripture. The scripture is found in Mosiah 7:18… (but the idea is many places throughout scripture) The people of Limhi, son of wicked King Noah, were in bondage to the Lamanites… King Mosiah, allowed Ammon to lead “sixteen strong men”  left  Zarahemla to inquire about Limhi’s people. They got lost but happened to stumble into the people.

18 And it came to pass that when they had gathered themselves together that he aspake unto them in this wise, saying: O ye, my people, lift up your heads and be comforted; for behold, the time is at hand, or is not far distant, when we shall no longer be in subjection to our enemies, notwithstanding our many strugglings, which have been in vain; yet I trust there bremaineth an effectual struggle to be made.

She brought out this idea of “effectual struggle.” What did it even mean… and when she looked in the dictionary, this is what she found:

Effectual struggle

producing or able to produce a desired effect

producing or capable of producing an intended effect; adequate.

valid or binding, as an agreement or document.

The Lord is in charge. He is in the details of our lives. If I know that He is leading me… He is guiding me … then there are moments in my life where I must face my own “effectual struggles”. Times when the persecution I receive… is able to “produce a desired effect”. I must remember… the ideal man I try to emulate… was despised and rejected of man, a man of sorrows… But He was not sorrowful… He was full of joy. Perhaps because He could see the desired effect of all His suffering.

One of my favorite scriptures about Jesus is found in alma 7:11-12

And he shall go forth, suffering pains and aafflictionsand btemptations of every kind; … he will ctake upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people….he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to csuccor his people according to their infirmities.

He always knew His Father was in charge and anything that happened to him would be “concecrated for his good”
I hope to have faith like my Saviour. He kept the beginning and the end in view. I know that the Lord is acting in my life… I am learning to embrace my effectual struggles with more gratitude and faith… it is hard work… but fulfililng; it is terrifying but healing. I hope that you may be able to see your effectual struggles. To see that they are able to produce the desired effect.
“God gave us families to help us become who He wants us to be”… I am learning the importance of my ward family. They bless my life… trust me… it’s like any family and there are moments where they drive you crazy… but I know I drive them crazy too. If I can learn to see them as My Father does. If I can love them in their knowledge and imperfections…. I will learn from my effectual struggles. And together as we all try to return back home together.




Effectual Struggle