Thursday, February 18, 2016


Well, I'm doing it. I've decided to close this blog. It hasn't been around that long, but between my other blog, schooling, and hobbies, this one gets easily forgotten. Before I sign out, though, here is a list of my favorite books all at once.
By Lucy Maud Montgomery:
Anne of Green Gables (and series)
Jane of Lantern Hill
Kilmeny of the Orchard
The Story Girl
The Golden Road
The Chronicles of Avonlea
Further Chronicles of Avonlea

By Louisa May Alcott:
Little Women
The Good Wives
Little Men
Work: A Story of Experience
Eight Cousins
Rose in Bloom
An Old-Fashioned Girl
Aunt Jo's Scrap Bag
Shawl Straps
Jack and Jill: A Village Story
Under The Lilacs
A Garland For Girls
Spinning-Wheel Stories

By Scott O'Dell:
Island of the Blue Dolphins

By Joan M. Wolf:
Someone Named Eva

By Lois Lowery:
Number the Stars

By Susan Campbell Bartoletti:
Hitler Youth: Growing Up In Hitler's Shadow

By Wilson Rawls:
Where the Red Fern Grows

By Elizabeth George Speare:
The Witch of Blackbird Pond

By C. S. Lewis:
The Chronicles of Narnia

By Gordon B. Hinckley:
Way to Be!

By Mark Twain:
Joan of Arc

By Jane Austen:
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility

By Frances Hodgson Burnett:
The Little Princess
The Secret Garden
Little Lord Fauntleroy

By Patricia Reilly Giff:
Lily's Crossing
Maggie's Door

Monday, January 18, 2016

Officer Barney

Prayers to the family of this good man. Read more about him here or here.

Monday, January 11, 2016

January 2016

Book of the month for January: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell. 

Wow, I can't believe how great this book is. It's relatively short, but even after reading it multiple times, it's a page-turner for sure! This is the story of an Indian girl who was stranded for years on an island after the rest of her tribe left. It is based on the true story of Juana Maria.
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Juana Maria
(As I've said before, the goal of this blog isn't to give an extensive review or the basic storyline of the book; I just want to recommend titles, and hopefully you'll go read the book yourself to learn what it's about.)

I hope you will read an enjoy this book. If have, please leave a comment and tell me (and other readers) what you think!

HAPPY 2016!

P.S. The annual RootsTech Conference is coming up! For more on that, click HERE. If you can't watch the day of, parts of the event will be video recorded and translated into multiple languages. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas 2015 Special Edition

Hi Readers,
   Of course, we need a special edition of the blog for Christmas. Today I want to recommend two of my favorite Christmas books. They are picture books, and they are perfect for families. Hopefully the will help you remember Christ all year.

A Night Without Darkness: A Nephite Christmas Story by Timothy Robinson
This book has been in my house ever since I can remember. It is the story of the people in ancient America who witnessed the signs of Jesus Christ's birth as foretold by prophets. Although the main characters portrayed are fictitious, the story brings to life the plight of believers in Book of Mormon times. They watched for the sign of Christ's coming, much as we watch for his second coming.

The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale by Angela Elwell Hunt
A dear friend gave this book to us a few years ago around Christmas time. All I can say is, it is beautiful. It will lead you to ponder the life of Christ, and love him more. It will help you see that everything happens for a reason.

Be sure to share your favorite Christmas books in the comments!

One last thought, this time from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

"This is a season of rejoicing! A season of celebration! A wonderful time when we acknowledge that our Almighty God sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem the world! To redeem us!

It is a season of charitable acts of kindness and brotherly love. It is a season of being more reflective about our own lives and about the many blessings that are ours. It is a season of forgiving and being forgiven.
But perhaps most of all, let it be a season of seeking the Lamb of God, the King of Glory, the Everlasting Light of the World, the Great Hope of Mankind, the Savior and Redeemer of our souls."

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Daily

Yesterday was the International Day of the Bible (you can read my thoughts about that here). The Holy Bible is one of my favorite books, and there's so much to learn from it. Why do you love the Bible?

In honor of Thanksgiving this week, I'd like to share some thoughts about gratitude from a servant of the Lord, President Uchtdorf (read more about modern-day prophets and apostles HERE). More thoughts on gratitude from God's servants HERE. Even more about gratitude HERE.
What are you grateful for? What helps you live in thanksgiving daily? Share your thoughts.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November: An Old Fashioned Girl

November is here! The book for the month is another by Louisa May Alcott: An Old Fashioned Girl. This book was so good. I had just finished Little Women and Jo's Boys when I found it. I was so excited to find yet another book by one of my favorite authors. If you like Little Women, this book will not disappoint.

To busy to read? Lucky for you, the audio version is available for free on LibriVox (click HERE). I like this site because I can listen to my favorite books while I do my chores. 


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Something Different

Hi All,
  This is not something I usually write about. However, I want to inform you about something that has interested me these last few days. It's called The Truth About Cancer- a series of free videos to teach you about cancer, how to prevent and heal it naturally, and many other interesting things that you might not find anywhere else. I find it fascinating to hear about all the things God has given us on this earth to heal our bodies (Read Genesis 9:3, Doctrine and Covenants 89 (especially verses 10-12) and Doctrine and Covenants 42:43). These videos are only free for a limited time (I'm sorry to say that some are already expired), but if you want you can buy all of them. To learn more, click HERE.

It's amazing to see how Heavenly Father is in the details of our lives, right down to our health. I have seen his guiding hand as I strive to take care of my own body. That is why I find it so amazing to see what He will inspire us to do if we only look for His guidance.

                              How do you see God's hand in the details of your lives?