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January 10, 2020

Americans in general and Latter-day Saints in particular hold some cultural ideas about marriage that tend to leave most of us, at some point, with the feeling that somehow we are falling short or that there is something really wrong with our relationship (thanks, Disn...

January 15, 2019


How do we manage conflict where one spouse is a talker and the other processes internally? Often when this situation exists in a relationship, a dynamic can result where one spouse becomes a pursuer and the other becomes and distancer or withdrawer. This can present...

November 29, 2018

I want to start off by talking about conflict. We all experience it – just about every day in some part of our lives. And if you’re in an unanticipated mixed-faith marriage, I imagine that if in no other area, you’ve experienced deep conflict in your marriage over reli...

March 29, 2018

Victor Hugo once wrote, "Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved."

I would take it a step further and say that to love and be loved is a fundamental to our well-being.  We are instinctively conditioned to seek out love and belonging before we are old...

December 22, 2017

I have always considered myself to be a compassionate person. Growing up as a person of faith, I was taught that it was one of the greatest virtues I could possess. Different faiths have different names for compassion. In my particular brand of Christianity, the word c...

February 21, 2017

Ask anyone who has been through a faith crisis and nearly all will tell you that significant pain was central to their experience. Faith crisis involves great losses – from certainty and stability to relationships and community belonging – which must be grieved. Anger...

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May 15, 2020