Author: Rob Stewart

The Perfect Last-Minute Valentine’s Gift

This article is a guest post written by Dr. Cole Ratcliffe, a marriage and family therapist and professor at BYU-Idaho.   Valentine’s day is upon us, which means, among other things, overpriced chocolate and roses. For struggling relationships, it may provide a disappointing reminder of the love that you don’t feel.  For others, it’s an exciting day to celebrate your love. And for some, it’s an opportunity to try to get your relationship back on track. No matter what the current state of your marriage, I’ve got the best and most simple Valentine’s gift you could give to yourself and your spouse....

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2 Things Parenting Has Taught Me About God

When I was pregnant, a good friend told me about her recent experience in becoming a mom. In addition to the typical ups and downs, she mentioned an interesting thought: Being a parent helps you learn even more about who Heavenly Father is. Now that I’ve been a mom for 7 whole months (pretty much expert status 😉 ), I’ve come to appreciate family even more. While there are many reasons God has put us in families (to gain a physical body, learn the gospel, prepare for eternal life), being a mother really has helped me learn more about...

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2 Tips to Make Your Marriage a Little More Joyful

Delight in Thy Husband My husband is the most wonderful man in the world. And I’m not just saying that. He loves playing with our new baby girl, he helps out with the dishes, and he takes time to show me love every day. Can it get any better than that? But even with the most wonderful man in the world as my husband, it can be all too easy to become dissatisfied. Recently, I found myself focusing a little too much on my husband’s weaknesses instead of enjoying his many, many strengths. One day during my personal scripture...

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3 Ways to Help Your Kids Give This Christmas

I still remember the first time I gave a Christmas present as a child. I had carefully chosen a few things from the school book fair that I knew my siblings were just going to love: a pink fluffy pen for my sister and a small teddy bear figurine for my little brother. While the gifts were simple, I was excited to share some things I liked with people I loved. Though I really loved giving gifts, at first my Christmases were all about getting. And with all the wish lists for Santa and Christmas ads on TV, it’s...

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Me Too: Why Sexual Freedom Isn’t Free

I check my watch again: 3:45 am, and I’m wide awake. Exhausted, but awake. Part of it is because I’m 8 months pregnant and my body hurts all over. (I think my body is practicing the no sleep thing for when the baby comes. 😛 ) But part of it is because I can’t stop thinking about my Facebook feed yesterday. At first, I was confused by the two word status updates popping up everywhere: “Me too.” But then one friend wrote a little explanation along with it. She said, “If all the people who have been sexually harassed...

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