Friday, April 20, 2018


Earlier this year I got a phone call from Utah Valley University and 
on the other line was Matt Holland.  Matt is the very popular
 and distinguished President of the university.
President Holland informed me that I had been selected as 
a recipient to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University. 
 Me?! (Are you sure?).
I was speechless and tearful on the other end of the phone.
Just last week I received an official announcement in the mail.
Again, I felt inadequate.
As I prepare to receive this dignified award I have been reflecting on the many
family members, friends, teachers, medical staff, and acquaintances that have 
contributed to my life and who I am.  It's so humbling.
I will be in the company of  Wolf Blitzer, 
Rev. France A. Davis, and Jeffrey L. Sermon.
Commencement is on May 3rd and I am so thrilled to be with
 my children, family members and friends in Utah
as we celebrate this great honor together.

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Teachings from RMN:
 "Be an example of the believers, as followers of Jesus Christ,
 each of you can live in accord with His teachings.
 You can have “a pure heart and clean hands”; 
you can have “the image of God engraven upon your [countenance].”
 Your good works will be evident to others.
The light of the Lord can beam from your eyes.
With that radiance, you had better prepare for questions. 
The Apostle Peter so counseled, 
“Be ready always to give an answer to every man that 
asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you."

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sick of it.

I know you are probably getting sick of the smoke blogs,
but check out how hazy my morning run was:
Also check out how the smoke hangs in the air in the ranch house:
But look how adorable puppy Angus was on my bed this morning
when I woke him up to go for our morning run.

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Teachings from RMN:
Every human being who comes to this earth is the product 
of generations of parents. We have a natural yearning to 
connect with our ancestors. 
This desire dwells in our hearts, regardless of age.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Today I am dropping Mr. Nielson off at the airport.
He's headed out of town for business and I am jealous because 
the smog from the wildfires here have been horrible.  
Dangerously high winds have blown not only the wildfire
smoke surrounding the ranch, 
but has managed to blow dirt into every crevice of the ranch house
(and in my mouth too!).
My eyes itch and my clothes smell like I've been at girls camp for the last week.
I have seriously been thinking of packing up and heading back to Utah.
Our family was planning on being in Utah next week anyway
since my mom is graduating from BYU, and I am receiving an award at UVU,
(more on that later!).
The beautiful thing about home/online school is you can
do things like that.
This evening while dinner was cooking on the stove,
Mr. Nielson took me on his dirt bike headed for the ranch property line
where we could get a good look at the wildfire situation.
The smoke was still far away, but tonight as
I was getting ready for bed  I noticed out my window
flames were glowing on top of the Mesa.
That made me a little uneasy especially since we haven't seen that before.
The fire department is doing a great job at keeping us
informed of the situation, but has reported that
only 10% of the fire is contained.
We are desperately praying for rain!!!!

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Teachings from RMN:
Ask, Seek, Knock, October 2009
"To access information from heaven, one must first have a firm faith
 and a deep desire. One needs to “ask with a sincere heart and real intent,
 having faith in Jesus Christ." “Real intent” means that one really
 intends to follow the divine direction given.
Revelation need not all come at once. It may be incremental.
 “Saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line,
 precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; 
and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, 
and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; 
for unto him that receiveth I will give more.”
Patience and perseverance are part of our eternal progression."