Monday, July 30, 2012


I don't usually post book reviews on this blog, but this book touched me and I wanted to share it here too.
" If I could change just one thing it would have been to have more time. More time.., exactly what would I have done with it? I don’t know. Possibly look beyond the one-dimensional roll I had cast her in, the role of villain, of creature…." Let the walls fall down chronicles Sybil's personal journey through an abusive childhood at the hands of a mentally ill mother. After years of anger, resentment,and estrangement she and her mother reunite. What happens next is lesson in healing and forgiveness, that all began with one horrific phone call.….
"I read "Let the Walls Fall Down" by Sybil Belanger Conley and was deeply touched by her approach to life. She is present to the life experience that has nurtured her soul.It is obvious that she went through a very difficult time in her childhood,yet she was able to shift the energy around her in a positive way. This took courage and strength as she became aware of her power to choose consciously how she would shape her world. Her book is clear that she was able to move out of her egocentric and fear-based behavior and into the kind of living that is the heart of what Jesus means when he says, " I came that you might have life, and have it to the full" It is indeed a life giving read, a model to many of us. " (Sister Clarrisse)

Let The Walls Fall Down by Sybil Belanger Conley reminded me that a lot of times we walk through life totally unaware of what is happening in the lives of the people around us.
Sybil's story brought me to tears. It is a story of abuse and survival, at the hands of a mentally ill, abusive mother. More than that it is the story of learning to forgive, with help and strength from a loving Heavenly Father.
I recommend everyone read this book.
Let the Walls Fall Down by Sybil Belanger Conley is available on for Kindle and for paperback.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012


On July 24, 1847 the Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley by covered wagon
and Handcart
As the sat in a clearing that overlooked the valley Brigham Young declared, "This is the place."
I am indebted to my, ancestors who gave up lives of comfort and relative ease to walk across the plains, to find some place that they could live in peace.


Sunday, July 22, 2012


Saturday afternoon I went to Latter Day Cottage bookstore for a big multi author book signing. There were 4 authors 3 from Arizona and a local artist.
Virgil Alexander, author of the Wham Curse
Carolyn Adams Hanchett author of The Blog.
Tom Scott author of It's True, An Evangelical Pastor's Journey To Truth In The Mormon Church.
MarJean, Betsy Love author of Soulfire, Me and Stephanie
Cecily Markland,
Tom Scott's publisher at Inglestone Publishing.
It was a fun afternoon, meeting new authors and seeing old friends.

Saturday, July 14, 2012


Last Saturday Nick and Claire stopped by for a visit
and to sleep over on their way to San Francisco.
Nick graduated from Web Institute in June and was offered a job in San Francisco, that starts Monday.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


It was a sad day when our church building was set on fire. It was a historical building and held a lot of good memories. I attended church there for almost 10 years.One of the things I was saddest to loose was Mr Turtle. He has been a part of the Nursery longer than I have.
One of my favorite memories with Mr Turtle happened about 5 years ago, when 3 year old Adam patiently pulled the turtle around the room every week during playtime,to entertain a little friend, who had limited abilities. Adam would endlessly pull the turtle and the other little guy would crawl/hop after it and laugh.
I found a new turtle, he attended nursery today, he had fun with the kids.
This what the building looked like late in the day of the fire.
The building is a total loss, it will eventually be replaced with a new modern building. The memories live in our hearts and minds. The gospel is still true and we will grow stronger from this.  The Tolleson Ward will go on in our temporary home.