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Justina McCandless

Bridging Time Through Poetry: Words from my Fifth Great-Grandpa

This poem was written by my 5th-great grandfather Jesse Ballard (1808-1865). He writes about the biggest trials he faced in life including the deaths of his wife and his seventeen-year-old son.  His poem is very religious and even though he wasn’t a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the focus of […]

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Five Ways to Find Peace in Christ this Christmas

I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but we are not living in a peace-filled world this Christmas. There are wars and countless conflicts happening right now across the globe. Sometimes, the conflicts are happening in our own homes, families, and communities. This Christmas I have been struggling with this question: how do we find peace

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Sunsets, Music, And Dancing: The Magic Of Summer In Nauvoo

In honor of Pioneer Day (July 24, 1847) when the first company of pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, I’d like to take you on a “walk” through the Nauvoo Pageant. Experience the Magic Before it even begins, you’re in love. On your way to pageant, you pass the Mississippi River. Wait, look! The

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“I am Strong Now,” Emma on the Day of the Martyrdom

The sister post to this article about Mary Fielding Smith’s experience at the martyrdom of her husband Hyrum can be found at Pioneering Sisterhood here. P.S. Dear Emma, I am very much resigned to my lot, knowing I am justified and have done the best that could be done. Give my love to the children.1

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