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How Evelyn’s Trouble with Bowel Movements Taught Me About the Atonement

You don't really understand how much God loved His children to give His only Begotten Son up, nor do you realize how much Christ loved us to take upon Himself all the sins the pain of the world, until you become a parent. Especially a parent whose newborn daughter can't pass bowel movements by herself.

As you know, I only breastfed Evelyn for four days. I felt completely at peace with that decision, as did Justin. It was best for our family situation to have Evelyn drink from a bottle and to save me from the pain and stress of nursing. However, there have been numerous days these past two and a half months that I have thought I made a terrible mistake. Especially when it came to Evelyn’s bowel movements.

See, the problem is that Evelyn can’t poop by herself.

Ever wonder why Christ would take upon Himself all the sins and pain of the world? Try having a daughter who can't poop by herself and you'll understand! Continue Reading

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Reading Roundup | Feb 2017

Book review for At the Pulpit: LDS Women discourses.

Sadly, I was only able to read one book this month for Reading Roundup, but it was a great one! Just like last month, I was again contacted by the LDS Church Historian’s Press to review a book. *I received this book free in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* Even more than the book I got last month, I was so excited to read the book I got!

Book review for At the Pulpit: LDS Women discourses. Continue Reading

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

#LoveBlog 2017 Day 9 | A Servant’s Heart

Christians are to be Christ-like. One of the best way to do so is by performing service. During His earthly ministry, not only did Christ teach and preach, but He served others: He healed the sick, ate with the poor and sinners, and forgave. He is our King, Lord, and Savior. But, He acted as a servant during His life: during the Last Supper, He washed the feet of His disciples! We should follow His example of having a servant’s heart. Continue Reading

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Keeping Christ in Christmas | Guest Post

Keep Christ in Christmas this year with these simple tips!

Christmas has always, always been my favorite holiday by far! It used to be because of no school, snow, and presents. But, as I’ve grown up, especially after moving to Utah for college and being so close to Temple Square during the holidays, it’s become more about the spirit of Christmas–family, love, giving, service, friends, and Christ.  Today, my friend, Karen talks about how to keep Christ in Christmas.


Hello, friends of Tayler and The Morrell Tale! I’m very excited to be a guest today, sharing some thoughts on how to keep Christ in Christmas.

Keep Christ in Christmas this year with these simple tips!

Christmas is different for everyone. Some look forward to it all year long, while others just want to pull the covers over their heads and sleep from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.

No matter where you fall on that spectrum, I think many of us can agree that it gets difficult to keep our focus on the real purpose of this time of year. With so many distractions competing for our attention, here are four ways you can remember Christ and keep the spirit of Christmas with you.

1. Serve others in meaningful ways.

I know people get more generous at Christmastime. Tips get a little bigger. Donations are higher. Gifts are abundant. These are all great things. But you can truly feel the spirit of Christ when you do more than toss a few dollars into a bucket or clean out that coat closet. Find a soup kitchen where you can go and serve meals. Help pack up boxes to send to the troops. Participate in an adopt-a-family type event and bring Christmas to a family that would otherwise go without.

When it comes to finding ways to give service, there are endless options. And each one will touch someone’s life, while also helping you feel the love our Savior has for each of us.

2. Enjoy Christ-centered entertainment.

“Rockin Around the Christmas Tree” is definitely a fun tune. So are “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” The jury is mixed on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” And there is plenty of room for all of those wintery songs. But when it comes time to really focusing on Christ’s birth, you can’t go wrong by choosing music that focuses on that miracle. The album O Holy Night by the Millennial Choirs and Orchestra is a great way to get started.

In addition, watching movies and specials that focus on the spirit of Christmas will help set the tone. Netflix and Hulu have some great options right now.

3. Focus on your gift recipients, rather than on the gifts.

There is an ever-increasing number of complaints about how consumerism has taken over Christmas. And for many people, that is true. Some respond by refusing to give gifts altogether, or by doing so only grudgingly. The thing is, Christmas gift-giving isn’t inherently bad. It’s all about your attitude. Instead of hurrying through a long list of wish lists, spend some time thinking about each recipient, and what would be special to them. Take the opportunity to ponder your relationships, their personalities, their needs and wants. And then choose gifts that are meaningful. You might be surprised how this impacts your feelings about gift-giving in general. Plus, it helps to remember that we love our friends and family just as much as our Savior does.

4. Read or tell the Nativity Story.

One tradition I miss from my childhood is one that happened every night on Christmas Eve. My mom would gather us kids under the Christmas tree, beside the Nativity Scene that was always placed in a prominent place, and she told us the Nativity Story.

If you don’t feel comfortable reciting it, open up Luke 2 and read the account straight from the Bible. Spend some time on Christmas Eve thinking about the real reasons we celebrate Christmas. This will help you go into Christmas morning with a positive attitude, and hopefully a little extra love for your family.

What are some of your tips for keeping Christ in Christmas?

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Karen Peterson is a blogger, traveler, and movie critic loving life in Southern California. Her hobbies include watching too many movies, binging too much television, and winning arguments on Twitter. When she’s not stirring up trouble online, she can often be found in the Dole Whip line at Disneyland, or attempting to catch free t-shirts at Angels baseball games.
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Reading Roundup | October 2016

Book review on Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Lyman Bushman, Defenders of the Family by Benjamin Hyrum White, and Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary

Another month gone, holy cow! They are going so fast, I can’t believe it! I read a total of 3 books this month’s reading roundup and I’m so happy I’m done with Rough Stone Rolling because I can finally move on to the rest of my bookshelves!

Book review on Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Lyman Bushman, Defenders of the Family by Benjamin Hyrum White, and Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary

Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Lyman Bushman

Book review on Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Lyman Bushman

It has actually taken me little more than a year to read this book. Last year when I had my faith crisis, my Bishop mentioned reading this book. He knew that I was historically minded and that a lot of my questions and doubts had to do with the limited primary sources and actual facts of the early LDS Church and some decisions and preachings by early presidents of the church and other prolific members. Now, I have no doubt that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and that he saw our Savior and translated the Book of Mormon. But, it does seem in our church that we revere him. We don’t revere any of the biblical or Book of Mormon prophets, or even any of the other Latter-Day prophets like we do him. And, there is so much antagonism against him. Also, there just isn’t a lot of facts that we are absolutely 100% sure of. So, my thoughts and feelings of him as a person, his decisions, and the early church as a whole was a little ambiguous.

The book, from a historical point of view, was very enlightening. It is a “cultural biography”, which means that the author tries to show how the culture of Joseph Smith’s day influenced and affected him. I definitely learned a lot I didn’t know about the culture of New England and the mid-west in the 1830-40s, as well as many facts about Joseph Smith and his family. A lot of times in this book, I found myself saying, “ok, that explains it,” or “that wasn’t as bad as people make it out to be.” A lot of times, direct quotes from Joseph Smith about doctrine or Gospel principles or attitudes and philosophies that Mormons should have made me want to shout out, “Thank you! If only modern-day Mormons realized this!!!” But, there were still some parts that made me cringe a bit about his decisions or double think his character or motivation. Really, it made me feel extremely bad for Emma as his wife. It also made me just sad for Joseph–he may have helped to restore Christ’s church and priesthood on the Earth, but he was definitely not as infallible or pure as many in the Church want to believe.

I realize that the LDS Church’s history is grimy and iffy, and that’s something I’m going to have to live with my entire life. But, I do know that the basic Gospel truth taught by this church is true. And, regardless of how I may feel about Joseph Smith, I am glad I got to know him better than I previously did.

Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary

Book review on Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary

We actually bought this book years ago when Matt Smith became the 11th doctor. We’ve both flipped through it a few times, but I have never actually sat down and read it cover to cover. I decided to put it in the bathroom to read while Rhys was taking a bath or trying to go on his training potty, or for my own entertainment. It was fun to relive the 9th, 10th, and 11th Doctors and looking back at the different episodes and characters.

This book is set up like a children’s Discovery World books I used to check out from the library as a kid. It’s mostly pictures with captions. Rhys has also gotten in the habit of flipping through it. I’ve started teaching him the different characters in Doctor Who. He knows Daleks are robots, and that the Weeping Angels either look like they are crying or going “boo”. He also knows who Davros, creator of the Daleks, is and can say his name. It’s so cute!

Defenders of the Family by Benjamin Hyrum White

Book review on Defenders of the Family by Benjamin Hyrum White

** I received a copy of this book from Cedar Forts Publishing in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints feels very strongly about gender identity and the importance of family. In 1994, the First Presidency of the church created a document called Family: A Proclamation to the World to explain our beliefs. Almost every Mormon family has it hanging somewhere in their house.

This books is a children’s book, in the form of a comic book, and teaches the principles of the Family Proclamation.

Book review of Defenders of the Family by Benjamin Hyrum White

I loved the illustrations and how White made it simple for little kids to understand. When I received my copy in the mail, Rhys helped me open it and was excited to see that it was a book. He sat by me and let me read the entire thing to him. I am so glad that I have this book on my shelves now for my children as they grow up. It’s also a perfect book to take to Sacrament Meeting for your kids!

Find out more about Benjamin Hyrum White here.

Buy the book here:
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What books did you read this month?

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.