Michelle Wilson

March 28, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
This story was originally published on LDS Living in November 2018.
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March 14, 2020 01:02 PM MDT
This morning, I was contemplating the crazy and unsettling state of the world when this calendar notification appeared on my phone: “Faith, starts today.”
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April 12, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
Maps are awesome. I mean, think about it: someone with so much more knowledge and experience than us took the time to measure, calculate, and draw the terrain and roads. They added towns and cities, miles and landmarks, and roads of all kinds. They even added the N on top so everyone else in the world—who isn’t my husband—can know where north is. Through their efforts, they have unlocked a world of driving and destinations for me. Because of them, I don’t have to be lost (as much). Because of them, I can know exactly how to get where I want to go.
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February 02, 2019 11:00 AM MST
It’s a phrase I’ve said to myself many times before: “With God, you are enough.”
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January 18, 2019 10:00 PM MST
Over the next several months, we will be sharing insights from authors Michelle Wilson and Dennis Gaunt on this year's youth theme, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." Watch for them under "Lesson Helps" on LDS Living's homepage each month and share them with your teens!
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Fun
December 27, 2018 12:54 PM MST
A few years ago I was called to teach the CTR5 Primary class. At the beginning of class every Sunday I would give each child a few moments to share a piece of exciting news or an announcement. Inevitably, at least one of the five-year-olds in the class would announce they had just been to or were about to go to Disneyland—even though it usually wasn’t true. They also would often give detailed accounts of injuries and bodily functions. Best of all were the funny stories they would tell about their parents—the kind of stories I know parents would not want their children to tell.
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Fun
December 01, 2018 11:39 AM MST
It’s 7 a.m. I grab my phone and head downstairs for a bowl of shredded Mini-Wheats. As I pour the milk, my phone lights up. I have just received a video message from my mom. Without worrying about my bedhead and puffy eyes, I tap on the screen and see my mom’s smiling face from two states away, wishing me good morning. The message is not long, maybe a minute or two. But I feel connected, and it makes me smile.
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November 26, 2018 10:39 PM MST
Big changes often require big faith. That’s definitely the case for the original 10 cast members of BYUtv’s Studio C who recently announced a very big change. After nine seasons of bringing hilarious, family-friendly sketch comedy to the homes of millions, they have chosen to leave the show and start a new endeavor together—JK! Studios.
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November 09, 2018 02:34 PM MST
Over the years, I’ve had sisters share a number of questions and concerns with me about Relief Society, with additional ones being shared with the ministering changes. Some are logistical questions. Others are deep-seated concerns.Last month we shared five questions and answers about ministering. Here are four more.
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November 07, 2018 07:49 PM MST
Moms of young kids, I know you. I’ve been you. I’ve sat in sacrament meeting with children on all sides, pulling my clothes and my hair, trying to crawl under the pew, smashing Cheerios in the bench.
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October 30, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
A few months ago, I received a strong impression to write on a specific topic. It was a welcome revelation, because as far as my writing has gone, it has seemed that God has had no strong feelings on what I should write. I know He cares about my hobbies and interests, of course, but as I’ve prayed about what to write in recent years, passing ideas by Him or asking for direction, it’s almost been as though His answer has been, “Yeah, that sounds like a good idea. You could do that. Whatever you feel you want to do is fine with me.”
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October 12, 2018 08:59 AM MDT
Over the years, I’ve had sisters share a number of questions and concerns with me about Relief Society, with additional ones being shared with the ministering changes. Some are logistical questions. Others are deep-seated concerns. Below I address a few of these, in no particular order.
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September 14, 2018 09:04 AM MDT
Among the exciting changes to the way we minister is who we get to minister with. Young women ages 14 and up can now serve as ministering sisters with the Relief Society. This seems a long time coming, as the young men have had the opportunity to serve in this capacity for many years now.
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September 04, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
When my friend's daughter burned her hands on a gas fireplace, her story of physical healing turned out to be a powerful parable about my own spiritual healing.
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August 21, 2018 09:02 AM MDT
We are taught from primary that with faith, miracles can happen.
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August 10, 2018 09:01 AM MDT
This change in how we minister allows us to really focus on the individual and personal needs of the sisters we are stewards over. But how can we know what their needs are? I posed this question during the recent Relief Society class discussion. A sister raised her hand high before I had even finished speaking. “Ask her,” she said plainly.
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August 01, 2018 08:51 AM MDT
Visiting teaching. In years past, these two words spoken in any Relief Society gathering evoked a myriad of conflicting emotions. Joy. Guilt. Gratitude. Annoyance. Peace. Guilt. Excitement. Frustration. Love. Guilt. Some loved the watchcare program set forth nearly 200 years ago—others, not so much. And most of us, whether we loved it or not, have carried some guilt associated with it. But now, no more guilt, and as of April 1, 2018, no more visiting teaching.
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July 13, 2018 08:00 AM MDT
I wonder if, when Paul penned the immortal words, “charity never faileth” (1 Corinthians 13:8) he had any idea it would be the mantra and motto for millions and millions of women nearly 2,000 years later. Probably not. Yet is it. It’s the theme of Relief Society. It is the greatest commandment. Mormon taught that charity, “is the pure love of Christ” (Moroni 7:47). That sounds beautiful, doesn’t it? But he also said that without it, we are nothing (See Moroni 7:46).
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June 08, 2018 05:44 PM MDT
As Sister Eubank so beautifully and succinctly stated in October 2017, ministering to our sisters is about doing what she needs. We no longer have a monthly visit to check off our list. It’s not about not finding time the entire month then dropping off a card and a treat on the last day of the month with a doorstep apology. It’s not about our checklist. It’s not about our efforts, it’s about them being ministered to. It’s not about our performance, but about their needs.
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May 29, 2018 09:18 AM MDT
A mother's note: One of the reasons I've never shared this before is because I am fiercely protective of my daughter. I do not want anyone to judge her harshly or see her in a negative light. A traumatic childhood can create issues for nearly any person. She is an amazing young woman. This post is about me and my struggles—not a letter of dissatisfaction or complaint about her. I share these thoughts with her permission.
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May 11, 2018 08:51 AM MDT
As a newly called Relief Society president, I felt the weight of the needs of the sisters in my ward. I prayed fervently for direction, peace, wisdom, and strength. I wanted to give every sister everything they needed. It was a heavy and sacred privilege. But, one that I learned wasn’t mine.
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May 08, 2018 03:00 PM MDT
When I was 17, I found my first job at an ice cream parlor, and I loved it. The employees got to eat as much free ice cream as they wanted—at least, that’s what my 19-year-old supervisor told me. So, of course, I ate it. A lot of it. I loved ice cream, and I still do. But there were some things about the job I didn’t love. Having to be there at a certain time and stay for the whole shift seemed suffocating to a free-spirited (and, arguably, lazy) teenager. I also didn’t love smelling like a sack of sour milk at the end of each workday. How something so right could smell so wrong was a complete mystery to me.
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May 05, 2018 08:00 AM MDT
A mother truly is a many splendored thing. She is a nurse, counselor, cook, maid, chauffeur, comedian, magician, accountant, guard, preacher, teacher, and dispenser of all that is good. She loves unconditionally, understands her children, teaches correct principles, sacrifices selflessly, and works unceasingly. Yes, mothers are honored, revered, and made to be saints—perfect even. But are moms perfect? Is that what is expected of us, needed from us? Will we fail in our role if we are anything less? These are questions many mothers, myself included, have struggled with.
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