SMM 048: Faith and Hope in God’s Promise to Not Leave Us Comfortless || Brittany Frank

My guest today is Brittany Frank. Brittany is a wife to her husband, Trevor, and mom to a cute one-year-old little boy. When Brittany was a junior in college and competing as a track and cross country athlete, she was involved in a rappelling accident that left her with a spinal cord injury.

In the interview, Brittany shares about her accident and how she dealt with her recovery. She explains how she felt so much hope from God from the very beginning. She also shares how she dealt with the difficult periods when the reality of her injury and the lifelong consequences started to sink in.

She shared a beautiful scripture found in John 14:18: I will not leave you comfortless. Brittany explains that although she felt alone at times, she knows that feeling was necessary for her to understand the atonement of Jesus Christ and begin to heal.

Before having her son, Brittany didn’t know exactly how she would care for him but has learned through trial and error. Brittany talks about the practical ways she has had to modify everyday tasks in motherhood and how she makes it all work. She had a hard time finding resources on mothering with a spinal cord injury and now actively shares her experiences on her instagram account hoping to inspire and help others.

“Being present is being productive” is Brittany’s motherhood philosophy and she shares what this means for her and how she implements it in her life as a mother.

Brittany talks about a beautiful message she hopes to share with her son as he grows up. Overall, she has amazing faith and trust in following the promptings God gives her, even when they don’t make sense in a worldly view.

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SMM 047: Finding Beauty in the Hard of Motherhood || Melinda Peterson

My guest for episode 47 is Melinda Peterson. In the interview, Melinda shares how she has been able to find beauty in the hard parts of motherhood. We talk about how God gave her a “sixth sense” to help her child who struggled with speech and why that is a gift every mom can have.

Melinda is candid about her recent experiences dealing with postpartum depression. She tells how in her darkest moments she was able to “follow the breadcrumbs” God placed before her. Listen to hear how Melinda relates “breadcrumbs” to action and relying on the Savior.

We talk about hope and how to get through dark times when you aren’t sure where the light is.

You’ll hear Melinda’s thoughts on accepting your whole self, even your imperfections. She gives a beautiful definition of the word “beloved” and how that relates to our relationship with the Savior and His atonement.

Overall, I use three words to sum up this interview with Melinda–beauty, love and light. She shares her gift of faith in a hopeful way that will help you recognize God in your own life.

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Listen to other episodes about dealing with depression

SMM 010: Being Open About Mental Illness in Motherhood + When You Don’t Know If God is Your Partner || Ally Hayward

SMM 015: Balance + Overcoming Feelings of Failure + True Self-Care in Motherhood || Elise Curtis

SMM 021: Chasing Your Dreams + Turning to God in Post-Partum Depression || Amanda Anderson

SMM 037: How to Create Thoughts to Love Your Children Better || Lisa Funk

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SMM 046: Record Thoughts from God || Part 5 of 5

Episode 46 is the fifth and final episode in a 5-episode series on becoming more spiritually minded. The purpose of the series is to help you figure out how God speaks to you as well as learn how you receive personal revelation. Today’s topic is: Record Thoughts from God.

If you listened to episodes 42, 4344, and 45 you know that each week of this series has a free printable. The episodes are focused on a portion of a quote from President Nelson’s talk from April 2018 General Conference. The talk is called Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives. Here is the part of that talk we are focusing on this week:

Write the thoughts that come to your mind. Record your feelings.


The printable for this week’s episode will give you the chance to ponder on how you have seen and felt God as your partner in motherhood.

The act section of the printable is an invitation to you to start recording spiritual thoughts, impressions, feelings and tender mercies from God.

The printable also includes journal templates to help you get started. There are three different templates but they are basically all the same. You can pick the one you like the best.

There is also a blog post I wrote that you can read about the benefits of journal writing for moms. The post also goes into detail about how to use the journal templates. The blog post is called “Want to be a Better Mom? Write in Your Journal.”

In this episode, I shared five blessings you can receive from recording thoughts from God:

  • Preserve the integrity of the message.
  • Preserve the feelings of the moment.
  • Plant spiritual seeds.
  • Facilitate future sharing.
  • Enhance future revelation.

I took these topics from an article written by Tad Callister from a Church News article from October 24, 2017 called Record Spiritual Insights to Receive More Revelation in Your Life.

I hope you have enjoyed this five-part series. Hopefully, something you have heard or written onthe printables has helped you come closer to God.

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Show Notes

Download the printables for each episode HERE.

Find part 1: Seek a Relationship with God HERE.
Find part 2: Build Spiritual Reserves HERE.
Find part 3: Use God as a Guide HERE.
Find part 4: Act on Promptings Felt from God HERE.

To read more about Alma’s experiences writing instructions from God so he “might have them” read Mosiah 26.

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SMM 045: Act on Promptings Felt from God || Part 4 of 5

Episode 45 is the fourth episode in a 5-episode series on becoming more spiritually minded. The purpose of the series is to help you figure out how God speaks to you as well as learn how you receive personal revelation. Today’s topic is: Act on promptings felt from God.

If you listened to episodes 42, 43, and 44 you know that each week of this series has a free printable. The episodes are focused on a portion of a quote from President Nelson’s talk from April 2018 General Conference. The talk is called Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives. Here is the part of that talk we are focusing on this week:

…follow through with actions that you are prompted to take.

The printable for this week’s episode will give you the chance to ponder and think about situations and times when you have felt prompted and how you acted on the promptings.

The “Act” section of the printable will help you review the ways you have acted on the topics from the previous three weeks:

  • Seek a Relationship with God
  • Build Spiritual Reserves
  • Use God as a Guide

In this episode, I share some examples about how acting has helped me spiritually throughout my life. You’ll hear how acting gives you power whereas not acting creates doubt.

I shared this quote by Michelle Gifford of The Women With Fire Podcast

Heavenly Father can’t move an object that is standing still.

I also talked about how sometimes we know “what” God is prompting us to do but we don’t know “why.” Listen to hear why this is totally OK and how we can still act and receive blessings from God even if we don’t know the “why” of a prompting.

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Download the printables for each episode HERE.

You can find part 1: Seek a Relationship with God HERE.
You can find part 2: Build Spiritual Reserves HERE.
You can find part 3: Use God as a Guide HERE.

Listen to the full episode about how acting helped my family change our financial situation in episode 34: Why I am Grateful for the Hardest Time in my Life.

You can hear my interview with Michelle Gifford HERE.

Listen to The Women With Fire episode 52: The Quester: Part 3 of the Quest Series, for more about the quote by Michelle Gifford mentioned above.

Listen to The Women With Fire interview with Lizzy Jensen where she shares how to “Act on the ‘what,’ even if you don’t know the ‘why.'”

The scripture I shared about Nephi acting on the “what” when he didn’t know the “why” can be found in 1 Nephi 9:5-6.

Read the entire talk with the quote I read from Elder David A. Bednar called The Spirit of Revelation.

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SMM 044: Use God as a Guide || Part 3 of 5

Episode 44 continues the 5-episode series on becoming more spiritually minded. The purpose of the series is to help you figure out how God speaks to you as well as learn how you receive personal revelation. Today’s topic is: Use God as a Guide.

If you listened to episodes 42 and 43, you know that each week of this series has a free printable. The episodes are focused on a portion of a quote from President Nelson’s talk from April 2018 General Conference. The talk is called Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives. Here is the part of that talk we are focusing on this week:

Does God really want to speak to you? Yes!

The printable for this week’s episode is a worksheet that will help you recognize different ways God speaks to you. There are 28 different ways you might feel the spirit listed on the sheet. Each way has scriptures you can look up. After reading the scriptures, you can ponder and write how you have felt God guiding you in this way.

It’s OK if you leave some of the boxes blank. You are an individual and God communicates with you in your own unique way. You may not feel God in all 28 ways listed and that is totally OK.

In the episode, I share some of my experiences and how I have learned to use God as a guide in my life.

I also share experiences of two previous podcast guests. You’ll hear a short clip of episode 10 with Ally Hayward and another clip of episode 14 with Michelle Garfield.

I hope the exercise on the printable and hearing other people’s experiences on the podcast will give you hope and help you realize you can figure out for yourself how God speaks to you.

This is the quote from President Gordon B. Hinckley that I included on the printable and also read at the end of the episode.

That’s the test, when all is said and done. Does it persuade one to do good, to rise, to stand tall, to do the right thing, to be kind, to be generous? Then it is of the Spirit of God. … If it invites to do good, it is of God. If it inviteth to do evil, it is of the devil. … And if you are doing the right thing and if you are living the right way, you will know in your heart what the Spirit is saying to you. You recognize the promptings of the Spirit by the fruits of the Spirit—that which enlighteneth, that which buildeth up, that which is positive and affirmative and uplifting and leads us to better thoughts and better words and better deeds is of the Spirit of God. 

If you ever feel enlightened, built up, positive, uplifted or led to do better, you are feeling the spirit. I hope this week’s episode and the printable will help you come to know that more fully in your life.

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Show Notes

Download the printables for each episode HERE.

You can find part 1: Seek a Relationship with God HERE.
You can find part 2: Build Spiritual Reserves HERE.

Listen to the full episode of my interview with Ally Hayward, episode 10, HERE.
Hear the full episode of my interview with Michelle Garfield, episode 14, HERE.

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