Susan Evans McCloud is author of more than 40 books, including fiction, mystery and biography. She has two songs in the Latter-day Saint hymnbook, is mother of six children, grandmother to 10 and has five great-grandchildren.

Jennetta RIchards, the first convert confirmed in Great Britain, gave her life to the Lord, leaving the home and family she loved, suffering loss and hardship, but giving and serving and, in her short life, leaving a gentle and powerful legacy.
Lucy Mack Smith, mother of the Prophet Joseph, was the first woman heard in the general conference of the church. What voices have emerged since then? What has been their impact upon the men and women of the church as the work moves forward?
Each man and woman on earth was born of a mother. Women carry the physical and spiritual life force within them, from Eve to our day. We all have a rich heritage of mothers to draw upon.
From July 21 through the end of the month, the Mormon pioneers established a site for a city, a spot for the temple, began irrigation and planting crops, and discovered all that would help them to make this a goodly place for the Saints to settle.
Emma lost her first baby and her newborn twins — and then one of the adopted twins. In the midst of persecution, anguish, fear and uncertainty, Emma and Joseph suffered their own tender personal losses and trials.
Beatrix Potter was as delightful as the characters she created. She struggled through a challenging, often unsympathetic, childhood, youth, and even womanhood before her gifts bloomed and she found her own happiness.
All dust returns to the Earth from whence it came, but there are glories and wonders associated with our Mother Earth, who was created to sustain and enrich us, and who mourns the evil of mankind, looking forward to her renewal and exaltation.
Letters are as a breath of life, expressing thoughts and feelings that no other medium can express. Love letters, letters that reflect fear, courage, laughter, family closeness. Letters that reflect times of historic significance — precious to us.
The love which surrounded us at the celebration of the Savior’s birth brought us joy. Can we go on feeling joy as a new year unfolds? Love is at the heart of joy — coming from inside ourselves and spreading outward.
We are drawn to the light and love of the Savior. How do we become like him so that this love is a part of us, too? By first loving and trusting ourselves so that, in turn, we can love and tenderly encourage others.
Joseph Smith stands unique as the head of the last dispensation. He was a mighty man of God, yet a gentle, loving leader and friend. He was fearless. Many loved him and were strengthened by his example.
It’s easy to forget how intimately and tenderly our Father loves us. He does not forget. He blesses us and yearns over us. We learn what and who we are by coming closer to him.
The temple in the City of Joseph was completed after the Prophet Joseph Smith’s death, despite poverty and increasing persecution. Miracles took place, and the people were empowered for the challenges that yet awaited them.
Emma’s parents were opposed to the young Joseph Smith, but she was willing to cast her fate with his, and the love between them became a power for good and service to others throughout their lives.
On Christmas Eve of 1941, Winston Churchill spoke to the American people, urging us all to increase our faith and our efforts in behalf of the future of our children, in freedom and peace.
We are more than the here and now, and more than the frustrating image of the here and now. The past and the future are true, vital parts of our reality — who we truly are and will become.
When the Saints were in the mountains celebrating on July 24, 1857, when they heard Johnston’s Army was on its way. Brigham Young handled the crisis with courage and faith.
Joseph Smith’s enemies were constantly hounding him and looking for opportunities to do him harm. A special group of bodyguards was formed: the boys of the city, who were free to wander the streets whistling, whittling, watching and listening.
The Prophet’s three sisters suffered much of the persecution and trials that came with the Restoration. They remained true to their parents, to their brother and to the truth, though none of the three went West with the Saints.
Joseph Smith Jr. had five brothers who lived to adulthood. Each made a contribution to the work, and each had a unique relationship with their prophet-brother. What was each one like?
The world overwhelms us with enticements, but the Lord holds out the sweet assurance of true gifts if we will forsake the world and follow him.
Both the Pilgrims and the Mormon pioneers suffered and sacrificed for their faith, remained close to God through all their sufferings and turned to him with praise and thanksgiving when their bountiful, saving harvests came.
The early Saints used flags and banners both to inspire them, including the huge American flag made when Utah obtained statehood. Joseph Smith was betrayed under protection of a white flag of truce. We live under the banner of God and represent him.
Who were the first women to enter the Salt Lake Valley? Why were they chosen? What were they like? When Brigham Young led the first company of 148, these three women were a boon and a blessing.
In May, a spring month filled with hope and promise, some of the most important and challenging experiences took place in the life of the Prophet, from the visit of John the Baptist to administering the endowment for the first time in Nauvoo.
The beauty of womanhood is in the faces of 8-year-olds to 80-year-olds. Nothing is more rare and lovely than mothers and daughters, loving, supporting each other, bound with all the mothers who went before us, back to Mother Eve.
Time is man’s way of measuring mortal life. But it is also ours to control this elusive commodity to serve us, to work for us so that we do not squander what is most precious.
New Year’s resolutions often lack the power to change or alter our behavior. What of our hearts, the core of what we are and what we want to become? A new heart, a mighty change of heart, empowers us to utilize the best within ourselves and find joy.
Two men — who both exerted influence through the words they wrote, the things they said, the experiences they shared — met in New York City and took stock of one another. A delightful encounter!