Sandra Turley » Inspirational Singer, Speaker, Wife and Mom

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I know her breath, flow and intention better than I know the features of her face. I know her rhythm and strength more than I know her favorite clothing and hair styles. I know her honest, open heart but I don’t know what type of house she lives in or car she drives. I joined […]

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  • Anne - Loved this! Thank you!

    A friend gave me a picture of us with a quote from C.S. Lewis that states, “In friendship…we think that we have chosen our peers. In reality, a few years different in the date of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university over another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting — Any of these chances might have kept us apart. But for a Christian, there are strictly speaking, no chances. A secret Master of Ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to His Disciples, ‘Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you’, can truly say to every group of Christian friends, (and I’d venture to say other friends as well), ‘Ye have not chosen one another, but I have chosen you for one another’. The friendship is not a reward for discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each the beauties of others.”

    I think of friends, old and new, and how many “coincidences” led to us meeting, and am amazed and how blessed I am. I am so grateful for being placed in each others’ paths.ReplyCancel

    • Sandra Turley - WOW! CS Lewis and I are pre-ordained to be besties in the life after this 🙂 And I have never heard this quote from him. Yet again, he is masterfully and spiritually correct. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

1890’s. Bicycles were proclaimed morally hazardous. 2017. Here we are, looking at our tween daughter, forecasting what changes will come and what need be made before her entry into middle school this fall. More specifically, we are preparing to have “the talk” with her. Not the sex talk – that’s old news – you practically […]

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  • Erik - So true! Thanks for writing Sandra. And now I think we’d all benefit from riding bikes a little more often : )ReplyCancel

  • anne - Spring has finally sprung in Idaho as evidenced by the many cyclists out on the roads. As I was slowing and driving around them on our way home from school pickup, I recalled just what a maniac I was on my bike as a kid – cutting through yards, running red lights, skipping the intersection altogether and just dodging across the highway. It’s probably good my mom didn’t know or she’d have even more gray hair. (At least, I think she didn’t know…mom’s sometimes do but don’t tell.) I thought about if what kinds of things my kids will want to do on their bikes as we drove past a skate park. (Eek!)

    Loved your take on this! Embracing the blessings, being aware of the dangers and making conscious decisions.

    And that David McCullough book has been on my “to read” list for years and years. My mission was over in VA/NC and it developed an intrigue about that great leap (literally) of technology.ReplyCancel

Genesis paints a picture of the beginning. Earth in it’s perfect, Edenic state. And then came the choice. Then the fall. Since the fall, the perfect earth was downgraded and mankind learned to work, even to toil and till and sweat to obtain food, increase, knowledge, and pleasure. (Study Genesis 3 & Moses 5)     […]

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We experience life in Time.  God does not. Meaning, our earthly beings have only one way to understand life and that is with past, present and future.  Time.  Our minds and even our souls cannot begin to fathom life without Time to tell us where we are in our journey.  We thrive on growth, physical […]

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A new year. A new phrase. And this phrase is going to be a hard one. Each year, instead of creating a list of resolutions, I listen for “the phrase.” The phrase for 2016 was “Eternity is Now.” All year long my mind drew back to this idea, this picture, this concept, and in turn […]

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  • Anne - Thank you for this! I had a similar epiphany last conference. There is a Mormon Tabernacle Choir member that we refer to as “the happy lady” because she always looks so happy. During conference, my 6-year-old and I were discussing what it could be that makes her happy. At one point he said, “Mom, I bet you would be happier if you didn’t have kids because kids stress you out.” Ugh! I felt awful. I reassured him that my kids give me the most happiness and then went to grab some snacks and control my tears. I realized I needed to work on letting my family see my joy but didn’t know how to do that. Within hours, President Nelson came to the rescue with a great talk on the topic. I studied it and others and even tried to track down “the happy lady” but then the busy-ness of life crept in. Thank you for this reminder.ReplyCancel

    • Sandra Turley - Thanks for your thoughts, Anne!
      I can’t wait to look for “the Happy Lady” in April!!!! (Though it could be a little bit like “Where’s Waldo”!)ReplyCancel

  • Edie Jones - Thank you for these inspiring thoughts. Remembering that the most important work is done within the walls of our own homes should be constantly in our forethoughts, but it is often not. It a constant effort to chose the best, I will remember your phrase for the year and implement it in my own life.ReplyCancel

  • chichi - Again, you sing a high C with such grace and ease. Clear as a dew drop on a lilac, sweet as the nectar from a vine, your voice hits each note with precision and passion. You sing it like it is…and like it should be. O how inspired I am to sing along in harmony. If only I knew where the water bucket is!


  • Marriett Campbell - Thank you Sandra for this Thought. It goes along well with Pres. Uchtdorf’s theme of Bloom Where Your are Planted. This means we cannot always pick the spot where we live, but we can grow and bloom wherever this place is where we are planted. You add now water these plants and pull out the negatives.ReplyCancel

  • Robertaa - Just have to say “Thank You”. You are an amazing sister you are close to the spirit and I love reading your articles. One thing I love, is they are short, sweet and when you are finished reading you feel the spirit and know you yourself can be better. Thank you so much for sharing and helping me to remember who I am, and helping me to become stronger!! I hope sometime in this life or the next life I have a chance to meet and hug you sweet Sisters!!ReplyCancel