I have a really cool story to share this month. Ever since beginning work on Standout Saints, I've had many special experiences connecting with people as I've learned about Church history heroes. Recently, Lisa, the oldest daughter of one of the heroes in my book, contacted me. She told me that she and her daughter decided to go to a bookstore. Lisa's daughter wanted to get Standout Saints, but Lisa was hesitant. Finally, she gave in. Later, as they were reading the book, they realized something special: there, at the back of the book, was Lillian Toft Ashby--Lisa's mother and her daughter, Toft's, namesake. Lisa and I began chatting and I learned so much more about Lillian's amazing story. I'm excited to share parts of it with you as this month's Standout Saints bonus chapter!
I know it's been such a rough time lately, but I hope you will still feel peace and joy during this Easter season. It's one of my favorite times of year, and I've been thinking about how we can feel the Savior's peace no matter our external circumstances. More than that, His most important gifts are always on offer: love, forgiveness, and hope for eternal life with those dearest to us.
Wishing you all a very happy Easter!