"We seldom get into trouble when we speak softly. It is only when we raise our voices that the sparks fly and tiny molehills become great mountains of contention."
- - Gordon B. Hinckley
Tune My Heart
by Marian Stoddard

Chickens Happen - January 28, 2016
How to Major in Russian - January 20, 2016
Making Christmas - December 23, 2015
Festival of the Nativity - December 09, 2015
Giving Thanks - November 25, 2015
A Tithe of Time - November 11, 2015
Enemy Vine - October 27, 2015
Principles, Preferences, and Beets - October 14, 2015
Sabbath Strength - September 30, 2015
Rerouting - September 16, 2015
Angels Do Attend - September 02, 2015
Bait and Switch - August 19, 2015
God's Abundance - August 05, 2015
Bless the Hands - July 22, 2015
Displacement - July 08, 2015
Sandra Drake - June 24, 2015
Mother's Day Rose - May 27, 2015
Beloved of God - May 13, 2015
Digging in Dirt - April 29, 2015
Joe's Farewell - April 15, 2015
Is It Blessed? - April 01, 2015
A Surprising Spring - March 18, 2015
Songs and Psalms - March 04, 2015
A Matter of Focus - February 18, 2015
Being Released - February 04, 2015
Taking Tommy to the Temple - January 21, 2015
Tommy - January 7, 2015
Christmas Remembrances - December 24, 2014
Temple Class - December 10, 2014
Skin Deep - November 26, 2014
Spacing Lessons - November 12, 2014
Getting over the Mountains - October 29, 2014
Pondering the Power of the Sacrament - October 15, 2014
Holding Fast - October 1, 2014
An Unusual "Golden Question" - September 17, 2014
And Flowers, Too - September 3, 2014
Creating a Garden - August 20, 2014
Apple Harvest - August 6, 2014
Practical Adjustments - July 23, 2014
Lessons Learned in a Move - July 9, 2014
Countenances Aglow - June 25, 2014
A Tale of Two Houses, Part 2 - June 11, 2014
A Tale of Two Houses, Part 1 - May 28, 2014
Beauty All Around - May 14, 2014
Things Lovely, and of Good Report - April 30, 2014
One Voice, Two Parts - April 16, 2014
Pondering a Talk I Never Heard - April 2, 2014
Three D's of Discipleship - March 19, 2014
A Book of Remembering - March 5, 2014
The Gift of the Holy Ghost - February 19, 2014
Healing Naaman - February 5, 2014
Snoring - January 22, 2014
A Good Ward - January 8, 2014
I Like My Birthdays, Every One - December 11, 2013
Being Grateful - November 27, 2013
To My Granddaughter - November 13, 2013
Settling In - October 30, 2013
He Finds His Sheep - October 16, 2013
Last Words - October 2, 2013
Pick a Hero - September 18, 2013
Small Divine Surprises - September 4, 2013
Staying in Our Home - August 21, 2013
Tommy - August 7, 2013
How Do I Look? - July 24, 2013
Taking Nourishment - July 10, 2013
Running Our Race - June 26, 2013
No Servant There - June 12, 2013
Into Our Closet - May 29, 2013
Seeing Doors - May 15, 2013
Homesick - May 1, 2013
More Perfect Measuring - April 17, 2013
Little Children are Not Lost - April 3, 2013
Coming to Conference - March 20, 2013
It All Matters - March 6, 2013
Simeon - February 20, 2013
Language - February 6, 2013
Keys and Church Callings - January 23, 2013
Instant Imaging - January 9, 2013
The Church and the Gospel - December 26, 2012
A Different Tithe - December 12, 2012
The Promises and Processes of Prayer - November 28, 2012
Beloved of God - November 14, 2012
Callings, Custom Ordered - October 31, 2012
Temple Ready - October 17, 2012
Did I Miss Something? - October 3, 2012
The Little Apple Tree - September 19, 2012
Mission Call - September 5, 2012
Need a Hug? - August 22, 2012
What is Real? - August 8, 2012
Sonnets - July 25, 2012
Is It Blessed? - July 11, 2012
Enduring to the End - June 27, 2012
Do You Believe? - June 13, 2012
Come Thou Fount - May 30, 2012

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About Marian Stoddard

Marian J. Stoddard was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in its Maryland suburbs. Her father grew up in Carson City, Nevada, and her mother in Salt Lake City, so she was always partly a Westerner at heart, and she ended up raising her family in Washington State. Her family took road trips all over the United States and Canada, so there were lots of adventures.

The adventures of music, literature, and art were also valued and pursued. Playing tourist always included the local museums as well as historical sites and places of natural beauty. Discussions at home, around the dinner table or working in the kitchen, could cover politics, philosophy, or poetry, with the perspective of the gospel underlying all. Words and ideas, and testimony and service, were the family currency.

Marian graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland, and attended the University of Utah as the recipient of the Ralph Hardy Memorial Scholarship, where she was graduated with honors, receiving a B.A. in English. She also met the love of her life, a law student, three weeks after her arrival; she jokes that she had to marry him because her mother always wanted a tenor in the family. (She sings second soprano.) They were married two years later and have six children and six grandchildren (so far). She treasures her family, her friends, and her opportunities to serve.

Visit Marian at her blog, greaterthansparrows.  You can contact her at bloggermarian@gmail.com. 

Marian and her husband live in Tacoma, Washington. Together they teach those who are preparing to go to the temple for the first time, and she also teaches a Stake Relief Society Institute class.

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