I can’t remember exactly how I stumbled onto Teresa Hirst’s blog six or so years ago, but she has proven to be a blessing to me time and time again. She is insightful and deliberate in her thoughts — no wishy-washy business coming from her. As I have followed her blog over the years, it seems like her challenges and insights into those challenges have paralleled my own life and challenges. There have been several times when something she would say in a post would be just what I needed to understand. Every now and then, we email back and forth. She’s a virtual mentor to me, and so very wise.
At one point several years ago, she encouraged readers to express more gratitude in their prayers. It was exactly what I needed in a cloudy time of my life, so I decided with my husband that all our prayers for a week would be prayers of gratitude. We weren’t allowed to ask for a single thing in our prayers during that week. It was a challenge, but it opened our eyes in ways we didn’t anticipate. We even found something to be grateful for in a speeding ticket.
Teresa wrote a book, and I truly can’t be happier for her. I finally got to meet her last month when she traveled from her home in Minnesota to Utah for book launching activities. She’s fabulous in person — so real and honest. And now I want you to get to know her through her book!
She and her family went through incredibly difficult financial struggles during the recession. Some people wallow. Others — like Teresa — write books.
Her book, Twelve Stones to Remember Him, is the result of several interviews with Mormon women and men who also experienced deep setbacks and financial ruin during the recession — and how they used gospel principles to deal with those problems. I loved the stories Teresa shared — her own and the stories of those she interviewed. The stories are real and relatable, and Teresa knew just the right amount of commentary to include and how to let the stories speak for themselves.
We all love stories — probably because they allow us to relate to concepts in the ways that are most applicable to our own lives. And in that way, this book is for anyone going through any struggle.
I read about a woman who experienced deep financial problems but was obedient to the prophet’s counsel to plant a garden. None of her squash grew. But then one day she received bunches of squash from someone else! That isn’t coincidence. She was directly and obviously blessed for her obedience. I found so much insight in that story that helped me see my current challenges in a new light. I often feel like I have more to do than I can possibly handle. I don’t know how to balance what I know God wants me to do outside my home with what I need to do for my family inside my home. Even though this story was about squash and a garden, I learned that as I follow what I know God wants me to do outside my home, He will directly bless me so that I’ll be able to provide what my family needs inside my home.
There were several stories that spoke to me in ways they weren’t intended, but because they were testimonies of others, I was able to hear what I needed to hear.
If you’re experiencing financial struggles, or struggles of any kind really, Twelve Stones to Remember Him is worth a read. Plus, my story of the speeding ticket is in the book!
Want to know more? Why did Teresa write this book, and how did it come to be? Scroll down or click here for a Q&A with Teresa.
You can purchase her book on Amazon.