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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert
Carmen Rasmusen Herbert is a former "American Idol" contestant. She writes an entertainment column for the Deseret News.

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So to all you mothers out there, pregnant or not, large or small, gaining or losing weight, know this: You are pretty awesome. Using your life to bless, protect and help others is pretty awesome.
With different milestones and challenges in life, a marriage will sometimes be re-shaped, brought to the brink, fought for and then made stronger than ever. It’s an eternal work in progress that is worth ...
I want my children to know that, like my own mother, I would die for them, too. My little men have my heart, but the biggest piece is saved for my husband.
When it seems my world has caved in on me, I let myself have a small breakdown. Then I pick up my scriptures and begin to add more oil to my lamp, one verse, one talk, one prayer at a time. Those tiny drops hav...
I walked back up to my hotel room that afternoon feeling warm and peaceful. I noticed a copy of the Book of Mormon I had brought with me in my suitcase and decided to give it to Twila. I wasn’t sure how s...
Someday my little boy may read this. And if he does, I want him to know that I wanted him. Exactly him. If I cried, it’s not because I was disappointed. I mourned not for the baby I had, but perhaps for t...
It's us tired, frantic, busy Mrs. Clauses who want desperately to make Christmas magical for our families when really, in the end, they might be just as happy with a banana and an onion.
In the hustle and bustle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, we somehow lose the entire purpose of Christmas: to celebrate the birth of Christ.
Despite the hectic holiday madness, I am so grateful for the memories made and the bonds that are strengthened through family traditions, however similar to “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation...
We weren’t born to be restricted by our shells, or buried with fear, or stay surrounded by darkness. We were born with light and with the innate instinct to let light guide us.