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#39 – When People Think They Know What You Should Be Doing There are times when we feel that those around us don’t see us as an individual capable of making decisions and navigating our thoughts and feelings. We may feel depleted and defeated when opinions are shared with us contrary to what we believe is right for our life. When we make the decision to follow the example of the Savior in speaking up using actions rather than words, we feel liberated.  
In this episode, we discuss examples from the scriptures and personal examples of speaking up against those who are trying to lead us astray from making our own decisions.
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Scriptures
Matthew 21:15-17
Matthew 15:14
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#39 – When People Think They Know What You Should Be Doing There are times when we feel that those around us don’t see us as an individual capable of making decisions and navigating our thoughts and feelings. We may feel depleted and defeated when opinions are shared with us contrary to what we believe is right for our life. When we make the decision to follow the example of the Savior in speaking up using actions rather than words, we feel liberated.  
In this episode, we discuss examples from the scriptures and personal examples of speaking up against those who are trying to lead us astray from making our own decisions.
Notes
Scriptures
Matthew 21:15-17
Matthew 15:14
#38 – Honoring Your Speak Up Circumstances We all face challenges when it comes to our individual circumstances. We may at times feel limited by not having access to all the resources we feel necessary in our journey to speaking up. However, we can always turn to the scriptures for incredible examples of times when speaking up may not have been comfortable, but it had an everlasting impact. 
In this episode, we reference back to last week’s episode with Bethany Spalding. Her advice to affirm and stretch can be applied in many of our speaking up circumstances.
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Scriptures
Luke 5
Luke 7
Mark 5
John 4
#37 – Stories with Bethany Spalding This week we share our interview with Bethany Spalding as she shares her experiences speaking up in big and small ways. We talk about how we all have areas in our own communities where we can feel inspired to speak up. We can never know the impact our speaking up will have, and sometimes we have eyes to see much more than we can do something about. Finding opportunities around us, as we feel directed by the Lord, will allow us to make a change.

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Books
A Girl&#8217;s Guide to Heavenly Mother
A Boy’s Guide to Heavenly Mother
Our Heavenly Family, Our Earthly Families
Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Courageous Women From the Bible
Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Strong Women from the Book of Mormon
Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Extraordinary Women from Church History
Girls Who Choose God Story Cards
#36 – Taking a Strong Position without Exploding This week we speak about how to take a strong position while setting boundaries. There is a link between having healthy boundaries and not losing control. Boundaries protect our ability to manage our emotions. When we are able to set boundaries, we can take a position without exploding. If we’re letting other people trespass on our boundaries, then we find ourselves too often in situations that feel threatening, even if they might not be on the surface. 
Notes
Scriptures
Alma 20
Articles
The Peace of Christ Abolishes Enmity
#35 – Creating a Healthy Relationship with Your Own Voice This week we follow up our interview with Kim Villalta with a focus on her wise insight: if we want to have confidence, progress and peace, if we want to thrive, we need to have a healthy relationship with our own voice. In this episode we break down what this means, both internally and externally. We also address how to do it, with the Savior as our guide, and what the results look like.
#34 – Stories with Kim Villalta This episode is a compelling and relatable interview with Kimberly Villalta, a woman of Christ who found her voice amid some significant personal struggles. Kim talks with us about her growing up, a difficult marriage, finding her voice, and the swinging back and forth that naturally accompanies those who start to speak up regularly.
#33 – Talking Comfortably about Religion There are many challenges in speaking up about our religious beliefs. We love Christ and want to share all the good things about our church membership, but there are times or situations when we hesitate. In this episode, we discuss a couple of small ways we can improve our personal journey in speaking up about Christ. 
In this episode, we talk about our judgments about people and their situations, how to focus on where others are at instead of where we think they should be, and the strong and enlightening link between our ability to speak up about Christ and our ability to speak up in general. 

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Joseph Smith History

Books: 
The Power of Everyday Missionaries: The What and How of Sharing the Gospel by Clayton M. Christensen
#32 – Stories with McArthur Krishna This is the first of a series we are starting called Speak Up Stories. This series allows us to not only give women a chance to speak up about the experiences that have supported their voices, but also to let their stories inspire the rest of us on our own speak up journeys. Our guest in this episode is McArthur Krishna, an artist and storyteller who has actively amplified women’s voices. She is co-author of the Guides to Heavenly Mother, and Girls Who Choose God and shares with us her passion for engaging with the world through speaking up.

#31 – Speaking Up in Leadership One of the common side effects of effective speaking up is a natural tendency toward leadership. Others will look to you, will listen to your ideas, and will open themselves to your influence if your words and personal way of being are empowering to them. Today’s episode centers on the connection between speaking up and natural leadership.
Jody and Jamee work to dispel some myths about leadership in the church, discuss leading without adding to our emotional burdens, and look at examples from Christ’s life in empowering others to do what they each need to do in their own lives.
Natural leaders create the ​​conditions that allow others to thrive- regardless of their situation or environment. People in positions of power are abundant. True leaders are rare.
Scriptures
Acts 1:3-8
Books
Unleashed: The Unapologetic Leader&#8217;s Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You by Frances Frei.
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