Something Stinky This Way Comes

Suzanne Burnett
1 min readSep 6, 2023

“Hmmm…..are you stinky?” my niece queried as our very fragrant 2-year-old walked by, giving him a chance to claim the obvious.

No such luck.

“No. Are YOU stinky?” he retorted, redirecting the attention and swiftly exiting the scene.

Blessings be upon my niece for tracking him down and preventing future pain from sitting in denial for too long.

You know, if my sins stunk and burned like dirty diapers, I would have to live outside and hurt physically as well as spiritually.

In the mean time, I am grateful for merciful people follow the directions of a living prophet while our Savior helps me work through my issues.

President Russell M. Nelson said, “…they do not need your judgement. They need to experience the pure love of Jesus Christ reflected in your words and actions.” (Peacemakers Needed, Nelson, April 2023)

That’s how I also want to be.



Suzanne Burnett

Mother of twelve children and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shares spiritual insights learned through parenting and marriage.