Contributing Editors 

Meet the Light Givers

Jodi Nicholes
Bethany Tolley, The Doctrine Lady
Valerie Cuevas
Jodi Nicholes

Jodi Nicholes grew up in a small-town community where life is simple, and the love is big.  As a child vocal prodigy, Jodi's professional music career began at the tender age of ten when she found herself singing and performing for thousands on the stages of Las Vegas, Nevada. In an industry that places value and worth on external validation, Jodi found herself in a state of confusion.


This led Jodi on a journey of self-discovery to better understand her divine identity and inherent worth. Jodi has dedicated the past twenty-five years and over twelve thousand hours to learning, researching, implementing, and teaching thousands how to cultivate their divine nature. Jodi believes genuine, long-lasting confidence can only come through living in our true identity.


Jodi has a gift for seeing the bigger picture and discovering eternal truths in the seemly ordinary moments of each day.  She learned early on from her mother and grandmother that it's in these seemly ordinary moments God speaks to us whispering I see you, I hear you, and you are loved!

Jodi is an award-winning vocalist, writer, and speaker. Jodi studied Human development (Psychology) At Southern Utah University. She is a Certified CBT (Cognitive behavior therapy) & REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy ) coach.

Jodi's family is her most prized possession. She resides in Lindon, Utah, with her husband and three children.

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I love, love, love doctrine! It’s the truth about who God is, how He works with His children, and how we can become as He is (#whatgodislike). I feel that I have been drawn to light and truth my whole life.
In the scriptures, we learn that truth is “knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come” (D&C 93:24). I strive to daily fill myself with knowledge of things as they truly are. I share the doctrines I learn in my hopes to fill others with light. I blog on Instagram, Facebook, and my website, as The Doctrine Lady (#dailydoctrines). My podcast is The Stuff Life is Made Of. I also run a publishing company, Kentstead Media, where I actively seek truth-led (or you might say “light-led”) fiction and nonfiction, artwork, and more. I write fiction too!
God is my light. My family is my light. And if I’m being honest, good food has to fit in here somewhere because it brings me light! Being a mother is my most treasured role in life. And all the amazing people I meet in these varied experiences fuel my life with light and truth. I love questions, so please feel free to connect with me directly via any of my virtual profiles via the links above. You can also email me directly at, subject line: Q for Women of Light.
Bethany Tolley, The Doctrine Lady

At the young age of 12 Valerie faced her first cancer diagnosis and survived. Twenty-five years later she lost her husband to brain cancer.  She was left a widow at the age of 36 with 3 young daughters to raise.  Eight months after her husband passed away, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She went through surgeries and treatment while continuing to care for her family.  She happily remarried in April of 2018 to a widower with 3 sons, making them the modern-day “Brady Bunch”.  As a speaker and writer, she shares openly the challenges and trials that her life has been presented with and how she has triumphed over them with God and Christ.









Kara Schneck grew up in San Diego where her dad played professional football and later started his own real estate investment firm. She grew up playing sports, enjoying church activities and loving the beach. 

Today she has more than two decades of communications and reputation management experience and provides strategic counsel to international and national brands.  She founded her own consulting firm last year and was recently named the Presidential Chief of Staff for Utah Valley University (UVU).  

Previously, Kara was the senior-most global communications executive for a $2B+ publicly-traded, health, and beauty direct selling enterprise, she oversaw a 48-market communications function. She has also served on many local and international boards and led the communications and fundraising for several non-profit organizations that have taken her to small villages in Malawi, Africa, rainforests in Western Samoa, and children’s hospitals in China.  

Her experiences have reinforced her belief that we are all beloved children of Heavenly Father with unique talents and gifts to offer the world. Kara and her husband Mark have tried to instill this belief in their three daughters and are avid supporters of their interests that range from printmaking and photography to volleyball and travel. 

Jessica Kakegawa

Jessica has an Utahn father and a Japanese mother. She was born in the States but moved to Japan soon after and has lived in Japan for a total of 10 years. She comes from a unique cultural background having two cultures in her home. She served her mission in Tokyo, Japan and married one of the Japanese elders she served with. She currently works at the Missionary Training Center as a Native Japanese Teacher and also goes to Utah Valley University to study Mathematics Education. She has a great passion for missionary work and loves teaching people of the joy that the gospel brings. She has a powerful testimony of the Book of Mormon and could talk about it all day. She has a strong sense of optimism that comes through her knowledge and testimony of who God is, and her relationship with the Savior.


Cami Tippets

Cami Stark is first a mother to her 5 amazing children and also a strong leader in our community. As a local entrepreneur and phiolotraphist, she has helped countless others achieve the best selves.

A long time mentor to our local youth, Cami has spoken to hundreds throughout the intermountain west delivering a message of hope and overcoming adversity. 

After she became a widow at the age of 22 when her husband was killed in the line of duty defending our freedoms, Cami learned how to overcome adversity herself as she faced the world alone, with just her two small children.

Cami is a champion for all and believes in the power of truth and honesty, and always being true to your self. 

Winnter Grace
Winnter Grace
Victoria Rimington
Anne Beardsley

Winnter Grace has packed a lot into her 15 years. She began her singing and acting career at the age of four and had her first paid 'gig' at eight. She is a member of the One Voice Children's Choir and serves as a member of the Hope Squad at her school. Winnter came into this world with a deep love for others. She is passionate about people and enjoys hearing and learning their stories. Winn shares her love for Jesus Christ through her optimism and kindness. She truly is an everyday missionary!
 Winnter believes each of us is a child of Heavenly Parents, with something special and unique to offer. 
"Too often we try and hide the parts of ourselves that are "different" or "odd" But I think those are the most beautiful parts of we are. Celebrate it! There is power in knowing who you are and not being afraid to share it with the world! That's where real strength and confidence comes from."
Winn is an old soul with a creative heart!
She enjoys anything adventurous and loves visiting her grandparents in their smalltown community! 




Victoria is a student at Brigham Young University, a dancer, and a creator with a big heart and big dreams. Victoria grew up in Utah, enjoying the mountains, hiking, and all the time with horses she could get. She loves to travel and experience the beauty of other cultures around the world. Victoria began competitive dance at the age of 5 and earned several regional and national distinctions. At age 14, she qualified for and competed at the World Irish Dance Championships in Montreal. This experience involved intense training that taught Victoria the value of perseverance, learning from challenges and the power of prayer. Through challenges, both physical and mental, she learned to listen and look for God’s guiding hand in her life. She now shares her love of dance and the cultures of the world as a member of BYU’s International Folk Dance Ensemble. Victoria loves to share her continuing experiences of learning her worth as a Daughter of God. “Our worth comes from within. Distinctions and awards are fragile and temporary; the love God has for us is permanent. We should place our worth on who we are becoming, and what we have overcome, through Christ.” - Victoria


 Most of my story is very normal: raised up and down the east coast of the United States, served a mission in Italy, met and married an amazing man while at BYU (we were both physics majors, so obviously we met in the Storytelling Club), and together had four delightful children. I'm living the dream as a stay-at-home mom.

It's the hobbies that get a little unusual. I practice four different martial arts, from genteel Japanese mediation archery to hardcore Russian Systema. Sometimes I even teach classic Japanese swordwork. (Pro tip: life is more fun when you have a sword).

I also really, really love the book of Isaiah. It's the most condensed and profound sermon on the atonement that I have ever seen. I taught a neighborhood class about Isaiah that ran for over a year, and am writing a commentary on it. It's a deep and tender book.

When I get a chance, I also write fiction.


The gospel is the best thing in my life – and the reason why everything else matters. If the Earth is a beautiful and magical place full of things to love, then the gospel of Jesus Christ is like the sun: it lights the world, holds it in orbit, makes life on Earth possible, and makes everything bloom and grow. - Anne