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Vickey Pahnke Taylor

Meet Author Vickey Pahnke Taylor

Vickey is a songwriter/producer, vocalist, and professional speaker, who has spoken for more than two decades Church Education Systems, including BYU Education Week and Best of Especially for Youth.  She is a Billboard award winning songwriter, with hundreds of songs to her credit.  Her compositions include the theme songs for the Special Olympics program (state by state selection), the Make A Wish Foundation,  and the Especially For Youth program of the Church.

Her collaborative projects for the LDS market include “Women at the Well” with Kenneth Cope and “My Beloved Christ” with Randy Kartchner. Vickey has contributed to numerous EFY albums over the years and is a prolific writer of columns and books. Her latest CD is “He Restoreth My Soul: Hymns of Hope & Peace”.  She has a Masters degree in Interpersonal Communications.

Vickey’s experiences include venues from participation with a nationally touring Repertory Theater Company to Symphony Halls to corporate conventions throughout the U.S. She spent several years teaching Positive Choice programs for public school systems throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Vickey and her husband Dean are the parents of eight children. They love hanging out with their children and grandchildren, and serving in their ward and stake callings. Contact Vickey directly at Vickey@goodnessmatters.com

Author's Published Articles
2014-09-11

I know that we are taught that “faith is the opposite of fear” and that “if we have faith, we will not fear.” But in r...

2014-04-10

“Anger can get us in trouble.” That’s what President Hinckley once said. And, oh, how many ways it might present itself...

2014-03-27

You know the feeling? You’re ready to share a talk, a presentation, or a lesson when you are powerfully prompted to go in a d...

2014-03-13

Some things don’t go as planned. Sometimes there are misunderstandings. I’ve come to realize that only with the Holy Spiri...

2014-02-13

I was raised on the “magic words” of please and thank you. They are, in a real sense, pretty magical. ...

2013-12-23

I’ve determined that I need to grow my lullaby. In the sweet rhythm of heavenly connection and desire to make my mortal proba...

2013-07-04

For some reason I figured that as I got older, things would slow down. Calm down. Simmer down. I was mostly wrong. ...

2013-06-06

What character qualities are you working on right now to become more like Christ?...

2013-05-09

When I had gone through some similar heart wrenching experiences, I understood. It gave me the ability to have compassion....

2013-04-25

Freedom is precious. Choosing righteously - even when friends or circumstances or worldly standards are teasing, inviting, or t...

2013-04-11

It seems we have the ‘opportunity’ during life to learn much needed lessons – many of them only after climbing rugged mou...

2013-02-28

“A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t go anywhere until you change it.” So how do you change it?...

2013-02-14

In a very busy world, full of distractions and loud noises, do I hear all the heavenly messages that I’m meant to hear?...

2013-01-31

How much courage does it take to give of ourselves, our time, our love, and our tithing? All depends on how much, in what circu...

2013-01-10

Simplicity being key to my own mortal path, here are a few ideas that have helped me focus keeping myself right-side up when li...

2012-12-07

Can you hear the bells of Christmas heralding in this beautiful season of love and belief? ...

2012-11-23

We must awaken to the fact that we, each one of us, belongs to Him. We’re family. Even though we mess up, disconnect, fall, a...

2012-10-25

If you’ve ever done anything on a whim, you know how you might wonder – down the road – what came over you? The sudden ur...

2012-09-27

We hear a lot about ‘falling in love.’ I’m not of the opinion it’s something we ‘fall’ into. ...

2012-08-30

Is it harder to pray when you’re feeling happy, or when things fall apart? When there is a reprieve, or when the adversarial ...

2012-08-16

Remember that One Potato, Two Potato game we used to do back in ‘the old days’? It was our way of choosing who would be “...

2012-07-19

I remember the slogan “Little things mean a lot.” The older I get, the more I see it to be true. Often, reminders come in t...

2012-06-07

Quietly, a network of people helping people keeps society running – whether they realize it or not. It’s healthy for our gr...

2012-06-01

Free agency is a principle we are taught clearly, as followers of Christ. Sometimes it sounds like a wonderful, simple system ...

2012-05-10

Rarely at the end of life does one look back at the money made, applause enjoyed, spotlights shone on them, credit received, or...

2012-04-26

We can choose to carry burdens, or turn them over to Christ. We may opt to feel devoid or empty; or we may choose to lean on th...

2012-04-12

Women of courage, wisdom, and prayer can participate in miracles. Noble womanhood allows us each to be part of them....

2012-03-29

Rationalization might be the granddaddy of all the harmful choices. Why? Because we may cover our faults by justifying the choi...

2012-03-15

It isn't as easy as you might think to sit down and make a list of things you like about yourself. But let's give it a try toge...

2012-02-17

I know of angels. Some I have seen. Some have come unseen from the other side of the veil, but I’ve known there were there....

2012-02-02

Jesus died over two thousand years ago. Nobody has ever referred to Him as the late Jesus. Not even the heathens....

2012-01-19

Will holding onto the iron rod solve all of your problems? Of course not!...

2012-01-05

No matter what I may know, what information I have at my disposal, or how many good and loving folks are nearby, there is One w...

2011-12-22

Anytime I’ve felt down, there is one principle that almost effortlessly has the power to improve my outlook as it eases the p...

2011-11-10

Sometimes we get tired. Weary. Overburdened. Overwhelmed. ...

2011-10-27

Because of a Special Olympics friend, I’ve seen with my own eyes- and felt with my own heart- what it’s like to be in the c...

2011-10-13

Sometimes we get in our own way of achieving greatness....

2011-09-29

Purposeful living, or living intentionally, allows us to purposefully choose to back away from the fast spin of the world, and ...

2011-09-15

What can we do when we watch all the trials and craziness that are coming at us in every way?...

2011-08-25

I can move forward – knowing our Father in Heaven has me in his watch care, knowing exactly what I need....

2011-08-04

One girl brightened the day of passengers who were too worn out after a long airport wait....

2011-07-07

If you’ve ever had someone ask you, “What’s wrong?” … and then actually wait for you to answer, it’s obvious that t...

2011-06-23

Because I have, on a number of occasions in my life, become discouraged, I felt a sting when I read one of Elder Neal A. Maxwel...

2011-06-03

She clenched her fists and squeezed her eyes tightly. I wasn’t sure if she was shaking on purpose, or involuntarily. But she...

2011-05-26

Carmen, who lives in Joplin, Missouri, where her LDS church and high school were devastated by the tornado, knows gratitude for...

2011-05-12

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2011-04-22

“Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.” C. W. Hall said a whole lot in a few words!...

2011-04-14

Mother Nature has a way of settling things, bouncing back from disaster, naturally unfolding according to proper heavenly patte...

2011-03-31

Who believes the world is much more deeply steeped in false allure, wrongful choices, and unrighteous alternatives than it used...

2011-03-17

I once wanted to write a song called “My name is Vickey and I am Sad.” It was only sorta-kinda a joke. I was sad....

2011-03-03

“What if I just don’t care anymore?” It wasn’t really a question or a statement… more like a pleading. Or maybe like ...

2011-02-17

Every single day is a miracle. Not because we see ‘miraculous’ results from our efforts, but because we are here to experi...

2011-02-03

How do you calm the inner self when all about are crazy, disturbing, and anything-but-peaceful goings-on?...

2011-01-20

We not only need to go through our trials, but let them go through us....

2011-01-06

Looking back on my life’s journey, it’s astounding to see how the puzzle pieces make sense....

2010-12-23

Something always seems to go wrong in our Christmas preparations, but the big question is, does it matter?...

2010-12-09

Light! There have been times when that light in the darkness has made such a difference....

2010-11-26

A visit with Latter-day Saints who had lived in East Berlin, divided by a wall, was a lesson in what to treasure....

2010-11-11

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."...

2010-10-28

To know truth is an incredible blessing. Although a few may buy into the saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough go sho...

2010-10-14

We wish we could feel ‘up’ and full of gratitude all the time, 24/7. Truer, however, is that some times we just don’t fe...

2010-09-30

To live and forgive does not sometimes seem “do-able.” Forgiveness is not a natural reaction for us in our human-ness....

2010-09-16

Sometimes I just know it will be a good day, and then irritating things start to happen....

2010-08-19

Calling all overwhelmed, over anxious, or overly-bothered folks! Are there tools to help with this?...

2010-08-05

What ideas do we let perform upon the stage of our minds?...

2010-07-22

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2010-07-08

How do we master those angry feelings that sometimes come upon us?...

2010-04-30

Some have tossed out terms like strength and courage, while others have simply redefined them according to a new, politically c...

2009-09-20

10 Ways to Spread the Joy Around ...

2009-09-20

I'm Glad I Knew Her! ...

2009-09-20

I Love You...

2009-09-20

Swine “Flew” The Perils of Misunderstanding ...

2009-09-20

The Lord Needs “The Few” ...

2009-09-20

Beautiful Words of Love ...

2009-09-20

Real Solutions for Problems ...

2009-09-20

I Once Was Blind, But Now I See ...

2009-09-20

How Does Our Garden Grow? ...

2009-09-20

Youth Defending Truth ...

2009-09-20

Bite (Y)our Tongue ...

2009-09-20

Running Faster ...

2009-09-20

Heavenly Peace...

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Said and Done?...

2009-09-20

Do You See What I See?...

2009-09-20

Oh, to Laugh!...

2009-09-20

The Bridge of Obedience...

2009-09-20

Tradition!...

2009-09-20

Bottom Line...

2009-09-20

Dance Through Life...

2009-09-20

Take the First Step...

2009-09-20

The Language of Love...

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It's a Jungle Out There!...

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2009-04-27

Our children's rebellious choices may offer us the opportunity to learn more about our personal relationship with Christ, and g...