Your Royal Identity: Becoming Royalty and Superheroes

Every little kid dreams of one day becoming royalty or a superhero. Because of our royal identities as sons and daughters of God, we have the potential to become the royalty and superheroes we dreamed of becoming.  When I was a little girl, I always dreamed of becoming a princess....

How I Found Happiness in Average Creativity

There’s more to creativity than you might think, and you don’t have to be perfect at being creative to find happiness in it. Throughout my early years as a young adult, I always felt average—a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. My musical talent was average. My art was average. My writing...

Calvary and Gethsemane: Where Did Christ Atone for Our Sins?

We tend to emphasize the role of Gethsemane in Christ’s Atonement, but the Crucifixion at Calvary also plays a crucial role. How can we come closer to Jesus Christ by learning about his death? Where did Christ’s Atonement take place? In Dr. John Hilton III’s interview titled “The Atoning Crucifixion,”...

Why Humility Is the Key to Self-Improvement

The best way to become like Christ is to humble ourselves and rely on the Lord’s promptings.  The commandment to become like Christ is a daunting task. As I prepare to graduate from college and attempt to find my place in the world, I have struggled to understand which Christlike...

The Divine Nature of the Nurturing Man

We often hear about the divine nature of women as nurturers. Why don’t we always apply this characteristic to men? We are all loved by our Heavenly Father. To him, we have infinite worth and potential, and we are capable of immense acts of service and love. However, as both...
Family History: Level Up 

Family History: Level Up 

As life speeds up and responsibilities pile up, how will we ever find time to learn—let alone do—family history? FamilySearch has the answer.  I’ll be walking in a cap and gown this August and heading out to D.C. with my husband: internship for me, student teaching for him. We’re excited...
Do Policy Changes Negate Standing Doctrine?

Do Policy Changes Negate Standing Doctrine?

Policy change, with a capital “C.” How does it affect previously revealed doctrine? It’s an exhilarating time to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! The Church is growing like never before, and there are so many exciting changes happening. However, it can also be...
Porter Rockwell: Man of Faith or Murderer?

Porter Rockwell: Man of Faith or Murderer?

Loyalty to Joseph Smith earned Porter Rockwell protection from bullets and blade. That protection also led to his infamous reputation. Porter Rockwell was a lawman and a bodyguard to Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. In spite of his rough reputation, he was a faithful and devout man, as stated in...
4 Steps to Break the Bands of Debt

4 Steps to Break the Bands of Debt

Debt can be a terrifying master, but there are resources to help you break free from debt’s chains. Debt can be scary, especially when you find yourself drowning in it. Thankfully, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has several programs intended to help people become financially self-reliant. Here...
Your Body: Love It or Loathe It?

Your Body: Love It or Loathe It?

We know that our bodies are gifts from God and that we are made in his image. So why is it so hard to love our bodies? In “The Body, a Sacred Gift,” published in the Ensign and Liahona, Diane Spangler reports that 63 percent of women and 50 percent...
The Novel We’re All Writing

The Novel We’re All Writing

It’s never too late to make your story a happy ending; sometimes you just need to be willing to add a plot twist. “It’s too late now.” This one sentence—just four words—is the most insidious lie of all. It’s too late now to learn, too late now to change, too...