Blazing Bonfires: How I’ve Learned to Love Obedience

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“Don’t rock yourself into the bonfire,” my grandpa joked as he purposefully wobbled his cheap plastic chair in front of the roaring fire.  Six-year-old me giggled and thought, “Duh, fire’s dangerous. Who’d ever touch it on purpose?” A few seconds later, however, I decided to ignore my grandpa’s advice. “Chairs… Continue reading

Having a Gratefulness for Baptism

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The gospel principle that I am most grateful for is baptism because it can really change your life. In Elder Robert D. Hales’s October 2000 general conference talk, he said, “When we are baptized, we take upon ourselves the sacred name of Jesus Christ. Taking upon us his name is… Continue reading

3 Lies Satan Wants You to Believe

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Satan is the enemy of progress. Learning to discern his lies that distract and discourage us will help us to finish strong. Whether we are experiencing minor daily challenges or life-changing moments, we are all prone to feelings of inadequacy, doubt, and discouragement. However, we can be sure that these… Continue reading

How to Serve Even When We’re Busy

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Even when you have a lot going on in your own life, there are always opportunities to serve. When the Savior taught that we should “lose our lives for [his] sake,” he was telling us to dedicate our time to serving others (Luke 9:24). While we want to follow this… Continue reading

The God Hypothesis

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You don’t have to reject science to believe in God. But to prove a spiritual theory, you need spiritual evidence. I recently heard of a chemist who strongly opposed the existence of God. He claimed that his belief in science was so intense, it could never coexist with religious faith.… Continue reading

How to Turn Disappointments into Successes

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Life will always bring unexpected, disappointing events; more important than the events themselves, however, is how we decide to respond to them.  A friend of mine recently expressed to me the devastation he felt when he returned home from his mission earlier than he had anticipated. Even though the reason… Continue reading

3 Ways To Get to Know Our Savior

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Christ has the power to heal us through his Atonement, but we have to be willing to develop a relationship with him first.  Because I have learned about biblical stories and studied the scriptures since I was young, I have always thought that I knew a lot about Jesus. However,… Continue reading

How to Build Creativity through Faith

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As we continue to strengthen our faith in Christ, we can find joy in creativity and receive creative gospel joy and blessings, despite the challenges we face. When we were kids, we showed excitement and took pride in displaying our creative abilities, whether through drawing, making a silly home video,… Continue reading

How to Overcome Analysis Paralysis and Make a Decision

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Don’t let the fear of choosing wrong stop you from making a decision. Have you ever prayed about a major life decision and not received an answer? The first time this happened to me, I panicked. Why wasn’t God helping me decide? What if I made the wrong decision? I… Continue reading

Body Image—Why You Should Love the Skin You’re In

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Our bodies are uniquely ours. Here are some ways to view them the way God does.  Our world constantly bombards us with images of “perfection.” Instagram models on a beach, makeup ads with acne-free skin, and tabloids advertising the newest weight loss routine all paint a picture of “ideal” bodies… Continue reading