Understanding the Symbol of the Cross

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Latter-day Saints do not normally wear physical crosses, but instead take up a symbolic cross in order to come unto Christ. Why do Latter-day Saints not wear crosses? I recently talked about this question with a fellow member of the Church. She told me that she did wear a cross… Continue reading

Heavenly Support in Our Hardships

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Even when the world around us is falling apart, God is always by our side. The first temple in the former Soviet Union was announced only eight years after Ukraine opened to Latter-day Saint missionaries. It would take another decade to build, but the Ukrainian Saints were faithful and patient.… Continue reading

Why Do We Need So Many Church Meetings?

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Heavenly Father wants us to meet together often. Here are some of His reasons why. A few years ago, I was wondering, isn’t it enough to take care of our daily gospel tasks and go to church occasionally? Why do we need to attend so frequently? I kept trying to… Continue reading

The Secret to a Successful Life

Side view of the Kirtland Temple in summertime.

Sometimes we have to give up our good plans for God’s better ones. I remember standing in a little room above the Newel K. Whitney Store in Ohio, looking out the window at the beautiful temple up the hill. My missionary companion and I were sharing a story with a… Continue reading

The Keystone of Our Religion, The Keystone of Our Faith

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The Book of Mormon is a compelling witness of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The Book of Mormon is often referred to as the keystone of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Why? In his talk “God’s Compelling Witness: The Book of Mormon,” Elder Tad… Continue reading

“Neither Dupes nor Slaves of Men”: Witnesses from Women in Polygamous Marriages

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Who better to help you in your understanding of the practice of polygamy in the early Church than the women who were plural wives themselves? Many people feel confused about the practice of polygamy and its fairness to women in the early days of The Church of Jesus Christ of… Continue reading

Our Heavenly Father’s Checklist

We may wonder whether Heavenly Father has a plan for the world. The Restoration shows us he’s had everything planned out from the start.  Many of us have learned about the Restoration of the Church, beginning with Joseph Smith’s First Vision of the Father and the Son. However, some of… Continue reading

Four Questions to Ask When Doubt Persists

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When we experience crippling doubt, focusing on primary questions can help us find peace. Have you ever discovered a policy or an event in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that was difficult to reconcile with your understanding of Church doctrine? Sometimes, in our quest… Continue reading

A History of Hope

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The present is made from the hopes of the past, and our hope today will empower our future against anxiety and despair. In April of 2020, I listened in despair to the Church’s general conference—not because of the quality of the talks, but because of my own trials. Anxiety has been… Continue reading

Finding Our Place in the Restoration

The Restoration isn’t over. The miraculous translation of the Book of Mormon is only the start of our role in the Restoration. We’ve been told that the Restoration is an ongoing process. But what does that mean for us? Where is our place? The early Restoration contained countless miracles, but… Continue reading