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

We’re Better Together

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Fostering an atmosphere of inclusion and respect will help members of the Church achieve greater unity with one another and with those not of our faith. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a long history of love and service. While its members aren’t perfect, the Church’s doctrinal… Continue reading

Are You Headed in the Right Direction?

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Though we may experience different challenges and opportunities, we each have divine potential and the ability to choose the right direction for our lives. At times we may feel that our starting place determines our destiny; feeling that we’re already behind, we lose hope in leading a successful life. I… Continue reading

The Transformative Power of Incremental Change

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We all face challenges that can seem overwhelming. But we can find strength to overcome our trials when we make incremental changes in our daily lives. Some problems in our lives can feel impossible to overcome. Perhaps a goal seems too challenging to accomplish or a trial too difficult to… Continue reading

Choosing to Trust God Unconditionally

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When we learn to trust God completely, we can move forward with faith, knowing that he will support and guide us through life’s most challenging moments.  The higher I climbed, the more I questioned my sanity. It was the end of summer break, and I had decided to go zip-lining… Continue reading

Choose to Forgive

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When we make the choice to forgive those who have hurt us, we free ourselves from unnecessary pain. We all face hardships in our lives, and many of those hardships come as a direct result of other people’s actions. It is easy to wallow in victimhood when we find ourselves… Continue reading

And Yet, Hope Persists

Small yellow flowers in a pile of rocks.

The world sometimes feels so dark and full of despair. And yet, even in darkness, hope persists. Lately, I have found myself feeling anxious and depressed when I read the news. It seems like every day there is some new tragedy happening somewhere in the world. With hard things all… Continue reading

You Are Deserving

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Though sometimes it may feel impossible to continue on, we can never be so broken that the Lord can’t make us whole again. In times of trial and affliction, it can feel as if there is no end in sight. For those who suffer from mental illness, the struggles can… Continue reading

Testimony: Our Divine Motivation

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Testimonies can be far more than checkboxes on a developmental to-do list. We can experience promised blessings and enact meaningful changes in ourselves when we are motivated by our testimonies. “Get a testimony” is only one of many tasks on our spiritual to-do lists, but it is arguably the most… Continue reading

Rediscovering My Connection with God

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When our connection with God feels weak, we can find strength by remembering he is our Father and the Savior is our Redeemer. Oftentimes we’ll go above and beyond to regain a missing internet connection on our cell phone: we’ll try everything that normally does work, and it just won’t… Continue reading