A Trial of Faith: The Beginning of Plural Marriage in Nauvoo

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Joseph Smith’s Nauvoo journals include brief references to the revelation about plural marriage that tried his faith and the faith of the Saints. How can we make sense of plural marriage or explain it to others? One place to begin is the introduction to Joseph Smith’s Nauvoo journals found on… Continue reading

When Hard Work Doesn’t Seem to Be Worth It

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If you keep working and waiting without getting anything back, don’t give up. You may be making a long-term investment. “What’s the use? What am I getting out of this? Am I really willing to keep working even though I’m getting nothing in return?” President Henry B. Eyring, while serving… Continue reading

Enduring Trials of Our Faith

Trials sometimes cause us to cry, “Why me?” But instead of asking the Lord to remove our trials, we can learn to recognize them as opportunities to become more Christlike. “Whatever the form the test takes, we must be willing to pass it,” said Elder Neal A. Maxwell in a 1974… Continue reading

LDS Church and Religious Freedom: Five Key Beliefs

You’ve heard bits and pieces about the LDS Church’s stance on religious freedom and LGBT rights. Here are five key beliefs, as outlined by Church leaders. In a historic news conference held on January 27, 2015, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took a bold stance on… Continue reading

Faith in the Future

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How can we overcome our fear of the future and avoid looking longingly at the past? Elder Jeffrey R. Holland implores us to “Remember Lot’s Wife,” to avoid looking back, and to instead look toward the future with faith in the Lord. In a Brigham Young University devotional, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland… Continue reading

A Palestinian’s Journey to Conversion

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We can help others on their journey by understanding their background. Every individual who has developed a relationship with God has struggled on his or her own precious journey. Johnny A. Bahbah, a Palestinian Arab, explains his conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in an article… Continue reading

Reason and Revelation: Friends, Not Enemies

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Reason and revelation don’t necessarily conflict in Latter-day Saint doctrine. Alan Hurst, Utah Supreme Court clerk and religious freedom advocate, presents a new perspective on the conflict that some feel between reason and revelation. This tension stems from the parents of traditional Christian thought: Jewish doctrine and Greek philosophy. Jewish… Continue reading

Figuring Out Doctrine: What It Is and What It Isn’t

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How can we tell what is true doctrine, what is false doctrine, or what is simply cultural tradition? Many people inside and outside of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wonder what constitutes “Mormon doctrine.” With information available from many different websites, books, and people, they often have… Continue reading

The Faith Decision

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Faith is a decision that triumphs over personal doubts and trials. In his article  “Starving Our Doubts and Feeding Our Faith,” Robert L. Millet, professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University, explores the reality of the Spirit’s occasional absences and ways we can keep our faith during those tough times. “Faith… Continue reading