Why You Should Make Time to Love God

Silhouettes walk in the distance

Although life is hectic, if we focus on one thing—love for the Lord—everything we need to juggle will fall exactly into place.  About six months ago, I had the tiniest prompting.  “You should volunteer to be the church organist,” I thought.  To say I was surprised would be an understatement.… Continue reading

Maximizing Your Joy through Minimalism

A desk on a white wall.

By getting rid of the material things we don’t need, we can practice minimalism and free up space in our homes, our minds, and our hearts.   I have a vice: shopping. Whether buying gifts for others or buying gifts for myself, I just can’t seem to stop. I wouldn’t call… Continue reading

Imposter Syndrome: Three Steps to Kick Doubt to the Curb

Woman looking into the camera

Imposter syndrome plagues many young adults. We can be haunted by questions, like Am I doing enough? Do I deserve this? Am I on the right path? By having confidence in the Lord and his promises, we can leave our self-doubt behind. Imposter syndrome is a phrase that we hear… Continue reading

Brotherhood behind Bars

A man faces a window.

Jesus Christ never let the sins that people have committed stop him from loving them. We should follow Christ’s example, including when it comes to those who’ve been incarcerated. Though my experiences and those of someone who’s incarcerated may seem to have little in common, our existence is still a… Continue reading

Let Your Future Be Bright

Yellow sunflower field

Sometimes the most difficult thing about change is letting go of our past mistakes and allowing ourselves to be better. People change. Although this statement is true, we don’t always act like it is. Sometimes we dwell on our mistakes. Sometimes we hold on to our regrets. Sometimes other people… Continue reading

Lessons from Quarantine on What Matters Most

We can use the lessons we’ve learned from months of quarantine in order to remember what things matter most. As I watched the world shut down around me in March 2020, I felt my individual world shut down as well. Weeks of quarantine turned into months and even a year.… Continue reading

No Borders in Christ’s Kingdom

Women in black Hijab headscarf walking on field.

Although it may often seem that the world is divided by borders, religion, or politics, we are all one when we live in Jesus Christ’s kingdom. The year 2020 was defined by unrest in the United States. With a dangerous virus, a contentious election, and protests and riots taking place,… Continue reading

Your Wonderful, Imperfect Offering

Women holding a leaf in shape of a heart.

“You don’t have to be perfect or the greatest person who ever graced the earth or the best of anything to be with Him.” —Elder D. Todd Christofferson I often make the mistake of equating productivity with self-worth. There are obvious problems with this kind of thinking—one being that humans… Continue reading

Strengthening Our Foundation in Christ

A lighthouse on the edge of a rocky shore.

As times become more tumultuous, strengthening our personal foundation of faith in Christ is more important than ever. Sometimes we may feel that we are walking on unstable ground—literally and figuratively. As our world and our lives are thrown upside down by a pandemic, unemployment, natural disasters, and other personal… Continue reading

Choosing Progress over Perfection

Man sitting in a cave

In a world focused on achievement and perfection, let’s remove unrealistic expectations by celebrating our progress. In his talk “Be Ye Therefore Perfect—Eventually,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles emphasizes the importance of not beating ourselves up when we seem to keep falling short. He… Continue reading