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

Divinely Connected Families in a Socially Distanced World

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The social distancing brought on by COVID-19 has made many of us feel lonely and isolated. But God’s plan—focused on families—is designed so that we don’t ever have to be alone. I remember the day that COVID-19 started affecting my life. I was sitting on my couch, and my husband… Continue reading

Catch Joy, Not COVID-19

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  Joy is a power we can experience through Jesus Christ that will help us endure the difficulties of a pandemic. Just a couple of months before the world was shut down by the onset of COVID-19, Brigham Young University president Kevin J Worthen gave a devotional focused on joy.… Continue reading

You Were Meant to Be Different

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You may feel you don’t belong in church because you are different, but God designed you to be different, and he needs you and your unique strengths in his plan. There may be some times in the Church when you feel like you don’t belong. But you do belong—of course… Continue reading

Gratitude is Key: How to Be Happy in Hard Times

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We may struggle to be grateful in difficult times, but gratitude has an important role in our happiness.  We may find ourselves focusing on the negative effects that COVID-19 has had on our lives, and with good reason. But we should also remember the good things that have come from… Continue reading

Our Guiding Mistakes

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Because of the Savior, we have infinite opportunities to learn from our mistakes. We all make mistakes. But this fact is not a mistake in the plan of salvation for humankind. In his talk “Until Seventy Times Seven,” Elder Lynn G. Robbins explains that “repentance isn’t [God’s] backup plan in… Continue reading

Health from Home

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Our journey toward personal health and wellness can also be a journey toward spiritual health and happiness. The past few years have seen a rise in the popularity of health and wellness. Many people have been eating better, exercising more, and taking care of their mental health. The past few… Continue reading

Overwhelmed by Church Expectations

The story of the rich young ruler can help us understand that Church standards are not requirements from the Church, but rather encouragement from the Lord. In young adulthood, many of us struggle to hold on to our faith. There are many things that people question when their faith falters,… Continue reading

Selfless Service through Self-Reliance

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Self-reliance gives us the freedom to follow Christ’s commandment to “lift up the hands that hang down” (Doctrine & Covenants 81:5). “Let’s not be gullible gulls. We…must preserve our talents of self-sufficiency, our genius for creating things for ourselves, our sense of thrift and our true love of independence.” In… Continue reading

Grieve with Faith

Faith can help us find comfort during the hardship and trouble that grief brings to our lives. Grieving is a process that almost most people on this earth will have to work through at some point in their lives. Faith can help in this process. However, being able to have… Continue reading