The Secret Behind Cultivating Inclusivity at Church: Charity

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Charity is cultivating inclusivity at church—it’s recognizing the signs of exclusion and learning to be inclusive toward excluded members. Moving to a new location usually means moving to a new ward. For shy people like me, the thought of starting over fills us with dread. Will I make friends? Will… Continue reading

Six Simple Habits that Promote Mental Strength

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Practicing these six daily spiritual habits can help us maintain good mental health. Mental health challenges are a part of life. Just as everyone occasionally gets sick with a cold or the flu, at some point everyone will also experience some type of mental health issue. These issues could include… Continue reading

The Transforming Power of Service

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When we lose ourselves in the service of others, we can overcome personal anxieties and insecurities. At times we all experience loneliness, anxiety, or despair. How do we overcome these feelings? In his article “A Holier Pattern of Service,” Elder Patrick Kearon related a memorable experience from his youth that… Continue reading

Overcoming Bad Habits

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With Christ’s help we can replace our bad habits with good ones. We all have habits that we are trying to change, whether they are big or small. One habit I’m trying to overcome is spending too much time on TikTok. To change my habit, I decided I was going… Continue reading

Fruits of the Fast

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When we follow the commandment to fast, we harvest far more than we sow. The law of the fast includes forgoing two meals in a 24-hour period, attending fast and testimony meeting, and contributing a generous fast offering. Though obedience to this commandment can be difficult, the rewards of fasting… Continue reading

Ministering: A Life Hack for Making Friends

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Do you ever wish you were better at building lasting friendships? One morning, I woke up to a big, long text from my ministering sister. You know the type: “Hey! I’m…[insert introduction, exclamation points!!!, and a bunch of personal questions]. What are you up to these days?” At this point,… Continue reading

Finding Happiness in Being Single

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Let’s face it: being single can sometimes make us sad. But if we focus on that too much we miss out on all the other good things happening in our lives. “How do I know if a girl is interested in me?” I didn’t expect to receive this question from… Continue reading

Simply Living the Gospel

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Stop overthinking. Start doing. Through small acts we see big results. I, like so many others, tend to complicate the small things. When I am faced with a problem, I overthink. I come up with every possible solution: I Google it, I pray, I read the scriptures, and the list… Continue reading

Faith as a First Response

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Life is hard. Faith makes it easier. In Elder Rex D. Pinegar’s October 1982 general conference address, “Faith—The Force of Life,” he shares an experience when his daughter was departing for college and was just now understanding the extent of the responsibilities lying ahead of her. After considering them all,… Continue reading

Tackle the Book of Isaiah with These Strategies

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At the Lord Jesus Christ’s recommendation, learn to understand the lessons, prophesies, and beauty of Isaiah’s writings by using these strategies. In the Ensign article “Ten Keys to Understanding Isaiah,” Elder Bruce R. McConkie explains that Isaiah was “known [for] the abundance, beauty, and perfection of his prophetic utterances.” Yet… Continue reading