Our Guiding Mistakes

Uneven rocky stairs leading up the side of a mountain.

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

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

Competition and Contention: Fighting Pride in Our Relationships

Angry woman in front of a poster

 “Pride is ugly. It says, ‘If you succeed, I am a failure.’” —Ezra Taft Benson Today, conflict has become an acceptable aspect of our culture. Society has normalized stereotypes like contentious family dinners and mud-slinging political debates, as if fighting were just a fact of life. But this is not… Continue reading

Which Cross is Mine and How Do I Bear It?

“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” —Matthew 16:25  Jesus Christ had a heavy cross to bear. His divine mission on earth was to provide eternal salvation for the souls of all mankind. In Matthew 16,… Continue reading

Selfless Service through Self-Reliance

Old pier at sunset with flying seagulls.

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

4 Ways to Help Gather Israel

What does it mean to gather Israel? President Russell M. Nelson invites us to do four things to help us gather scattered Israel. Continue reading

Turn to the Source of Truth

It is more important now than ever before to proclaim the truth of the Book of Mormon and “hearken unto these words and believe in Christ.”  We are currently living in the last days: political turmoil, widespread economic upheaval, and a world turning to sin more and more every day.… Continue reading

How to Stay Spiritually Safe

The best way to protect yourself from the terror that threatens the world is to turn to the scriptures to learn about God’s protection. Every story in the news highlights the instability of the world we live in. Wars, politics, violence, and hate are presented to us every day, and… Continue reading

It’s Not Where You Serve, but How You Serve

After being reassigned to a new mission and then leaving the field early, a conference address helped me put things into perspective.  In April 2017, I was in the Missionary Training Center when I got a major concussion and sprained my ankle. Consequently, a week later I was reassigned to… Continue reading

Trust, Happiness, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

While it sometimes feels like adversity and sorrow are dragging us down, those challenges are actually making a place for greater happiness. We are commanded to trust God and have faith in his plan for us. Often, however, that is much easier said than done. We may face challenges and… Continue reading