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

We Are Never Alone: God Knows Us and Loves Us

Man Standing on Wood Near Mountain Range

Just because we are spending time by ourselves, the Lord hasn’t left us alone. The past year has been filled with heartaches and disappointments because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I have spent a large portion of the year by myself, and as a result, have had countless moments when I… Continue reading

Eyes to See: How We Can See Others More Clearly

Wall art of jazz musicians

A blind musician learned to see people for who they truly are. He believes there is more that binds us than separates us. In Mark chapter 8, Christ lectures his disciples for doubting his power. Even though they had witnessed his miracles, they were still blind to who he truly… 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

Be a Light, Not a Judge

A group of people watch the sunset while camping in Cubelles, Spain

As human beings, we all crave a sense of belonging. How should we reach out to others to satisfy this hunger? Creating an atmosphere of unity and inclusion is certainly easier said than done. But if there is anything to learn from the 2021 BYU Women’s Conference, it’s that we… 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

In Our Eyes Too

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We often separate ourselves into categories based on our differences, but these categories do not define our inherent value as eternal children of God. We often repeat the scripture that says “the worth of souls is great in the sight of God” (see D&C 18:10). However, sometimes the perceived differences… Continue reading

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

Space for Agency: Loving Our LGBTQ Brothers and Sisters

An egg with the words "Come Together" and a wreath of flowers painted on it.

God’s call to love one another and his call to stand for truth seem to clash, but that’s only because we don’t understand that we can love people without conforming to their choices. When I reconnected with an old friend online, she stated that she was saving up for sex… Continue reading

How to See the Love in God’s Laws

God has given us some pretty tough laws to follow because he loves us and knows what will ultimately be best for us. Life is hard. Sometimes it can feel like God is opposed to the desires of our hearts, and sometimes keeping his commandments can be downright painful. We… Continue reading