It’s Gonna Be OKAY!

As you might imagine, I write my articles well in advance of publication. There are a lot of pieces that have to fall into place for this particular instance to be circulated on time and in order.   So I just finished a difficult article you can read in a few weeks...

Growing Old in Faith

A few days ago, I saw a short clip of an interview with Wendy Nelson, wife of President Russell M. Nelson. My ears perked up as she said that when she gets little aches and pains associated with the aging process, President Nelson says, “Isn’t it wonderful?! You see...

A Beet Smoothie and a Changed Perspective

While visiting my parents, my mom suggested making a hot pink smoothie for breakfast.  I asked if she'd moved on from regular green smoothies. She laughed and said she thought I'd like it. Sounded fun. I love most smoothies.   I started working and then the hot pink...

Is Anything Too Hard for the Lord?

How I love reading the Book of Mormon and asking questions based on verses I’m reading!   This morning I’ve been reading in 1 Nephi 3 when Lehi tells Nephi that the Lord wants him and his brothers to go back to Jerusalem and get the brass plates. When speaking to...

3 Things Every Man Needs to Have in Mind While Courting

In a day and age where the institution of marriage is subject to more attacks from the devil than ever before, it is more imperative than ever for us guys to approach the search for Mrs. Right with the most important parts of a marriage at the forefront of our...

No Fear

We are surrounded by angels on both sides of the veil.   Today is a unique circumstance in time. I could elaborate ad nauseam on the amazing uproar and chaos that is rampant on all sides of the globe. Every which way one turns, there is conflict and disorder. But the...

What is So Special About This Book?

The Lord has told us in these latter days to hasten the work of gathering His sheep—meaning we must accelerate the missionary work we do around the world. We constantly send out thousands of missionaries both young and old to accomplish this work. We are grateful when...

12 Things NOT to Say to An Autism Parent

Editor's Note: Abby's wonderful article does not and is not meant to represent all people with autism or parents with children on the spectrum; rather, this opinion post is meant to increase sensitivity toward and awareness of autism. Many inspiring ideas are found...

The Lord Is Bound When We Do What He Requires

Two verses in Doctrine and Covenants 82 sit adjacent and parallel on the page and address two parties of one covenant—me and the Lord.   For of him unto whom much is given much is required; and he who sins against the greater light shall receive the...

Anything Can Be Fixed—Even You

It’s the beginning of a new year. The beginning of a new church schedule; the beginning of a new opportunity to strengthen my testimony.   My thoughts go to a question I have to often ask myself: “Shawna, are you going to be self-motivated enough to do your studying...

“D” Day

Lady: “Why are you leaving? What have I done to cause you to want to leave?” Man: “You know why I’m leaving—you’re crazy and controlling. I can’t handle it anymore.” As he yelled these words at me and turned away, I smelled a cloud of pinch-nosed alcohol. Lady: “Have...

Until This Moment

Devoted husband and father Rory Mele is a brand new addition to our site! Rory's articles will focus on a variety of topics: raising an infant daughter with Down Syndrome, coming back to the Church after excommunication, and finding joy in the gospel of Jesus Christ....

The Work is Hastening

First, I must apologize.   I had way more fun writing this article than you could ever have by reading it. I’m sorry.   Nevertheless, I recently had an epiphany of sorts. We often think about leaving our personal histories for our families and posterities. And that is...

Am I Truly Converted?

Something happened the other day that prompted me to ask myself a very serious question: Am I truly converted? I spent the day pondering the state of my heart. We all have good days and bad days, but when all is said and done, what matters is whether we walk the walk...

ABA Therapy from a Mom’s Perspective

I recently read a comment on Facebook from a mom who felt like ABA therapy was torturing her child, so I thought it wise to address what ABA really is. Because for someone new to it or for a parent unfamiliar with what ABA therapy is, it can be confusing.   What is...

Liars and Light

In the vision of the three degrees of glory in Doctrine and Covenants 76, the first description of those receiving the Telestial Kingdom is:   These are they who are liars, and sorcerers, and adulterers, and whoremongers, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.   Liars...

Losing Hope

In my experience, sometimes it's really hard not to lose hope.   Not hope in God, exactly, although certainly that is a legitimate, painful struggle for some people — but hope that things will ever get better.   Maybe it's after your 15th doctor appointment when the...

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