Mormon Missionaries Profiled in Michigan Paper

I remember the first set of Mormon missionaries I met that had been assigned to my university campus when I was in college. Having come from a small branch that covered a large geographical area, I was surprised that there was a set of missionaries that was assigned...

Joseph F. Smith: True Blue, Through and Through

“It's not what happens to you that matters most, but how you respond to what happens that determines the difference between a bitter life . . . or a better life. Depth of character is tested at the edge of adversity; the way you respond to trials and troubles reveals...

David O. McKay: The Way, The Truth, The Life

David O. McKay, the ninth prophet, seer and revelator to be called in these modern times spoke eloquently of his testimony of Jesus Christ. The prophets of God have testified of this since the beginning of time. David O. McKay was no exception: “No one can preside...

November’s Treasures

Since this segment on Reviews of Church Related Sites and Blogs is going to be ongoing and frequent, I thought I'd give it a title other than "Reviews of Church Related ..." If nothing else, it will help me distinguish one from the other. Otherwise, if I just title...

Learning to Read the Scriptures

When I first began investigating the church, the missionaries asked me to read the Book of Mormon. Faithfully, I began: “I, Nephi, born of goodly parents…” That wasn’t so hard. I understood that and the stories were interesting. I was sure this would not prove to be a...

Why New Members are a Blessing

As a new convert, you may be very focused on how others are helping you. Have you ever wondered how you are helping others? Sometimes, those of us who have been in the church a long time start to take it that we forget how amazing they really are. We’re so used to...

Keeping a Family Record

I’ve always been fascinated with journals, but horrible about keeping one myself. Every time the urge to start writing one came over me I’d buy a new diary and fill the first twenty or so pages. After a while my fervor would wane and yet another partially completed...

Teens: Why Keep the Sabbath Day Holy?

For most everyone in this very large world Commandment number eight doesn’t seem hold quite the same meaning as it did many years ago. In Exodus 20:8 we read, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Sounds simple enough, right? The problem with the idea of...

Happiness Is … Remembering

The morning light shone warmly on Sarah's eyelids. She only sighed and let her body sink more deeply into her sleep-warm sheets. She had only just begun to drift back into sleep when she felt a tiny little something tracing over her face and heard the barely...

Using Archives in Genealogical Research

Digital picture of my 10th Great Grandmother's Will, housed at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis An Archive refers to a collection of public records and/or Also known as Archival Repositories or Archives, these places often hold items of great interest to...

A Modern Day “Army of Helaman”

The Army of Helaman is one of my favorite stories from the Book of Mormon. I am inspired by the faith and courage of the two thousand sons who went to battle to defend their families and their homes. They were young men of character and honor. We know that they were...

A Soldier for the Lord

This must be my day for all things military since I just posted about the Army of Helaman. Probably because Veteran’s day is just around the corner. It is what I feel prompted to write today so hang in there. When my active duty husband left to go for an extended...

Economic Slowdown to Hit Hard

I just read in a news report that a billionaire investor spoke out, . Whew. Not only did I write one long sentence, but the bad news may stay with us even longer! Yet as Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, this kind of news should not alarm us. Why? Because our prophets...

Scarcity of Water

On November 2, 2007 several news stations reported that Orme, Tennessee had run out of water. This, in spite of restricting water in the evening for months and as of August, severely restricting use to three hours a day. Tennessee is not the only area to feel the dry...

Tips for a Successful Family Home Evening

The family is central to the gospel of Jesus Christ. As such, the is to hold weekly what is called "Family Home Evening." Usually Family Home Evening (or FHE is it's often called) is held in the home, but really, it can be held anywhere. The entire point is to...

The Reality of Christ’s Second Coming

“[Jesus] shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, . . . they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not taken up; and a cloud received...

Gordon B. Hinckley ? Changing Society

A few years ago I began doing firesides (meeting of a group of people who listen to a speaker on a designated topic) to promote and improve the cause of literacy in our nation. As I have traveled I have heard far too often: "I'm too busy to read." To an author, those...

Happiness Is A Grateful Heart

There's an old story that says an ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating apples. He never looks up to see where the apples come from. Do you ever look up? President Ezra Taft Benson said “I hope we can be happy where we are, be grateful for our...

Moving to a New Ward

Just as you’re getting settled into being a church member, making friends, beginning to serve…you find out you’re moving. Now what? The Church is nearly everywhere. Even in places where there isn’t a formal organization, such as in some countries that don’t have free...

How to Pay Your Tithing

Recently a new teen convert walked over to the foyer outside the bishop’s office. Seeing a number of people waiting for interviews, she said, “The missionaries asked me to start paying tithing now that I’m baptized. But you didn’t pass anything around for me to put it...

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