Make a Difference Day

Did you know the fourth Saturday in October is always Make a Difference Day? This Saturday, Oct. 20, is that very day. There are billions of ways to help make a difference in the lives or community around you. Throughout this week I’d encourage you to look for ways to...

Nurturing New Members

Though I am generally well-integrated into the Latter-day Saint lifestyle and culture, there are times when I am reminded that I was not raised in it. In my earliest months and years, I frequently experienced such moments. I often wondered if I would ever feel as “one...

Sustaining Sister Beck

The first time I heard Sister Julie B. Beck speak as President of the Relief Society was during General Women’s Conference at the end of September. I was amazed by her bold speech and felt myself drawn into something much larger than myself. I knew that she was the...

The Preparing of a Prophet

Today I had the opportunity to speak on the topic of Joseph Smith, Jr. As I pondered what specifically to address, the preparing of a prophet is what came to mind. In the Book of Mormon we find the words of the prophet, Nephi: And it came to pass that I, unto the...

Temple Marriage and its Purpose

Marriage is a time honored tradition that dates back to Adam and Eve. “Eternal marriage is a principle which was established before the foundation of the world and was instituted on this earth before death came into it. Adam and Eve were given to each other by God in...

Netiquette

Since I have made many suggestions about gathering information from others through email, message boards, volunteer requests and so forth, I thought it would be appropriate to address the subject of netiquette. Netiquette is a set of unofficial rules for behavior on...

Parley P. Pratt

One of the original twelve apostles called under Joseph Smith, Jr. was Elder Parley P. Pratt. I have always felt an affinity to this man because of the strength and power of the words he has written. A particular story I recall was when Parley was staying at a hotel...

Learning a Preparedness Lifestyle

Part of a preparedness lifestyle includes learning to be self-sufficient. There are many forms of self-sufficiency. Providing for one's family is one of the finest forms of self-sufficiency. How you provide in such a manner can be as varied as there are people on this...

Build Relationships – Look in Your Children’s Eyes

How much do you look into your children's eyes? No, not just glance their way, but actually look deeply into your son's or daughter's eyes while talking to them? It seems an odd question, perhaps, but start looking around. Start noticing the interactions of...

The Meaning of Being Christian: Looking to Christ for the Standard

There is a disagreement among some people over what it means to be Christian, and exactly which groups qualify as Christian. It is a curious occurrence indeed, when a church that bears the very name of Jesus Christ is not perceived to be a Christian church. doctrine,...

The Atonement of Jesus Christ

His never-ending eternity. It is the supreme act of goodness and grace that only a god could perform. Through it, all of the terms and conditions of the Father’s eternal plan of salvation became operative. Through it are brought to pass the immortality and eternal...

Merrill Osmond: Man of God

Merrill Osmond, lead singer of the world renowned entertainers, The Osmond Brothers, was introduced to the world of entertainment at a very early age. Made famous on The Andy William Show, Merrill and his brothers, in a matter of years, took the world by storm. At the...

My Best Visiting Teaching Experience

When I was a young mother, the Relief Society was rearranging all of the visiting teaching already been divorced and remarried. I didn’t think we’d have anything common. And two of the three sisters that we were assigned to seemed to have lots of problems- emotional,...

Collateral Lines in Family History

A collateral line refers to ancestors from whom you don’t directly descend, but that are still in your ancestral family. Such as aunts, cousins or your 5th Great Grandmother’s siblings. All too often in Family History research, these collateral ancestors are set aside...

Weekly Family Home Evening

One of the most important things you can do for your family is to hold a weekly Family Home Evening. But for many who are new to the church, this might seem an odd event. Just what is Family Home Evening (FHE, for short)? Family Home Evening is an opportunity for the...

Terrific Tools for Scripture Study

For those who are new to scripture study, the scriptures themselves can seem intimidating. There's a whole lot of tiny print in the scripture sets! But never fear, there are some terrific tools that will bring great enjoyment as you "feast" upon the word of the Lord....

We Believe . . .

We have a creed, as it may be, or rather a statement of our beliefs. In 183http://en.elds.org/ldsblogs-com/wp-admin/post.php?post=738&action=edit&message=1#6, Joseph Smith was asked by a newspaper editor, John Wentworth, for information about The Church of Jesus...

O God, Where art thou?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has four books of scriptures: The Holy Bible (KJT), the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine & Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. Today, I'd like to talk about the Doctrine and Covenants. From the title page we read:...

Nephi’s Psalm

We live in a crazy world filled with daily pressures that change on a dime. Each time I stumble I look to the scriptures or church history for the strength I need to continue. I remember to kneel in prayer and offer sincere humility in requesting forgiveness for my...

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