Learning From The Valiant Around Us

I find some of the best study aids and within the living word of God? How have they stood faithful to the truths they understand? Just yesterday I read a story that greatly moved me. Imagine with me, if you will, that you were born about 150 years after the death of...

Premortal Life and the Foreordination of Jesus Christ

“Behold, mine house is a house of order, saith e in my name? Or will I receive at your hands that which I have not appointed? And will I appoint unto you, saith the Lord, except it be by law, even as I and my Father ordained unto you, before the world was?” (D&C...

Family Search Indexing Calls for Volunteers

In a news release dated October 11, FamilySearch, the online family history resource of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, issued a call for volunteer indexers for a variety of projects. The specific projects mentioned are Mexican and other Latin...

What Is a Calling?

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one of the first words a new member may learn is calling. A calling is an official request for a member to serve in a particular position or responsibility within his/her ward (congregation) or stake (group of...

FHE Idea: Halloween Decorations

This is my kids’ favorite time of the year – the beginning of the holiday season. With just a few weeks left until Halloween, I thought some of you out there might enjoy these crafty ideas. be hung in a window or from a tree. The third is a colorful addition to those...

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...

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