Strengthening Families: Even if you don’t have children

Recently, I’ve heard many talks and lessons about how to strengthen the family. And invariably, most of what I have heard focuses on what we can do as mothers to strengthen our children. Any discussion is usually on what and how to teach our children certain...

Sharing the Gospel Online

In case you haven't heard yet, LDS Public Affairs now has a YouTube page. At the time of this post there are a total of seven videos featuring Elder M. Russell Ballard addressing seven different questions. Each video is about 1 to 2 minutes long. The seven questions...

After Camelot Falls

I recently had my heart broken. Someone I cared for turned out to not be the person I had hoped they would be. My Camelot fell. While the relationship lasted “there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot.” There was love, excitement, and...

In His Father’s House: The Boyhood of Jesus

In what James Talmage describes as “impressive brevity,” very little is written about young Jesus in scripture. It is understandable that a good parent would strive to protect the privacy of a tender child; it follows that early details of this precious Son were made...

What Is Primary?

I started thinking, especially as our administrator has been encouraging us to do so, that I’ve never really explained exactly what Primary is. Like other churches, we have a specific organization to care for and teach the children of our church. This organization is...

Youth: How Do We Recognize Revelation?

Now that you know you can receive revelation, how do you recognize it of the Spirit can often be difficult. What form does revelation usually take? In Doctrine and Covenants 9:7-9 we read: "Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto...

Youth are Entitled to Personal Revelation

"Prayer is the means by which man communicates with God. Revelation is the means by which God communicates with man." Who is entitled to revelation? I’m here to tell you all of us are. In fact, Bruce R. McConkie (one of the General Authorities of the Mormon Church)...

Missionary Miracles: A Marvelous Work and a Wonder

The Latin etymology of the word “mission” denotes an “act of sending.” The definition of the word “missionary” from Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary is: “a person sent on the work of a religious mission.” The idea of “being sent” is key! A “mission” is never something...

Knowledge is Power

Joseph Smith, Jr., the prophet of the Restoration, said, “Knowledge does away with darkness, suspense, and doubt; for these cannot exist where knowledge is . . . In knowledge there is power.” The entire Restoration of the Savior’s Church came about because Joseph was...

How to Learn More About the Mormons

Mormons have a number of websites, provided by the Church, which enable us to prepare ourselves for any eventuality. Whether it is the main website which grants us access to all the words of modern prophets and apostles, the scriptures online, information about the...

Teen: Where Am I Going?

I don’t know that this third question pertaining to the Plan of I do recall as a youth having a difficult time imagining ‘eternity’. My mind simply refused to wrap around that concept (still doesn’t, to be honest). So for those of you not yet concerned about what...

President Hinckley Addresses 107 Stakes in Broadcast

First, let's clarify some terminology. A stake is a group of several local congregations (wards or branches; branches are usually smaller than wards) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Stakes are generally assigned by geographic location; for...

Worth Fighting For

I am the mother of three, two are teenagers. I know well the challenge most them in the wrong direction. They are challenged at almost every turn. At times I feel helpless at the overwhelming task that is before me as a mother. What can one mother do to combat the...

What Is the Book of Mormon?

What is the Book of Mormon? Perhaps the simplest and volumes. It reads: “The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” And that’s what it is. As the Old Testament testifies of the coming of Christ, and the New Testament testifies of His ministry among the...

D & C 4: A Marvelous Work

The first verse of Doctrine and Covenants section 4 reads: "Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men." The first question I have about this verse is: What's the marvelous work? The prophet Isaiah in the Old Testament spoke of a...

Youth: Pressured to Dance

I can promise you this won’t be anything remotely close to what you might be thinking – and if it is, then we must have been created from the same mold up in heaven. I thought since my last several posts were on the more serious side, we’d take a break and laugh...

Family History is a work furthered by more than just the living

I first learned what genealogy was, when my grandmother gave my mom a gift. It was a large blue binder and I wondered what it could hold that might be gift worthy. When I was told it was a binder filled with names of our ancestors, I wasn't entirely sure what that...

72-Hour Kits

It's hard not to hear about the California fires right now if you live in the U.S. - even if you live in Maine or as far away as Florida. Our hearts go out to the individuals who are dealing with the trauma of the experience, the reek of the smoke, and the rebuilding...

Family Fun

Michelangelo once said, when asked about his sculpting approaches, that he carved away everything that didn't belong in his statues. What a wise approach . . . and his statues have lasted for centuries. In many ways, his approach reminds me of the following phrase:...

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