Youth: Write to a Missionary

It may not seem like an opportunity for service, but ask any missionary what one of their favorite things in the world are, and they'll say letters. As a senior in high school I was seriously considering the possibility of going on a mission when I turned twenty-one....

Happiness is Family

I am finally relaxing after walking years old and so their trick-or-treating radius has grown exponentially. The result? I am exhausted! However, while I got a long and cold workout, I also got time with my boys, with my neighbors, and lots of laughs watching all the...

Latter-day Saints in the Military

This is a little different than what I normally write so bear with me as I explain the reason why. We are a military family. There are a lot of Church members who are now currently serving. We have a proud history of members who served in all four branches of the...

“Golden Compass” Controversy

A movie billed as a children's fantasy currently has a lot of controversy surrounding its alarming premise. The Golden Compass, based on the first , it appears to be another fantasy tale -- albeit a rather dark one-- of kids saving the world against evil. But as those...

At the Root of Womanhood

You know, I have to admit that much of how I think of myself as a woman--and to be honest, about I met my husband when I was 19 and married him when I was 20. Before I was 22, I had my first baby. All but 2 of my years as a woman have coincided with my years as a wife...

A House of Order

Sister Beck, our General Relief Society President, told us that “women should pattern their homes after the Lord’s house.” What does this mean? And how can we accomplish it? In the Doctrine and Covenants, section 109, it reads: Organize yourselves; prepare every...

Faithfully Answering a Mission Call: The Example of Paul

The Apostle Paul was a great missionary for the Lord. His mission was very demanding; it covered many countries and traveled many menacing miles. His ministry began on the day that the resurrected Lord Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus. While preaching the...

What is a census?

A census is a periodic count of a population. Whether it be of the human population. The first known census was taken by the Babylonians in 3800 BC and thereafter are a relatively small number of other known census takings until the practice became more common in more...

Preparedness – The Importance of Sleeping Bags

Ok. Winter is coming. For many, this means below-. But what if your furnace goes out? What then? Or even worse, as has happened in various parts of the country (and the world), sometimes there is a larger crisis. A cold snap strikes an area and the power is suddenly...

We Are Facing Difficult Times

The world seems to be tilting ever more out of control. From violent drought-ridden areas, indeed the world can be a tempestuous place. This is why I'm grateful for men such as President James E. Faust, a member of the First Presidency for the Church of Jesus Christ...

Gospel Centered Marriages

It is an awesome thing to be married. Or at least it can be. It is even better to be married in the temple of the Lord. Temples are mentioned in the Bible. of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Gordon B. Hinckley, has said (click here for the full text):...

Personal Development

When was the last time you thought about you that "you" could be seen amongst the lost-and-found! Well, never fear, here is a little quiz to help you get to know "you" a little bit better. It might have been a while since you've asked yourself these questions, so go...

Education

When was the last time you thought about your education? In the uncertain world we live in, keeping your education up-to-date is a choice full of wisdom. Men and women alike, it is in the best self-interest of all to seek learning. For example, President Hinckley...

A Brief Explanation of The Book of Mormon

The structure of the Book of Mormon is simple. It is a composite record of sacred writings from ancient American prophets. But before we explore the record Apparently the Jews considered God would do this, because when the revelation came to take the gospel to all the...

The Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith

For some who are not familiar with the Bible, in the Old Testament, found in Amos 3:7: “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” Soon after Christ was crucified, the gospel began to be preached beyond the...

The Value of Witnesses

In Matthew 18:16, we read: “.” The scenario for this passage is the disciples had come unto the Savior asking, “who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus taught His beautiful lesson, by placing a little child in front of the disciples and teaching them they...

An Introduction to the Book of Mormon

For those who are just learning about the Book of Introduction, which is placed just after the Title Page of the Book of Mormon. From the Introduction we learn that the Book of Mormon contains holy scripture similar to the Bible. But whereas the Bible contains...

Your First Calling

One of the most exciting events for new members is to get the very first calling. A calling is a volunteer church position. It feels like such an honor—and it is—because it means you are trusted to take on a portion of the ward’s work. You’re a real part of the family...

Regaining Your Testimony

One of the challenges people face when returning to activity in the church is regaining their testimonies. Sometimes getting it back can seem more challenging than getting it the first time. The first time it was all new and exciting, while this time, you have to...

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