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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

What Is General Conference?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds general conference twice a year, usually in April and in October. It is held in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, near Church headquarters, and broadcast throughout the world via satellite, cable, radio, and...

A Yardsale Fundraiser

Typically when my oldest daughter, Michelle, comes to me with the words, “Mom, I have an idea…” I cringe. Half the time I don’t realize I’m doing it, but you have to understand something. These ‘ideas’ range from putting together her newest recipe (”You take some...

Mitt Romney on the Cover of Newsweek

As the current Republican frontrunner in Iowa, Mitt Romney is still anything but yesterday's news. And Newsweek, in its October 8, 2007 issue, has once again raised the question: Can the United States vote for and support a Mormon President? Clearly Romney does not...

The Book of Mormon

Since Joseph Smith, Jr. translated and published the Book of Mormon in 1830, a great hue and cry arose across the world and it has not lessened. As a second testament of Jesus Christ it is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas. It...

Heaven or Hell?

Latter-day Saints don't believe in a straight heaven or hell. That would be pretty scary if you were borderline. What would tip you over the edge that would precipitate one being kicked out of heaven and straight down to the fiery depths of hell? That's a frightening...

President Henry B. Eyring: Called of God

When the name of Henry B. Eyring was read in the October 2007 general conference as the new counselor in the First Presidency, I had to smile. While we love all of our general authorities, and would have sustained any of them in this new calling, I'm sure many members...

How is a new Apostle Chosen?

With the passing of our beloved President James E. Faust this past summer and the calling of Elder Henry B. Eyring to step into his shoes and office, a vacancy was created in the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. Latter-day Saints began their wild speculation as to who the...

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