Promoting Measures to Strengthen and Maintain the Family

The last paragraph in the Proclamation on the Family is a plea from the first presidency. It is a request for me and for you to act. We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen...

No One Will Talk to Me!

One . Sometimes, when they return, they find the situation unchanged and their feelings about this can hamper their return to activity. I once moved to a very large ward. I felt entirely invisible and hated going to church because of it. I kept repeating to myself...

There is Always Hope

"And again, my beloved brethren, I would speak unto you concerning hope. How is it that ye can attain unto faith, save ye shall have hope?" (Moroni 7:40) Faith without hope is incomplete. Repentance without hope is incomplete. Life without hope is a life filled with...

Hold Strong to the Gospel

Spencer W. Kimball, former president of the LDS (Mormon) Church, once told about a huge tidal wave that hit Hilo, Hawaii back in 1946. At times the water rose to over forty feet high. The destruction was devastating. "…. Where one of our little chapels had stood,...

Children: The Precious Gift of Prayer

Two-year old Colby stole into his grandmother’s room one night as she prepared for bed. “Can I sleep with you, Grandma?” he asked. Unable to resist his big, brown, puppy-dog eyes Glenda said, “Of course.” Then Colby asked, “Will you read to me?” Glenda nodded and...

Networking in Cyberspace

If you’re a teenager you probably have a MySpace account. These social networking sites are so popular with teens today. In fact, with the exception of a handful of sites, most of these social networking sites are aimed at teenagers and young adults. MySpace was...

Find Happiness in Yourself

I am fat. I am ugly. No one likes me. I’m not smart enough. I’m not talented enough. I’m worthless. Do these lies sound familiar to you? Yes, I said lies. Oh, they might contain slivers of truth; the Adversary likes to work that way. He will tell you things that are...

Serving the Lord With All Your Might, Mind, and Strength

1 Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men. 2 Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day. (D&C...

Things As They Really Are

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a system of religious education for college-age students called the "Institute of Religion." When I was in college at the University of Oklahoma, we had a Latter-day Saint Institute instructor who warned us against...

Our Bodies As Temples

It seems no matter where I turn these days I can no longer tell the difference between some Latter-day Saint people and the people of the world. Let's explore a little of what I'm talking about. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God...

The Holy Ghost and a Can of Pop

The first Article of Faith states: We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost can be a difficult concept to relate to children. It’s easy to describe what the Holy Ghost does for us: Yet the idea of the...

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...

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