Economic Slowdown to Hit Hard

I just read in a news report that a billionaire investor spoke out, . Whew. Not only did I write one long sentence, but the bad news may stay with us even longer! Yet as Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, this kind of news should not alarm us. Why? Because our prophets...

Scarcity of Water

On November 2, 2007 several news stations reported that Orme, Tennessee had run out of water. This, in spite of restricting water in the evening for months and as of August, severely restricting use to three hours a day. Tennessee is not the only area to feel the dry...

Tips for a Successful Family Home Evening

The family is central to the gospel of Jesus Christ. As such, the is to hold weekly what is called "Family Home Evening." Usually Family Home Evening (or FHE is it's often called) is held in the home, but really, it can be held anywhere. The entire point is to...

The Reality of Christ’s Second Coming

“[Jesus] shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, . . . they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not taken up; and a cloud received...

Gordon B. Hinckley: Changing Society

A few years ago I began doing firesides (meeting of a group of people who listen to a speaker on a designated topic) to promote and improve the cause of literacy in our nation. As I have traveled I have heard far too often: "I'm too busy to read." To an author, those...

Happiness Is A Grateful Heart

There's an old story that says an ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating apples. He never looks up to see where the apples come from. Do you ever look up? President Ezra Taft Benson said “I hope we can be happy where we are, be grateful for our...

Moving to a New Ward

Just as you’re getting settled into being a church member, making friends, beginning to serve…you find out you’re moving. Now what? The Church is nearly everywhere. Even in places where there isn’t a formal organization, such as in some countries that don’t have free...

How to Pay Your Tithing

Recently a new teen convert walked over to the foyer outside the bishop’s office. Seeing a number of people waiting for interviews, she said, “The missionaries asked me to start paying tithing now that I’m baptized. But you didn’t pass anything around for me to put it...

Teach Ye Diligently

And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom. Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things...

Literacy

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Ye Shall Have My Words literacy manual it says: We learn from the writings of Moses that God created Adam and Eve. He also gave them their language. Using this language, angels taught Adam and Eve the gospel (see...

George Osmond – Patriarch of the Osmond Clan

Today, George Osmond passed from this life and returned to that heavenly home from whence he came. As the patriarch of the Osmond Family, he and his wife, Olive, worked hard to , then Jimmy. During the 60’s and 70’s they ruled the airwaves and yet remained true to the...

Find Time to Connect With Your Kids

Whether you’re married or a single parent, whether both parents work out of the home or one of you stays home with the kids, finding time to truly connect with your young ones can be terribly difficult at times. When children are younger they need your attention, even...

Stretch Your Spiritual Muscles

It’s always a little scary to do something you haven’t done before. During my senior year I still had to finish my gym requirements, and opted to take half a year of weight training. If I had known just how much I’d love the experience, I would have signed up for the...

When Disaster Strikes

Do you know which natural disasters can occur in your area? Do you know which could directly affect your home? The answers to these questions might seem obvious to you, but when I first moved to my current state, I wasn't aware of the threats to my home here. I'd...

Word of Wisdom: Revelation Given to the Prophet Joseph Smith

One aspect of our faith as Mormons that sets us apart from other Christian and religious groups is something called “the Word of Wisdom.” It is contained within the Doctrine and Covenants (published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and can be read...

The Book of Mormon’s Witness – the Tender Mercy of the Lord.

Nephi is the first prophet-historian we meet in the pages of the Book of Mormon. He was born into a culture that permeated life at Jerusalem. And within that culture, prophets were not foreign to the people during this time. In fact, many prophets had been sent by the...

What is the Melchizedek Priesthood?

“There are, in the church, two priesthoods, namely, the Melchizedek and Aaronic” (D&C 107:1). The Melchizedek Priesthood, which is “after the Order of the Son of God” (D&C 107:3), is the greater of these. It “holds the right of presidency, and has power and...

Understanding Your First Priesthood Blessings

When I first started receiving priesthood blessings, beginning with those offered in my confirmation, I really didn’t understand them. I thought they were the same as fortune telling. When I was told in an early blessing that I would become a good teacher, I thought...

Heavenly Music

Have you ever fought back tears of gratitude while singing a hymn? ever felt the Spirit testify to you about the love of our Heavenly Father for you through a song? I have. I believe that we’ve all been touched by music at one point or another in our lives. Hopefully...

Happiness is Knowing Our Families Are Eternal

Take a moment and picture the eternities. What do you see for yourself? I used to have rather ephemeral visions of heaven; maybe I would be transformed into an angel and is rather simple; to spend it in the company of my loved ones, experiencing the joys of familial...

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