Use Your Own Name While Reading the Scriptures

Use Your Own Name While Reading the Scriptures

For some, reading the scriptures might feel easy. Perhaps they have taken literature classes and are used to wading through new verbiage. Or maybe they have read the scriptures for years and years, and as a result they are quite familiar with scriptural languages. But...

One Ward at a Time

Our ward boundaries just changed. After four years of learning and growing with wonderful people in one area, our family is now going to go to a different ward. We'll go to a new building, get new teachers, settle the kids in again. But if there is one thing I'm...

Expecting the Unexpected

What does preparedness mean to you? As we've discussed before, "preparedness" really can mean so very many different things. But in all categories, preparedness seems to imply that you are ready for the unexpected. How does one go about this? How does one become ready...

Prophets: Helping Us Prepare for the Storm

It's been cold lately where I live, but we had only had a little dusting of snow so far this season. During the years I've lived here, we haven't had a large multi-inch snowstorm until January or later. So when a big snowstorm was forecast for the first day of...

Fasting May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

Fasting May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

Mormons have long been known to have fewer incidents of heart disease than the general public. One reason commonly attributed to this is their keeping of a law called “The Word of Wisdom.” Received by the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1833, it prescribes a code for healthy...

Abortion

Here is what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called the Mormon church) states about "abortion." "" Pretty straight forward, isn't it! And a far cry from what so many are bandying about in today's society. Perhaps this stand is not so...

Better Able to Discern Truth from Error

We can read the following quote from one of the websites for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: "When we have knowledge and wisdom, we are better able to discern truth from error and make good choices. Education and literacy are also keys to personal...

It’s Real

For those who do not belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed the Mormons by those outside of the church), they may not understand why many members are so happy. At least this has been my personal experience—being a member of the church...

Jesus Christ: Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer

Jesus Christ: Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer

Christ is called both Savior and Redeemer. As they are used in the scriptures, these two divine titles are closely related–their meanings are often synonymous. However each title sometimes expresses blessings uniquely different for the saved versus the redeemed....

Truth in the Spirit of Elijah

Mal. 4: 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. Let's talk Family History! The spirit of Elijah just touched my day. Here I am … taking seriously the suggestion to pray about it before I write and as...

Parents Can Teach By Example

I recall one day when my daughter was about two-years old. She was eating some lunch at the table and I was tidying up the kitchen when suddenly I heard her say, “Stupid.” I was shocked and distraught. While most people might not consider this to be a bad word, I’ve...

An Outline of the Mormon Young Women Program

The Young Women’s organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) was organized back in 1869. Brigham Young, then president of the Church, began to worry that his daughters and the other young ladies were too caught up in the trends and...

Follow The Commandments of God

Doing good, doing right, brings happiness. Conversely, doing evil, doing wrong, sweeps us down into the pit of despair. Even people who don't know about Jesus and His teachings would likely agree to the truthfulness of these statements. When have you been on a path of...

Caring for Those in Need

Caring for Those in Need

As Mormons, or members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), we believe in Jesus Christ. As such we want to be His hands and His feet by serving others. In fact, here is an essential scripture on the subject: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and...

Helping Others in Adversity

Helping Others in Adversity

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons), we believe in reaching out to others in adversity. It is what we stand for, because we believe Christ in His admonishments to serve and love others as He did. And we join in joy with all...

Preparing for Adversity

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons), we believe in being prepared. Why? Well, frankly because we believe the scriptures. The scriptures were given to us through the Lord's mouthpieces, the prophets. Those scriptures contain...

What About My Ancestors?

What About My Ancestors?

If Jesus Christ's work is so important, what about my ancestors who have never heard of Him? This question used to bother me, until I understood the Lord's eternal plan. He loves all His children: all those who have lived on the earth, who currently live on the earth,...

Teach the Little Children

Teach the Little Children

One of the best ways to help a child learn a good value system is to give them age-appropriate responsibilities in the home. From the “10 Ways to Teach Values in the Home” pamphlet put out by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormon Church, we learn...

Brother to Brother

Brother to Brother

Luke 15: 25-32 When we hear the words, “The Parable of the Prodigal Son,” we normally think of the younger brother who took his inheritance, wasted it, became humbled, and returned home. There is a whole other story, however, involving the older brother. What kind of...

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