All Things Shall Be in Commotion

Elder Bruce R. McConkie stated: “We do not know when the calamities and troubles of the last days will fall upon any of us individuals or upon bodies of the Saints. The Lord deliberately withholds from us the day and hour of his coming and of the tribulations which...

Index Cards and Getting Ready for Emergencies

What do index cards have to do with emergency preparedness? Just read a bit further to see! Flash backwards a bit with me to an embarrassing moment in Wal-mart a few years back (2004 to be precise). I'm standing in line, , etc. Once he's through paying for his...

A Family Based on The Proclamation on the Family

Have you ever sat through a college course taught by a very knowledgeable instructor? I remember sitting in my science class in college during a versed in the sciences; the knowledge came effortlessly to him. Imagine the power and ability he had to wield that...

You Are Valued in the Eyes of God

When Eve was placed in the Garden of Eden, many have used the fact that she was created of Adam and last because she was of the least importance in God’s eyes. Gordon B. Hinckley, our living prophet of God, said of this moment in history: “Woman is God’s supreme...

The Family is Falling Apart

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe in the account found in the Old Testament in Amos 3:7: “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” As latter-day saints, or Mormons as so...

The Family: A Proclamation to the World

I remember exactly where I was September 23, 1995. My daughter was only three months old and I was standing in the lobby of our local church building, holding her while she fussed. Many women were in attendance that evening, as it was nearing General Conference...

Rise Up, O Men of God

“Awake, my sons; put on the armor of righteousness. Shake off the chains with which ye are bound, and come forth out of obscurity, and arise from the dust” (2 Nephi 1:23). We live in a world in a state of chaos. President Gordon B. Hinckley, to action in the fall...

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...

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