Osmonds on Oprah

Approximately 125 Osmonds flew from Utah to Chicago to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show that aired on November 9, 2007. Despite the recent passing of their father, the family chose to do the show anyway, feeling that he would have wanted them to do it. He had...

Video Game Violence

The recent release of a game touted as "the most violent video game ever" has again opened up the question of whether such violent entertainment really has an effect on viewers and participants. Many people would intuitively answer "yes" to that question, and there...

Giving Your First Public Prayer

I learned to be comfortable praying privately and in my meetings with the missionaries. Since the missionaries were there to teach me, I didn’t worry about getting something wrong. The first time I was asked to pray in class however, I was very intimidated. I didn’t...

When You Call a New Convert to a Calling

When we call someone to a position within our organizations, we often assume she has a certain amount of knowledge, even if she has never held that particular calling. When we in the church all your life, you might be surprised to discover how many things are not...

Sharing Can Be Lethal

I was raised in a family and culture that places tremendous value on sharing. I've in turn taught my children that sharing is good, that we need to share what we have whenever we can. I still believe in these values. I still believe that all of us can do a little more...

The Lord Calls to Samuel

* Story taken from 1 Samuel Chapter 2, KJV * Samuel, the prophet of the Old Testament, left his mother and father when he was about three years old. His mother hadn’t been able to have children for many years. She made a promise to the Lord: if he granted her a son,...

Don’t Cross the Morality Line

There is a line, unseen but nonetheless there, that keeps us safe. Crossing this line affects not only our physical well-being but our emotional and spiritual well-being too. I’m talking about the Morality Line. I’ve taught In an effort to help illustrate this point,...

Teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ by the Spirit of Truth

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called the “Mormon Church”) is uniquely different from all other religions: It is not a man-made religion; it is God-made religion. The definitive proof of this bold claim is given by God. This means that the...

Finding Happiness in Your Marriage

I have a unique marriage story that'll probably set your teeth on edge. The story is my own and it goes like this: I was a young woman of twenty-two when I wanted to serve a mission for the LDS Church. I prepared my papers with the help of my Bishop and everything was...

Slave Schedules

A slave schedule refers to a census taken of slaves that lived in the United States. There were only two slave schedules taken, one in the year 1850 and one in 1860. The 1850 slave schedule asked the following questions: * Name of slave owners * Number of slaves * Age...

Preparedness is a Lifestyle … Not a One Time Event

I find in my own personal preparedness activites that it is important to remember that preparedness is a lifestyle ... not a one-time event. For some people, to hear the term "preparedness" causes them to think of Hurricane Katrina and the immense suffering of those...

Why Mormons Believe in Being Prepared

We as Mormons believe the prophets. Whether those prophets are ancient ones or current ones, we believe them and that they speak the Lord's word. We base this on the scripture in Amos 3:7: "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his...

Though the World May Appear to Be Falling Apart …

Is there any need to fear when events in the world appear at times to be so horrific? In today’s world, one only need pick up a local newspaper to read frightening news. Whether it is about a wheat virus threatening the world’s food supplies or whether the news report...

Education

As Mormons we believe the glory of God is intelligence. In D&C 93:36 we read: "The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth." As such, education is an important component for those who belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

Strengthening the Family

Studies have shown that families who go on an outing once a week are more successful in raising balanced children. Perhaps this is not surprising to you, but it surprised me. Honestly, our family had become so busy with so many individual activities that a family...

Work, Work, Work …

What do we do when our children do not want to work around the home? Is this a problem or is it not? And what is the Lord's perspective? As Mormons, we believe families can be together forever. This is a great thing. That is why everything we do as parents is done (or...

The Family

Just what is the Lord's perspective on the family? Have you ever wondered? There sure seem to be a lot of people "in the world" who have opinions. Some say that families don't matter, others say that they do. Studies show that having stable families with both a mother...

Sharing Your New Religion

Someone helped you join the church. Whether it was a friend, a missionary, or a ward member, there are people behind each conversion. Now that you’ve been helped to find the gospel, it’s your turn to be a missionary. You may find yourself thinking, “I can’t do...

Bearing Testimony in Testimony Meeting

On the first Sunday of each month, we have a Sacrament Meeting that is just a bit different. Instead of having assigned speakers, we have a testimony meeting. Any member of the church is welcome to come to the microphone and share a brief, heartfelt testimony. If you...

How to Be a Good Class Member

When you first came to church, you might have sat quietly in the back of the room, listening and trying to understand the lesson and the language. Now that you’re feeling a little more at home, how can you become an effective class member? The first step is to come to...

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