Smelling the Eternal Roses

On February 3, 2019, my dear mother passed away after a long battle with various health challenges. Though it was hard to say goodbye, in my heart I know It was a blessing that she could finally go and be relieved of her suffering, and also have the chance to meet and...

Liberty Keepers

Continuing our discussion on liberty, as disciples of Jesus Christ we must become liberty keepers. Our God expects us to live righteously and fight for our rights to keep our country free from bondage. It is unfortunate that those who stand for “equality and rights”...

Tools

I have always wanted to be a handyman around the house. The garage door has issues, a sink in the bathroom drips, a door lock needs to be replaced—all these are relatively simple tasks given a little knowledge and some time. But I couldn’t do any of these things...

This Easter Is Different

Easter is different to me this year. I’ve always marveled at the huge sacrifice the Savior made for all mankind, but today it’s much more personal. His triumph is an inspiration to me to keep fighting.   Sick   I’ve been feeling increasingly tired and sick...

A First-Person, Present Tense Easter

To celebrate the Last Supper, my seminary class and I did a brief Seder meal. As I put the Haggadah together for our class, I fixated on a comment from a Passover Seder Step-by-Step website I perused.   Part of the experience is retelling the story of Israel in...

Christ Took On More Than Our Sins

It’s a heavy concept, the thought of taking upon oneself the sins of every person who ever has, and ever will, live. Even those of us with the most incredible imaginations could never hope to come close to understanding what it was the Savior took upon Himself that...

Easter and the Atonement

This Good Friday, I'm reflecting on several things Easter-related. Firstly, I'm thinking about how I wish "Easter ham" wasn't a thing (I hate ham and always have; I literally have nothing good to say about this cut of meat), and secondly, how grateful I am for my...

The Blessings of Liberty

There is a big elephant sitting in the room—a really big elephant. It sits in the United States of America. The elephant is the United States Constitution and our responsibility to our government, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in...

Because of Him

Editor’s note: This article is a little different than most—rather than a post written by Walter, it’s actually a talk someone else gave in an Easter Sunday sacrament meeting. This individual sent his talk to Walter, which is how you're reading it today. Walter has...

Faith is Our Fortress

There is a lot on my mind since the April 2019 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I felt through the whole conference that we are being warned to strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ now, as there is not much time left. One of the...

When The Prophet Sustained Me

After this last general conference, I saw a picture published online. It was of the prophet and his counselors sustaining the officers of the Church. Seeing them sitting there with their hands raised hit me with such power. It was in that moment I realized the prophet...

The Lord Prepares His People

The April 2019 General Conference talks reminded me that I should be a prepared, or at least preparing, Latter-day Saint. The link seemed clearer than ever before that my yearning and seeking and learning is a divinely appointed means to cause me to be who I'm meant...

Layers

One of my greatest difficulties communicating with Asperger's syndrome has to do with how deeply and powerfully I feel (emotionally) and the seemingly formless amoeba of ideas in my head that I struggle to put into some semblance of spoken language. This becomes...

Learning to Control Anger

One of the most wise adages of all times instructs us, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." I have always fiercely loved that quote, and it's served me well throughout my life — especially in moments of anger.   When we're mad, we...

Get That Education, Sistas!

My mom has had a job for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I never thought of her as a “working mom.” Whenever I needed her, she was there. I did everything with my mom when I was little. I would go with her visiting teaching, to her “Daughters of the Utah...

Stand By Me

Some articles are just fun to write. This was one of them.   I am one of those folks that loves people watching. Many times I find myself enjoying the interesting characters in the drama of life.   Take Roger Ridley of Santa Monica, CA, for example. I love...

Baptism Date

This article is one in a series of stories about Lauren's conversion. To read the others, click here.   Even though I felt like The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true, I was still nervous to get baptized.   After the last testimony meeting,...

Honesty

Honesty is often difficult, but the consequences for dishonesty can eat right through you. Let me illustrate.   Young Mistake   When I was in first grade, we had a show and tell. My friend brought a little package of plastic tri-corner beads. They were so...

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