Living Life in Crescendo

I imagine that many of you reading this are active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Others are not. Whether you are one of the 16 million members today or not yet acquainted with our church, we all have the same question: how can I find...

The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You

During our family scripture study growing up, my dad had a habit of interjecting his own personal thoughts, explanations, and anecdotes every... maybe 0.7 verses.   Okay, that's probably a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point. In my and my siblings' kid...

Vitamins Can Reduce Autism Symptoms

First off, don't be discouraged by the title of this post! When my son was younger, the pediatrician assured us that ketchup could be considered a vegetable because he ate so few things. So I can just see a young mom reading this and asking herself how the heck she...

Firstborn and Birthright

As our family sat reading about biblical inheritances, I smugly responded, "Yay, the firstborn gets double." The second oldest (and firstborn son) even more smugly responded, "The oldest son gets double."   Except for very, very few instances, I knew he was...

How Primary Has Changed Since the New Year

As a new member of my ward’s Primary presidency, I was excited and a little nervous to start the new year with the adjusted Sunday meeting time. For as long as I could remember from past Primary callings, sharing time and singing time were a staple. Now we were going...

Resurrection: A New Spin on the Human Story

In a different life, I would have been an archaeologist. I love learning about ancient places and filling out the human story through the archaeological record. I am always deeply fascinated by how, over time, humans have tried to put their own spin on life and death....

That Solitary Light

Jesus Christ is the Light of the World, and a Light unto me that cannot be extinguished. In a world so torn with despair, disaster, war, and terror, my only hope lies in the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His sacred Atonement.   Tragedy after tragedy...

Praying with Real Intent

Editor's note: This article is a little different than most—rather than a post written by Walter, it's actually a talk someone gave in a stake conference several weeks ago as told to Walter, with minor changes for understanding made by the editor. We hope you enjoy...

Talk the Talk vs. Walk the Walk

My greatest fear in life is fire. My childhood friend was a burn victim. One of her siblings lit a match in the backseat of the family car when their mother was locking up the house to go somewhere. The car doors were locked, and by the time her mother was able to get...

Pick a Protection Scripture

Elder Ronald A. Rasband spoke to seminary and institute teachers recently. You can watch that awesome address here. He addressed the crisis of suicide among high school teens. He spoke at length of fear juxtaposed to good cheer.   Then he reiterated that the Lord...

Replacing Fear with Faith

"We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality." — Seneca   I’ve been thinking about this quote all day! What does it even mean? The first line made me ponder, trying to understand more of its meaning—more frightened...

The Effort to Gain a Testimony

This is one in a series of articles about Lauren's conversion story. To read more about her experience, click here.   It was just another, sunny, brilliant afternoon in Moab. I sat wedged between my friends on the wooden pews. It was the first Sunday of the...

We All Deserve (TRUE) Love

As I sat pondering what I could write about for Valentine's Day, my mind drifted over the sea of boys I liked before I met my husband.   There's a familiar adage that claims "Nice guys finish last," implying that girls only like boys who treat them poorly... And...

Striking a Perfect Pitch

A screaming contest is in session a room or two away from where I am writing today. My wife and two daughters are its participants. I’m not sure why or how this got started, but the laughter following each attempt tells me it is all in good fun.   Of the Church's...

A Love Story for Eternity

Everyone loves a good love story—one that tugs at the heart strings and makes you hold your honey a little closer. So when a love story comes along that bridges the gap between this life and the next, it’s worth telling. It’s not simply a story about the...

The Time the Lord Held My Calling for Me

My college years were a time of huge growth. I had new callings and new experiences. But the hardest part was making big life decisions all by myself. I will never forget how hard it was for me to transfer from BYU-Idaho to Southern Utah University. At the time, BYUI...

Feeling Too Ashamed to Pray

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.   I've recently had a breakthrough where my prayers have become conversations with the Lord. It's been an awesome...

The Power of Personal Decision-Making

I read something online that said, "It literally feels like January 74th.” I don’t know about you, but not only couldn’t I agree more, but I totally FELT this! I was somewhat comforted by this statement as I realized I’m not the only one who has felt the truth of...

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