Go and Become a Good Christian

Have you ever had to choose between people you love and something you believe is right? My friend (who asked to remain anonymous) faced that scenario after accepting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She grew up in a Buddhist nation and expected repercussions for accepting...

Lessons Learned

In light of this being Emlee Taylor's last post, we want to say a special thank you for all of her words of encouragement, pieces of advice, and above all, her testimony of the Savior. We are so grateful to have had Emlee with us these past three years, and we'll miss...

Can We Endure without Seeing the End from the Beginning?

One of my all-time favorite scriptures is a relatively obscure one — James 5:10-11. It reads,   10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. 11 Behold, we count...

Thy Sister’s Keeper

Into every life there come the painful, despairing days of adversity and buffeting. There seems to be a full measure of anguish, sorrow, and often heartbreak for everyone, including those who earnestly seek to do right and be faithful.   The thorns that prick, that...

Fast Offerings

To the police officer that pulled me over this morning, thank you.   We don’t normally expect to be grateful to a patrolman for pulling us over. I recognize that. But for me, today, I feel a degree of gratitude. I have been reflecting on the experience all day long....

Virtue and Integrity

There are few things I feel more compelled to talk about these days than virtue and integrity. We are living in a world that seems devoid of both.   I’m involved as a volunteer for an organization to help people with questions and life’s problems. I answer letters...

A Creation Pattern in 3 Nephi: Life

The creation of Life, continuing on the theme of creation in 3 Nephi—to identify it and apply it to myself. First, the earth cleaved. In that destruction, Matter Organized. Secondly, Firmament Divided. The Holy Ghost taught me that the pattern applied to the Earth and...

Missions: It’s Not Where, It’s How

My eyes scanned the page at a rate that was probably fast enough to rival the speed of light before I finally found it: I would be serving in Denver, Colorado.   I received my mission call on March 28th of 2013. I had several friends over at my BYU –Idaho apartment,...

God’s Love

When the teenaged Nephi, the first Book of Mormon writer whose work we still have, received his first vision, it was in response to his desire to gain a testimony of the vision his father had just seen. While pondering and praying, an angel came to instruct him.   The...

The Symbol of Our Religion

Symbols are all around us. Coins, cards, and cars have them. Backpacking equipment, books, and bikes do, too. Logos, licenses, letters, and lives depict symbols as well.   According to Webster’s dictionary, a symbol is a mark, sign, or word that indicates, signifies,...

Am I Crazy or Suffering from Betrayal Trauma?

What is betrayal trauma? First, let’s look at the definition of betrayal. "Betrayal" is the act of betraying someone or something: violation of a person's trust or confidence, of a moral standard, etc. 2: revelation of something hidden or secret.   Secondly, let’s...

Mini Missions—The Real Story

When my brother served his mission back in the 90’s, the only option for him was a service mission. He has Asperger’s and we worried that a traditional mission could be too much for him. But he was so capable that it broke my heart a little that he only got to serve...

Music Feeds the Soul

A missionary’s primary goal is to:   Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.   Teaching...

Decisions, Decisions

When I was a girl, we had Cheerio’s, eggs or oatmeal for breakfast. That was about it. When we got tired of hard-boiled eggs, we’d try scrambled or fried. Pancakes with bacon were a special treat and were reserved for the weekend when we had more time. Boy, times have...

Self Image: Look Upward, Not Outward

I'm going to let you in on a little (embarrassing) secret: I've never been very happy with the way I look.   I think I always assumed that once I got married, I'd be all confident because I'd finally found someone who thought I was attractive enough to look at for...

Strength in the Struggle

What can I do about the struggle of poverty in the world? I am just one person, and the need is so rampant everywhere.   A quick Google search reveals that nearly half of the world's population — more than 3 billion people — lives on less than $2.50 a day. More than...

Adversity: What Doesn’t Kill Me Will Make Me Strong

Dad used to quote an old saying that went something like this: I felt sorry for myself because I only had one leg, until I met a man with no legs. That’s not an exact quote, but close enough.   While feeling sorry for myself recently, I received a message from a...

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