Freedom of Religion

President Dallin H. Oaks, an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gave an address on freedom of religion at the Chapman University School of Law on February 4, 2011. In this address, then-Elder Oaks said that all organized religions need to band...

Missionary Work: Don’t Just Be an Example

I want you to imagine a scenario. You’ve just received a new pair of missionaries into your congregation, and over time you notice that every day when you pass the chapel on your way to work, they have a table set up outside and are reading scriptures all day. When...

Repainting: The Parable of Forgiveness

Have you ever tried to match a paint color without a swatch or a nifty Home Depot attendant? I have, and I would like to attest that some mistakes can’t be covered up ourselves by eyeballing a paint color! We are simply going to need more help.   I recently put...

It Works

I am sitting in my office. On my desk, there sits four pairs of earbuds and an AHP1 Alesis headphone. They all used to work well, but over time one or more of the speakers have gone out or at least now work inconsistently. They served their purpose. They were not...

My Miscarriage Helped Me Understand the Abortion Debate

Please allow me to ramble a bit today as I try to collect my scattered thoughts into something tangible. Over the last six weeks or so, I’ve thought a lot about the miscarriage I had on April 3, 1982—yes, I remember the exact date 37 years later, even though I don’t...

About Celestial Marriage

Celestial marriage is a lofty eternal goal. To understand this end, we must begin at the beginning.   Before Adam and Eve ever entered the Garden of Eden, or even before the world was formed, we lived with our Heavenly Parents. Through a process of creation that...

The Importance of (Marital) Intimacy

In today's society, there's a phrase that is becoming more and more apparent: "Sex sells."   Intimacy, something designed to be a bonding, sacred, and personal experience between a married couple (hence the very term "intimacy"), has become commonplace and...

Welfare of the Heart

Some years ago, I was asked to give a talk at a stake conference. I was a Relief Society president at the time. I was asked to speak on welfare principles and was given quotes from general authorities regarding principles of welfare. I was to select one for my...

The Music of Happiness

Music is a complicated thing. There are masterpieces that take our breath away, songs that annoyingly get stuck in our heads, love songs that make us cry, and life-moment songs that make us cry harder. In music, just like in life, there are moments that ebb and flow,...

True to the End

Editor's Note: Like last month's "Because of Him," this article was written by someone other than Walter—a fellow gospel brother. (Each month will feature a different male whom Walter loves and respects.) As with all of Walter's "guest pieces," this article provides a...

Spiritual Heroism

Most people, at least at some point in their lives, wish they could make a difference in the world in which they live. Many Latter-day Saints wish they could convert hundreds at a time, as did a few of the earliest missionaries, or bring the world to live by gospel...

Breaking Free OR Shaking Off Satan

After years of letting others tell me how I should be, I've had enough. My whole life I have been considered “plus size”. I’m tall. Even on my wedding day, when I was an extra 15 pounds lighter, I was still 5’ 10” and wore a size 12. That was plus size, which in the...

“You Don’t Know Me”

The bridegroom denied access to five unwise virgins, saying they didn't know him. So how do we come to know Jesus Christ?   My mom, Darla Bushman, shared some thoughts about how one of her missionary experiences taught her to know Jesus Christ more completely...

Do Your Best

Do you remember hearing the saying, “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose as long as you do your best”? It’s most often used for children on sports teams and in other forms of competition. Some of us believed that, some of us didn’t.   What made the difference?...

Faith and Finances

I’d like to share a small piece of a dream I had last night. I know that seems a bit odd, but it was something that my mind needed to hear, and something that you might need to hear as well.   It was about money. That’s something that has been on my mind for the...

A Poem for Mothers

I have an amazing mother. I know everyone says that, but I really do. I receive so much of my love for life from her. During my years as a teenager, she was always quick to give advice or leave me a note of encouragement on my usually unmade bed. She came to every...

Promises Kept

A few years ago—quite a few years ago—I became aware of something called Napster. Do you remember it? When it first started, Napster was a grassroots sharing methodology where people all around the nation (perhaps the world) pooled the music on their computers. It was...

Those Days When Children Learn through Osmosis

I was not an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during most of the years we were raising our children. I did have a testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We prayed together, we taught our children about the gospel, and we...

Infertility and God’s Miracle for Me

Disclaimer: This is my personal story about my fight with infertility, and the eventual miracle the Lord blessed me with. Everyone has their own story and their own views. I am not trying to preach in this post, but I do want to give a home to those who are hurting...

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