Joseph Smith: Life of the Party

Joseph Smith knew when to be serious and when to have fun. We too must find the balance. “Therefore, cease from all your light speeches, from all laughter, from all your lustful desires, from all your pride and light-mindedness, and from all your wicked doings” (Doctrine and Covenants 88:121). This...

Personalizing a Prophet

Attending President Monson’s funeral and the announcement of the new First Presidency changed the way I saw President Nelson. I remember as a young girl when President Gordon B. Hinckley passed away and President Thomas S. Monson became the prophet. I wondered how anyone could ever replace my beloved prophet....

Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice

Here’s why we should always remember the prophet’s latest message. I recently heard a story about a member of the Church who was asked by a friend if God spoke to people in the church. This member responded, “Yes, he speaks to us through the living prophet.” The friend then...

4 Guiding Principles of Church Finances

The Lord manages his Church through the same principles we should follow in our own lives. Have you ever wondered how tithing is used? And what about the Church’s commercial ventures and massive humanitarian program? The Church’s finances is a topic many people are curious about. Undergirding it all are...

4 Steps to Finding Your Role in God’s Work

Every person has a role in God’s work. As you discover yours, you can find happiness and purpose. The “decade of decisions” we face as young adults will affect the rest of our lives. What should we study? Where should we work? Who should we marry? These big questions are...
Contest Winner: Of Ducks and Destinies

Contest Winner: Of Ducks and Destinies

Although we might prefer our lives be as neat and cozy as a duck pond in a manicured garden, we must navigate the wilderness of uncertainty guided by the Spirit if we are to discover our personal promised lands. While hurrying home one October day, I was struck by the...
Counsel or Command? Listening to Church Leaders’ Advice

Counsel or Command? Listening to Church Leaders’ Advice

I struggled to understand how someone called of God could say something that hurt me as much as it did. I’ll be honest. I used to really distrust Church leaders. I had been hurt, and I didn’t want reconciliation. When I was dating the guy I later married, I went...
Understanding Instead of Fixing: Mourning with Those That Mourn

Understanding Instead of Fixing: Mourning with Those That Mourn

When others are sad, we want to take their sorrow away. But we need to try to understand their feelings rather than try to fix them.  When other people feel sad, our instincts tell us that we need to somehow make them happy again. Our society views sadness as a disease that...
How Do I Know This Is God’s Plan for Me?

How Do I Know This Is God’s Plan for Me?

We can make life decisions and have confidence that we aren’t messing up God’s plan for us. As millennials and young adults, we have a lot of important decisions to make at this point in our lives: what to study, where to work, whom to date, where to live ....
3 Ways to Explain the Unexplainable

3 Ways to Explain the Unexplainable

We can still have faith in Christ, even when we struggle to understand the gospel. With modern technology, we have so much knowledge at our fingertips—yet, having resources that are only a few taps away doesn’t mean we can answer all of life’s questions. Our current scientific theories can’t explain...
Your Most Important Choice

Your Most Important Choice

In times of doubt, we can make the decision to believe in and follow Jesus Christ so that his light will guide us throughout our lives. What are some important choices you’ve made in your life? Choosing a career? Deciding to get married? Selecting a place to live? Although all these decisions are...