Is Media Always Bad?

Media is bad—at least, that’s what we hear. What if we focused more on improving our media use rather than reducing it?   I remember a specific Sunday that was particularly dim. I was frustrated with my spirituality and couldn’t seem to connect with the teachings I had learned that...

“Look Up!”: A Timely Reminder

A tough time on my mission and a special friend helped me have faith and remember what life is all about: looking toward our Savior. It was my first week as a missionary in the rice fields of Japan; I was homesick, illiterate, and lost. The thought of going to...

Help God Help You

In a time of great personal trial, I followed a prompting that allowed me to help God help me. When I was younger, I tried to find peace and happiness in every way but the right way; that is to say, God’s way. I ended up suffering from addiction, as...

When God Sent Me Tulips

I needed to feel God’s love, and he answered me in just the way I needed. Buzz. I glanced at my phone, then to the manuscript on my desk. Instead of answering, I picked up a red pen and continued my work. The call was from my brother, who left...

Six Ways to Invite the Lord to be Your Partner in Building Your Life

We all have dreams, aspirations, and goals, but when we trust the Lord to direct our lives, he will bless us beyond our expectations. Lawrence P. Vincent is a professional opera singer, but he says, “in my wildest dreams…I never envisioned myself [here]. Never!” In a BYU devotional, “Ordinary Lives,...
When Feeling Happy Just Isn’t Possible: Reasons to Hold On

When Feeling Happy Just Isn’t Possible: Reasons to Hold On

Depression affects everyone at one point or another. When those times hit, we need a reason to hold on, a reason to keep going, a reason to stay. Sometimes life isn’t all we hoped it would be. We face disappointment, fear, and devastation. Sometimes we can’t explain why we’re feeling...
The Power Behind the Change

The Power Behind the Change

Changes don’t come only by consensus among leaders of the Church, but also, more importantly, by divine revelation from the Lord. Change isn’t easy, but it’s an inescapable part of life. Lately, there have been several major changes in the Church, like replacing home and visiting teaching with ministering, and...
The Cycle of Self-Worth

The Cycle of Self-Worth

In life, we have moments when we love ourselves . . . and we have moments when we don’t. The world tells us we should find our self-worth in the money we make, the clothes we wear, the house we own, the car we drive, and so on. Because of...
Elder L. Tom Perry: Builder of Souls

Elder L. Tom Perry: Builder of Souls

Elder L. Tom Perry lived a life of service to his fellow men as a builder of churches and souls. On May 30, 2015, L. Tom Perry—a man with a big smile and an even bigger heart—passed away. Elder Perry (1922–2015) lived a long life of service. As a young man,...
War, Politics, and Power of the Book of Mormon

War, Politics, and Power of the Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon includes details and principles of war that would have been impossible for young Joseph Smith to make up. Although the Book of Mormon was published by Joseph Smith, a young man with little education and no war experience, it is remarkably accurate in its portrayal of...
Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones: Coming to Grips with Troubling Information in Church History

Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones: Coming to Grips with Troubling Information in Church History

Paradigm shifts can rock our world, but they can also bring greater understanding. Before 1697, Westerners believed the idiom “all swans are white.” But when a Dutch explorer discovered a black swan in Australia, his discovery “instantly demolished an apparent reality while also enabling a new, more informed state of...