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Building the Church through Friendship

Strengthening our relationships with others is a big part of living the gospel. The third hour of my Sunday church block generally goes like this: I walk into Relief Society, grab my usual seat next to my roommates, and promptly leave as soon as the meeting ends. In other words,… Continue reading

Is There Just One Right Way to Be a Mormon Woman?

As disciples of Christ, we don’t all have to be exactly the same. If we are each firmly rooted in our testimonies of Jesus Christ and are committed to following him, the exact circumstances of our lives don’t matter.  In this modern world marked by social media, our lives are full of comparisons. For me, it takes… Continue reading

Fall 2017 Staff

Elicia Cheney  Major and minor:  English major; editing minor  Hometown and state:  Rocklin, California  Positions on Mormon Insights staff:  Associate editor; analytics/social media assistant director; web team member, writer  Favorite quote: “Whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies.” —Thomas S. Monson  Unique hobbies: I collect themed cookbooks.  Do you speak any foreign languages? French and Sgaw… Continue reading

Contest Winner: “Are You Really There?”

The world confuses us about our relationship with God. But a simple children’s song reminds us to send our questions heavenward. “So, do you believe in God or not?” My friend Jane was the kind of person to dig deep into a person’s soul, and tonight my brother was the specimen… Continue reading

Instruments of Revelation: Translating the Book of Mormon

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The translation of the Book of Mormon was a miracle of modern revelation. When most of us hear the word translation, we think of bilingual dictionaries, conjugation charts, and Google Translate. If we need to verify that something is translated correctly, we might ask a native speaker or someone who… Continue reading

Prayer of an Atheist: Out Loud and in His Name

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As an atheist, I knew nothing about prayer. But when I learned about Joseph Smith and the First Vision, I learned how to get answers from God. I asked God every night for eight years if he was real, and I never got an answer. Growing up as an atheist,… Continue reading

Church History and Doubt: Trusting in the Lord

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When aspects of Church history raise doubts, study and faith can help us navigate historical facts and lead us to answers. Sometimes learning about Church history can build testimonies, but other times, it can shake them. In his Ensign and Liahona article “Understanding Church History by Study and Faith,” Keith… Continue reading

Spring 2017 Staff

Alyssa Gisseman Ball Major and minor: English Language major; Editing minor Hometown: Warner Robins, Georgia Staff positions: Assistant Managing Editor, Analytics Director, and Web Team Member Dream job: Content writer and SEO strategist at a digital marketing company. Oh wait, that’s what I do now! Most memorable thing you’ve done… Continue reading

Refugees: How Can Our Past Help Their Future?

Understanding the Mormon refugee experience has prepared us for a great work: helping millions in the same plight today. Latter-day Saints have a special connection with people currently fleeing from religious persecution: we were once refugees too. In his speech “The Mormon Refugee Experience,” given at Windsor Castle on September… Continue reading

The Power of Language on Social Media

Do we comprehend the power behind the language we use on social media? Language is powerful—especially our language on social media. A single word has the power to influence people and their feelings, for good or bad. Elder Charles A. Didier reminds us in his talk “Language: A Divine Way of Communicating” that we often… Continue reading