Standing in Holy Places outside of Holy Places

Going to the temple and attending sacrament meeting won’t guarantee us eternal life; blessings come when we make all times and all places holy. If I attend the temple once a month and prepare to worthily partake of the sacrament each week, why do I feel like I’m living below… Continue reading

In My Afflictions: Missionary Trainer for Two

After spending weeks as a missionary punching bag, I stopped fighting and got down on my knees to call for backup. I bit back my words as the three of us walked to our apartment. The tension between us was palpable and strangled any patience I still maintained. I was… Continue reading

Why Your Greatest Accomplishments Can Be Small and Simple

We often think we need to change the world in order to feel accomplished. In truth, it’s the small and simple things that are harder to achieve and more glorious in reward. In “Small and Simple Things,” President Dallin H. Oaks reminds us of a familiar scripture: “By small and… Continue reading

When the Waves Come Crashing

When life is really hard and we feel like we’re drowning, God will help us if we cry out to him. Waves were crashing around me—monstrous waves. I couldn’t breathe. I was drowning. Panicking. Flailing. I was on my bed, anguishing about the storms in my life, when Ether 2:24–25… Continue reading

My Mother’s Prayer

I’ve seen the fulfillment of the Lord’s promise in Doctrine and Covenants 19:38 many times. That blessing was particularly meaningful one night on a train in Europe. When I was a junior in high school, I and 80 classmates in AP European History went on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Europe.… Continue reading

Calling in Reinforcements

When all seemed lost for the Taylor brothers as they battled PTSD, they learned to seek God and ask for his help. Mitch and Chris Taylor are brothers who served in the military. They describe in a blog post on the Mormon Channel how their tours of duty in Iraq… Continue reading

My Dad, the Ultimate Babysitter

Little did I know that babysitting would involve doors I couldn’t open; a child I couldn’t communicate with; and my father, who could do both. A small army of children were piled haphazardly on top of each other watching a movie. I was their proud commander, keeping them confined to… Continue reading

Unknowingly Prepared

I had no idea the Lord had been preparing me to enter the temple. Now I see how he led me step by step. I guess you could say I was in a rut. I did the same thing every day: school, work, homework, sleep. Meanwhile, my friends were going… Continue reading

Imperfections Are Not Limitations

Weaknesses are part of human nature. But if we give our imperfections to the Lord, he will shape us into something beautiful.  We’re all imperfect and thus have weaknesses. Oftentimes, we see these limitations as failures. We aspire to reach our full potential but are unable to reach that point… Continue reading

Giving In to Compliments

Because I wanted to be humble, I used to focus too much on my weaknesses. Now I understand that God wants us to grow confident from our successes. “We talk about being kind to everyone and filling our speech with love, but whenever you say even one nice thing about… Continue reading