Six Hows of Scripture Study

People at church always say that we need to study our scriptures. But how can we actually have meaningful experiences with scripture study? For a long time, I struggled with studying the scriptures. I was always jealous of how other people had meaningful experiences with the scriptures, and I felt guilty… Continue reading

Does the Church Tear Families Apart?

With the Church’s emphasis on eternal families, how do we reconcile the fact that some people are forced to choose between church participation and their parents, siblings, or spouse? It’s an uncomfortable truth: sometimes it seems like our faith can drive a wedge between us and the people we care… Continue reading

The Parable: Simply Complex

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While parables can simplify confusing doctrine, the parables themselves have complex layers that require the reader’s full attention in order to grasp the full doctrine. Jesus’s parables are practically magic; through them, we can see ourselves in almost every character, apply them to current situations, and understand complex doctrine. The Savior’s parables are an almost… Continue reading

Receiving Small, Subtle Revelations Doesn’t Mean You Have a Small Testimony

Have you ever doubted the strength of your testimony? If so, it’s time to analyze that doubt. Your testimony is stronger than you think, and your perspective on revelation might change the way you look at it. Have you ever wished your testimony was stronger? Does it seem to be… Continue reading

Coming to Know the Savior

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We know how we can learn about Jesus Christ, but how can we come to know him?   Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, but he is also our personal Savior. I struggled with this distinction for most of my adolescence. I learned about the Savior—who he was,… Continue reading

Divine Masculinity: What It Means to Be a Man

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Despite the false messages the world offers about masculinity, the masculine roles of husband and father, established and exemplified by God, are sacred and noble.   What does it mean to be a man? Representations of men and masculinity in the media offer many definitions—definitions that are often harmful or unrealistic. Men… Continue reading

Weaving Discipleship into Our Spiritual Tapestry

Being a disciple isn’t just what we do; it’s who we are. When I’d hear the word disciple, I used to imagine the ancient apostles Mark, Peter, and John literally following in the Savior’s footsteps. Since two millennia separated me from when Christ lived on the earth, I felt that… Continue reading

Can I Ever Be Good Enough?

With the commandment “be ye therefore perfect” ringing in our ears, we can still be cheerful and hopeful as we seek for eternal life. With all our weaknesses, how can we know if we are acceptable to God? And with so many commandments to follow, where should we even start?… Continue reading

Who Is My Father?  

 In my struggle to reconcile two conflicting views of God, I learned more about the nature of my Heavenly Father.   For nearly all of my 22 years on earth, I had felt confident in my understanding of God. He was always there when I prayed, I felt his love, and I had seen too… Continue reading

Will Forgiveness Come?

Because we sometimes feel ashamed of the need to repent, we forget that the Savior wants to forgive us. There is a common perception that asking for forgiveness is something to be ashamed of. Repenting of our sins can seem daunting. We imagine ourselves kneeling before the throne of grace,… Continue reading