Joseph Smith: Life of the Party

Family playing a board game

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… Continue reading

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.… Continue reading

Shipwrecked in Antigua: How a Trial Became a Blessing

Water, Mountains, and Boats

When my family and I embarked on a journey to visit the Caribbean islands, we thought it would be smooth sailing. Little did we know what awaited us. My family has adventurous tendencies that kept my childhood interesting. My parents had always wanted to live on a boat, and the… Continue reading

In a World Looking Down, We Can Look Up

When the rain comes pouring down, don’t look down and don’t look around—look up and soak it all in. As young adults in today’s world, it can be hard for us to be confident enough to speak up and share our beliefs. We’re constantly bombarded by those who don’t believe… Continue reading

When Should You Judge?

I learned from a friend that our job is to love one another and nurture our spirituality, not try to determine each other’s fate. After I graduated from high school, many of my friends were preparing to leave on missions for the Church. My Sundays became busier and busier as… Continue reading

Creating with the Creator

Heavenly Father is the ultimate Creator. Since we’re his children, we all have inherited his gift of creativity. I’ve always considered myself to be a fairly creative person; I love writing, dancing, and playing the piano. However, I’ve often felt like I’m not as creative or talented as others. My… Continue reading

The Prophet’s Voice: Our Beacon

We’re constantly surrounded by a fog of conflicting messages, but the prophet’s voice is clear, direct, and distinct if we’re willing to listen to it. San Francisco is famous for its iconic bridges and stunning natural beauty. Because of the city’s proximity to the ocean, dense fog often encompasses the… Continue reading

Called to the Cavalry

You don’t need a name tag, satchel, and pair of walking shoes to effectively share the gospel. When my dad was in high school, he was less active in the Church. At the end of his senior year, a friend encouraged him to pray and ask if God exists. “If… Continue reading

When the Answer Is “You Choose”

God will always answer our prayers, but sometimes his answer is that we should decide which choice is best. The other day, I was talking with my dad about an important decision I needed to make. I turned to him because he has always been my confidant and has given… Continue reading