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

Swimming with the Prophet

I learned from a dream that the prophet can’t take away our trials but that he can help us thrive during them. I was caught in a raging river in the dead of night, the only light the pale disc of the moon. Despite being an excellent swimmer, I thrashed… Continue reading

Lose Yourself to Find Yourself: Service Brings You to Christ

When devastating mudslides destroyed neighbors’ houses, members of the Church left everything behind to help with the cleanup. “Brothers and Sisters, we just found out that the recent rainfall has flooded several houses with mud up Angeles Crest. We ask anyone who is willing and able to go help with… Continue reading

Not Ordained but Called: Women and the Priesthood

For a long time, I believed that women didn’t exercise the priesthood. But a class I took at BYU taught me how wrong I was. I’ve often grappled with women’s roles in the priesthood. For the majority of my life, I thought the priesthood was something that only men had… Continue reading