A Temple in France

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The dedication of the Paris France Temple is a wonderful reminder of the true joy temples can bring to all of God’s children. There’s nothing quite like getting a temple close by. And for the Saints in France, a new temple has just been dedicated in Paris, the City of Lights. According… Continue reading

The Sabbath Day Is Not a Chore

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Through small and simple means, our Sabbath day worship can be about spiritual rest rather than the guilt trips of the to-do (and to-don’t) list. I was an energetic kid growing up, so three hours of church felt like an eternity. It was all my mother could do to keep… Continue reading

Mormons and Muhammad

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When studying Islam in a world religions class, I couldn’t deny the gospel light I found in Muhammad’s teachings—but how was I to reconcile the truth in Islam with my own faith? Continue reading

Contest Winner: “Stay This Night with Me”

We face many battles throughout our lives, but we can be strengthened through the power of music. Martin Lowrie Hofford, a first lieutenant in the Union military, served in the American Civil War until he was seriously wounded in 1863. Through the gloomy lens of mortality, Hofford witnessed death, sorrow, fear, and division sweep… 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

Contest Winner: Master, My Tempest Is Raging

In the midst of my battle with pornography, a sacred hymn let me know that I was loved. You wouldn’t have recognized me that Sunday in Los Angeles. I was 19. I had tangled, unkempt hair that came down past my shoulders and a bushy beard that hid most of… Continue reading

Contest Winner: “Be Still, My Soul”

As life’s trials rock us, we can feel peace and love through songs of the heart. I came to know this truth more clearly than ever before as I grieved my mother’s death. The choice to serve a mission can be a hard decision for many young adults. I left… Continue reading

My Increased Respect for Those with Same-Sex Attraction

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Given our drastically different life experiences, unless we exercise charity, it is all too easy to write off others’ soul-trying experiences as instances in which they simply made choices. I have three really good friends who have come out as gay, and I highly admire each of them, the first for his ability… Continue reading