Its Truth Made Known to Me

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I sometimes forget how real the faith of the early Latter-day Saints was. But as I visited Joseph and Emma Smith’s small home at the Priesthood Restoration Site, I was reminded of their sacrifices—and my testimony was strengthened. My parents wanted to go see the Priesthood Restoration Site near the… Continue reading

Prayer of an Atheist: Out Loud and in His Name

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As an atheist, I knew nothing about prayer. But when I learned about Joseph Smith and the First Vision, I learned how to get answers from God. I asked God every night for eight years if he was real, and I never got an answer. Growing up as an atheist,… Continue reading

Prayer: Approaching the Throne of God

I wanted to know how God spoke to me. But instead, I learned how to speak to him. When we talk about Joseph Smith’s First Vision, we often marvel at how young Joseph was when God and Jesus Christ appeared to him. On one hand, I do think it’s incredible… Continue reading

The First Mormon Government: The Council of Fifty

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Before Joseph Smith ran for US president, he established an organization in Nauvoo to govern the temporal concerns of the Saints. He called the group “the Council of Fifty.”  I remember the first time I learned about Joseph Smith’s seer stones, polygamous relationships, and other uncomfortable tidbits of Mormon history. I… Continue reading

How Death Strengthens My Testimony

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With faith in Jesus Christ and in his resurrecting power, we know that death is not the end. I’m familiar with death. My parents were older than many parents when I was born, so my grandparents were older than many of my friends’ grandparents. Now that I am twenty-three, many… Continue reading

The Six B’s and Why They Matter

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In a world filled with challenges and troubles, President Hinckley offers six simple principles to help us make correct decisions and be successful. I love inspirational quotes. I love reading them, collecting them, and plastering them all over my bedroom wall. However, some of these quotes can be long and forgettable.… Continue reading

My Struggle with Scripture Study

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Prioritizing scripture study is a choice that can heal us. I had been home from my mission for three months, and I was already having trouble reading scriptures. I had read scriptures for an hour every day on my mission and had promised myself upon returning home that I would… Continue reading

Family History: Level Up 

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As life speeds up and responsibilities pile up, how will we ever find time to learn—let alone do—family history? FamilySearch has the answer.  I’ll be walking in a cap and gown this August and heading out to D.C. with my husband: internship for me, student teaching for him. We’re excited… Continue reading

Will You Believe Me When I Say I’m Christian?

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We know that Mormons are Christians, but what do we say when others aren’t convinced? I will never forget the day when my best friend stopped being my best friend in elementary school. Her mother had learned that I was a Mormon, had come to the conclusion that I wasn’t a Christian,… Continue reading

On Waiting and Walking

Man walking on a train over a mountain vista.

Bravery and courage are demonstrated not only by facing big trials, but also by maintaining daily persistence. When I think of pioneers, my mind jumps to stories of frozen rivers; bundled and bloody feet; and death, faith, and perseverance. It’s overwhelming to think of the trials these good people suffered because of their faith. I… Continue reading