Counsel or Command? Listening to Church Leaders’ Advice

I struggled to understand how someone called of God could say something that hurt me as much as it did. I’ll be honest. I used to really distrust Church leaders. I had been hurt, and I didn’t want reconciliation. When I was dating the guy I later married, I went… Continue reading

#floodtheearth: Hastening the Work Through Technology

In our media-filled society, what can we do to help the Lord hasten his work? Whether you’re a social media master or someone who hasn’t quite figured out what a tweet is, you can find help in Elder David A. Bednar’s 2014 Education Week address, “To Sweep the Earth as… Continue reading

A Perfect Priesthood for Imperfect People

I couldn’t understand how God could trust part of his limitless power to such limited, fallible people—until I learned how the priesthood and the Atonement are inextricably connected. When I was in the MTC, I sometimes struggled to understand how much was expected of me as a representative of Jesus Christ and how wide… Continue reading

Learning Empathy through Our Trials: Christ Sets The Example

Through our suffering, we learn to have Christlike empathy for others. If God loves us, why do we suffer? Most of us have had to face this question, and modern revelation provides sound, intellectual answers. But when we’re struggling through trials, sometimes the intellectual answer isn’t enough to carry our… Continue reading

Peaceful Politics: What Past Leaders Teach Us about Civic Charity

The examples of past American leaders can help us apply charity to politics and further democratic principles. I grew up in a family whose political opinions were quite different from the general opinion of the area. I was and am often hesitant to share my opinions for fear of being… Continue reading

Finding the Right Bowl of Porridge: 10 Things to Consider before Marriage

Deciding whom to marry is one of the most important choices you’ll ever make. Considering these 10 traits and habits can help you make the right decision. When Goldilocks broke into the house of the three bears, she tried each bowl of porridge until she found one that was “just… Continue reading

Love Yourself: A Key to Patience

Perhaps the best way to learn patience with others is to first be patient with yourself. How many perfect days have you had? Days that were truly perfect: love and harmony abounded, the sun shone brightly, and you were the paragon of patience. Or do you more often find yourself… Continue reading

The Prophet, the Presidency, the Process

How is a new prophet called, and what does it mean to sustain him? When President Thomas S. Monson passed away January 2, 2018, millions mourned the loss of this compassionate prophet of God. For many of us, he was in the First Presidency for as long as we’ve been… Continue reading

Getting Back on the Horse: Overcoming Life’s Setbacks

When we encounter the unexpected, it’s important to remember God’s plan. When Cambry Kaylor was eighteen, she had the world ahead of her. As an equestrian vaulter, she performed gymnastics on horseback—and she was good at it. So good that she was on track to become an international competitor. One… Continue reading