Emma’s Faith: A Letter to Her Husband

Despite hard trials and difficult separations from her husband, Emma Smith remained faithful to the Lord. It is well known that Emma Smith was the wife of Joseph Smith, the first president of the Relief Society, and the compiler of the first LDS hymnbook. Yet we don’t often hear her words directly. In...

Finding Hope in Jesus Christ

No matter how dark or difficult life becomes, there is always hope through our Savior, Jesus Christ. Have you ever felt like life has gone so wrong it could never be set right? Has something ever felt so hard or so painful that you weren’t sure you would survive? In...

The First Mormon Government: The Council of Fifty

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...

Single, Faithful, and Struggling

Although faithful Latter-day Saints can struggle to find their eternal companion, that does not mean the Church isn’t meant for us. For young adults who feel they can’t seem to get a second (or even a first) date, it can be particularly painful to be surrounded by married and engaged friends. This heartache is...

A Woman’s Place: What Does Gender Equality Really Mean?

Where is a woman’s place? What is gender equality? See what millennials, scholars, and prophets are saying. For some, gender equality means that men and women are equal only if they do exactly the same things in the workplace and at home. However, many recent studies show a wave of traditionalism sweeping over the...
What Does God Feel for Millennials?

What Does God Feel for Millennials?

It’s not easy to live with millennial stereotypes, but knowing who you really are and what God thinks of you can make all the difference. If you are reaching adulthood in the new millennium, society considers you a “millennial.” Modern statistics and surveys provide superficial perspectives on millennials, but in...
Contest Winner: As If You Had Never Sinned

Contest Winner: As If You Had Never Sinned

Do you sometimes forget the miracle of repentance and forgiveness? Through the Savior, you don’t just have your sins washed away. You become as if you had never sinned. “And now, my brethren, if our brethren seek to destroy us, behold, we will hide away our swords, yea, even we...
Emergency Prep 101: Six Tips

Emergency Prep 101: Six Tips

Whether there’s an unexpected storm, power outage, earthquake, or flood, preparing for emergencies can help keep you and your family safe. If you find yourself worrying about wildfires, tsunamis, or other natural disasters, preparing can help you stay safe and calm. The Gospel Topics section of LDS.org teaches that “preparation, both spiritual...
Prisoner of War Finds Hope in the Gospel

Prisoner of War Finds Hope in the Gospel

During the turmoil of World War II, prisoner Hermann Mössner found strength through the scriptures and church meetings. When German soldier Hermann Mössner was captured as a prisoner of war in World War II, he did not let the chaos of war bring him down. An article titled “Out of...
You Can Have a “Happily Ever After”

You Can Have a “Happily Ever After”

The world may teach us to stop believing in “happily ever afters,” but Heavenly Father has encouraged us to believe otherwise. As children, we were taught to hope. We believed in happy endings. But as we grew up, hope started to seem juvenile, and happiness felt impossible. “Happily ever after” became...
Remember to Remember

Remember to Remember

The principles and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ cannot change us if we do not remember them. Almost everyone has lost something important—car keys, a cell phone, that thing you just know you saw five minutes ago. The search becomes frantic as memory fades. Then finally, it clicks....