How Can I Choose Love Over Bitterness?

Even when the world gives us every reason to be bitter, we can make the choice to cultivate love in our hearts. Under the government system of racial segregation called apartheid, South African communities were fraught with racial tension. But when the car accident that killed Julia Mavimbela’s husband was blamed...

My Increased Respect for Those with Same-Sex Attraction

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...

Its Truth Made Known to Me

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...

How Do I Know This Is God’s Plan for Me?

We can make life decisions and have confidence that we aren’t messing up God’s plan for us. As millennials and young adults, we have a lot of important decisions to make at this point in our lives: what to study, where to work, whom to date, where to live ....

Fear of Failure, Fear of Success

There’s no need to fear repentance. We all need to repent. But sometimes we don’t repent, even when we know we should. Why is that? In “7 Things We Fear about Repentance: And Why We Shouldn’t,” an article published in the Liahona and New Era, David A. Edwards suggests that...
Five Ways to Understand Your Identity

Five Ways to Understand Your Identity

Learn how to overcome your struggles by understanding your eternal identity more deeply. In his 2012 BYU Education Week devotional address, Elder Tad R. Callister, then serving as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, taught that when we understand our eternal identity, we are able overcome most of...
Elder Gary E. Stevenson Shares His Plain and Precious Testimony

Elder Gary E. Stevenson Shares His Plain and Precious Testimony

Elder Gary E. Stevenson, recently called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, plans “to focus not on what I can’t do but rather on what I can do. I can testify of the plain and precious truths of the gospel.” Elder Gary E. Stevenson was called to serve as the...
Contest Winner: When Life Doesn’t Go According to Plan

Contest Winner: When Life Doesn’t Go According to Plan

When life doesn’t go according to my plan, maybe it’s going according to God’s plan. From a very young age, I had a general plan: make it through school, attend BYU, marry an attractive returned missionary, have a fantastic career, raise a family, and live happily ever after. Up until...
Shot Down but Soaring

Shot Down but Soaring

If you are someone who participates in gospel lessons, even to the point of making your imperfections apparent, thank you. You’re fully engaged in the lesson and desirous to contribute. You raise your hand and bravely offer a comment. It soars into the discussion with all the beauty, strength, and...
Why It Matters How We Use the Word Marriage

Why It Matters How We Use the Word Marriage

Why do Church leaders object to the use of the word marriage in the context of homosexual relationships? In light of current conflicts concerning same-sex marriage, Mormon Newsroom published an article explaining the Church’s stance on marriage. The article reiterates a statement made by the First Presidency and Quorum of the...
Healing Spiritual Depression

Healing Spiritual Depression

Dealing with depression can be difficult, especially when it affects our spiritual lives. But with proper treatment, depression does not need to keep us from feeling the comfort and guidance of the Spirit. The symptoms of depression are fairly recognizable: apathy, sadness, guilt, lethargy, insomnia, loss of appetite, and so...