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...
Why Did Christ Establish a Church?

Why Did Christ Establish a Church?

Although there are many reasons Christ established his church on the earth, perhaps the greatest reason is to satisfy God’s desire to see us progress. In today’s world, a growing number of people seem to be moving away from organized religion in favor of finding their own path to spirituality....
Ready for Revelation

Ready for Revelation

Hearing from prophets, seers, and revelators can be more meaningful if we are spiritually prepared to receive their messages. Twice a year, the world has the opportunity to hear from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a two-day conference that is broadcast across the globe. Men...
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...
Why Does God Talk to Us?

Why Does God Talk to Us?

Elder Oaks explains that whether it’s to comfort, uplift, restrain, or inform, God communicates with his children through revelation. You’ve decided to take a job offer, but before your first day you suddenly feel terrible about your decision. Why do you feel this way? God might not text or call...
Reassurance amid Weakness

Reassurance amid Weakness

We can feel reassurance and peace when we realize that our weaknesses and imperfections give us opportunities to draw closer to God. Though most of us are able to recognize the good that we do in our lives, sometimes we focus too much on our imperfections, weaknesses, and mistakes. In...
Juggling Too Much?

Juggling Too Much?

By participating in spiritually engaging activities, simplifying schedules, and centering on Jesus Christ, we can find balance in our hectic lives. E. Jeffrey Hill, associate professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University, says that whether we have classes, work, Church callings, or family obligations, too many responsibilities...