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...
Not Just a Mom

Not Just a Mom

Although the world often demeans motherhood, the influence of women in the home is powerful and irreplaceable. It is often difficult for women to know, understand, or feel that they are doing enough. It seems that there is pressure from every direction to be more of something: more beautiful, more...
Persecution, Faith, and a Gold Bead

Persecution, Faith, and a Gold Bead

Sometimes the smallest objects can symbolize the greatest faith.   In the Church’s early days, Joseph Smith and his family faced nearly constant persecution. An article by Heidi Bennett on the Church history website shares one story that demonstrates their courage despite enormous pressures to deny the gospel.   One...
Spirit-Strengthening Street Art

Spirit-Strengthening Street Art

Whether it takes us a few months or several years to prepare ourselves for what life brings, the Lord will help us share the Spirit with those we meet. Like many Latter-day Saint youth, E. Tracy Williams wanted to serve a mission. However, she spent seven years preparing for it....
Continue Walking Forward with Patience; God Will Work Out the Details

Continue Walking Forward with Patience; God Will Work Out the Details

When life throws you unexpected turns—when everything seems to fall apart or answers don’t come—don’t give up! God is teaching you patience. As young adults, we face a lot of course-changing life choices. It can be difficult to turn to Heavenly Father with our questions when the answers seem to...
Let Christ’s Grace Give You Strength

Let Christ’s Grace Give You Strength

Through the grace of Jesus Christ, you can begin the process of change and have the strength to endure to the end. How often have you felt that you just weren’t righteous enough or that your best wasn’t good enough? When you look around at ward members, friends, or family...
The King Follett Sermon: One Speech, Four Contemporary Accounts

The King Follett Sermon: One Speech, Four Contemporary Accounts

Learn about this landmark address by Joseph Smith on the nature of God. The nature of God and man has been one of the most hotly contested religious doctrines throughout the ages. The question “Who am I?” is as universal to the human condition as is “What should I have...