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...
Contest Winner: Of Ducks and Destinies

Contest Winner: Of Ducks and Destinies

Although we might prefer our lives be as neat and cozy as a duck pond in a manicured garden, we must navigate the wilderness of uncertainty guided by the Spirit if we are to discover our personal promised lands. While hurrying home one October day, I was struck by the...
Failure Is Part of Success

Failure Is Part of Success

The things I thought were failures in my life were actually my best opportunities to grow—and God didn’t love me any less for them.    We all have those moments when something we have heard our entire lives finally clicks, really sinking into our minds and hearts. I had that...
Prayer: Approaching the Throne of God

Prayer: Approaching the Throne of God

I wanted to know how God spoke to me. But instead, I learned how to speak to him. When we talk about Joseph Smith’s First Vision, we often marvel at how young Joseph was when God and Jesus Christ appeared to him. On one hand, I do think it’s incredible...
Loving the Sinner

Loving the Sinner

It hurts when those closest to you fall into sin. Although there are probably many ways to help them, the best thing to do is love them. Throughout life, you’ll run into many people who are making wrong choices. Making mistakes is, after all, part of the human experience. Sometimes,...
Prayer of an Atheist: Out Loud and in His Name

Prayer of an Atheist: Out Loud and in His Name

As an atheist, I knew nothing about prayer. But when I learned about Joseph Smith and the First Vision, I learned how to get answers from God. I asked God every night for eight years if he was real, and I never got an answer. Growing up as an atheist,...
How Sacrifices to Attend the Temple Lead to Eternal Truths

How Sacrifices to Attend the Temple Lead to Eternal Truths

One Tasmanian family learns the importance of the plan of salvation when they make huge sacrifices to travel to the temple. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now has 146 temples around the world and almost 30 more in progress. Because there are now so many temples, it is...