The Good You Accomplished Today

Although some days you look at your to-do list and feel frustrated that you didn’t get as much done as you had hoped, take heart that you made more difference than you realized. The Mormon Message “You Never Know” is a good reminder that the most important things you do… Continue reading

Five Ways to Be a More Christlike Minister

Giving loving service does not have to be complicated. It seems that life gets more complicated the older we get. With so many obligations, time quickly disappears. So how do we fit in important responsibilities like ministering? We all want to serve as the Savior, but how can we? From… Continue reading

Love Yourself: A Key to Patience

Perhaps the best way to learn patience with others is to first be patient with yourself. How many perfect days have you had? Days that were truly perfect: love and harmony abounded, the sun shone brightly, and you were the paragon of patience. Or do you more often find yourself… Continue reading

How Ordinary Women Can Become Extraordinary

Heavenly Father sees value in us, and he designed each of us with the potential to become someone incredible. How will you choose to be extraordinary? It’s easy for women who live “normal” lives to feel less valuable than those around them. We might not be as popular, beautiful, funny,… Continue reading

Mormons and Muhammad

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When studying Islam in a world religions class, I couldn’t deny the gospel light I found in Muhammad’s teachings—but how was I to reconcile the truth in Islam with my own faith? Continue reading

My Increased Respect for Those with Same-Sex Attraction

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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… Continue reading

Caught in a Trap: How to Escape Feelings of Lust

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The best way to combat feelings of lust is to recognize and avoid them early—but how? Although it’s common knowledge that lust can damage relationships, it’s still difficult to define, recognize, and avoid feelings of lust. In his article “Love versus Lust,” published in the Ensign and Liahona, Joshua J.… Continue reading

The Power in Fast Offerings

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When we choose to sacrifice more through fast offerings, not only will we be blessing others, but our own lives will be blessed as well. In a world of monthly expenses, credit card bills, and student loans, the decision of how much to donate for fast offerings can be a laborious… Continue reading

Refugees: How Can Our Past Help Their Future?

Understanding the Mormon refugee experience has prepared us for a great work: helping millions in the same plight today. Latter-day Saints have a special connection with people currently fleeing from religious persecution: we were once refugees too. In his speech “The Mormon Refugee Experience,” given at Windsor Castle on September… Continue reading

The Power of Language on Social Media

Do we comprehend the power behind the language we use on social media? Language is powerful—especially our language on social media. A single word has the power to influence people and their feelings, for good or bad. Elder Charles A. Didier reminds us in his talk “Language: A Divine Way of Communicating” that we often… Continue reading