Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust

What’s the little bit of magic we need to recognize and understand so we can continue exercising faith and trusting in God’s plan for us? Patience. It’s a word and a concept I’ve come to both love and hate. We’ve all heard the saying “good things come to those who… Continue reading

Learning to Lift Where You Stand

If you’re doing what God has asked you to do, you’re doing enough. I’ve been in college for a while now—years on years of working part-time and studying full-time. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have the added responsibilities of fulfilling callings in… Continue reading

Mormonism’s Lost American Gothic: Rediscovering Joseph Paul Vorst

An unsung immigrant painter’s work resonates with Latter-day Saints. Individual suffering and heartache are not common themes in LDS artwork. Many of us prefer “uplifting” and familiar scenes—pioneers fearlessly crossing the plains, Helaman leading his stripling warriors, Christ descending from the heavens. Although most of the paintings by Joseph Paul… Continue reading

Never Alone, Never Unloved: Faith to Climb Mountains

During hard times, it’s tempting to feel lost and discouraged. But as we exercise faith, we can know that we are never alone, forgotten, or unloved when we face trials. Sometimes our adversities seem like mountains, too tough to conquer. During our darkest moments, we might lose hope and wonder,… Continue reading

I’ll Stay Where You Want Me to Stay

Serving a mission is becoming more common for sisters, but what if it’s not what you’re supposed do? Deciding not to serve a mission was the hardest choice I’ve ever had to make. In high school, I began thinking about serving a mission, but it wasn’t until I turned 19… Continue reading

Spiritual Food Storage: Becoming Spiritually Self-Reliant

Build up your spiritual preserves by following four emergency preparedness principles. Self-reliance is sometimes defined as having adequate food storage, water, and other necessities in case of emergencies. It can also mean being financially independent and responsible. But self-reliance extends beyond temporal matters; being spiritually self-reliant involves nourishing our faith… Continue reading

It’s More Fun in the Philippines: 56 Years of Faith

Because of the strength and resilience of Filipino members, the Philippines now has more than 100 church stakes. The growth of the Church in the Philippines has been a miracle. Since the first missionaries arrived in 1961, more than 100 Church stakes have been organized in the Philippines. It’s the the… Continue reading

Hope: A Journey to Faith

Sometimes it can take seconds to gain faith in certain aspects of the gospel, but what if it takes twenty years? For twenty years, I didn’t have a testimony of Joseph Smith as a prophet. During these years, I served in numerous callings and even went on a mission. Despite… Continue reading

Fighting Fear with Faith

The Lord commands us to “fear not.” We can be courageous by increasing our faith and taking four key steps. Have you ever missed an opportunity to do something good because you were afraid? President Kevin J Worthen addresses the topic of fear in his BYU devotional “‘Fear Not:’ Four… Continue reading

Women: An Unstoppable Force for Good

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Through decades of leadership and sacrifice, women of the Church have made amazing strides in improving the lives of both men and women. As the world today champions women’s rights, some people feel that the Church trails behind in providing opportunities for women. However, Kate Holbrook’s Church History article “Society with a Purpose” explores… Continue reading