Enduring with Cheer: Aurelia Spencer Rogers, Founder of the Primary

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Through trials of faith and heartaches, Aurelia refused to give up, using her love heightened by loss to help the children of the Church. After her mother’s death, Aurelia Spencer Rogers (1834–1922) and her older sister cared for their four younger siblings for two years while their father was on… Continue reading

Louise Yates Robison: An Ordinary Extraordinary Woman

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Louise Yates Robinson’s life of service shows us that all women can be extraordinary, no matter how ordinary they are. You have probably never heard of Louise Yates Robison (1866–1946), and that would most likely please her. In the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Janath R. Cannon tells us that Louise was… Continue reading

Asking Hard Questions in the Gospel

Rosemary Wixom describes a spiritually healthy way to respond to tough answers we may receive when asking questions about the gospel. “As the questions [grow] harder, so [do] the answers. And sometimes there [are] no answers—or no answers that [bring] peace.” Rosemary Wixom points out in her April 2015 general… Continue reading

Do You Find Yourself Doubting Answers to Your Prayers?

Many of us struggle with doubt and fear after receiving personal revelation. Elder Holland suggests three ways to stay confident after God has revealed his will to us. Have you ever faced doubts after receiving an answer to a prayer? Elder Jeffrey R. Holland addressed these doubts at a BYU… Continue reading

When Hard Work Doesn’t Seem to Be Worth It

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If you keep working and waiting without getting anything back, don’t give up. You may be making a long-term investment. “What’s the use? What am I getting out of this? Am I really willing to keep working even though I’m getting nothing in return?” President Henry B. Eyring, while serving… Continue reading

Faith in the Future

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How can we overcome our fear of the future and avoid looking longingly at the past? Elder Jeffrey R. Holland implores us to “Remember Lot’s Wife,” to avoid looking back, and to instead look toward the future with faith in the Lord. In a Brigham Young University devotional, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland… Continue reading

Reason and Revelation: Friends, Not Enemies

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Reason and revelation don’t necessarily conflict in Latter-day Saint doctrine. Alan Hurst, Utah Supreme Court clerk and religious freedom advocate, presents a new perspective on the conflict that some feel between reason and revelation. This tension stems from the parents of traditional Christian thought: Jewish doctrine and Greek philosophy. Jewish… Continue reading

Juggling Too Much?

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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… Continue reading

Figuring Out Doctrine: What It Is and What It Isn’t

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How can we tell what is true doctrine, what is false doctrine, or what is simply cultural tradition? Many people inside and outside of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wonder what constitutes “Mormon doctrine.” With information available from many different websites, books, and people, they often have… Continue reading

The Faith Decision

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Faith is a decision that triumphs over personal doubts and trials. In his article  “Starving Our Doubts and Feeding Our Faith,” Robert L. Millet, professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University, explores the reality of the Spirit’s occasional absences and ways we can keep our faith during those tough times. “Faith… Continue reading