Shot Down but Soaring

If you are someone who participates in gospel lessons, even to the point of making your imperfections apparent, thank you. You’re fully engaged in the lesson and desirous to contribute. You raise your hand and bravely offer a comment. It soars into the discussion with all the beauty, strength, and… Continue reading

Joseph Smith and the Kirtland Temple

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When God called Joseph Smith and the early Church members to build the Kirtland Temple, they obeyed and left us a legacy of temple work.  Joseph Smith knelt down in prayer when he was only a 14-year-old farm boy, hoping to receive forgiveness for personal sins and to receive some… Continue reading

Reveling in Paradox

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When it comes to your faith, don’t shy away from paradox—embrace it.  A honeybee is a dangerous creature. It can effectively poison its predators by stinging them, but not without losing its own life. Why does such a creature exist? Why did the process of natural selection not continue to… Continue reading

Are You with Me? Working for Unity among Christian Faiths

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While many Christians may fight over doctrinal differences, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland calls for peace and unity so we can do good in the world together. Christian values are under attack in the political arena and in the world in general. As Christ said, a house divided “cannot stand” (Mark… Continue reading

Why You Should Care about the Fortieth Anniversary of BYU’s Religious Studies Center

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The Religious Studies Center may be turning forty, but its resources put a modern spin on the wisdom of the ages. Read how you can benefit from its free online publications. The Religious Studies Center (RSC) was founded in 1975 under the direction of Jeffrey R. Holland while he was… Continue reading

Four Qualities Perfectionists Need to Develop

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Learn what the Doctrine and Covenants can teach us about replacing harmful perfectionism with faith in the Savior. A rejection in the mail from your dream school. A big red letter “F” on the paper you stayed up all night to write. A failed relationship. When we fall short of… Continue reading

Seek Learning by Faith

“Are you and I agents who act and seek learning by faith, or are we waiting to be taught and acted upon?” Elder David A. Bednar shared insights rich with imagery about the power of faith in an address reported in the Religious Educator. Elder Bednar outlined three basic elements of faith:… Continue reading

7 Tips for Making Righteous Judgments

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We are sometimes required to pass judgment on other people and on important decisions in our lives. These seven principles outline how we can make righteous judgments. In Matthew 7:1, Christ commands us not to judge. Through the Joseph Smith Translation, however, we see that not all judgment is bad.… Continue reading

Why Does God Talk to Us?

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Elder Oaks explains that whether it’s to comfort, uplift, restrain, or inform, God communicates with his children through revelation. You’ve decided to take a job offer, but before your first day you suddenly feel terrible about your decision. Why do you feel this way? God might not text or call… Continue reading

Getting to Know Christ’s Women Disciples

Though women are mentioned less frequently than men in the New Testament, they were very important to Christ and his ministry. Camille Fronk Olson, chair of the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University, explains little-known treasures about New Testament women in her article “They Ministered unto Him of… Continue reading