Why I’m Not Eloping (Anymore)

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If my own family couldn’t be at my wedding, I didn’t want anyone else to be there either. With a new global standard, Church policy now allows couples to be sealed in the temple immediately after they’re married civilly. Up until a few weeks ago, I wanted to elope. Not… Continue reading

Do Policy Changes Negate Standing Doctrine?

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Policy change, with a capital “C.” How does it affect previously revealed doctrine? It’s an exhilarating time to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! The Church is growing like never before, and there are so many exciting changes happening. However, it can also be… Continue reading

It’s Not about You; It’s about Me: Who You’re Really Competing Against

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How can I have confidence before God when others seem to be doing so much better than I am? As mortals with plenty of weaknesses, we have a tendency to compare ourselves to others. We compare our looks, our social life, our number of followers on social media. We sometimes… Continue reading

Common Marriage Misconceptions: 4 Practices to Avoid

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Much of the marriage advice offered today is paradoxical and negatively affects individuals and society as a whole. Today’s society spreads the idea that the family is no longer a fundamental social unit and that we should disconnect marriage from religion and sexuality. Unfortunately, these ideas have propagated a culture… Continue reading

6 Ways Your Pride Is Controlling You

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To conquer pride and develop humility, we must first understand pride and its consequences and then choose to be humble. We’re all plagued by pride. Despite our valiant efforts to be humble, pride always seems to slip in, perhaps because we don’t fully understand pride and how it can be… Continue reading

4 Ways to “Be One”

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Why is the anniversary of blacks receiving the priesthood still relevant today? On June 1, 2018, the Church held the worldwide event “Be One,” celebrating the 40th anniversary of the revelation extending priesthood rights and blessings to blacks. During this event, Church members were encouraged to renew their commitment to… Continue reading

Help and Happiness Ahead

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Every one of us experiences trials. But when we trust in Christ, we can find hope that things will get better. Trials are a part of the mortal journey. Our trials may be different, but we all face them. Some struggle with illness or death of loved ones; others deal… Continue reading

Is Media Always Bad?

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Media is bad—at least, that’s what we hear. What if we focused more on improving our media use rather than reducing it?   I remember a specific Sunday that was particularly dim. I was frustrated with my spirituality and couldn’t seem to connect with the teachings I had learned that… Continue reading

Recovery from Abuse

Abuse is an unfortunate reality in our fallen world, but the Lord will ensure we find the tools to overcome traumas we face. In his talk “To Heal the Shattering Consequences of Abuse,” Elder Richard G. Scott says, “Moral agency is a vital element in our Father in Heaven’s plan… Continue reading

How to Gain Power Through Patience

Jesus Christ practiced the power of patience throughout his life. As his disciples, we can follow his example and be patient. Patience is the ability to endure well through the trials of life without constantly feeling angry or negative. While being patient may seem impossible at times, we can learn… Continue reading