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How to Control Intrusive Thoughts

How to Control Intrusive Thoughts

Thoughts are important. In the scriptures, we are commanded to let virtue garnish our thoughts unceasingly. President Ezra Taft Benson also stressed the power thoughts have when he said: “Thoughts lead to acts, acts lead to habits, habits lead to character—and our character will determine our eternal destiny.” So, what do you do when you are faced with intrusive thoughts …

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Ending the WAR Against Our Bodies

Ending the WAR Against Our Bodies

The way we live has a PROFOUND impact on our bodies and our minds. In a recent interview, Carrie Wrigley, an LDS therapist, said that Western Culture is essentially at war with the body. And she believes that the way in which we are living is actually causing—or encouraging—symptoms of depression. Said she: “We are literally living in a manner …

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Discovering Charity If You Are Your Own Worst Enemy

Discovering Charity If You Are Your Own Worst Enemy

As a child of God, you are beloved. God has given everything to you, including his most precious Son. His whole plan of salvation is all about you progressing and coming home to him. He sees you as an eternal being of infinite worth. In short, you are awesome. However, you live in a world that is less than awesome. …

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5 Things Every Single Mormon Needs To Remember

5 Things Every Single Mormon Needs To Remember

As I talk with single Mormons around the nation I often hear the disappointment and sometimes despair about their dating and marriage prospects. In a church that is so heavily focused on the family, a single member can often feel out of place and not understood. I know because I’ve felt this way. As a YSA when you compound being …

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3 Things to Do When the Sacrament Has Become Rote

3 Things to Do When the Sacrament Has Become Rote

Each week, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints partake of the sacrament, a sacred ordinance where bread and water are consumed as a symbol of Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice. The sacrament is also a time for those who have been baptized to renew their covenants, or promises, to follow Christ. While it is a wonderful blessing …

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Understanding The Relationship Between Grace And Works

Understanding The Relationship Between Grace And Works

Immortality, salvation, and eternal life are used interchangeably in Christianity and sometimes Mormons also use them interchangeably. However, they are not the same thing. Understanding their true meaning allows us to understand better the commandments and other Christians. But more importantly, understanding the difference between salvation and exaltation is key to understanding the relationship between grace and works. “Christians have …

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What I Forgot to Plan Before My Wedding

Weddings. Flowers. Photography. Catering. There are so many details to consider when planning for a wedding. But there is one vitally important thing that can be overlooked. And that is planning the marriage. Let me explain. As a married student, I understand the hectic reality of planning a wedding. There are to-do lists that need to be checked off, and many …

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The Hard Truth: Life IS Depressing, But Here’s What You Can Do

The Hard Truth: Life IS Depressing, But Here's What You Can Do

Sometimes, we get depressed because we think life is supposed to be better or more comfortable. The hard truth is that life IS depressing—but HOPE doesn’t have to be logical. Maurice Harker, CMHC, the owner and director of Life Changing Services, talks about the realities of life and how focusing on what is hopeful can make this depressing world a …

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5 Signs You’re Dating the Right Person

5 Signs You're Dating the Right Person

When you are dating someone often you start to wonder, could this be the one?  Everyone has a list either written or unwritten. However, we should have realistic expectations and realize that we marry potential and not perfection. So how do you know if they are the right one? Here are five signs that they are the right one for …

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This Simple Question Will Improve Every One of Your Relationships

This Simple Question Will Improve Every One of Your Relationships

Relationships are at the heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s plan of happiness. From temple sealings that bind families together forever to the powerful reminder that “this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent,” relationships form an essential and eternal part of our lives. As …

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