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Dealing With Depression as a Latter-day Saint

Dealing With Depression as a Latter-day Saint

It was 1835. In a small Illinois town, a young man who had been living on his own was now moving in with the Green family, and just about everyone in town knew why. The Greens were worried about him. Bowling Green, the father of the house, had witnessed the boy’s behavior for weeks – and it wasn’t a pretty …

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It’s Not the Church’s Job to Teach Me Church History

It's Not the Church's Job to Teach Me Church History

 “We only have a few minutes to teach about Church history in Sunday school. We can’t deal with everything. We don’t talk about all the issues, but it’s there and it’s not being hidden. Unfortunately we spend more time in video stores, in many cases, than we do reading about our history. But that’s our fault.” – Daniel C. Peterson Everyone …

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Chastity: Why It’s Not All About the Consequences

Chastity: Why It’s Not All About the Consequences

“True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior.”  – President Boyd K. Packer (1) As a sophomore at BYU, I was taking a marriage prep class when I was assigned to write a paper about a topic of my choice pertaining to …

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What It’s Like To Be An Early-Returned Missionary

What It's Like To Be An Early-Returned Missionary

 The following is a letter from my good friend Kristan Whitney. Kristan was called to serve in the Marshall Islands mission and was given an honorable medical release before her expected eighteen months were up. I asked her to share her thoughts about her experience and what she would like others to know about life as an early-returned missionary. Here …

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How to Hold a Mormon Meeting in 5 Easy Steps

How to Hold a Mormon Meeting in 5 Easy Steps

“Find happiness in ordinary things, and keep your sense of humor.” – President Boyd K. Packer Are you in a position of leadership in your ward? Been newly called to the bishopric and now need to learn how to conduct a meeting? Or maybe you’re just a member of a congregation and you want to know how to play your part better …

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How To Measure a Missionary

“For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul.” (Doctrine and Covenants 4:4) When President Monson announced the change in missionary age limits in October 20121, it drastically changed Mormon culture. Suddenly every …

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