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Is This Thought from Me or from God?

Is This Thought from Me or from God?

Imagine. You’ve been praying about an important decision for quite some time. Then, suddenly, a thought comes to your mind. Perhaps it feels like an absolute answer. Perhaps it’s a step to take in one direction or another. That’s when another thought comes to mind. Is this a prompting from the Lord? Or is it just me? Am I just …

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How to Have Faith When You Feel Forsaken

How to Have Faith When You Feel Forsaken

One of the most pivotal experiences in the life of Jesus Christ occurred in the final moments of his mortal life. At the apex of his suffering on the cross, he cried out to his Heavenly Father: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Through gospel teachings, we learn of the absolute necessity of this moment. Elder Jeffrey …

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Is God Mad at You?

Is God Mad at You?

In the book of John, Christ tells his disciples: And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. Understanding the nature of God is essential to moving forward in life. However, even with restored gospel truths, many struggle with the fear that God is actually an angry God. …

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Five Scriptures that Teach Us Why We Should Be Optimistic

Sometimes being Mormon requires that I be optimistic. It is something that is taught along with how to endure life. One of my all-time favorite LDS quotes is from President Hinckley: “In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.” And yet, although that is on a plaque in my hallway, I struggle …

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Let Us Not Be Rushed in Going to the Temple

When I left work the other day, I hurried home and ate dinner. I was meeting my best friend at the temple and did not want to be late. At the same time, she also got off of work, went home to change, and drove to meet me at the temple. We had planned to go to a 5 o’ …

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This Beautiful Japanese Technique of Fixing Pottery Teaches Us Gospel Truth

This Beautiful Japanese Art of Fixing Pottery Teaches Us Gospel Truth

Defined as “to repair with gold”, kintsukuroi/kintsugi is a Japanese technique used to fix broken pottery with golden lacquer. The definition goes deeper; the belief of kintsukuroi is that the piece is more beautiful for being broken. This is a great metaphor for our lives. In the Bible, Job declares his belief that when his trials are over, he “shall come …

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Here’s One Theory About What Happened to the Lamanite People

The Iroquois, who claim New York is their ancestral homeland, provide the clearest link to the Lamanites of Nephite times. They are now believed to have developed from the ancestral Point Peninsula populations living in New York around 600 B.C., into the later Owasco culture, and ultimately into the Iroquois. Francis Parkman R. said of the Iroquois: “Their war parties roamed over half …

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LDS Olympian Teaches Unforgettable Lesson About Comparison

LDS Olympian Teaches Unforgettable Lesson About Comparison

Photo courtesy of zastavki.com I was preparing to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and my focus had drastically changed over the years. I now focused on my strengths. I am one of the best skeleton drivers in the world. My speeds are rarely beat. I have the ability to slow time down in my mind …

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This LDS RM Has An Incredible Modern-Day Jonah Story

Prepare to Serve is an amazing website dedicated to helping future LDS missionaries. One of the best features of the site is an extensive collection of interviews with returned missionaries about their missions. Someone can go on, find their mission (the site actively pursues the goal to interview someone from every LDS mission), and learn about what it was like …

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The Difference Between Choosing to Be Happy and Choosing Christ

The Difference Between Choosing to Be Happy and Choosing Christ

  You can choose to be happy. Such a short, yet controversial phrase. At best, it can empower positive action and thought. At its worst it can feel like a crippling impossibility. For those facing immense trials or challenges, being told they can choose happiness is often seen as making light of their struggles or dismissing very real emotional and …

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