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What Are the 5 Covenants We Make in the Temple Endowment?

In Latter-day Saint temples, members of the faith make sacred promises to God through symbolic ordinances. One of the ordinances of the temple is called the endowment. The Church has described the temple endowment as “a gift from God whereby He bestows sacred blessings upon you.” Just as God promises to bestow these sacred blessings on us now and in …

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How to Find God’s Light in Dark Times

How to Find God’s Light in Dark Times

In the Doctrine and Covenants 50:24, we learn that “God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.” The idea of living a life full of light is a beautiful one. It may also seem unattainable when so much darkness exists around us. …

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3 Ways to Find Joy in Repentance

3 Ways to Find Joy in Repentance

Jesus Christ calls His disciples to repent. The Bible Dictionary tells us that repentance “denotes a change of mind, a fresh view about God, about oneself, and about the world.” This includes the process of “turning of the heart and will to God, and a renunciation of sin to which we are naturally inclined.” Repentance is not optional. It is …

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Why You Should Avoid Saying “If You Just…” at Church

Why You Should Avoid Saying "If You Just..." at Church

I believe one of the keys to making church a safe haven is being deliberate and sacred with our communications. Ephesians 4:29 teaches us to speak that “which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” I love the idea that through our words we can extend grace to others. I’ve needed that …

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Simple But Significant Ways to Reach for the Savior

Simple But Significant Ways to Reach for the Savior

In her characteristic warm, relatable style, Sister Reyna I. Aburto, Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, invites us to consider the different ways we can reach out for the Savior’s help and guidance in a new book. Below is an excerpt from “Reaching for the Savior.” — As we go through our mortal existence, sometimes we find ourselves …

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3 Ways to Let Jesus Be Your Advocate

3 Ways to Let Jesus Be Your Advocate

One of the most beautiful roles of the Savior is as our advocate. As our advocate, Jesus Christ recommends us to our Heavenly Parents. He pleads our case and intercedes on our behalf. This is not simply some far-off promise that will occur when we stand before the judgment bar of God. It is a blessing we can embrace every …

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What Did Christ Mean When He Said to “Be One”?

What Did Christ Mean When He Said to “Be One”?

Jesus Christ has always called for His people to be unified. In the great Intercessory Prayer, Christ asked that all those whom the Father has given Him would “be one, as we are.” Thousands of years later, as His gospel was unfolded again in the latter days, He told Joseph Smith, “be one; and if ye are not one ye …

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How to Prevent “Going Inactive” After the Pandemic Ends

How to Prevent "Going Inactive" After the Pandemic Ends

For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the term inactive is used to describe those who once attended church but no longer do so. While so many have been excited about the process of returning to chapels for worship with their fellow Saints, others are also struggling with the idea of going back to church. There …

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What Will We Sacrifice for Temples to Reopen?

On March 25, 2020, the First Presidency announced all temples would temporarily close in an effort to curb the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the last year, the majority of Latter-day Saints haven’t been able to attend the sacred buildings often deemed the highlight of their worship. Members around the world anxiously await the day when temples will reopen …

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6 Blessings & Cautions About Organized Religion

6 Blessings & Cautions About Organized Religion

For Latter-day Saints, one of our greatest blessings is to be a part of Christ’s organized church, restored again on the earth. However, with anything in life, we also need to be careful of the adversary taking a beautiful thing and perverting it. As we continue to study the rise of the Church of Christ, we can open our arms …

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