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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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God Doesn’t Make Our Decisions. He Sanctifies Them.

God Doesn’t Make Our Decisions. He Sanctifies Them.

It is one of the most common questions we ask: what do I do? Often, this question is directed towards God and it is almost always connected to important life choices. Where do I go to school? Should I serve a mission? What career should I pursue? Should I marry this person? We can work ourselves up into a frenzy …

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I Survived My Chicken-Killing Pioneer Trek

It’s true. When I went on my pioneer trek as a fifteen-year-old girl, each group had to kill at least one chicken. This was done by chopping off their head. Thereafter, we had to pluck it, gut it, and clean it. Of course, we cooked it and ate it too. Don’t get me wrong—I could hardly watch as the brave ones in my …

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Why Temporal Happiness Is So Addicting

Why Temporal Happiness Is So Addicting

Tell me, does this sound familiar? Groggily, you wake up each morning. You reach over to swipe off your alarm and end up spending fifteen five minutes checking your notifications. Eventually, you make it to work. You work. A lot. When you’re done working, you grab dinner on the way home and start the mental battle between your favorite drama …

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