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Practical Steps to Open the Door to Forgiveness

Practical Steps to Open the Door to Forgiveness

If you have been wronged, lied to, abused, or betrayed, you understand. Forgiveness, while a divine and necessary gospel principle, is hard. Sometimes, it may even feel impossible. If you want to start on the road to forgiveness, but don’t know how to begin, here are some practical ideas to help you get started. Pray for a forgiving heart. Forgiveness …

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5 Reasons We Struggle With Our Eternal Potential

5 Reasons We Struggle With Our Eternal Potential

One of the most fundamental truths of the gospel can be found in the words of a beloved Primary song: “I am a child of God.” As children of God, we learn that we are loved by Him and that by following His plan we can gain eternal life. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf once said, “Brothers and sisters, the most …

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Was Jesus Christ Really Born in December?

Was Jesus Christ Really Born in December?

Since the time of Pope Julius I, when he officially declared the Mass of Jesus or “Christmas” would be celebrated on December 25, Christians around the world have used this day to honor the birth of the Savior. Even though Christmas and the month of December will forever be linked, was Jesus Christ really born in December? Here’s what Church …

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What Does It Mean to Worship God?

What Does It Mean to Worship God?

Every day leading up to Christmas, the Church is inviting us to serve and live as Christ did! There are 25 different ideas for the 25 days of Christmas. Today, December 4, features the principle that we can worship God just as Christ did. Truly, even as a master healer and teacher himself, Christ did everything to glorify the Father. …

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On Losing Our Daughter

On Losing Our Daughter

Written by Maurine Proctor, co-founder of Meridian Magazine I was stringing lights this weekend until the family room looked aglow and thinking of our daughter, Melissa. Some years ago we didn’t think she would be coming home for Christmas, but on Christmas Eve, much to our surprise, the doorbell rang and there she stood on the front porch, the glow …

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When It Seems God Won’t Keep His Promises

When It Seems God Won't Keep His Promise

When considering the attributes of God, the idea that God is perfect in his promise-keeping is one of the most cherished. Latter-day Saints especially hold to this idea when it comes to covenants; through covenants, we fully consecrate our lives with the belief that we are offered eternal progression and opportunity through Jesus Christ. However,  life is rarely as simple …

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This Thanksgiving Story from President Monson Will Warm Your Heart

This Thanksgiving Story from President Monson Will Warm Your Heart

Thanksgiving is not only a great time to celebrate what we are grateful for, but to share our many blessings with others. This story from President Thomas S. Monson is a perfect example! Following Thanksgiving time a few years ago, I received a letter from a widow whom I had known in the stake where I served in the presidency. …

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Why Vulnerability is Essential to Expressing Gratitude

Why Vulnerability is Essential to Expressing Gratitude

As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us are contemplating how we’d like to give thanks. We may be counting our many blessings, serving others, and eagerly preparing for enriching family traditions. However, expressing genuine and lasting gratitude takes more than clinking your glasses together around the dinner table. It takes constant thought, committed work, and vulnerability, which is difficult for many …

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The True Story Behind This Popular Thanksgiving Hymn

Many Christian faiths, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, enjoy singing the hymn “Prayer of Thanksgiving” as a way to celebrate the season of gratitude. It is more widely known as “We Gather Together.” But did you know the story behind this hymn? If not, it will definitely inspire you. The hymn was originally written by Adrianus …

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Meet Kap from the Polynesian Culture Center

Meet Kap from the Polynesian Culture Center

We had the unique opportunity to sit down with a legend from the Polynesian Culture Center – Kap Tafiti, more commonly known as simply, Kap. In our interview, Kap discussed the influence the Polynesian Culture Center (or PCC) has on the church, the importance of family, and Samoan culture. And, quite frankly my favorite part of the interview, he put …

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