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5 Ways God Gave Us Paradise on Earth

The grandeur of God is there, if you just look. At least, that is how it has been for me. I have never struggled to see the beauty of the earth as God’s creation and doing. The twinkle of the stars and the whistle of the wind testify to me that there is a creator. I can see God through …

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Why I Believe Heavenly Father Loves Basketball

When you think of the characteristics that describe our Heavenly Father, what comes to mind? Probably loving. Gentle. An omnipotent, all-knowing celestial being. What about how he looks? We know that our Heavenly Father has a body of flesh and bones, so maybe you imagine him with straight teeth, long hair and a beard – all a heavenly white color. …

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The Inspiring True Story of an LDS Family and Their Viral Adoption Video

The Inspiring True Story of an LDS Family and Their Viral Adoption Video

James and Jennifer Grover, the subjects of a viral internet video, had never really considered adoption. The couple met as resident assistants at Brigham Young University in August 1993. By April they were married and would eventually have three biological children, Emily, Brianna, and Joshua. In 2001, the Lord intervened and everything changed. Their stake issued a challenge to attend …

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Blackmail, Washing of Feet, and the Holy of Holies

Blackmail, Washing of Feet, and the Holy of Holies

Let me start off with this disclaimer. No disrespect is meant for the Temple, I work in the Temple, and I love it dearly. The quotes about the Temple, the Holy of Holies, and Washing of Feet are quotes from either public addresses or from the writings of the general authorities. Since I’ve returned from my mission in 2014, I …

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: LDS Temple Artist, Chad Hawkins, Part I

Chad Hawkins is an LDS artist and author known for his stunning sketches of temples around the world. His most recent book, Temples of the New Millennium, tells the unique stories of each of the Church’s 150 temples.  We recently sat down with Chad to get his unique perspective on temples, his journey to document them through art, and in …

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The Book That Rescued The Bible

The Book That Rescued the Bible

The Bible is an amazing book…as long as you see it for what it is and what it’s not. The Bible is certainly not ‘infallible’ and it’s definitely not ‘complete’. Anyone who tells you that, just doesn’t understand where the Bible came from and what it went through in order to reach us. The Bible has stood alone for many years…but …

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Six Tips for Latter-day Saints Dealing with Anxiety and Depression

I was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) when I was twelve. I’m not going to lie: it wasn’t the most exciting news to hear as a 12-year-old. I would have much rather been diagnosed with good looks or extreme athleticism, but instead I had self-doubt and anxiety.  I still have OCD today. I experience irrational OCD and anxious thoughts …

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The Light Calls To You

The Light Calls To You

Since I watched the new Star Wars movie “The Force Awakens” I’ve been thinking continually about light versus darkness. In the movie, one of the most impactful scenes for me personally was when Kylo Ren was talking to the old helmet of Darth Vader, who, SPOILER ALERT, is his grandfather. In the scene he tells his grandfather, “Forgive me. I feel …

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How Satan Created Shame + 5 Ways to Combat It

How Satan Created Shame + 5 Ways to Combat It

Insidious. Destructive. Powerful. These words describe one of the most commonly used tools of the adversary. Known as shame, this tool was one of the very first used by the great beguiler to try and alter the relationship between man and God forever. Sadly, it is a very effective tool. But what is shame and how was it introduced? More …

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