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The Principle of the Poor Spot of Ground

The Principle of the Poor Spot of Ground

The allegory of the olive trees, found in Jacob 5, features a vineyard, a servant, and a master. As the servant and the master labor to bring forth good fruit from the tame and wild olive trees, a set of branches is put in the nethermost region of the vineyard. When the tree brings forth good fruit, the servant is …

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I Lost My Twin Brother to Impulsive Suicide

One hour. I believe one hour was all it took for my brother to decide to take his own life. They had just had a wonderful Christmas. He and his wife had talked that morning about plans for the future, including their upcoming move to be closer to family in a few months. My brother had so many things that …

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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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