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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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The Woman Caught in Adultery & Defining Ourselves By Our Mistakes

The Woman Caught in Adultery & Defining Ourselves By Our Mistakes

How would you like to be known, through the ages, for the worst mistake you ever made? Perhaps even your name has been forgotten to the passage of time. You are simply the man who cheated. The woman who stole. The person who betrayed. Consider “the woman caught in adultery” from the New Testament. Even if she went and sinned …

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10 Easy Ways to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

10 Easy Ways to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

As the month of November begins, many minds are turned to the many Thanksgiving celebrations we’ll soon enjoy. Turkey. Parades. Football. More turkey. However, one of the most prized traditions is also one of the most important: professing our thanks and gratitude! Instead of waiting for your Thanksgiving meal to give thanks, here are 10 easy ways you can cultivate …

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When Your Gospel Worship Turns Into Weary Work

If you were to ask the average Latter-day Saint about the effects of gospel living, most would use some or all of these positive words. Joy. Peace. Happiness. The gospel of Jesus Christ is meant to bring joy into our lives. We learn it from the scriptures, we hear it from modern-day prophets, and many people testify of it from …

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The Three Motivations Behind Obedience: Fear, Duty, and Love

The Three Motivations for Obedience: Fear, Duty, and Love

In Abraham 2:24-25, Heavenly Father describes one of the purposes of our mortal probation. We will make an earth whereon these may dwell; and we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them. Are we willing to obey God’s commandments? Are we willing to sacrifice to do so? …

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