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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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The Powerful Story Behind The Choir Member Who Cried at Conference

For many, music is a special conduit to the spirit of God and can express a depth of testimony that is inadequate with words. This is no more evident than in the powerful hymns performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. During the Saturday Morning Session of the 186th Annual General Conference of the Church, members were treated to a stunning …

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Making Decisions In The Face of Heavenly Silence

As members of the Church, we often hear about the importance of agency and choosing the right. But choosing the right isn’t always as easy as looking down at your CTR ring. The decisions that I have had to make and pray about are often challenging in my mind because the roads I can take are very similar. I often …

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Why You Should Be Anxiously Engaged in Discovering Your Divine Destiny

Why You Should Be Anxiously Engaged in Discovering Your Divine Destiny

Because of my perspective of the restored gospel, I take a very positive view of human nature. As I read the scriptures, and especially the revelations to Joseph Smith, Mormonism presents a philosophy that elevates the self beyond any other system of thought. The problem? Often times we don’t see ourselves for who we really are – as daughters and …

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The Hero Within a Latter-day Youth

The Hero Within a Latter-day Youth

Brock is the son of Lance and Jozet Richardson (author of “The Message”). He played football as a defensive lineman at BYU and received the LaVell Edwards Spirit of the Y award. He served a mission in Montevideo Uraguay. He is now a seminary teacher in Provo. As a Seminary teacher, I’ve always been interested in what motivates teens.  What …

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Stepping Into Your Very Own Princess Story

Stepping Into Your Very Own Princess Story

You’re walking through the checkout line and there she is, just like always. Her royal highness Princess Kate, gracing yet another magazine cover. Of course, she’s dressed head to toe just like a fashion icon. (Where does she even get all those hats?) One glance at her and the thought slips unbidden through your mind: your life is nothing like …

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