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This LDS RM Has An Incredible Modern-Day Jonah Story

Prepare to Serve is an amazing website dedicated to helping future LDS missionaries. One of the best features of the site is an extensive collection of interviews with returned missionaries about their missions. Someone can go on, find their mission (the site actively pursues the goal to interview someone from every LDS mission), and learn about what it was like …

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The Difference Between Choosing to Be Happy and Choosing Christ

The Difference Between Choosing to Be Happy and Choosing Christ

  You can choose to be happy. Such a short, yet controversial phrase. At best, it can empower positive action and thought. At its worst it can feel like a crippling impossibility. For those facing immense trials or challenges, being told they can choose happiness is often seen as making light of their struggles or dismissing very real emotional and …

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God Doesn’t Make Our Decisions. He Sanctifies Them.

God Doesn’t Make Our Decisions. He Sanctifies Them.

It is one of the most common questions we ask: what do I do? Often, this question is directed towards God and it is almost always connected to important life choices. Where do I go to school? Should I serve a mission? What career should I pursue? Should I marry this person? We can work ourselves up into a frenzy …

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I Survived My Chicken-Killing Pioneer Trek

It’s true. When I went on my pioneer trek as a fifteen-year-old girl, each group had to kill at least one chicken. This was done by chopping off their head. Thereafter, we had to pluck it, gut it, and clean it. Of course, we cooked it and ate it too. Don’t get me wrong—I could hardly watch as the brave ones in my …

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Why Temporal Happiness Is So Addicting

Why Temporal Happiness Is So Addicting

Tell me, does this sound familiar? Groggily, you wake up each morning. You reach over to swipe off your alarm and end up spending fifteen five minutes checking your notifications. Eventually, you make it to work. You work. A lot. When you’re done working, you grab dinner on the way home and start the mental battle between your favorite drama …

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What I Wish I’d Put on My “Husband List” as a Young Woman

What I Wish I’d Put on My “Husband List” as a Young Woman

Like many young women sitting in Sunday School, I felt a sense of giddiness when we were instructed to think of the qualities we wanted most in a future spouse. You likely remember the lesson. We giggled and planned and made commitments to dating within our standards and finding a spouse that would help lead us to God. I was …

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We Want Repentance to Clean Us Right Away…But Sometimes We Need to Soak

We Want Repentance to Clean Us Right Away...But Sometimes We Need to Soak

The doctrine of repentance is beautiful. No matter how many mistakes we have made or how weak we feel, we can find forgiveness and peace because of Jesus Christ. We become completely clean and we become perfected through the process of repentance. This is exciting and glorious! Elder D. Todd Christofferson even said repentance is a gift and there should …

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President David O. McKay’s Vibrant Vision of the Spirit World

President David O. McKay’s Vibrant Vision of the Spirit World

Did you know that many early members of the Church experienced vibrant and detailed visions of the Spirit world? One of them was President David O. Mckay while touring the Polynesian Islands. This is his account. In May of 1921, President David O. McKay was traveling by boat to Apia, Samoa, when he saw into the spirit world and saw …

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7 Mistakes Returned Missionaries Make And How To Avoid Them

7 Mistakes Returned Missionaries Make And How To Avoid Them

Going on a mission is one of the best learning and growing experiences a young man or woman can have. Tt tests and tries us in ways we have never experienced before. However, the hardest part of a mission is often coming home and adjusting to life as a ‘returned missionary’ (RM). Finding the right balance after returning from a mission …

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