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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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5 Things Forgiveness is NOT

5 Things Forgiveness is NOT

To forgive is divine, or so the saying goes. It’s a true statement, rooted in both ancient and modern scripture. “For if ye forgive men their trespasses,” Christ tells in Matthew 6:14, “your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Gordon B. Hinckley once said, “If there be any who nurture in their hearts the poisonous brew of enmity toward another, …

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Whatever You Do, Don’t Start a Discussion With Satan

Whatever You Do, Don’t Start a Discussion With Satan

It sounds like an absurd idea, having conversations with Satan. After all, he is the Evil One. The Destroyer. The Adversary. The Father of All Lies. The Tempter. The Deceiver. The Defiler. The one who seeks to make all men as miserable as he is miserable. So why would anyone want to sit down and talk with him? Express our …

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How We Can All Be Like the 5 Foolish Virgins

How We Can All Be Like the 5 Foolish Virgins

Featured image courtesy of flickr.com In Matthew 25, the Savior gives the parable of the ten virgins, likening the kingdom of heaven to the five wise and five foolish virgins hoping to meet the bridegroom. Half brought extra oil for their lamps and half did not. The night went on and they all fell asleep. When the bridegroom finally arrived, …

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The Utah Effect on Faith

Utah is a beautiful state with stunning mountains, national parks, numerous temples, and more. But living in Utah can have a certain ‘Utah Effect’ as a result of the high percentage of LDS members. Active or not, 60% of Utahns are Mormon. This Utah Effect, then, is the idea that being surrounded by Mormons can actually make it hard to …

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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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