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Blackmail, Washing of Feet, and the Holy of Holies

Blackmail, Washing of Feet, and the Holy of Holies

Let me start off with this disclaimer. No disrespect is meant for the Temple, I work in the Temple, and I love it dearly. The quotes about the Temple, the Holy of Holies, and Washing of Feet are quotes from either public addresses or from the writings of the general authorities. Since I’ve returned from my mission in 2014, I …

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: LDS Temple Artist, Chad Hawkins, Part I

Chad Hawkins is an LDS artist and author known for his stunning sketches of temples around the world. His most recent book, Temples of the New Millennium, tells the unique stories of each of the Church’s 150 temples.  We recently sat down with Chad to get his unique perspective on temples, his journey to document them through art, and in …

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The Book That Rescued The Bible

The Book That Rescued the Bible

The Bible is an amazing book…as long as you see it for what it is and what it’s not. The Bible is certainly not ‘infallible’ and it’s definitely not ‘complete’. Anyone who tells you that, just doesn’t understand where the Bible came from and what it went through in order to reach us. The Bible has stood alone for many years…but …

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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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