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It’s Not the Church’s Job to Teach Me Church History

It's Not the Church's Job to Teach Me Church History

 “We only have a few minutes to teach about Church history in Sunday school. We can’t deal with everything. We don’t talk about all the issues, but it’s there and it’s not being hidden. Unfortunately we spend more time in video stores, in many cases, than we do reading about our history. But that’s our fault.” – Daniel C. Peterson Everyone …

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Why I Stay a Mormon When Many Friends Have Left

Why I Stay a Mormon When Many Friends Have Left

“I’m leaving the church.” Over the past month, I have heard/read this phrase seven times. Once from an incredible woman in my home ward who can’t take anymore of the ward’s judgement. Once from a family member who has felt the church is too restrictive for years. Twice from young adults my age whose knowledge and testimonies of the gospel …

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Learning from Lazarus: What God Will and Will Not Do For You

Learning from Lazarus: What God Will and Will Not Do For You

The account of Lazarus and the miraculous events surrounding his death and resurrection is beloved by Christians worldwide for its powerful witness of Christ and His compassion. However, another important principle can be found between the lines of scripture about the nature of God and what is asked of us as willing participants in this great test called life. From …

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Returned Missionary With Same-Sex Attraction Shares Advice

Returned Missionary With Same-Sex Attraction Shares Counsel, Advice

Prepare to Serve is a website dedicated to creating and providing resources for future LDS missionaries. With over 7,000 videos about missionary work, preparing to serve, and specific missions, the site is a valuable resource to any young elder or sister. This week, Prepare to Serve uploaded a powerful new video from a returned missionary who has same-sex attraction; in …

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Dear Kate Kelly: “Sparking Joy” is Not a Litmus Test for the Gospel of Christ

Dear Kate Kelly: “Sparking Joy” is Not a Litmus Test for the Gospel of Christ

(Photo courtesy of Scott Sommerdorf of The Salt Lake Tribune) Originally posted by Connor Boyack, president of Libertas Institute and author, on his blog.  Kate Kelly was excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints one year ago. In the months prior to this culminating severance, as her Ordain Women group increasingly agitated for a doctrinal shift in …

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Why So Many Couples Are Meeting On Their Missions

Why So Many Couples Are Meeting On Their Missions

Thirty days after returning home from her mission in Berlin, Germany, Katelyn Duncan was engaged. In LDS culture, being engaged that quickly is not uncommon. But what makes Katelyn’s story unusual is that she is engaged to her former district leader who she met on her mission in Berlin. It’s been two years since the historic announcement lowering the age …

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Personal Pioneer Stories from LDS Daily Readers

Personal Pioneer Stories from LDS Daily Readers

You sent us some of your most cherished memories of the pioneers in your life! Here were just some of our favorites. Submitted by Shane Castillo Manning of Pioneer Girls I’m working on a book for my daughter about my great-great-grandmother, Emma Higbee, who was 11 years old when she traveled with the Heber C. Kimball 2nd Company from Winter …

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I Don’t Think God is a Mormon

I Don’t Think God is a Mormon

A few weeks ago, my Mormon congregation paid our annual visit to the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in South Central Los Angeles. It’s a tradition I’ve participated in every year since moving to LA; we visit their congregation in the summer, and they come to ours in the fall. I will admit I was nervous the first time I went. …

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Sorry, One Direction. I Know I’m Beautiful.

Sorry, One Direction. I Know I'm Beautiful.

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Payson Utah Temple. As I was driving home, I felt buoyant from the warmth of the sun and the Spirit. The only thing that marred the drive was the constant skipping of the old church CD I had playing. Figuring it was probably ok to ease back into the secular world, I …

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Do You Still Need To Suffer?

Do You Still Need To Suffer?

Some time ago I encountered a life situation that caused me great anguish. I remember spending many days and nights sobbing about my plight. There was nothing I could do to change it, and the tremendous feeling of powerlessness I felt caused profound suffering. I prayed and prayed to be delivered from this challenge, but was continually told, “No.” One …

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