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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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When Sunday Doesn’t Come: Waiting (and Waiting) Upon the Lord

When Sunday Doesn't Come: Waiting (and Waiting) Upon the Lord

“Maybe you’ve been duped.” I blinked uncomfortably back at my therapist. I knew we had reached that point in the session where you have to confront the thing that makes you feel terrible and wretched. “I don’t think I have,” I mumbled back, finding myself almost agitated that my LDS therapist (who I’d been meeting with for over a year) would …

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How To Know If You’re Breaking The Sabbath

Have you ever looked forward to a general conference because you were certain in your mind that the apostles were going to address some of the crazy issues that are taking place in the world? “There’s got to be some big announcement this time” we might say. “Maybe this is the year we’ll be asked to ‘flee to Zion,’” you …

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10 Dating Tips for Mormons With Mental Illnesses

10 Dating Tips for Mormons With Mental Illnesses

In a culture where dating and marriage are often viewed as the holy grail of life experiences, single members of the Church who face debilitating mental illnesses can often feel the quest is utterly hopeless. However, building and maintaining healthy relationships is possible through our own efforts and the efforts of a loving Savior who once said, “Let us love one …

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How Coming to Christ Through the Book of Mormon Changes Everything

How Coming to Christ Through the Book of Mormon Changes Everything

In 1990, President Henry B. Eyring gave an address to Seminary and Institute teachers in the Church Educational System. He shared an experience he had when his boys were still in high school. He explained that his son, Matthew, had been called to serve on the seminary council and had just returned from a meeting in which they were determining …

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Be Ye Therefore Perfect – Easier Said Than Done

Imagine that you are asked to run two miles. You are told that by the end of the journey you will feel accomplished and better than you have ever felt before. As you approach the end of the second mile, bystanders start cheering you on, clapping excitedly, and tell you that you only have three miles to go. At the …

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The Danger of Clinging to the Iron Rod

At nine p.m. on a beautiful night two summers ago, I found myself paralyzed against a cliff that was a good 130 feet above a winding canyon road. A head lamp bounced sporadically around my neck, and bats swarmed around me, nicking my helmet with their wings and feet. My hands were soaked in sweat, making it difficult to grip, …

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