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What It’s Like To Be An Early-Returned Missionary

What It's Like To Be An Early-Returned Missionary

 The following is a letter from my good friend Kristan Whitney. Kristan was called to serve in the Marshall Islands mission and was given an honorable medical release before her expected eighteen months were up. I asked her to share her thoughts about her experience and what she would like others to know about life as an early-returned missionary. Here …

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Sin is Like Snow

Sin is Like Snow

My favorite time to run is when its snowing. This may seem crazy to some, but when it snows I feel a closeness to God that I cannot describe. His presence seems to envelope my soul as I run through the tiny tender mercies that shower the ground. Whenever I run, no matter the season I find running to be …

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Hello. I’m Mercedes and I’m an Alcoholic.

I'm Mercedes and I'm an Alcoholic

Hi, I’m Mercedes. I am a lover of elephants, a sister to 6 siblings, a violinist, a music teacher, an auntie to 13 beautiful nieces and nephews, an avid reader, a Volvo driver, an aspiring pianist/guitarist, a DIY-er, a roommate, and I am an Alcoholic. Before you read any further, I want you to know that what you find here …

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You Won’t Believe What Survived This Traumatic House Fire

What Survived This Fire Was Truly a Miracle

Originally posted by Kara Huntinghouse of LDS Smile.  Trials. Why do they have to happen? Why is this a part of every single person’s life? They come when no one is expecting them and they come with a vengeance. March 10th started out like any other day for the Beames family but quickly turned into a day that has changed their …

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“If The Apostles Fell Asleep, So Can I!”

Sleep On Now and Take Your Rest

My composure had broken. After twelve hours of standing in a terminal, sleeping on a cot, and wanting to cry, I decided to sit on the floor. I’d been avoiding it. Somehow, refusing to sit on the floor had become one last way to hold onto my role as a missionary. But now, with exhaustion setting in, and feeling helpless …

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6 Real Ways to Fan the Flame of Your Faith

6 Ways to Fan the Flame of Your Faith

“You just need to have more faith.”  “All it takes is a little faith.”  “Faith is the key!”  How many of us have had questions, concerns, frustrations, or doubts and every time we expressed those feelings to someone, we were told we simply needed to develop or work on our faith? How did it make you feel when that was …

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How to Kill a Demon

How to Kill a Demon

Every last one of us on earth has demon’s. Every last one of us has our favorite sins to commit. Every last one of us has experienced negative emotions that rob the mind of its clarity. When I talk of demons I am talking about sins, I am talking about emotions that paralyze the soul. When I talk of demons …

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Meet the New Abolitionists: Rescuing Children from Sex Slavery

Rescuing Children from Sex Slavery: One Mormon's Inspired Mission

Originally reported by Jamie Armstrong at LDSLiving.com. Below is an excerpt. You can find the full story here.   EDITOR’S NOTE: This article addresses the atrocity of child sex slavery—one of the fastest growing and most lucrative criminal industries in the world today. While we have made every effort to avoid graphic language, this article might be disturbing for some …

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Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge Talks NBA, Family, and Church

It was April 16, 2009. Ainge, the 50-year-old general manager of the Boston Celtics, had not been taking care of himself. His responsibilities were exhausting him. If he had been alone, without the help of someone who loved him, would he be alive? “So I guess I was glad that my wife was there, and she had the foresight to …

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The Unbelievable Love Story of an Atheist and a Mormon.org Volunteer

The Unbelievable Love Story of an Atheist and a Mormon.org Volunteer

When Gary Vahey went onto Mormon.org to have a little fun with the Mormon missionaries, he never expected to meet his wife or discover truths that would change his eternal perspective. Growing up as an atheist in Southwest London, Gary Vahey had only vaguely heard references to “the Mormons,” but as of a little over two years ago, he couldn’t …

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