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Why Our Service Needs to Move Beyond Social Media

Why Our Service Needs to Move Beyond Social Media

Social media can be a powerful way to connect with others, especially during a pandemic, but has it hindered our ability to offer meaningful service? The answer will be different for everyone, but it’s something we should consider. What was meant to be a starting point has become an end for many of us. Instead of using social media and …

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How to Let Your Trials Drive You Towards Your Promised Land

How to Let Your Trials Drive You Towards Your Promised Land

In the Book of Mormon, the brother of Jared and his people face a long and harrowing journey. The Lord has promised He will deliver them safely to a new land, the promised land. However, as we take a closer look at their experience, we discover it was the ferocious winds and waves that propelled them and steered them to …

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What 16 Shining Stones Teach Us About God’s Miracles

What 16 Shining Stones Teach Us About God's Miracles

The brother of Jared and his family have a problem. About to embark on a difficult journey across the ocean in barge-like ships, they realize they don’t have a way to light the vessels. The brother of Jared is a faithful man who has received revelation on how to build the ships. So, he turns again to God. He prays, …

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How to Apply the Book of Mormon to Our Day

How to Apply the Book of Mormon to Our Day

One of the miracles of the Book of Mormon is its relevancy for our day. In fact, this was a part of our Heavenly Parent’s design. President Ezra Taft Benson once said, “The Book of Mormon … was written for our day. The Nephites never had the book; neither did the Lamanites of ancient times. It was meant for us. Mormon …

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How to Live Righteously in a Wicked World

How to Live Righteously in a Wicked World

The prophet Mormon was a righteous man living amongst wicked people. They were so wicked, in fact, that Mormon was commanded by God not to preach to them. “My mouth was shut, and I was forbidden that I should preach unto them,” Mormon wrote. “But I did remain among them, but I was forbidden to preach unto them, because of the hardness …

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5 Facts About Governor Boggs’ Extermination Order

5 Facts About Governor Boggs' Extermination Order

On October 27, 1838, Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs issued an executive order designed to put a dramatic and swift end to the Mormon-Missouri War of 1838. Here are five facts about the Extermination Order and how it impacted early Latter-day Saint pioneers. ONE While Latter-day Saints know it as the “Extermination Order,” it was officially titled “Missouri Executive Order …

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Do Latter-day Saints Believe in Ghosts?

Do Latter-day Saints Believe in Ghosts?

Humans have always been fascinated with the idea of ghosts in some form or another. While many interpretations and beliefs exist about ghosts, most understand ghosts to be some sort of otherworldly apparition of a deceased person appearing to the living. From spooky seances and cute costumes made out of sheets to nightmarish images found in horror movies, ghosts have …

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When Your Trials Don’t Refine, But Destroy You

When Your Trials Don't Refine, But Destroy You

Two years ago, a traumatic loss occurred in my life. Based on both the circumstances and the timing, it felt “focused on areas of our lives and parts of our souls with which we seem least able to cope,” as Elder Paul V. Johnson once described. I did what I could to work through my grief. I prayed and studied. …

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How to More Fully Participate in God’s Great & Marvelous Work

How to More Fully Participate in God’s Great & Marvelous Work

Throughout time, prophets have looked forward to our day. Isaiah prophesied that God would “proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder.” Jesus Christ, when visiting the people of ancient America, affirmed in testimony that the Book of Mormon would come forth and Israel gathered. He said in 3 Nephi 21:9, “For …

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Here’s What It’s Like Working in the Temple During COVID-19

How to Watch the Provo City Center Temple Cultural Celebration Live Online

The closure of temples hit me hard. It wasn’t just the ability to be in the temple and to participate in the sacred work therein. It was the loss of a stable, important part of my life. I’ve worked in the Provo City Center Temple since it opened in the spring of 2016. That’s every Saturday (give or take a …

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