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How to Take Your 7 Day Break From Fake & Fast from Social Media

How to Take Your 7 Day Break From Fake & Fast from Social Media

In his recent devotional to youth, President Russell M. Nelson issued a challenge to take “a seven-day break from fake” and fast from all social media for seven days. Does this feel like an impossibility to you? It’s ok! With cell phones and computers, we live in a technology-saturated world. It is normal to struggle with disconnecting, but we are …

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How to Bear Your Testimony If You Have Anxiety

How to Bear Your Testimony If You Have Anxiety

Public speaking isn’t easy for many people, but it is especially difficult for those who struggle with mental health challenges such as anxiety. You fear you will be judged. You don’t have the words to say. Accompanying the mental terror is the physiological reaction that may leave you paralyzed in your pew. Bearing your testimony is meant to be a …

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To My Black Brothers & Sisters in Christ…I’m Sorry.

To My Black Brothers & Sisters in Christ...I'm Sorry.

Last week, a false news release tricked thousands of Mormons and made them believe the Church had officially apologized for racism in its history. It hurt and angered many, especially among the black LDS community. Zandra Vranes even spoke for an hour and a half in a powerful Facebook live video about how the false story “retraumatized” many members who …

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Will You Join the Cultural Evolution Inside of Mormonism?

Will You Join the Cultural Evolution Inside of Mormonism?

“I see a time when home teaching is just referred to as ‘ministering’ and more lessons revolve around love and not quotas.” On Sunday, March 26, 2017, my friend Greg Trimble wrote these words in a blog and about 1 million people interacted with his message. This was one year before the stunning announcement made in the most recent general …

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Go Ahead. Be a Burden Sometimes. You’re Supposed to Be.

Go Ahead. Be a Burden Sometimes. You’re Supposed to Be.

I struggle with sharing my struggles. There are a lot of reasons why and they will likely sound familiar. There never seems to be a good time. It is hard to find the words to say. You don’t know how others will react. Vulnerability is scary. Why is it so hard? I think it has something to do with the …

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In Honoring Creation, We Honor the Creator

In Honoring Creation, We Honor the Creator

Commentary from Mormon Newsroom Our Heavenly Father created the earth as a home for His children to learn and progress—He provided crisp air, rolling waters, and fertile fields; He wrought panoramas of breathtaking peaks and verdant valleys; He painted striking scenes that evoke awe and humility. His creation, however, is more than a pristine picture; it’s an abundant world full …

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Keeping a Window Open for God

Keeping a Window Open for God

Closed doors are painful. We may want to burst it open and journey towards something better. We may want to be let into a place we feel locked out of. We may even feel we’re at heaven’s door and God isn’t answering. These times can be harrowing and, if we are not careful, can lead to spiritual exhaustion and paralysis. …

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Will Ministering ACTUALLY Work? A Skeptics Thoughts.

Will Ministering ACTUALLY Work? A Skeptics Thoughts.

In the most recent General Conference, major changes were made to how members of the church serve one another. The new initiative is called ministering and is “a newer, holier approach to caring and ministering to others.” I was excited and inspired. Then, in all honesty, I was skeptical. Really, skeptical. On the whole, my home teachers and visiting teachers …

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God Could Have At Least Made Me Beautiful

God Could Have At Least Made Me Beautiful

On a lonely night, I curled up in bed and thought of all the ways I was too damaged to be loved. Maybe you’ve been there too. I had a list in my mind of all the things I had been through and how they had negatively impacted me. I thought of how badly I wanted to find my help-meet …

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