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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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We All Believe This MISCONCEPTION About How God Works

We All Believe This MISCONCEPTION About How God Works

There is one conversation I have had over and over again. I’ve had it at the end of a long temple shift with a fellow ordinance worker. I’ve had it over a huge plate of carne asada nachos with my best friend. I’ve had it with God in my closet, collapsed on a pile of dirty clothes. Two things are …

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The Powerful Principle of The First Thought

The Powerful Principle of The First Thought

Are you scared to serve? Sometimes, helping those around us can be intimidating or nerve-racking. We don’t want to be a bother. We don’t want to embarrass someone. We don’t know what to do. Have you even had the experience where you had the thought to do something good, but then decided against it? We start thinking of all the …

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The Agony of Agency: When God Lets Terrible Things Happen

The Agony of Agency: When God Let’s Terrible Things Happen

In Sunday School recently, we discussed the story of Cain and Abel. As we reached the tragic conclusion that left one brother dead and another forever cursed, a classmate said something I’ll never forget. “God cared more about the agency of Cain than the life of Abel.” It was a strong statement and one I’ve thought a lot about. I …

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Thoughts & Prayers CAN Do Something. Here’s How.

Thoughts & Prayers CAN Do Something. Here's How.

On June 13, 2016, one day after the horrific shooting in an Orlando nightclub that left 49 people dead and another 58 wounded, I was overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with grief. Helplessness. Exhaustion. I expected all of these. Sadly, I also expected to be overwhelmed by something insidious that should never be so tied to tragedy: contention. It’s commonplace these days when …

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10 Positive Affirmations for the Perfectionist Mormon

10 Positive Affirmations for the Perfectionist Mormon

Positive affirmations are a popular way to cultivate happiness and peace in life. A positive affirmation is a phrase designed to encourage and inspire you. They are based in truth and short enough to repeat when you need them. Positive affirmations are especially useful when you feel overwhelmed, stressed, or discouraged. One of the common reasons members of the Church …

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Church Leadership & The Principle of Scattered Revelation

Church Leadership & The Principle of Scattered Revelation

When the sun first sets and the stars begin to appear, you only see a few pin-pricked holes of light. However, as your eyes adjust and the nights deepen, thousands upon thousands of stars start to appear. Before you know in, you are in the midst of so much light and beauty. Revelation often works like this and I think …

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Christlike Attributes: Using D&C 4 to Set Your New Year’s Goals

Doctrine and Covenants 4 is of the most well-known sections among Latter-day Saints and is especially inspiring to missionaries. It speaks of the marvelous work of God and how to serve. Doctrine and Covenants 4:6 specifically lists essential attributes to strive for: Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence. As a new year arrives, many of us are contemplating goals and resolutions. However, …

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