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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. …

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What Does the Birth of Jesus Christ Mean to You?

What Does the Birth of Jesus Christ Mean to You?

Around the world, thousands of Christians are preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Trees are decorated, gifts are wrapped, and loving service has been offered. It truly can be one of the most joyous and spirit-filled times of year. Christmas also provides a wonderful opportunity for reflection and revelation. One of the most important questions we can ask …

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10 Easy & Yummy Recipes for Those Struggling with Self-Care

10 Easy & Yummy Recipes for Those Struggling with Self-Care

Those struggling with serious mental illnesses know how hard it can be to practice good self-care habits. Getting out of bed can feel impossible, let alone eating three nutritious meals a day. As someone with severe clinical depression, I’ve had days where I haven’t eaten a thing and days where I have spent so much food eating out just so …

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What If You Need Light in YOUR World?

What If You Need Light in YOUR World?

Today, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are beginning an initiative to bring light into the world through Christ-like acts of service. For the next 25 days, they will feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and mourn with those that mourn. Videos will provide inspiration and scriptures will remind us that Christ is our exemplar. What …

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Read This Powerful Poem from a Grieving LDS Missionary

Read This Heartbreaking Poem from a Grieving LDS Missionary

This was the last poem I would ever write, I was sure of it. It was penned with bright purple ink and rage. The words spilled out of me faster than I could comprehend them. When it was done, I thought it was a poem from the other side and from deep inside. My soul was trying to tell me …

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Modesty: Here’s Why Dancers Often Wear Less

Modesty: Here’s Why Dancers Often Wear Less

Glittering tiaras and tutus. A screaming crowd at a basketball half-time show. Choreographing dance pieces in my driveway, my bedroom. These are just a few of the fond memories I have of my dance career. There are other memories though. Staying up late to sew and modify costumes. Advocating for my dance team about why certain costumes needed to be …

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6 Things to Try When You REALLY Struggle With Fasting

6 Things to Try When You REALLY Struggle With Fasting

The practice of fasting has been a commandment throughout ancient and modern history. Scriptural accounts of fasting abound and prophets today continue to teach this important principle of abstaining from food and sacrificing physical needs and comfort to draw near to the Lord and to serve. However, fasting would likely not be described by anyone as easy and there are …

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