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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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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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