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The Devil, A Butter Knife, and My House Upon a Rock

The Devil, A Butter Knife, and My House Upon a Rock

Have you ever felt like your entire life was on fire? We’re not talking about a cozy fireplace with roasting marshmallows or a grease fire shooting out of an oily pan. It’s a wildfire, angry and violent and spreading, billowing out at a breakneck pace to consume everything in its path. It’s utter devastation. I’ve been there and it hurts. …

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The Symbolism of Salt in the Sermon on the Mount

The Symbolism of Salt in the Sermon on the Mount

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ tells his followers that they “are the salt of the earth,” but if the salt loses its flavor, “it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out.” As much as we love our sodium intake today, the symbolism of salt has deep meaning in the ancient Jewish culture and would …

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5 Things to Forsake So You Can Follow Christ

5 Things to Forsake So You Can Follow Christ

As Christ called his disciples to follow him, the scriptures say they “forsook all, and followed him” (Luke 5:11). Christ also gave the following admonition that “whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). Today, we have the same opportunity. Though we do not forsake fishing nets and walk …

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What It Means to Make the Lord’s Path Straight

What It Means to Make the Lord's Path Straight

In Matthew 3, John the Baptist offers the following invitation: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. What does this mean? How can we make the Lord’s path straight? More importantly, what does this look like in our individual lives? As with most things, there are multiple meanings and layers to be revealed with pondering and study. We’ve gathered three …

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Killing Isaac: When God Requires the Hardest Sacrifice

Killing Isaac: When God Requires the Hardest Sacrifice

The gospel of Jesus Christ is one of optimism and hope. We hold onto the good news of the gospel and rightly so. After all, “men are, that they might have joy” (2 Nephi 2:25). However, we can also mistakenly avoid and even belittle the hard truths of progression in our determination to find this joy. It’s rarely intentional. Our …

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How to Claim Back Your Sins From Satan

How to Claim Back Your Sins From Satan

We all make mistakes. We all sin. This isn’t easy to admit, especially when faced with the fairly pervasive culture of perfectionism within the Church. When we sin, we inch closer towards the adversary and, if we do not act, can forfeit our agency and become enslaved by the enemy of us all. How can we claim our sins and …

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What Does Home-Centered Church Mean for Singles?

What Does Home-Centered Church Mean for Singles?

As I listened to President Russell M. Nelson announce the major “organizational adjustments” to “fortify our members and their families,” I sighed. While most of the membership of the Church rejoiced in reducing the Sunday block of meetings from three to two hours, I anticipated what was to come as a nearly not-so-young single adult. I anticipated receiving the curriculum …

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4 Things to Consider When You Struggle With General Conference

4 Things to Consider When You Struggle With General Conference

For many, General Conference is a feast of inspiration and direction from heaven. However, there are also many who experience feelings of pain, loneliness, and even anger as they listen to the messages. The reasons for these feelings are varied and unique to the person. Regardless of the cause or trigger, how can we reconcile some of these feelings with gospel …

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