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Finding God’s Love When You Hate Yourself

Finding God's Love When You Hate Yourself

There was no singular experience that made me realize the staggering depth of my own shame. Rather, the realization dawned after numerous culminating moments over many years. I always knew self-worth was a struggle I’d face; I grew up in abusive circumstances and I had a great awareness of how sensitive it made me. Yet, I was somehow unaware of …

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Thoughtful Answers to the Important Question “What Lack I Yet?”

Common Answers to the Important Question "What Lack I Yet?"

In Matthew 19, a rich young man approaches Christ with an important question. It is one we all have likely asked at some point in our lives. He asks, “What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” Christ exhorts him to keep the commandments, specifically mentioning some of the Ten Commandments. However, this rich young man …

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What the Good Samaritan Teaches Us About Crossing Roads

What the Good Samaritan Teaches Us About Crossing Roads

The parable of the Good Samaritan is a touching reminder to love without limits. All become our neighbors when we become disciples of Jesus Christ. However, in our human frailties, learning to embody charity can seem overwhelming or difficult.   Luckily, one particular phrase from the parable gives us a good place to start. In the parable, both the priest …

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Here’s One Invitation to Act from Every General Conference Talk

General Conference for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a time to receive revelation and learn how to refocus our lives on the Savior. However, after two entire days and many hours, discovering specific ways to act in order to experience growth can be difficult. While the gospel isn’t certainly a checklist of to-do items, …

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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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