The First Step Toward Repentance

After my baptism and confirmation, days suddenly seemed dark. I was dealing with family issues, and I was struggling to obey all of God’s laws. I didn’t know what to do, and I wanted to give up on everything. It seemed like nobody understood me.

Using Agency and Revelation to Make Life Decisions

Throughout my life, I have always been able to rely on the promise that God would hear and answer my prayers. Over and over again, I experienced the reassuring feeling of peace that the decisions I was making in my life were in line with the plan God had in mind for me. I knew what it felt like to receive an answer to my prayers, and I felt complete confidence in my decisions as a result.

Ask, Seek, Knock

Today’s technology also allows us to use wireless telephones to exchange information rapidly. Recently Wendy and I were on assignment on another continent when we learned that a new baby had arrived in our family. We received the good news minutes after that birth had occurred half a world away.

We Are More Than Our Labels

I am the oldest child of 5 siblings.  Among us, I am the most different, and the older I grew, the more I noticed these differences.  The labels that were passed on to me felt unfair because I knew I was more than what people would call me.  I will admit that it did bother me some...OK, a lot, but when I came to realize that I am a child of a loving Father in Heaven, I learned that it is alright to be different.  I love myself just the way that I am, with all my differences, and I celebrate them because I have my own individual divine qualities and talents that I've been blessed with.  I'm sure we can all relate to the stories below.

Failure Is Part of the Plan

Often we look at failure as something that is bad or wrong...and perhaps sometimes it can be.  However, failure, if faced with faith, can also lead us to have more meaningful lives, prepare us for a higher level of success, and draw us closer to God as we persevere with hope in our hearts.

Gaining a Spiritual Witness of the Book of Mormon

I was a member for several years before having received a true and strong testimony of the Book of Mormon.  I always knew it was true, and I had faith in it, but I never really received a true witness for years after my baptism.  After having received my personal witness, I learned of the strength the Book of Mormon offers to those who live according to the words of the prophets who testify of Christ within its pages.  It is a powerful source and it has greatly blessed my life.  

Finding God While Buried in Rubble

Conversion stories have always intrigued me, mostly because I am a convert to the Church myself.  But when I hear of stories such as this one, where it is evident that God's hand was the guiding force in this man's conversion after saving his life, I get inspired and energized in the gospel. 

Stand Up, Speak Up, and Shine

I usually look forward to speaking about the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially to those who are genuinely asking out of curiosity or interest.  Defending my faith is something I feel is important to do and in the years of practice, I have learned that sometimes our actions speak louder than words.

A Real Father

A true story showing the love of an adoptive father to his children.  What a remarkable way he explained the "amazing adoption club" to his children.  I truly admire both the adoptive parents and parents who have had to give their children up for adoption.  It takes much strength, courage, and love and I think they are wonderful.

LDS Church Explains Baptism for the Dead

Jesus Christ said that "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5).  But what about those who died without being baptized, or were baptized without proper priesthood authority? 

The Loneliness of Leadership

As I reflect on the words of our prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, I can hear his voice in my head, and his words, although spoken about 50 years ago, echo inside me as I can relate to the things he communicated, and still apply to all of us today.

The Savior Heals Our Hurts

How do we respond when someone does something that hurts us?  We can learn from a man who chose to join the Church despite the hurtful questions he faced about the priesthood ban.  The Ensign released a special issue commemorating the 1978 revelation of extending the priesthood to all worthy male members of the Church.  In it, Elder Fred A. "Tony" Parker shared an article he had written.

How to Pray in a Way God Can Answer

I am so thankful for prayer.  Not all my prayers have been answered...that I know of...but this article has given me great insight as to how to better my odds of receiving more answers to my prayers.  I hope it helps you too!

Extending the Easter Season

Often we get so focused on the commercial part of Christmas and Easter that we forget the true purpose of the sacred event. Once the day has passed, some may feel relief that it's all over and move on to the next thing, whatever that may be.  I love this article because it clearly demonstrates how we can enjoy this holy time even when it's over, and the teachings of Jesus Christ don't have to be limited to just the one day.  The hustle and bustle of the commercialism that overwhelms us are out of the way and our focus is adjusted to what we should be truly celebrating--Jesus Christ.  THIS IS GREAT NEWS!

Make the Exercise of Faith Your First Priority

Learning to exercise our faith is a fundamental part of our religion.  Without faith, our growth in the gospel and our relationship with our Saviour would be frail.  "Faith in Jesus Christ is a gift from heaven that comes as we choose to believe and as we seek it and hold on to it."

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