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.
We live in tumultuous times. But the question is not how the Church will fare; rather, how will you and I fare?
With the digital age growing tremendously, and the age of the user getting younger and younger, many wonder what the digital etiquette for using our devices in a church setting is.
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.
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.
"The world around you is not equipped to provide the help you need to make it through this often-treacherous journey. So many in our society today seem to have slipped from the moorings of safety and drifted from the harbor of peace.
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President Nelson once expressed, "How much better it would be if all could be more aware of God’s providence and love and express that gratitude to Him."
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.
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.
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.
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.
It took me several years to realize I had the most important and effective "instruction book" at my disposal.
You’ve probably heard people say that the Book of Mormon was written for our day. It’s a true statement. Prophets have declared it.1 The book itself says it.2 But what makes this book so well suited for this particular time in history?
What can we teach our sons and daughters to help them have the courage to choose modesty in a world that would mock them for their virtuous choices?
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.
Our spirits long for us to remember the truth about who we are, because the way we see ourselves, our sense of identity, affects everything we do.
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?
Prayer reminds us that we are children of a loving Heavenly Father who grants us personal access to Him and His eternal realities.
With the many unique challenges we face today, it is comforting to know that our Father in Heaven never intended for us to go through them alone.
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.
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.
For this reason, I came to a realization that it was just as vital for me to know and understand our brother who was cast out from heaven for rebellion so that I can remember and recognize his tactics in trying to gather and weaken all of Heavenly Father's righteous children.
John Rey and Mara Bautista were visiting the BYU Jerusalem Center for President Nelson's global ministry tour. It was there that their 7-year-old daughter, Ella, said something about his visit they will never forget.
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!
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!
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."
As a convert to the Church myself, and having gone through so much to be baptized, I love hearing about other people's journey to their conversion. This is an amazing story! “Don’t let the Mormons convert you,” a friend told me before I left the Philippines for Utah in 1987. I shrugged off the advice.... Continue Reading →
Since I have joined the Church, I have experienced again and again the power of prayer. I have seen a man come from darkness to light, a miracle we were losing hope of ever witnessing. This is the true story of my father in law. He has proven that there is a Father in heaven who loves us, hears our prayers, and answers them in His due time.