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    The Call to Stand

    CASE STUDY: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND GENDERBishop Sinclair has been serving for 3 years.  He is enjoying his calling and the association this calling allows him with the good people of his ward.  He loves his ward and his service reflects that love as he works hard to teach and serve them.  He has a wonderful, […]

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    Do You Want What I Have For You, Or Not?

    I was alone in my car completely confused, with a white knuckle grip on the steering wheel. I slowly put my head down and asked, “What . . . just . . . happened?” In a quiet voice that pierced the silence, the Holy Spirit simply replied, “Do you want what I have for you, […]

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    A Firm Stand

    What can we as Christians do to stand up for our beliefs and have our voices be heard and acknowledged in the public square?Testimony vs. ConversionOur conversion is vital to our ability to stand and raise our voices. In “The Challenge to Become,” Elder Dallin H. Oaks teaches the difference between having a testimony and […]

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    An Unbreakable Bond

    Case StudyBackgroundJenny and Tyson have been married for six years. Tyson works hard as a new accountant at a local firm.  Jenny stays home with their two children, Laura who is four, and Adam who is two. She finds it difficult at times and misses the association she once had with coworkers in the workplace.  […]

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    Don’t Be Confused

    Confusing love and law is as treacherous as navigating the road shown in the picture above.Don’t Confuse Love and LawIn “Love and Law,” Elder Dallin H. Oaks talks about people who believe that God’s laws are so merciful that they can excuse themselves from obeying. This is a falsehood that leads to a trap.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mxwt8oyUHC8I am […]

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    Keys & Authority

    Keys vs. AuthorityElder Dallin H. Oaks’ talk, “Keys and Authority of the Priesthood”: How do the priesthood keys and priesthood authority apply to women?In “Keys and Authority of the Priesthood,” Elder Dallin H. Oaks says, “Ultimately, all keys of the priesthood are held by the Lord Jesus Christ, whose priesthood it is. He is the […]

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    Husbands & Wives. Mothers & Fathers.

    The Importance of MothersIn “To The Mothers in Zion,” President Faust says, “The Lord clearly defined the roles of mothers and fathers in providing for and rearing a righteous posterity. In the beginning, Adam—not Eve—was instructed to earn the bread by the sweat of his brow. Contrary to conventional wisdom, a mother’s calling is in […]

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    Don’t Take The Bait

    Case StudyTyson fumbled to close his cell phone after Ben – his former roommate and mission companion, had hung up on him.  Ben had not taken Tyson’s attempt to help him well to say the least.  Tyson knew it would be a difficult conversation, but he wasn’t prepared for how Ben had reacted with such […]

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    Does Doubt Strengthen Faith?

    SteadfastTo be steadfast in something is to be unwavering and immovable. Steadfastness is promoted throughout the scriptures as a requirement for maintaining our faith in Jesus Christ. Steadfast faith leads to obedience and results in blessings, peace, and joy. Steadfast faith leads to a steadfast testimony. The scriptures also emphasize the dangers of doubt. In […]

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    True Power

    In today’s society, people seek power without understanding that sacrifice and commitment must precede it. Power cannot be taken, it must be earned. Anything else is force, not power.There is a lot to learn about true power as a natural result of making and keeping covenants and ordinances.Protect The Covenant of MarriageIn “Covenant Marriage”, Elder […]

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    A Dangerous Current

    ConfusionToday there is much confusion over the gender roles and equality, marriage, parenting, and the family. The scriptures are clear on each of these issues.We can not allow ourselves to be swept into the cultural current of political correctness.MenElder D. Todd Christofferson’s talks, “Brethren, We Have a Work to Do” and “Let Us Be Men”, […]

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    A Note to Single Mothers

    Emma Hale SmithEmma Smith, Single MotherThe Prophet Joseph Smith was murdered on June 27, 1844, and left Emma Smith to raise their children on her own. Emma and her family were not denied the blessings of Heavenly Father. God will never turn his back on a faithful family, even when unforeseen […]

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    What is Truth?

    This week I studied President Uchtdorf’s talk, “What is Truth?”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N42v7YqXE9II must admit that President Uchtdorf can talk about paperclips for 30 minutes and I would be sitting on the edge of my seat. However, this talk was rich with wisdom and guidance. The two main impressions I came away with:How Others Treat MePresident Uchtdorf said, […]

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    A Proclamation to the World

    A Bold StandAt a general meeting of the Relief Society in September 1995, President Gordon B. Hinckley said,With so much of sophistry that is passed off as truth, with so much of deception concerning standards and values, with so much of allurement and enticement to take on the slow stain of the world, we have felt […]

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    Trial of Faith

    A Person of Strong FaithI’ve always considered myself to be a person of strong faith. Growing up Jewish, having a revelation that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and acting on that revelation by becoming Christian on July 12, 2012 required strong faith. Maintaining my belief in Jesus Christ a short seven months later […]

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    The Only Faith There Is

    In my Book of Mormon II class, I’m on the third and final Attribute of Christ for the semester. It is the Looking Upward attribute and I’ve chosen faith.A definition of faith is to have complete trust and confidence in something. During the April 1994 General Conference talk, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Elder […]

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    Behold, Verily, Verily

    I’m studying 3 Nephi in my Book of Mormon II class and each week we employ the use of a Study Skill in our scripture reading. This week was “Flag Phrases.” A flag phrase is a word or phrase that is designed to draw attention or have you stop and ponder what’s said next. Two […]

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    Pushing Past the “Leah” Moments

    I have a secret to tell. I’m tired all the time. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I wasn’t always like this. There was actually a time in my life where I would wake up without an alarm and literally jump out of bed. Then something happened. I don’t know when. I don’t know where.Maybe it was the […]

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    Growth Requires Pruning

    I’m currently in the Book of Mormon II course with the BYU Pathway program. I am in the middle of a four-week assignment to choose an Attribute of Christ that I would like to grow in from a “Looking Inward” perspective. After careful prayer, I chose Courage as the attribute I wanted to grow in. […]

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    What is Courage?

    Courage is the key ingredient to endure and persevere, but not in the way you might think. Today, courage is often synonymous with being heroic or brave. While heroics and bravery are important, they are not the true, original meaning of courage. The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for […]

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    Dedicate Yourself

    Last night, I attended a Chamber Music Concert at the Dallas City Performance Hall. The featured musician was Clara-Jumi Kang, a German born woman of  Korean decent who began playing the piano and violin at 3 years old. Among her long list of awards in international competitions include First Prize at the 2010 Sendai International […]

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    Wrestle. Resolve. Renew.

    The Book of Mormon has a depth that continues to unfold for me. I studied The Book of Enos recently. It’s a short book, with only one chapter and twenty seven verses. However, this short book has the power change your life. Open your heart, open your mind, and read on.Wrestle”And I will tell you […]

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    Bound in Righteousness and Faithfulness

    I’ve been studying the Book of Mormon recently, specifically 2 Nephi. The parallels to Isaiah are incredible, but there was one verse in particular that stuck out for me:And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. ~ 2 Nephi 30:11This exact verse is also found at 2 […]

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    And It Came To Pass

    An interesting phrase…”And it came to pass” or “It came to pass” is in the Book of Mormon over 1,400 times. Mark Twain once mused that if Joseph Smith had left out the phrase, the Book of Mormon would have been the size of a pamphlet. (Roughing It, Hartford, Conn.: American Publishing Co., 1901, p. […]

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    An Instrument in the Hands of God

    My son is currently serving a 2-year mission in the Italy Rome Mission. He just arrived in Italy less than 2 weeks ago and his first assignment is Naples. It only took one day before he and his companion were stood up by someone investigating the church and, on the way back to their apartment, […]

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Dare to Stand Alone

President Thomas S. Monson reminds us that “we are never alone when we stand with our Father in Heaven.”

Unwavering Faith of Church Founders

Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland describes the unwavering faith Church’s founders showed, even in the face of death.

What The Restoration Means

Young men and women share how events surrounding the restoration of the early 19th century have a very real effect in 21st century lives.