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SPIRITUALITY

Accepting the Challenge

Does anyone else feel like they start The Book of Mormon only to restart it a few months later? I feel like this all the time. It’s like I’ll get through 2nd Nephi and all the sudden I’m back in 1st Nephi for one reason or another. I found myself in this exact situation when […]

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Dear God, Thank You

When I was a little girl, from the time I could write, my mom always made me do thank-you notes to anyone who gave me a gift. Each birthday and Christmas, I remember sitting at the counter the very next day and listing the gifts I received and who gave them to me. After so […]

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grief + happiness

On September 25th of this year, my beautiful sister-in-law, Jenny, died after an 18-month battle with brain cancer. I have had several grandparents die, but I have never really known grief and the painful, sobbing, heartache of losing someone so young. She has five children—the oldest is 9 and the youngest is 9 months. Late […]

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Choosing to be Positive

As I have gotten older, I have started to pay more attention to those I associate with and look up to. Through this, I have quickly realized that when I choose to associate and hang out with friends who are positive about life and uplifting, I tend to feel much happier. I am more productive, I […]

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The Equality of Temples

Sitting at my desk within the Church History Library, my eyes began to swell with tears as I clicked through the pictures of the new temple in Peru. It was one of the most beautiful temples I had ever seen, and I could not begin to comprehend the joy the Saints of that beautiful country […]

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God Won’t Let You Break

  Anxiety has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. As much as I dislike anxiety and wish it would never be a part of my life again, I love anxiety for ONE reason. Recently, a friend of mine told me of a really, really hard trial that she […]

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Interpretation and Sacred Experiences

  I sat in one of my film and literature classes discussing how everything goes through an interpretation process because we can not directly translate our life experiences into concise wording. Suddenly, my professor said, “Now imagine trying to translate the most spiritual experience you’ve ever had in your life into words. . . . […]

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The Church I Believe In

Eric D. Huntsman, professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at BYU, gave a devotional on August 7th entitled, “Hard Sayings and Safe Spaces: Making Room for Struggle as Well as Faith.” This devotional made the rounds on social media as the “devotional we all need.” Within this devotional, Professor Huntsman discussed loving our LGBTQ brothers […]

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