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SPIRITUALITY

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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The Small and Simple Things

President Oak’s talk, “Small and Simple Things,” from April 2018 Conference was the topic of a recent Relief Society lesson in my ward, and it really got me thinking about the small and simple things. We know these things by heart: say your prayers, read your scriptures, attend the temple, go to Church, etc. They […]

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Mothers Who Knew

My life recently changed drastically when my little baby girl was born. I have always wanted to be a mother—I think that’s just naturally ingrained in us women. Since I was a teenager I was always super impressed by the mothers of the stripling warriors: 47 Now they never had fought, yet they did not […]

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Compassion for Those Around Us

I tend to think of myself as a pretty empathetic person. When people start crying, I can’t help but cry, too—even if I’m not feeling the emotions as strongly as them. Tonight as we watched a wildlife video and saw killer whales attacking and killing a baby grey whale as his mother tried to protect […]

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Why You Should Watch the “Be One” Event

June 1st was the 40th anniversary of the revelation that extended priesthood ordination to all men and priesthood covenants to all worthy members of the Church. Prior to this revelation, those of African descent were banned from these blessings. I know that for many my age, this Church policy has been a struggle and testimony […]

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Sing Loud

  D&C 25:12 tells us that the song of the righteous is a prayer unto God. My patriarchal blessing repeats this blessing and admonishes me to play and sing the hymns of Zion. Hymns are an important aspect of the gospel and of our connection to God; yet, it seems to me, that those of […]

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The Atonement Will Always Be There

We recently learned of devastating news happening to some of our dearest friends. Compounding the devastating news was the fact that one of the parties involved seemed non-repentant. The day we learned this news, I had read in 1 Nephi19 about the Savior taking upon himself the Atonement for all the children of the world. […]

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