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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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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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