I often get questions from others wondering why we have the Word of Wisdom. Why can't you have coffee or tea? Does that mean you can't have caffeinated sodas? If red wine can help the heart, why can't you drink it? I often don't know the complete answer to most of the questions I am asked. I try my hardest to answer them and seek more knowledge from leaders and Heavenly Father. Even though I follow the Word of Wisdom, I have a confession for you. I love the taste of coffee. My favorite ice cream is coffee flavored even. Though, I've never had a cup of coffee, it is still something my taste buds long for. That sparks even more questions from others "if... Read more →

Without the gospel, we cannot receive the Lord's blessings. With the help of the atonement, those blessings are open to us and we are able to see them in our lives. One of the main things that drives me to repent, aside from wanting to be like Heavenly Father, are blessings. I know that the longer I put off repenting, the more blessings I'm missing out on. During the October 2016 General Conference, Brian K. Ashton gave a talk called "The Doctrine of Christ". During it he said "the doctrine of Christ… is the means—the only means—by which we can obtain all the blessings made available to us through Jesus’s Atonement. It is the doctrine of Christ that allows us to access the spiritual power... Read more →

Faith is something everyone strives to have. Even non-religious people. Some have faith that the Lakers are going to crush everyone this season. Children have faith that Santa won't forget to give them presents this Christmas. Prayer is the way to gain faith in the religious aspect. Prayer is our telephone to Heavenly Father in a sense. We are able to communicate with Heavenly Father all of our worries and joys. My faith grows every time I pray. I have faith that Heavenly Father hears my prayers and will deliver when I need his help and blessings. There have been times in my life when I will not pray for a while. I feel like I'm at at stand still point during those times. As... Read more →

The sacrament is a wonderful thing we are able to partake of every week. When we don't partake of it, we often feel incomplete. However, why is sacrament important? I can assure you that even I went some time not understanding the importance of the sacrament. When you're raised in the church, it's just something we do every week. "Today the sacrament is an ordinance in which Church members partake of bread and water in remembrance of Jesus Christ's atoning sacrifice. This ordinance is an essential part of worship and spiritual development. Through this ordinance, Church members renew the covenants they made with God when they were baptized." 1 It's an opportunity for our sins to be washed away, just like they were when we... Read more →

Throughout our lives, we are all going to experience pain. This pain may be from an illness, sin, or actions from someone else in our life. Although it may feel as though we have to carry these burdens all alone, we don't. I have been dealing with an illness that has dragged on for months. I often feel that no one knows how I feel or what I'm going through. Although my family has constantly been there to take care of me, sometimes it's just difficult. I've learned to really put my life in the hands of the Lord. I have received several priesthood blessings and prayers. Through my trials, I have been able to see the Lord's hand in my life. We we repent,... Read more →

These are words we always hear. Come unto Christ. What does coming unto Christ mean? I know that for me, it hasn't been an easy thing. Throughout my youth, I always went to church and had a desire to serve a mission. I recognized then and even more so now that I was just going through the motions that I had learned growing up. I didn't have a true testimony, I was living off of those around me. Coming unto Christ is done in many ways. The atonement is the main one. The atonement can be used in every aspect of our lives. I have made a few mistakes in my life and have had to learn to rely on the atonement. Without it, I... Read more →

Forgiveness is not an easy thing. There are people in my life that have wronged me and I still hold a few grudges. This is something I'm working on. Now a days, it is seen as a weakness if you show love or compassion. People's pride just gets in the way of what they should do. People hurt other people, but we are all human. Showing love should be seen as a strength. Putting yourself aside for others and not caring about how others perceive that. On July 20th, 2012, James Holmes went into a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and opened fire. Due to the act, 12 people were killed while 58 were injured. Pierce O'Farrell, 28 at the time, was one of the... Read more →

What is one thing everyone should have in common? It's love. We've been taught to love our neighbor as ourselves. Ever since we were young, the activities the church provided for us were to strengthen our own self understanding, as well as to learn to love others. Our main goal in life should be to live like Heavenly Father and return to him. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love everyone. They have a very pure love for us. The natural man makes it hard for us to love everyone. I know there are people I just can't stand and I've wondered how I'm supposed to love them. All it takes is being nice to them. Christ can help you. Rex D. Pinegar gave a talk... Read more →

Heavenly Father gave us the ability to make choices. That is something great, but it gives us the ability to make wrong decisions. We are all guilty of doing something we shouldn't have. Its human nature to do things that benefit us, even if its something we really shouldn't do. I know that I've lied about things to keep me from getting in trouble or causing problem. Although it benefited me at the time, I should have just owned up to what I had done and got on with my life. If I could go back and do that, I would. However, I chose to lie and thats something that is going to stick with me, even if it isn't something big. Through out the... Read more →

Death isn't easy for anyone. Whether it is sudden or over a period of time, it hurts those who lost that loved one. There was one story I remembered hearing about. There was a man whose family were killed in a car accident. He was in the car with his wife and three of his four children. A teenage drunk driver hit this man's car, killing his wife and two of the three children in the vehicle. Now, this was a sudden loss. The way he healed was forgiving the driver that hit them. No, it didn't happen over night. He was resentful at first but that just caused him more pain. He had to just let go, which happens to be the name of... Read more →