Church Leaders

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 →

Some people believe that if you just have faith in something God is going to give it to you. Sadly, it doesn't work that way. Although we may have faith in something that we want, it doesn't mean that it's something Heavenly Father wants for us. It may not be in our plan or best interest. I know some people that have had faith that a family member will make it through an illness. Those people sometimes pass away. Occasionally, the family will then scorn God and blame him. Why can't we have faith that Heavenly Father knows what he is doing? Why must we make it all about what we want and not what we need. We can learn from things that don't go... Read more →

Being Mormon can be very difficult and trying at times. I know, in relationships, I have a difficult time. It seems like every guy I've been interested in says it won't work out because of my religion. Why is it so difficult at times? Sometimes we may feel lonely and out of place and wonder why. The right thing can be very hard at times. However, we must stand firm and know that we are doing what we need to and that we are never alone. Even outside our religion, leaders sometimes stand alone. Look at presidents, for example. They sometimes have to make the executive decision to take action which, in turn, may cause an uproar among Americans. Not everyone is going to stand... 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 →

Faith is a difficult thing to have and yet it's so simple. I know many people who lack it, I do as well at times. I grew up watching my parents. They were wonderful examples of those who live with faith. When times got rough, they would turn to Heavenly Father and would tell me "have faith and things will be okay". I'm going through a time in my life where all I can do is have faith. I feel as though I'm walking into the unknown. As someone who suffers from anxiety and panic attacks, this is no easy task. I just have to remind myself that if I have faith, Heavenly Father will deliver and help me through the darkness. That being said,... Read more →

Many people want to be leaders. It's something that people love to do. Leading can be big, like the president of the United States of America, or small, leading a team project in school. I remember how in elementary school, we would line up in a straight line when we would leave the class to go to lunch or the library. I was always happy when I was at the front of the line. However, I was just as happy being the last person in line. Why is that? Well, to be a wonderful leader, you must be a great follower. We should be prepared to lead when asked to and follow when someone else has been. You can learn many great and marvelous things... Read more →

Have you read the Book of Mormon lately? Like actually sat down and read it. No, reading a little in front of Sunday School does not count. I've found myself guilty of skipping on my scripture reading. Lately, I've made it a point to take time out of my busy day and my late nights of Netflix to read. Many people, like myself, have been given the privilege of being born into the LDS church. Even though I was born into it, I often ask myself, am I truly a member? Sure, I am by the way of baptism, but am I spiritually a member? Even those that are born into the church need to be converted in a way and gain a testimony. Elder... Read more →

We all know that it is nearly impossible for kids to sit through all of the General Conference sessions, even if you only watch the Sunday sessions with them. I'm sure, as a kid, you thought it was incredibly boring. There were no cartoons, nothing directed towards the little ones in the audience, and you had to sit there for TWO hours per session! Man, those days were rough. As you've grown, though, you've come to understand how important and wonderful General Conference really is. Why not make it wonderful for your children as well? Here are five ways to share the beauty of General Conference with your kids: Make a list of the Presidency and apostles. When that person gives a talk, have them... Read more →

President Henry B. Eyring is known for being the current First Counselor in the First Presidency of the LDS church, under President Thomas S. Monson. Before President Gordon B. Hinckley's death, President Eyring was the Second Counselor in the First Presidency. His full name is Henry Bennion Eyring and he was born May 31, 1933 in Princeton, New Jersey. These are pretty basic and well known facts, but did you know this about him: Eyring was born into the family of Henry Eyring and Mildred Bennion Eyring. Henry Eyring was the dean of the University of Utah and the president of the American Chemical Society. President Eyring was the nephew of the 12th prophet of the LDS church, President Spencer W. Kimball. President Eyring's aunt,... Read more →