Conference Talks

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 →

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 →

There are many times in life that we wonder "why is this happening to me?" When we have struggles and hardships, we are often not able to see the overall picture. People tend to wallow in self-pity and blame Heavenly Father for everything they are going through. God really wants us to gain knowledge from these times. I have an experience where I was able to help someone because of my trials. My health has not been very good and it kept dragging out for months. There were times I wondered why Heavenly Father was not letting me know what was wrong and was letting it go on. My mother would go into my doctors appointments with me and they would ask her if she... 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 →

My family travels several times a year, every year. They mainly travel to Europe and I have had many marvelous opportunities of traveling with them. What we do when we travel is serve others. Sure, we go and sight see, but that isn't the purpose of our travels. There have been many times when my parents want to travel to one country that trip and it doesn't work out. They end up somewhere the Lord needs them. We have met many people during our travels. We have friends ranging from Ireland and England to Italy and Russia. We help them and they help us. I have seen the blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon my family and others through these travels. I recently just... 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 →

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 →