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 →

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 →

We are all pioneers in one way or another. The definition of a pioneer in the Oxford English Dictionary is "one who goes before, showing others the way to follow". And isn't that true for almost all of us? We may not have had to cross the plains and lose our loved ones to make it to the Salt Lake Valley, but we help guide others. The prophet and his council are prime examples of pioneers, they show us the way to follow. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we can show others the way to follow by being an example and sharing our testimony. It's our job to look inside and find that pioneer. In a talk President Thomas... 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 →

You don't have to be set apart to be a missionary. Not every member of the Latter-Day Saints church are going to go on a mission, perhaps due disabilities or personal reasons. However that does not mean that those people can't be missionaries. I, personally, wanted to serve a mission. Sadly, due to certain circumstances, I was not able to. This took a toll on me. I came to realize, though, that I can still be a missionary. I'm able to help those around me and do Heavenly Fathers work. What we should all ponder on is how we are able to serve the fellow men around us. Richard G. Scott gave a talk during the October 1997 conference called "Why Every Member a Missionary?"... Read more →