Fear of the Lord or Faith in the Lord

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’ve been taught that God is our loving Heavenly Father, that He is the father of our spirits and loves us with a deeper love than we can comprehend. He loved us so much that He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to die […]

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My thoughts on the history of Plural Marriage

Plural marriage is one of the most controversial historical practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I’ve read and pondered the Gospel Topic Essay, Plural Marriage in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I’ve also listened to many programs about the history of the Church which mention polygamy. My response […]

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The Power of Fasting: What it is and can and cannot do

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints fast or go without food and water at least once a month. We fast because it is a commandment, because we expect promised blessings, to serve those in need, and to become humble and closer to our Savior. Typically fast Sunday is the first Sunday […]

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My testimony

I know that Jesus Christ lives. That He is real. That He knows me and loves me. Not because I have seen Him with my eyes, but because I have felt His forgiveness, His comfort, His guidance, the power of His atonement, and His love. I’ve seen evidence of His reality thorough the joy I […]

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My testimony of Joseph Smith so far: Line upon Line

I like to write and give talks. I like pondering the topic, formulating the ideas with inspiration, and presenting–although my knees always shake. I also, pridefully, like the positive feedback. And I like being dependable. When I was sixteen or seventeen years old, I arrived at church one Sunday to discover that my name was […]

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Ode to the Locust Grove Ward: What’s in a ward?

Our family became members of the Locust Grove Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when we moved into our first house in Meridian, July 1997. In the past twenty years we had three more children (for a total of five), moved into a different house (January 2002), had five bishops (Jim […]

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Jesus Christ’s Intimate Atonement, my son’s personal experience

My ten year-old son gets a migraine headache about once a week. He’s had them since he was about six-years old, but I didn’t know he was having a migraine. He would come home from school, usually on a Wednesday, throw up and sleep for a couple of hours in a dark room. When he […]

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What being a grandma has taught me about the Father and the Son

Before I was a grandma, other grandparents told me, “Being a grandma is great. You spoil them and give them back.” Or “It was worth it to have children so I could have grandchildren.” I thought this meant that being a grandma would be even better than being a mom, because I would love my […]

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Do Mormons have more access to the Atonement?

This past Sunday in Sunday School we discussed the Atonement and how the Doctrine and Covenants teaches us more about Christ and His Atonement. The Doctrine and Covenants is a book of modern revelations which is considered scripture for Mormons or members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Since all people have […]

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Sunrise in Mexico

On our last day of our family vacation in Puerto Morales, Mexico, my husband and I got up early to watch the sunrise over the ocean. We sat in beach chairs facing east. I couldn’t see the sun at first but the world lightened slowly. Then it seemed all of a sudden that rays of […]

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