Called to Serve

Called to Serve

By Lincoln Photo Credit: fbclabelle.org Over the past months, I have been preparing to serve a mission for my church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This means leaving my family, friends, school, and everything else behind for two years to share with complete strangers what I know to be true about Jesus Christ. When a missionary sends in their application, there are 418 different locations around the world where they can be sent.  They don't know where they are going, and don't really have a say in expressing any preference on…Read more …
Discovering Your Light

Discovering Your Light

By Lincoln/Photo Credit: mormonchannel.org Each of us is born with the Light of Christ within us. Whether you're a member of my faith, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or not, this gift is something each of us possesses. Throughout times in our lives, we will find the Light of Christ influencing our decisions and even affecting people that we come across. When we feel inspired to do something good, feel love or compassion for people around us, or even when we find ways to simply enjoy life, we are emulating…Read more …
Why the Shepherds?

Why the Shepherds?

By Linclon One of my favorite aspects of Christmas is the Nativity scene. I love to see Mary and Joseph, the loving parents of our Savior. Baby Jesus lays swaddled in a manger, surrounded by animals. The three wise men are nearby with their gifts for the Lord, and a new star rests gently above the scene. Each one of these characters is so special to the nativity. But my personal favorite is the shepherds who came to see the Savior. The story of the shepherds is special to me and they've gained more…Read more …
My Turn at the Crossroads

My Turn at the Crossroads

By Lincoln As I near my 18th birthday, I’ve been overwhelmed with the many decisions I’m faced with as part of growing up. Decisions such as where I want to go to school, what I want to study, and what I want to be when I grow up are some of the questions I've frequently considered during the first few months of my senior year of high school. There are a lot of decisions I’ll have to make over the next few years, and some of them will influence the rest of my life. One of…Read more …
We All Have Questions, God Has Answers

We All Have Questions, God Has Answers

By Lincoln, Photo: lds.org In one week, LDS General Conference will be upon us. General Conference is a semi-annual event where the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints speak to the world. There are six sessions in total: four for everyone, one session for women, and one for men. In total, almost 50 talks are given, with topics ranging from marriage and family to stories about aviation and World War II. General Conference is one of my favorite occasions of the year. Hearing from the Prophet and other men…Read more …
The Magic of Gratitude

The Magic of Gratitude

By Lincoln How often do you stop and look around to realize all of your blessings? For me, I usually look past the blessings I have in life. It's not that I am ungrateful, but I don't take the time I should to ponder all of the things I usually take for granted. It's such an easy thing to do really; to express gratitude for what we have. [Tweet "How often do you stop and look around to realize all of your blessings?"] What are some ways we can show appreciation for our…Read more …
Lost and Found in Service

Lost and Found in Service

By Lincoln I have just returned from a humanitarian trip to Bolivia with a group of youth from all across the country. I spent nearly three weeks in a foreign land, surrounded by foreign people and a foreign language. I was a little homesick at times and a little physically sick from some of the food I ate. Our youth group worked hard in the heat one day and in the pouring rain the next. We did our best to serve the people of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. However, in spite of our efforts,…Read more …
Who Can You Become?

Who Can You Become?

By Lincoln One of the most important things each of us can do is realize our potential and become our best self.  As children of God, all of us have the potential to become like Him.  However, many of us don’t realize this possibility. By following God’s commandments, we can one day return to His presence to live with Him. But before we can we achieve it, we need to first realize it. My favorite story of achieving full potential is the story of NBA player Harrison Barnes. Harrison is currently a starter on one of…Read more …
No Such Thing as Coincidence

No Such Thing as Coincidence

By Lincoln This past week, I had an experience that helped my faith and strengthened my assurance that God knows and loves each of us. Last Tuesday, I was planning on going to the my local LDS temple after school to do baptisms for the dead. Before my last class of the day, my mom texted me and told me she would be willing to excuse me from school to go to the temple so I could beat the after-school rush. As I pulled into the temple parking lot it was, as I had expected, rather vacant.…Read more …
Choose Happiness

Choose Happiness

By Lincoln Happiness does not happen by chance or luck. There is a lot you can do to create happiness in your life. I want to highlight two verses of scripture found in the Book of Mormon that touch on the subject of choosing right from wrong and the happiness that is at stake in that choice. The verses are honest and simple -- that's why I like them so much. The first is found in Alma 41:10: “Do not suppose… that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness.  Behold, I say…Read more …