How a Comic Strengthened My Testimony

How a Comic Strengthened My Testimony

By Tommy/Photo Credit: moviepilot.com The Holy Ghost is great at teaching lessons when we don’t expect it. He helps us to absorb knowledge during talks and when we hear church leaders speak, but I’ve noticed that he can also teach and build our testimonies in unexpected ways and places. The Holy Ghost was able to teach me about the plan of salvation through the comic/cartoon “Dragon Ball Z”. Dragon Ball has absolutely nothing to do with Christianity or anything gospel related, but the Holy Ghost was able to see that the immense amount…Read more …
Unashamed: Living My Christianity

Unashamed: Living My Christianity

By Tommy Being a Christian isn’t the most popular thing to be right now. Many people mock Christians as blind fools who believe too strongly in dead people and their ancient scrolls. It’s easy to believe in Christ but hide it because you don’t want to be ridiculed. But I've found the blessings that come from living as a believer in Christ far outweigh the discomfort of an occasional rude comment. Romans 1:16 says “For I am not ashamed in the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation…Read more …
Lessons I Learned on a Mountain

Lessons I Learned on a Mountain

By Tommy Four weeks ago, I left with my brother to go to Philmont Scout Ranch, the largest scout ranch in the world. We didn’t know the troop we were leaving with because they were part of my uncle's ward. The camp was two weeks long and we hiked 65 miles in total. It was hard, but it was also one of the best experiences of my life. My brother and I learned a lot of lessons I feel are essential to personal conversion. Lesson 1: Nature is awesome. I wish I spent more…Read more …
How to Get Spiritually Hyped

How to Get Spiritually Hyped

By Tommy For the first few months of Seminary (an elective religion class I can take during my school day) I was really bad at reading my scriptures I forgot all the time, and found myself about 60 chapters behind my teacher's reading schedule. Then, in February, I finished the Doctrine and Covenants  in a little over a month. During that month, I read my scriptures and said a prayer every morning. Doing this took less than 20 minutes, but made such a difference. I was so excited about the gospel that month. It made…Read more …
Keeping Your Phone Temptation Free

Keeping Your Phone Temptation Free

By Tommy The internet is a scary place. With only two clicks you can find tons of pornography, you can say and read terrible things, or waste hours of your life watching cat videos. Every time you turn on your phone, you are only inches away from these dangers.  But I have found a really easy way to instantly build a wall against you and the evil that can reach you through your smart phone. I suggest setting an image of Christ as a wallpaper on your phone. Simple as that. There's tons…Read more …
How to Play Offense Against Evil

How to Play Offense Against Evil

By Tommy Satan is hard at work trying to bring us to his misery, and he is really, really good at it. He has control over so many people, and lots don't even know it. I loved Whitney's blog about the Armor of God (if you haven't read it, do it now, it’s really good). Defending against evil is extremely important, but there's also ways to play offense. Whitney's post talked about the sword of the Holy Ghost, and its role as the most lethal weapon with which Heavenly Father has equipped us. In my…Read more …
Life is Better with Love

Life is Better with Love

by Tommy Recently, I participated in my church’s combined youth activity. We went to our church house and played games with people who had mental disabilities. I had such a great time! When I left I realized these people lacked most things that the world has marked as cool. In the eyes of man, they are weird and different. But in reality, they have everything that God thinks is cool. They were cheerful, loving, and God fearing. It doesn’t matter that they act differently--it doesn’t matter at all. Too often I see disabled people looked…Read more …
Seeing Others as Christ Sees Them

Seeing Others as Christ Sees Them

by Tommy In the book by Allen Paton, “Cry the Beloved Country”, the main character, John Kumalo, (he is a black priest) is on his way to a town that is about 15 miles away. The book takes place in South Africa in the 1940s, so racism is at a high. He can’t take the bus, because they charge a lot more money to black men. While he starts to make the long walk to the town, a man stops by him in his car, leans out the window, and tells him that…Read more …
The Power of Forgiveness

The Power of Forgiveness

by Tommy In the Old Testament, Peter questioned Christ saying, “Lord, how often oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? The Lord responded saying, “I say not unto thee, Unity seven times; but, until seventy times seven” Sadly, the savior isn’t saying we only have to forgive 490 times. The Savior’s response to Peter was very profound. In that time, forgiveness was put behind their ideas of justice. If someone wronged you, you hurt them back, that’s just how life was. Then Jesus came saying, "Forgive…Read more …
Why is education important?

Why is education important?

by Tommy In my 11 years of schooling, I have become very accustom to hearing people say that they won’t ever need to know what the square root of 9 is in the jobs that they pick. This is probably true. You won’t ever need to know that Krypton has an atomic mass of 36, and a complete outer electron shell. But these “useless” facts are a lot more important than we think, even if we don’t use them in our future. The Lord has commanded us to learn all that we can…Read more …