Why do I choose to be sexually pure?

Why do I choose to be sexually pure?

by Rachel Ever since I was little, I’ve been taught that sexual intimacy is to be between a man and woman sealed in the power of marriage. An intimate relationship within marriage is something very special and important. It helps a husband and wife express love and tenderness and also to bring children into the world. It is a part of marriage that should be personal and held with deep regard. The world has a much different view of sexuality. TV, music, movies, the Internet often promote the idea that sexual intimacy is…Read more …
The Worth of Souls is Great

The Worth of Souls is Great

By Rachel This past Christmas I had the opportunity of watching the classic movie, "It's a Wonderful Life." I'm sure most of you have seen it, but in this film we get to know George Bailey and the influence he had on other people. He runs a family business of banking and loans. It comes to a difficult time in his life where he's in debt, and is severely depressed. One night he considers committing suicide and is convinced that things would be much better if he had never been born. In that…Read more …
What is the Greatest Gift Man Has Ever Received?

What is the Greatest Gift Man Has Ever Received?

by Rachel A few years ago at Christmas time, my family and I had the opportunity of meeting a man named Robert.   The lines and creases on his face made him look older than 62. His body was frail and bent. He had a gray beard and soft brown eyes. Robert had been diagnosed with a persistent lung disease that left him struggling to breathe. Although physically, he had some real challenges, there was something endearing in his smile and a sparkle in his eyes. We could sense a kindness in his spirit and…Read more …
Gratitude: A Key to a Happy Life

Gratitude: A Key to a Happy Life

by Rachel Before you start reading this, promise me that sometime today you'll find the time to go outside, stand there, look up at the sky, and contemplate how great life is. Okay, continue reading. (: Whether it's the beautiful San Diego beach my family visits for Christmas or up in the gorgeous mountains of Northern Salt Lake, my absolute favorite place to be is the outdoors.  Question: Why is your favorite place outside where there's bugs, it's cold, and you probably can't get very good internet service? Answer: Because there is something…Read more …
Lessons from Lily

Lessons from Lily

by Rachel This year on my cheer team we have what we call an Honorary Cheerleader. Her name is Lily, and she has Down Syndrome. This has been a wonderful opportunity for my team, but especially for me. Lily is a ball full of sunshine. She comes to 6 a.m. practice, cheers at all the football games, and performs with us at half times and assemblies. I have had a special assignment to help Lily learn cheers, the school song and other cheer related things. In turn Lily has taught me things that can’t be…Read more …
What Did I Learn from General Conference?

What Did I Learn from General Conference?

Every six months, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints meet in a General Conference to hear from modern-day apostles and prophets, as well as other church leaders.  The most recent conference was held on October 4th and 5th. We asked the youth at Small and Simple Truths what they learned at this most recent conference.  Here is what they said: Kaity While listening to General Conference I increased my knowledge about God's love for me. A few talks spoke specifically about God's love for us. But besides these, every…Read more …
What’s So Great About General Conference?

What’s So Great About General Conference?

We asked the youth at Small and Simple Truths what they like most about General Conference.  Here are their responses.  Feel free to "Click to Tweet" your favorite!   Liz The typical primary kid answer to why I like General Conference would be because of the spirit I feel when I listen. The spirit that fills my whole home as the Prophets voice can be heard on a radio or TV in almost every room. But for me its not only the feeling I get or the things that I learn. Its the…Read more …
Is What You’re Doing Now Getting You Closer to Where You Want to Be Tomorrow? 

Is What You’re Doing Now Getting You Closer to Where You Want to Be Tomorrow? 

by Rachel I am your average junior in high school. Every day I am faced with a countless number of decisions that will ultimately determine the outcome of my future. Will these choices help me to serve a mission, get married in the temple, get as much education as possible, provide me with more opportunities in the future, etc. That's a scary thought for some kids. Elder Richard G. Scott gave us some great advice: "Think of the long view of life, not just what’s going to happen today or tomorrow. Don’t give up…Read more …
Five Ways to Be a Happier High School Student

Five Ways to Be a Happier High School Student

by Rachel Dear Summer 2k14, You deserve a speeding ticket. You will be missed. Sincerely, Everyone. Well hello high school. We meet again. Most people aren't too excited for school to start. It can be intimidating, boring, and even put some of us to sleep.  I know I have felt all of those things before. But since school is here and there is just not a way to make summer last forever, I have come up with five ways to have a great school year.  These suggestions have really helped me and maybe…Read more …
Five Things Young Women Look for in Young Men

Five Things Young Women Look for in Young Men

by Rachel (Ladies, check out my brother's blog Five Things Young Men Look for in Young Women) This past month while writing this blog, I wanted to find out what qualities girls look for in boys they date and what is most important in a future spouse. So I texted a bunch of the girls in my contacts, and I asked the question on my Facebook page. Now, while this isn’t a scientific study, it seems to be a pretty good measuring stick. Of course, nobody is perfect. We all have our flaws,…Read more …