3 Ways to Draw Closer to Christ

3 Ways to Draw Closer to Christ

By Whitney Life is crazy--I’m sure any high school student would agree. There is school, homework, sports, work, family, church things, and the list just goes on. There is one lesson that I believe God has been trying to teach me for a long time, and I think I am finally starting to get it. That lesson is to put God first, and everything else will work out. In Philippians 4:13 it says “I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me.” I know that with the help of our Savior we…Read more …
Why Should I Keep a Journal?

Why Should I Keep a Journal?

by Whitney Keeping a journal has always been hard for me, mainly because I felt like I had nothing interesting to write about. I have so many journals with the first few pages filled out like this: About me (age, friends, family), then a daily log of my day ( I went to school. It was fun. I went to Savannah’s house after school, etc). My journals never had much meaning to me, and eventually I just stopped trying. Then I heard Brad Wilcox talk about how much he loved keeping a journal…Read more …
What is my “Individual Worth”?

What is my “Individual Worth”?

by Whitney Have you ever asked yourself "Who am I to be talented, gorgeous, brilliant, or fabulous?" Actually, who are you not to be amazing? Do you know who you are? Do you know your worth? You are a child of God! To Him you are more precious than rubies.  Unfortunately, in the world we live our worth is determined by how much money we have, where we live, what our bodies look like, what job we have, how much education we have, etc. But the Lord uses a very different scale to…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 is the Gospel of Jesus Christ Really All About?

What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ Really All About?

by Whitney One time my little three-year-old sister and I were watching the Disney movie, Tangled. When the classic Disney castle came on the screen she got really excited, pointed at the screen and said, “It’s the temple!” I smiled and told her that it was just a castle, and we watched the movie. That experience really made me think. I realized that although the castle on the screen may not be a temple, the temples are castles. Why? Because they are God’s house, and He is a king. Every week the Young…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 …
Meet the Mormons

Meet the Mormons

by Whitney There are many myths about members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more commonly known as Mormons. Here are a few common misconceptions: We only live in Utah. There are actually more members of the Church outside of the U.S. (over 8 million) than in it (over 6 million). Polygamy. In areas where Mormons aren’t very well known, they are frequently asked how many moms/wives they have. The Church officially and completely ended the practice of Polygamy in 1890. Mormons live a lifestyle similar to the Amish. Acknowledging…Read more …
Five Ways to Strengthen Your Family

Five Ways to Strengthen Your Family

by Whitney I come from a big family. I am the oldest of six kids—three boys and three girls. My parents were married and sealed in the Latter-Day Saint Salt Lake temple. We believe this means our family can be together forever. My family is so important to me and I don’t know where I would be without them.  In the scriptures we read about families since the very beginning with Adam and Eve. In the Book of Mormon, a companion scripture to the bible and another testament of Jesus Christ, it says…Read more …
Why Did We Start the “Small and Simple Truths” Blog?

Why Did We Start the “Small and Simple Truths” Blog?

By Whitney A couple of weeks ago I had a friend visit me in Utah from New Jersey. We were driving around town and drove past the temple. She was amazed by the beauty and size of the great building. She asked me what it was. I told her that it was an LDS Temple; she gave me a confused look and asked what LDS was. I told her that I was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sometimes called the LDS Church. She was still a little…Read more …
Does God Really Answer Prayers?

Does God Really Answer Prayers?

I’m sure that you have probably heard the saying “Nothing is truly lost until mom can’t find it.” Well I know for a fact that that saying is true. However, whenever I can't find something and my mom doesn’t know where it is, she always asks me this question: “Did you pray?” Prayer is something very special to me, and I know that I would be lost without it. When I pray I feel my Heavenly Father's love for me. I know that God hears and answers our prayers because He we are…Read more …