The Power of Music

The Power of Music

By Guest blogger Spencer Wood This summer I went to the Dominican Republic for a humanitarian trip. During our travels our HEFY group went on a catamaran tour and visited some incredible places. Near the end, our tour guides, who didn't speak any English, turned on music and taught us to dance. Although we could not understand each other, we had a blast and made some new friends. Music impacts everyone and allows us to connect with others. It allows us to be creative and express ourselves. Music is very important to my family and me. There…Read more …
Finding Light

Finding Light

By Sister Haylee Tate (Currently serving in Lansing, Michigan as a Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) What is light?  In a literal sense, it is what makes sight possible.  It is brightness, illumination, and the source of life.  Light is also attributed to the gospel in the sense that it is intelligence, truth, understanding, discernible, good, and that which dispels darkness.  There are many situations and events that teach us about light and the effect that it has on us. Here are five that have struck me:  1. JSH…Read more …
Wave Your Banner with Gusto and Joy

Wave Your Banner with Gusto and Joy

By Kerry (Guest Blogger) Forty-three years after I left BYU, I'm back.  Going back to school is really hard for me, but I love the Book of Mormon class where I am really studying the scriptures and learning so much. One of my assignments this week was to watch a video clip of President Hinckley’s October 2003 conference talk: “An Ensign to the Nation, a Light to the World.” I love President Hinckley and decided to listen to the entire talk, and I wanted to share some thoughts I had about his testimony…Read more …
Don’t Wait to be Happy

Don’t Wait to be Happy

by Kelci (Guest Blogger) “Stop waiting for Friday, for Summer, for someone to fall in love with you, for life. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting and make the most of the moment you’re in now.” Too often we picture happiness as an end goal. We become caught up in the illusion that there’s always something just beyond our reach that could bring us happiness: obtaining an expensive material item, a better financial situation, the ending of a difficult trial. Elder Uchtdorf taught, “The older we get, the more we look back…Read more …
Finding Faith in Failure

Finding Faith in Failure

By Guest Blogger Emma We’ve all been down that path. You know, the one where we are feeling so down on ourselves because nothing seems to be going right. Everything seems to being going exactly opposite of what's planned and we can’t see anything but the negative. Sometimes we fail. That’s life. Often times when we’re not successful we look back and start throwing out the “Would-a, could-a, should-a’s.” We start asking ourselves what we could have or should have done better in order to succeed. Maybe you were cut at tryouts for…Read more …
We Are All Cakes

We Are All Cakes

By Guest Blogger Amber Everyone goes through trials daily. Without them, we wouldn't be able to become stronger. I've learned a few things due to obstacles throughout my life.  One of those things is that I wouldn't be able to get through hardships without our Savior and His love. [Tweet "I wouldn't be able to get through hardships without our Savior and His love."] I like to think about an analogy a speaker once shared with me: We are all cakes. At first I thought it was weird, until he started talking about…Read more …
Inspirational Interactive Storybooks for Kids

Inspirational Interactive Storybooks for Kids

By Eric I simply love children’s books. The idea of digging deep into my imagination and telling a story with pictures and characters seemed amazing. Many evenings were spent in deep imagination with pen and pencil in hopes of following a dream. Fast forward a couple of decades and I find myself working as a graphic designer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My workspace is typical; a computer, phone, and job folders. Some days it feels like there is very little time to think about being creative, deadlines loom…Read more …
Every Person has Goodness Within

Every Person has Goodness Within

By Guest Blogger Kaitlyn B. I know for a fact that every person who has lived and will ever life on this earth has goodness in them. Even serial killers and other criminals. God doesn't make mistakes. Every person he has created has goodness and so much potential. If we all didn't have good in us why would we be here? The more I know a person, the more goodness I see, and the more I love them. [Tweet "The more I know a person, the more goodness I see, and the more…Read more …
How Can We Support Our Parents?

How Can We Support Our Parents?

By Guest Blogger Brequel At our last Stake Conference, the Elder leading the meeting asked our newly called Stake President to keep his hands in the air. He then told the new counselors in the Stake Presidency they could help him after he had already held his hands up for about 5 minutes because in a very real way the counselors were helping the Stake president hold up the responsibility of his calling. This could also be a metaphor for parents and children. Parenthood isn't a calling in church. You don't get asked…Read more …
The Imperfect Art of Perfection

The Imperfect Art of Perfection

By Guest Blogger Eric The scripture “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Heavenly Father which is in heaven in perfect” (Matthew 5:48), has often caused me to groan in despair. The idea of reaching perfection seems so impossible; why even try? I recall having similar feelings of inadequacy while attending art school. My drawings often looked rough and sloppy. I could see the finished result perfectly in my mind, but transferring that vision to my hands was nearly impossible. I was fortunate to be surrounded by instructors who would help me recognize…Read more …