Healthy Body, Mind and Faith

Healthy Body, Mind and Faith

By Ben/Photo Credit: twincities.com Keeping our bodies healthy is very important.  That doesn’t mean just having a healthy physical body but an emotionally healthy spirit as well.  We can always work on something even if we think we are doing well.  Life is hard and can sometimes get the best of us; we need to be ready for trials in all aspects of life. I have been extremely blessed competing in a sport that includes 17-inch blades and physically demanding exercises that make most people hold their backs in pain just watching.  This…Read more …
What Can Melt Your Frozen Heart?

What Can Melt Your Frozen Heart?

By Ben T. This year in high school I decided I to take an Art/English class called Humanities.  They told us it would be a little different from the other classes and we would be thinking more outside of the box.  So far it has been a great experience and I look forward to class. Each day, we are given a small prompt at the beginning of class and are encouraged to draw what comes to mind.  I am no artist, but it has helped me think in a different way and see what…Read more …
Who is Your Role Model?

Who is Your Role Model?

By Ben T. Everyone has someone that they want to be like whether it is your father, mother, or even a favorite athlete.  I like to think of these people as role models.  The definition of a role model is, “a person looked to by others as an example to be imitated.” When I think of role models in my life, my parents are the first to come to mind.  I then think of big name sport stars that I've always looked up to.  After that, I think of my coaches I try so…Read more …
Land of the Free

Land of the Free

By Ben This Fourth of July I spent some time pondering the greatness of the United States of America. My mom is a Japanese citizen and she has decided she wants to become an American citizen.  As I watch her study hard for the citizenship test, I'm seeing with new eyes that living in this country is such a privilege.  Surprisingly, I had never heard of some of the things in her study materials! It makes me want to learn about the past and care for the future by doing things now. I thought about this also because…Read more …
My Future as a Father

My Future as a Father

By Ben People always say  high school is the best time of your life and you should enjoy it while you can. Lately, more than ever, I'm think this could be true. Last weekend I heard a talk during LDS General Conference by Larry M. Gibson.  The talk was about fatherhood.  He told a story about competing with his sons in a 50/20 competition--walking 50 miles in less than 20 hours.  They all completed it and when they got home both sons collapsed in exhaustion.  He then asked the younger son if he was okay.  His…Read more …
Who is Your Best Friend?

Who is Your Best Friend?

By: Ben T. Almost everyone has friends they are close to and with whom they share many experiences.  The ideal friend is loyal, trustworthy, happy, caring, and many other things.  You want people with these qualities in your life.  In order to have friends you need to be a good friend.   It’s a two way deal that requires your effort. Our earthly best friends are great, but nothing can compare to our Father in Heaven.  He would give you that last piece of candy, bring you a Slurpee when you’re feeling down, or lend you…Read more …
What can you do when there’s nothing left to do?

What can you do when there’s nothing left to do?

By Ben T. Have you ever felt you are hopeless and so useless?  I feel this especially when I lose things that I cherish or need in my life.  Some may say move on but I know something else that can help a lot. When I feel this way, I get on my knees and pray to my Heavenly Father.  You do not need to say specific memorized words to pray to Him; you can say anything that comes from your heart. Sometimes you may not be able to pray if you are…Read more …
How Can Serving Others Benefit Everyone?

How Can Serving Others Benefit Everyone?

by Ben T. Winter is coming up, and it is the season of giving. When I think of winter I also think of snow. This season also brings along great duties. Some neighborhood kids and I go and snow shovel peoples driveways that may need it during this time. I always thought it was troublesome to shovel snow knowing that it would snow again the next day. I often asked myself if the people even cared. One day me and my friend were asked to go shovel this elderly couple’s driveway.   We got…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 …