Choosing Happiness

Choosing Happiness

By Karli One of my best friends has chosen to serve a two-year LDS mission.  Recently, he spoke in church. He talked all out choosing to be happy and how we could always be happy. His topic really stuck out to me because I realized how true it was. We choose every day whether or not we are going to be happy. He said, “Every day may not be a good day but there is good in every day.” As I thought about this I realized that even on my worst of days there is…Read more …
Making Tough Choices

Making Tough Choices

By Karli Have you ever had a tough decision and the best choice was not obvious? I have.  I am a senior in high school which means that I have to choose which college I want to attend this fall. Until recently I was set on going to a university, getting out of the house and rooming with my best friend so I could have the total college experience. One Sunday afternoon I was talking to my dad and I got this feeling that my definition of the total college experience just wasn’t…Read more …
Challenges

Challenges

By Karli The last few weeks have been pretty hard on my family. Three weeks ago we learned my grandma has cancer. We didn't know what kind or how strong the cancer was at first. I was really worried because this huge challenge had just come into my life and I didn't really know what to do about it. I went to my best friend’s house that night and told her all about it and how scared I was for what was to come. The very first thing she said to me was trust…Read more …
“If You Love Me, Keep My Commandments”

“If You Love Me, Keep My Commandments”

by Karli As a teenager obedience is a hard thing. Teenagers are known for wanting to be right and I can tell you that I love when I am right. Keeping the commandments can be a hard thing for teens to do because we think we know what’s best for us. We learn obedience by example so if you are the only friend that keeps the commandments all your friends will see how you are acting and they will start to want to follow your example. A great example of this is our…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 …
Don’t Cut Corners

Don’t Cut Corners

by Karli A friend recently shared this story with me: Once there was a man's son who wanted to start up a building company. The son's dad had a friend who thought so much of his father, so he went to the boy and said," I want you to build me a house. I want it to be built out of the finest materials. There is no budget. At the end of the project call me and I will write you a check." So the boy went to work and started building the…Read more …
Why Do I Keep the Word of Wisdom?

Why Do I Keep the Word of Wisdom?

by Karli Keeping the Word of Wisdom can be a tricky thing for a teenager. There are a lot of temptations that come your way when you least expect it. I was once at a New Year’s party and a kid from my school showed up completely drunk. At the time I was a sophomore and it scared me out of my mind! It was the first time I had ever been around someone my age who had been drinking. I have never had a hard time saying no to drinking when alcohol has been…Read more …
What’s So Special About Missionary Work?

What’s So Special About Missionary Work?

by Karli On April 26th 2014, one of my very best friends got baptized. It was such a neat experience for her but it didn’t only affect her, it affected me as well. When she came out of the water she was just glowing and I could tell that she just seemed happier. All of this wouldn’t have happened without missionary work. “We don’t expect [member missionaries] to be perfect, but they need to be anxious, willing and committed to serve.” (The Essential Role of Member Missionary Work by M. Russell Ballard in the…Read more …