What do People do in Mormon Temples?

What do People do in Mormon Temples?

by Ben T. Everybody looks at the jaw dropping beauty of the LDS temples, but do they know what the purpose of the building is? I’ve been asked questions by some of my friends who have been curious about what goes on inside the temple. I hadn’t really thought about it until then, and it makes sense that they would be curious.  There are many reasons we choose to go to the beautiful buildings. Temples are a place of peace and worship where we make promises with Heavenly Father. Here are some of the main…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 …
What is the priesthood?

What is the priesthood?

by Andy .Despite the belief of many who think the priesthood is a neighborhood where all the local priests live, that is not even close!  It is even better. Some might even say that it is the best thing ever! At least I sure think so. The priesthood is the power and authority to act in God's name.  There are two types of priesthoods on the earth today - the Aaronic Priesthood and the Melchizedek Priesthood.  The Aaronic Priesthood was restored on the earth in 1829 by John the Baptist when he appeared to Joseph…Read more …
What Have I Learned About the Power of Prayer?

What Have I Learned About the Power of Prayer?

by Tommy When I was a small kid, whenever I would pray for guidance from God, I would expect to see a huge change the next day or a big sign from God showing me the answer. I hoped for a miracle to show me the way, but I now realize that prayer is a lot more than just thanking God and asking Him for help. Prayer can either be a chore we do a few times a day, or a great experience to strengthen your testimony and become a better person, with…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 …
The Purpose of Missionary Work

The Purpose of Missionary Work

by Lincoln All of my life I’ve been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – more widely known as the Mormons. I’ve grown up within a family that goes to church every week, and friends who share the same beliefs I do. In our church, we follow our prophet, who speaks directly with God, and we follow his instructions. One of the Lord’s expectations revealed by the prophet is for all able and worthy young men to serve a mission, as well as any young women with…Read more …
Five SIMPLE Ways to Spread Sunshine

Five SIMPLE Ways to Spread Sunshine

by Ambree A well known song we sing at my church provides a great reminder: "Kindness begins with me!" President Gordon B. Hinckley once asked the question, "Why do any of us have to be so mean and unkind to others? Why can’t all of us reach out in friendship to everyone about us?" Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin added, "Kindness is the essence of greatness and the fundamental characteristic of the noblest men and women I have known...Kindness is how a Christlike person treats others."   [Tweet ""Kindness is how a Christlike person treats…Read more …
Torpedoes of Temptation

Torpedoes of Temptation

by Collin Nestled under the shadow of Pike’s Peak in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, there is a large Boy Scout camp that I attended one summer. The camp was perfect for enjoying the great outdoors and offered many activities like mountain biking, rock climbing, archery, and canoeing; it even had a pool! Being a small 11-year-old boy who loved animals, I was most excited to go horseback riding, even though I had no experience with horses at all. Most of the horses had very unoriginal names like Stewey, Missouri, Sunny, or…Read more …
When Words are Not Enough: Why Music Means so Much to Me

When Words are Not Enough: Why Music Means so Much to Me

by Chantel I once read a story of a musician who wrote a song based on his experience of jumping out of a plane in war. While performing this song in front of a small audience an elderly man began to cry. When the song was over the man was still crying and when the composer explained the origin of the song he began sobbing and had to leave the room. This song contained no words but still had the power to inspire the elderly man to think about his own experience of…Read more …
Preparation

Preparation

by Ryan Last summer I had the opportunity to be a lifeguard. During lifeguard training I had to practice many life saving scenarios that I thought would never really happen. Up to that point the only thing I had seen lifeguards do was yell at people to walk or to not push people into the pool. I thought that would pretty much be the extent of my job. As you may have guessed, I was wrong. One day when I was on duty I noticed a young girl unintentionally float into the deep…Read more …