Why Does God Give Us Trials?

Why Does God Give Us Trials?

Our Heavenly Father doesn’t put trials in our lives because He hates us or to punish us.  He does it because He loves us.  Now, that might seem like a weird way to say I love you, but He just wants us to be able to learn and grow.   We came to this Earth to gain a body and to learn through our experience so that we could return to live with Him again someday.  Well, we all obviously have a physical body! So what it really comes down to now is…Read more …
Lessons from Lily

Lessons from Lily

by Rachel This year on my cheer team we have what we call an Honorary Cheerleader. Her name is Lily, and she has Down Syndrome. This has been a wonderful opportunity for my team, but especially for me. Lily is a ball full of sunshine. She comes to 6 a.m. practice, cheers at all the football games, and performs with us at half times and assemblies. I have had a special assignment to help Lily learn cheers, the school song and other cheer related things. In turn Lily has taught me things that can’t be…Read more …
Why is education important?

Why is education important?

by Tommy In my 11 years of schooling, I have become very accustom to hearing people say that they won’t ever need to know what the square root of 9 is in the jobs that they pick. This is probably true. You won’t ever need to know that Krypton has an atomic mass of 36, and a complete outer electron shell. But these “useless” facts are a lot more important than we think, even if we don’t use them in our future. The Lord has commanded us to learn all that we can…Read more …
The Beauty of the Temple

The Beauty of the Temple

by Lincoln  Many people wonder what life after earth is like. Some believe in heaven and hell. Others believe there is nothing. Many people aren’t sure. But I know that through the blessings of the temple, families can be sealed together for time and all eternity. Here on earth, God has commanded for there to be temples built all across the world. Temples are the most sacred and special buildings to our Heavenly Father, and within their walls, we are able to make eternal promises with Him. One of these sacred ordinances includes eternal…Read more …
The Still Small Voice

The Still Small Voice

by Clancey I remember my second day of high school, when I met an exchange student from Pakistan. She was in my Spanish class; we sat by each other. And little did I know that we would be best friends. I would always sit by the same friends everyday. It almost never changed, because we all had the same lunch. But then one day, I had a feeling. It was a pleasant and soft and warm feeling. It stuck out to me that I needed to sit by her—an exchange student from Pakistan,…Read more …
Does Music Affect the Way I Think and Feel?

Does Music Affect the Way I Think and Feel?

by Ambree A year ago, I had the opportunity attend E.F.Y. (Especially for Youth), which is an amazing program focused on youth ages 14-18 years old. This week-long experience changed my life for the better! One class that I will never forget was about how music can be a negative or positive influence on people’s attitudes. The instructor started the class by playing a piece of music that had a beautiful arrangement of the piano, the violin, and the flute. I instantly felt peaceful, happy, and relaxed. I could feel God’s spirit enter…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 is Charity?

What is Charity?

by Alex It was a Friday and there was big football game but it wasn't a home game. I overheard one of my friends say that she was not going to attend. I asked her why and she told me that she did not have any money to get in. The cost was only four dollars. I felt that wasn't a reason a student shouldn't be able to support her school. I told her that I would pay for her to go, and she was very grateful. After the game I was cleaning…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 …
Service Is Effective Medicine

Service Is Effective Medicine

by Kaity Common complaints of the youth today may be about the pressures of school, friends, lack of sleep, car problems, or parental restrictions. To the youth that feel this way, I suggest an effective medicine to cure your problems. Lay your books aside for a few hours, leave your phone, and go visit someone who is lonely, someone who is sick, or someone who is discouraged. Oftentimes, if you have complaints about your life, it is because you are thinking too much of what concerns you and not of what may concern…Read more …