On Your Own, But Not Alone

On Your Own, But Not Alone

By Kaitlyn B. With school starting up again I have been reflecting on all the changes this school year will bring, and all my new responsibilities. I have felt very overwhelmed and I've wondered how I will be able to keep up with my school work and all my extra curricular activities, and work, and between all that trying to find time to spend with family and friends. After one long day at school I decided I needed to take a step back and look at the big picture. What really matters? As I…Read more …
Lost and Found

Lost and Found

By Kaitlyn This past summer I had the opportunity to go to BYU Provo for a week and attend Especially For Youth (EFY), a church youth summer camp. While I was there a lot of great things happened to me: I met a ton of new friends, felt the spirit, and had my testimony strengthened. Unfortunately one not so good thing happened to me as well: I lost my scriptures. For the rest of the week I searched everywhere for my scriptures. Every day I looked in the EFY lost and found, I…Read more …
Where Can I Turn for Peace?

Where Can I Turn for Peace?

By Kelci Life is stressful. Life is hard. Life is occasionally scary. Life can be harsh and difficult. Life seems to never take a timeout or rest for a minute. In a sometimes stressful and frustrating life, how do you find peace? Last week, I threw my backpack over my shoulder and walked out the door to my senior year. I have felt excitement, enthusiasm, and exhilaration for this upcoming year because I have thoroughly enjoyed high school. I've been blessed with great friends and incredible experiences. Overall, I have a good attitude…Read more …
The Power of Positivity

The Power of Positivity

By Megan A few months ago I really began to notice how negative our world is.  I watched as people were being put down and made fun for who they were.  It wasn’t just on social media, either.  I realized that it happened physically, too.  I watched as the words were taken personally, and how much they hurt.  I wanted to do something about it, so I did. [Tweet "Social media could use a little positivity."] I came up with this idea to share positive quotes on Facebook as often as I could. …Read more …
Lessons I Learned on a Mountain

Lessons I Learned on a Mountain

By Tommy Four weeks ago, I left with my brother to go to Philmont Scout Ranch, the largest scout ranch in the world. We didn’t know the troop we were leaving with because they were part of my uncle's ward. The camp was two weeks long and we hiked 65 miles in total. It was hard, but it was also one of the best experiences of my life. My brother and I learned a lot of lessons I feel are essential to personal conversion. Lesson 1: Nature is awesome. I wish I spent more…Read more …
Up to Me: Keeping the Spirit In My Home

Up to Me: Keeping the Spirit In My Home

By Jentri I don’t always get along with my family. I often fight with my siblings and that takes the spirit out of my home. So how can we bring the spirit into our homes and always have it there? I find when my family does the simple things: family scripture study, prayer, family home evening, etc., we feel the spirit.  I also feel the spirit when I help my parents or siblings even when they don’t ask. When I have a good attitude about things like cleaning my room, my family is happier and so…Read more …
Video Games and the Spirit

Video Games and the Spirit

By Tyler Being 12 years old is quite an exciting time in life.  You are finally old enough to make some of your own decisions and, after years of waiting, you are considered old enough to play certain video games. But being able to play these games comes with more responsibility. I have learned you have to be able to control: 1. How long you play them, 2. The environment you play them in, and, most importantly, 3. Pay attention to how the games you play make you feel. Video games are great,…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 …
Change

Change

By Rachel Change. Everyone goes through it. There's no way to avoid it. Life is a series of decisions and with many decisions we experience change. Sometimes change is simple, like taking a new class at school. Sometimes a serious change comes along, like moving, going away to school, serving a mission or getting a new job. Things change and change can be hard. However, the Lord does not change. The other day during church I read the words to, "Be Still My Soul."(Hymn #124) The first verse reads, "Be still, my soul:…Read more …
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 …