The Tree

The Tree

By Rachel About three years ago, my mom and I set out to trim a tree in our back yard.  A Weeping Mulberry is an interesting tree.  Instead of branches that grow upward, it has long, spindly branches that cascade toward the ground.   It looks pretty from the outside, but when it is left unpruned it begins to conceal a precarious secret.  As the branches die, they become sharp and knotted together making them very difficult and even dangerous to remove.  In the spring, new growth appears and camouflages the ugly dead branches underneath.  Year…Read more …
Goals

Goals

By Stockton Goals are a very important part of any successful person’s life. It is important to set goals and have a plan because goals provide direction; a center from which you can base your choices. For example, if you want to one day become a doctor, you must make choices that will get you closer to that goal. You need to go to medical school, learn things that doctors do, and set up a plan for how you will get there. When you achieve a goal, especially a long term goal, you get such…Read more …
Be Kind.

Be Kind.

By Kaity Everyone you meet is fighting  battle you know nothing about; be kind. No one is perfect. If no one is perfect, then no one is exempt from pain or suffering. If no one is exempt from pain or suffering, then no one has it easy. And if no one has it easy, then we must all be compassionate and kind. We are all sons or daughters of our Heavenly Father and we are all fighting battles. Every single person that has lived, is living, or will live on this earth will…Read more …
Thankfulness

Thankfulness

By Kayla Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It's a great time of year to turn our thoughts to our blessings and all we are grateful and thankful for. The scriptures tell us in D&C 78:19, "And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.” In D&C 59 we also read, “Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things." This Thanksgiving will you take the time to thank the Lord thy God in all things?…Read more …
Everyone is a Missionary

Everyone is a Missionary

By Kyle In my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, there is a great focus on missionary work. We believe our greatest and most important duty is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Formal missionaries in my faith are people who accept a calling to go to a place other than home to teach the gospel to others for a period of time, accompanied by others doing to same. What most don’t realize is that we are all missionaries. When a person does missionary work all they’re doing, in a…Read more …
The Power of Service

The Power of Service

By Jentri (Photo Credit: lds.org) I like doing service for my elderly neighbor.  I help him with various different things. Some of the things I do for him are smaller than others, but he is always very appreciative of what I do-- whether it's something small or something big. I can always tell he is happy for the help. When I serve people, it not only helps me and makes me happy, but it also helps the person I am serving and also makes them happy. We all have had the opportunity to do service. All…Read more …
Unashamed: Living My Christianity

Unashamed: Living My Christianity

By Tommy Being a Christian isn’t the most popular thing to be right now. Many people mock Christians as blind fools who believe too strongly in dead people and their ancient scrolls. It’s easy to believe in Christ but hide it because you don’t want to be ridiculed. But I've found the blessings that come from living as a believer in Christ far outweigh the discomfort of an occasional rude comment. Romans 1:16 says “For I am not ashamed in the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation…Read more …
Lost and Found

Lost and Found

By Liz The last several months have been a time of  transition for me. I started college and I felt I was on my own, to make my own decisions, for the first time in my life. Regarding church, my attitude was, “My parents aren’t around to tell me I have to go. My school friends aren’t around to drag me to Young Women’s anymore. Relief Society is for old people. I am now free to do whatever I want on Sundays and define the church for myself.” I decided I was going…Read more …