Lighten Your Load

Lighten Your Load

By: Megan The bell is going to ring in one minute and you are rushing down the hall to get to class when someone runs right into you. At first you may be angry, but after a quick "sorry" all is well and forgotten. It’s easy to forgive that person considering they might not have caused you much pain.  Now think about this, your best friend decides to spread a rumor about you, causing people to call you bad names. You are hurt, angry and have a hard time understanding the situation. A…Read more …
Do I Serve A Mission?

Do I Serve A Mission?

By Jace/Photo credit: poetsandquants.com Recently, my cousin came home from his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  This has made me think a lot about my mission which is coming really soon.  It has shown me how scared I am about leaving for so long but it has also shown me how to trust in the Lord more.  I used to worry about where I was going to be sent because I wanted to go somewhere exciting. Now I realize that it doesn't matter where I go because that…Read more …

Grateful In All Things

By: Kayla/photo credit:www.carolecgood.com Perhaps you have lost your job recently as the economy has continued to struggle.  You may have lost your health, or a loved one. Such circumstances can be tremendously difficult. And yet, in the midst of those trials, we can thank God because we know that He has promised to be with us, that He will help us and He loves us.  He can use times of suffering to draw us closer to Him.  Even through our struggles we have much to be thankful for. [Tweet " Even through our…Read more …
I Stand All Amazed

I Stand All Amazed

By Megan/Photo Credit:mckennastendermercies.blogspot.com One of my favorite hymns is “I Stand All Amazed.”  To me, it has the most beautiful words paired with an amazing melody.  It moves me to tears almost every time I sing it.  Why do I love it so much?   Because it is talking about Christ and what He did for me.  Let’s just take a look at the first verse: “I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me, confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me.  I tremble to know that for me…Read more …
The Importance of Education

The Importance of Education

By Stockton/Image: lds.org With school starting up I feel like it would be appropriate to share my thoughts on the importance of getting a good education. Education is going to be one of those things in life that is going to stay with us forever. In a modern-day book of scripture called the Doctrine and Covenants we learn, "Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection."  Doctrine and Covenants 130:18.   A good education will help to prepare us for any circumstance that we may stumble…Read more …
Am I Ready?

Am I Ready?

By Kaitlyn "Looking forward with an eternal perspective gives one hope, a reason to look up and feel gratitude for even the smallest bit of light.” Rosemary M. Wixom The past few months have been insane. Everything has happened so fast. I was accepted to the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. After much prayer and consideration, I decided to attend the U of U and was accepted into the NEAP program. I also decided to live on campus, to enroll in Institute, and to apply for a job at the University Hospital.…Read more …
Standing in Sacred Places

Standing in Sacred Places

By Megan/Image: windowsforreflection.com I recently had the opportunity to visit Palmyra, New York.  Palmyra is significant to me because it is where the first prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith, saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.  As a young boy of just 14 years old, Joseph Smith experienced a life changing event--an event that changed my world and everyone else’s. When my family traveled to Maine, we visited Kirtland, Ohio, Palmyra, New York, and Harmony, Pennsylvania. Kirtland and Harmony were amazing, but Palmyra was my favorite…Read more …
Lessons From the Pool: The Refiner’s Fire

Lessons From the Pool: The Refiner’s Fire

By Whitney Can I tell you something you might think is strange? When I was on the swim team in high school I always loved it when my coach yelled out her critiques of me during practice. I know that sounds weird, but her critique, her attention, made me feel important. I already knew I was't a perfect swimmer and when she yelled at me I felt like she cared about me; that she was watching me and that she knew I could improve. After every race I  talked to her about my performance. I…Read more …
Learning to Love Me

Learning to Love Me

By Kaitlyn/Image: thoughtcatalog.com I've always wondered why it is so much easier to love all God's other creations than it is to love ourselves. I see other people and I just think what wonderful and beautiful creatures they are. I can look at a waterfall or a sunset and tell God how grateful I am for His creations. Meanwhile whenever I look in the mirror, I cringe and turn away. It's not just me either, it seems as though everyone has this kind of experience, or one similar to it. Why is that?…Read more …
Isn’t it Wonderful?  Lessons from General Conference

Isn’t it Wonderful? Lessons from General Conference

By Megan/Photo Credit: littlerandomsparks Twice yearly, my church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, holds a General Conference or meeting of all its leaders and members. For me, it is one of the best times of the year.  We get to hear from the prophet, apostles and other general authorities.  They always have so much to teach us.  Through the Holy Ghost, they teach us lessons we have been yearning to learn. Our last conference as held in April 2016. It was impossible to pick a favorite talk.  They were all so…Read more …