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 …
March Madness Promises

March Madness Promises

Last week in seminary my teacher challenged us to do what we call, "March Madness." Most people think of March Madness as the college basketball championship where you fill out a bracket predicting which team will take it all, and then watch as many games as possible. Well this March Madness is different. Our seminary teacher challenged us to read the entire Book of Mormon within the month. Now asking a 17 year old to read 17 pages of the Book of Mormon each day isn't easy; but there are some great blessings promised!…Read more …
The Peace the Gospel Brings

The Peace the Gospel Brings

by Ryan L. (Guest Blogger) I recently got back from a full time mission in Scotland and Ireland for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. An LDS Missionary’s purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. God words this purpose as ‘his work and his Glory’ and describes it this way, ‘to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of…Read more …
What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ Really All About?

What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ Really All About?

by Whitney One time my little three-year-old sister and I were watching the Disney movie, Tangled. When the classic Disney castle came on the screen she got really excited, pointed at the screen and said, “It’s the temple!” I smiled and told her that it was just a castle, and we watched the movie. That experience really made me think. I realized that although the castle on the screen may not be a temple, the temples are castles. Why? Because they are God’s house, and He is a king. Every week the Young…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 …
Five Ways to Strengthen Your Family

Five Ways to Strengthen Your Family

by Whitney I come from a big family. I am the oldest of six kids—three boys and three girls. My parents were married and sealed in the Latter-Day Saint Salt Lake temple. We believe this means our family can be together forever. My family is so important to me and I don’t know where I would be without them.  In the scriptures we read about families since the very beginning with Adam and Eve. In the Book of Mormon, a companion scripture to the bible and another testament of Jesus Christ, it says…Read more …
Why Did We Start the “Small and Simple Truths” Blog?

Why Did We Start the “Small and Simple Truths” Blog?

By Whitney A couple of weeks ago I had a friend visit me in Utah from New Jersey. We were driving around town and drove past the temple. She was amazed by the beauty and size of the great building. She asked me what it was. I told her that it was an LDS Temple; she gave me a confused look and asked what LDS was. I told her that I was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sometimes called the LDS Church. She was still a little…Read more …
Why Do We Study the Scriptures?

Why Do We Study the Scriptures?

By Ambree When I turned 12 and started going to Young Women’s (a youth group that meets weekly at my church), I also tried reading the Book of Mormon because my leaders rewarded us if we did. I noticed that when I was reading the Book of Mormon I wasn’t really paying attention to the words and stories. My mind would wander off on different things, and this frustrated me. I didn’t know why we were supposed to read the Book of Mormon, because I felt like I wasn’t learning anything. I started…Read more …
Why do I Believe Joseph Smith was a Prophet?

Why do I Believe Joseph Smith was a Prophet?

by Clancey It was some time ago that I “just believed” in Joseph Smith. My whole life I had believed in him but didn’t know he was truly a prophet chosen by God. Then not too long ago, I had watched a movie about Joseph Smith. I also read the Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith, which is just before the Book of Mormon. I prayed to God and asked if these things were true. My answer came, and it was yes. Who was Joseph Smith? He was a latter-day prophet of The Church…Read more …
What is the Restoration?

What is the Restoration?

by Lincoln This past summer I visited the Sacred Grove in Palmyra, New York. This is where Joseph Smith, a young boy who was seeking gospel truth, went to pray after reading James 1:5. I was able to go into the trees and experience the same area where Joseph knelt in prayer. It was a very special experience. I imagined what it would have been like to be Joseph Smith, and have God appear to me. The impression of the Holy Ghost I had was so strong, that it left me no doubt in…Read more …