My Brother Jacob

My Brother Jacob

By Megan My younger brother, Jake, is 12 years old.  He has an uncommon syndrome called Optiz syndrome.   It is a form of high functioning autism. Let me tell you about Jake.  He’s almost thirteen, but his mind has developed only to around the age of eight.  He goes to junior high but is in a special education class because he doesn’t learn as quickly as others.  He loves to read and enjoys Legos.  He can make amazing trucks and trailers out of those small blocks I could never dream of building.  Legos are his…Read more …
Families Can Be Together Forever

Families Can Be Together Forever

By Maddie Photo: lds.org "While I am in my early years, I'll prepare most carefully. So I can marry in God's temple for eternity." ("Families Can Be Together Forever," full lyrics and song here.) I recently participated in a hike to Ensign Peak in Salt Lake City with my youth group. After the hike, we walked down to Temple Square. It was a long walk, and very tiring, but I enjoyed spending time with my friends. As we walked around temple square, we passed by many beautiful brides and grooms. I couldn't help but…Read more …
Family

Family

By Stockton When did you last have a great time with your family? Was it yesterday, last week, possibly a month or maybe even a year ago? Believe me when I say this (even though it might not sound true at first), family members are the people in your life with whom you have the best times! Whether it’s playing sports with your sibling, finally beating one of your parents in something you’ve wanted to for so long, or even just a simple night together playing board games, there is no one better you could spend your time with.…Read more …
What’s Most Important to You?

What’s Most Important to You?

By Maddie If I asked you to tell me what is most important to you in your life right now, what would you say? Possibly your phone, or maybe sports? Others might say their friends, or their social life. There are various answers, but lately I’ve been pondering that question on my own and I’ve decided that for me, it is my family. Now you might be thinking, “A teenage girl, saying that her family is the most important thing in her life?” I know it might not be the usual answer but…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 …
Three Simple Words That Will Strengthen Your Family

Three Simple Words That Will Strengthen Your Family

By Ambree There are three simple words have changed my family and my life: Family. Home. Evening. I have grown up in a family where we hold Family Home Evening (F.H.E.) every Monday night. This is a very important night of the week for us. In my family, we start F.H.E. with a prayer and that invites the spirit in. We then have a spiritual lesson from one of my family members and that really brings the family together. The next part of family night is the activity – the fun part! We…Read more …
My Future as a Father

My Future as a Father

By Ben People always say  high school is the best time of your life and you should enjoy it while you can. Lately, more than ever, I'm think this could be true. Last weekend I heard a talk during LDS General Conference by Larry M. Gibson.  The talk was about fatherhood.  He told a story about competing with his sons in a 50/20 competition--walking 50 miles in less than 20 hours.  They all completed it and when they got home both sons collapsed in exhaustion.  He then asked the younger son if he was okay.  His…Read more …
Three Life Lessons My Great Grandmother Wants You to Know

Three Life Lessons My Great Grandmother Wants You to Know

I would like to introduce you to my great grandmother, Mildred.  She was born August 23, 1921 in a small town in Georgia.  Grandma lived in this same general area until her 90th birthday when she packed up a few things and moved across the country to live with my grandparents (who happen to live right next door to me). Over the last 3.5 years, it has been a special experience for me to have my great grandma so close by.  She is truly a remarkable, amazing, beautiful person and I want to share a…Read more …
What matters most to you?

What matters most to you?

Elder M. Russell Ballard spoke about an experience he had while visiting refugees in relief centers located in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas after Hurricane Katrina. He said, “Several of the brethren I recently visited where devastated as they began to try to put their lives back together. Their stories and situations are tragic and poignant in many ways, but in all that I heard, what touched me the most was the crying out for family: “Where is my mother?” “I can’t find my son.” “I’ve lost a sister.” These were hungry, frightened people…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 …