Feelings Around a Campfire

Feelings Around a Campfire

By: Stockton/photo credit Sam Howzit This month I had the opportunity to go to Wyoming for a youth conference with my ward.  It was a fun experience because we were able to do many enjoyable things such as white water rafting and a ropes course. We stayed in little bunking cabins and although we didn’t get much sleep, it was nice to have some form of shelter other than a tent. Our last night there we all gathered around a campfire where we shared our feelings and testimonies about the gospel of Jesus…Read more …
How a Comic Strengthened My Testimony

How a Comic Strengthened My Testimony

By Tommy/Photo Credit: moviepilot.com The Holy Ghost is great at teaching lessons when we don’t expect it. He helps us to absorb knowledge during talks and when we hear church leaders speak, but I’ve noticed that he can also teach and build our testimonies in unexpected ways and places. The Holy Ghost was able to teach me about the plan of salvation through the comic/cartoon “Dragon Ball Z”. Dragon Ball has absolutely nothing to do with Christianity or anything gospel related, but the Holy Ghost was able to see that the immense amount…Read more …
How to Play Offense Against Evil

How to Play Offense Against Evil

By Tommy Satan is hard at work trying to bring us to his misery, and he is really, really good at it. He has control over so many people, and lots don't even know it. I loved Whitney's blog about the Armor of God (if you haven't read it, do it now, it’s really good). Defending against evil is extremely important, but there's also ways to play offense. Whitney's post talked about the sword of the Holy Ghost, and its role as the most lethal weapon with which Heavenly Father has equipped us. In my…Read more …
What is the Armor of God?

What is the Armor of God?

Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. -Ephesians 6 by Whitney In life we need protection. Life is a battle everyday. Our battles may not be the same as ancient ones, but the are just as bad. The Apostle Paul said, "We wrestle not against flesh and blood,but against... spiritual wickedness." In this battle we are in, we need to decide now whose side we are on. Richard G. Scott said, "Stay on the Lord's side and you will win…Read more …
The Still Small Voice

The Still Small Voice

by Clancey I remember my second day of high school, when I met an exchange student from Pakistan. She was in my Spanish class; we sat by each other. And little did I know that we would be best friends. I would always sit by the same friends everyday. It almost never changed, because we all had the same lunch. But then one day, I had a feeling. It was a pleasant and soft and warm feeling. It stuck out to me that I needed to sit by her—an exchange student from Pakistan,…Read more …
Does Music Affect the Way I Think and Feel?

Does Music Affect the Way I Think and Feel?

by Ambree A year ago, I had the opportunity attend E.F.Y. (Especially for Youth), which is an amazing program focused on youth ages 14-18 years old. This week-long experience changed my life for the better! One class that I will never forget was about how music can be a negative or positive influence on people’s attitudes. The instructor started the class by playing a piece of music that had a beautiful arrangement of the piano, the violin, and the flute. I instantly felt peaceful, happy, and relaxed. I could feel God’s spirit enter…Read more …
Five SIMPLE Ways to Spread Sunshine

Five SIMPLE Ways to Spread Sunshine

by Ambree A well known song we sing at my church provides a great reminder: "Kindness begins with me!" President Gordon B. Hinckley once asked the question, "Why do any of us have to be so mean and unkind to others? Why can’t all of us reach out in friendship to everyone about us?" Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin added, "Kindness is the essence of greatness and the fundamental characteristic of the noblest men and women I have known...Kindness is how a Christlike person treats others."   [Tweet ""Kindness is how a Christlike person treats…Read more …
Torpedoes of Temptation

Torpedoes of Temptation

by Collin Nestled under the shadow of Pike’s Peak in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, there is a large Boy Scout camp that I attended one summer. The camp was perfect for enjoying the great outdoors and offered many activities like mountain biking, rock climbing, archery, and canoeing; it even had a pool! Being a small 11-year-old boy who loved animals, I was most excited to go horseback riding, even though I had no experience with horses at all. Most of the horses had very unoriginal names like Stewey, Missouri, Sunny, or…Read more …
When Words are Not Enough: Why Music Means so Much to Me

When Words are Not Enough: Why Music Means so Much to Me

by Chantel I once read a story of a musician who wrote a song based on his experience of jumping out of a plane in war. While performing this song in front of a small audience an elderly man began to cry. When the song was over the man was still crying and when the composer explained the origin of the song he began sobbing and had to leave the room. This song contained no words but still had the power to inspire the elderly man to think about his own experience of…Read more …
Prayer and Public Speaking

Prayer and Public Speaking

By Nate I was recently asked to give a talk at my church’s Youth Conference reunion—a feat which I chose to make seem impossible. I walked up to the podium and started the obligatory shaking and sweating; a total nervous wreck-and-a-half.  I hashed out my comments in about a minute out of panic. To my surprise, my leaders later told my father that my comments were thoughtful and well spoken. I’ve always felt I do a poor job speaking publicly, but there are a couple of things that always help me through the…Read more …