“If You Love Me, Keep My Commandments”

“If You Love Me, Keep My Commandments”

by Karli As a teenager obedience is a hard thing. Teenagers are known for wanting to be right and I can tell you that I love when I am right. Keeping the commandments can be a hard thing for teens to do because we think we know what’s best for us. We learn obedience by example so if you are the only friend that keeps the commandments all your friends will see how you are acting and they will start to want to follow your example. A great example of this is our…Read more …
How Do I Know Jesus Loves Me?

How Do I Know Jesus Loves Me?

by Travis (Guest Blogger) How do I know that my Savior loves me? There was a time where I was asking this very same question in my own life. I knew that God lives and that Jesus in the Christ, but how was I to know that Jesus knows me and loves me personally when there are so many people that live, have lived and will live on the earth? For starters I prayed and fasted to know for myself and to have my own testimony that Christ loves me, just as I…Read more …
Why Does God Give Us Trials?

Why Does God Give Us Trials?

Our Heavenly Father doesn’t put trials in our lives because He hates us or to punish us.  He does it because He loves us.  Now, that might seem like a weird way to say I love you, but He just wants us to be able to learn and grow.   We came to this Earth to gain a body and to learn through our experience so that we could return to live with Him again someday.  Well, we all obviously have a physical body! So what it really comes down to now is…Read more …
What is my “Individual Worth”?

What is my “Individual Worth”?

by Whitney Have you ever asked yourself "Who am I to be talented, gorgeous, brilliant, or fabulous?" Actually, who are you not to be amazing? Do you know who you are? Do you know your worth? You are a child of God! To Him you are more precious than rubies.  Unfortunately, in the world we live our worth is determined by how much money we have, where we live, what our bodies look like, what job we have, how much education we have, etc. But the Lord uses a very different scale to…Read more …
What Did I Learn from General Conference?

What Did I Learn from General Conference?

Every six months, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints meet in a General Conference to hear from modern-day apostles and prophets, as well as other church leaders.  The most recent conference was held on October 4th and 5th. We asked the youth at Small and Simple Truths what they learned at this most recent conference.  Here is what they said: Kaity While listening to General Conference I increased my knowledge about God's love for me. A few talks spoke specifically about God's love for us. But besides these, every…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 …
Is What You’re Doing Now Getting You Closer to Where You Want to Be Tomorrow? 

Is What You’re Doing Now Getting You Closer to Where You Want to Be Tomorrow? 

by Rachel I am your average junior in high school. Every day I am faced with a countless number of decisions that will ultimately determine the outcome of my future. Will these choices help me to serve a mission, get married in the temple, get as much education as possible, provide me with more opportunities in the future, etc. That's a scary thought for some kids. Elder Richard G. Scott gave us some great advice: "Think of the long view of life, not just what’s going to happen today or tomorrow. Don’t give up…Read more …
Don’t Cut Corners

Don’t Cut Corners

by Karli A friend recently shared this story with me: Once there was a man's son who wanted to start up a building company. The son's dad had a friend who thought so much of his father, so he went to the boy and said," I want you to build me a house. I want it to be built out of the finest materials. There is no budget. At the end of the project call me and I will write you a check." So the boy went to work and started building the…Read more …
If You Think You Have It, You Most Likely Don’t

If You Think You Have It, You Most Likely Don’t

In the competitive world that we live in today, humility ranks quite low on the scale of desirable character traits to possess. With humility, life can be viewed as the privilege, blessing, and the lovely journey that it is. To be humble is to gratefully recognize your dependence on the Lord. In this life, there will never be a time when we will not need His support. We will always have a constant need of His guidance in our lives. [Tweet "To be humble is to gratefully recognize your dependence on the Lord."]…Read more …