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 …
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 …
What is the priesthood?

What is the priesthood?

by Andy .Despite the belief of many who think the priesthood is a neighborhood where all the local priests live, that is not even close!  It is even better. Some might even say that it is the best thing ever! At least I sure think so. The priesthood is the power and authority to act in God's name.  There are two types of priesthoods on the earth today - the Aaronic Priesthood and the Melchizedek Priesthood.  The Aaronic Priesthood was restored on the earth in 1829 by John the Baptist when he appeared to Joseph…Read more …
Does God Really Answer Prayers?

Does God Really Answer Prayers?

I’m sure that you have probably heard the saying “Nothing is truly lost until mom can’t find it.” Well I know for a fact that that saying is true. However, whenever I can't find something and my mom doesn’t know where it is, she always asks me this question: “Did you pray?” Prayer is something very special to me, and I know that I would be lost without it. When I pray I feel my Heavenly Father's love for me. I know that God hears and answers our prayers because He we are…Read more …
What’s So Special About Missionary Work?

What’s So Special About Missionary Work?

by Karli On April 26th 2014, one of my very best friends got baptized. It was such a neat experience for her but it didn’t only affect her, it affected me as well. When she came out of the water she was just glowing and I could tell that she just seemed happier. All of this wouldn’t have happened without missionary work. “We don’t expect [member missionaries] to be perfect, but they need to be anxious, willing and committed to serve.” (The Essential Role of Member Missionary Work by M. Russell Ballard in the…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 …