3 Ways to Draw Closer to Christ

3 Ways to Draw Closer to Christ

By Whitney Life is crazy--I’m sure any high school student would agree. There is school, homework, sports, work, family, church things, and the list just goes on. There is one lesson that I believe God has been trying to teach me for a long time, and I think I am finally starting to get it. That lesson is to put God first, and everything else will work out. In Philippians 4:13 it says “I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me.” I know that with the help of our Savior we…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 Have I Learned About the Power of Prayer?

What Have I Learned About the Power of Prayer?

by Tommy When I was a small kid, whenever I would pray for guidance from God, I would expect to see a huge change the next day or a big sign from God showing me the answer. I hoped for a miracle to show me the way, but I now realize that prayer is a lot more than just thanking God and asking Him for help. Prayer can either be a chore we do a few times a day, or a great experience to strengthen your testimony and become a better person, with…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 …
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 …
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 …
How to Find a Lost Key

How to Find a Lost Key

By Ben T. I am a speed skater. At the Olympic Oval, where I train, I have a locker to keep things safe that are valuable to me. The front desk lends us a lock and key we can use if we agree to pay for the key or lock if it is lost. I made sure to keep my key on a lanyard that I took with me every day to train. One day after practice I looked at my lanyard and saw that my key wasn’t there! I searched the halls…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 …
Why Do I Believe God Answers Prayers?

Why Do I Believe God Answers Prayers?

by Nate An issue that I have been confronted with that seems to be a formidable challenge during the course of my daily life is how others around me behave. We are taught to surround ourselves with friends that respect our values and beliefs and perhaps even have them in tandem with those aforementioned qualities. It’s important to be in a positive atmosphere so that you may remain in peak spiritual condition. Years ago, I remember being put into a situation where a young man didn’t like me in particular. During my fourth…Read more …