The Power of Music

The Power of Music

By Guest blogger Spencer Wood This summer I went to the Dominican Republic for a humanitarian trip. During our travels our HEFY group went on a catamaran tour and visited some incredible places. Near the end, our tour guides, who didn't speak any English, turned on music and taught us to dance. Although we could not understand each other, we had a blast and made some new friends. Music impacts everyone and allows us to connect with others. It allows us to be creative and express ourselves. Music is very important to my family and me. There…Read more …
That They Might Have Joy

That They Might Have Joy

By Whitney One of my favorite scriptures says, “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.” 2 Nephi 2:25. Our purpose on Earth is to be happy and have joy.  Jesus Christ and His Gospel is the source of that everlasting joy. I had the opportunity to attend the Saturday Afternoon session of LDS General Conference. During that session everyone (over 20,000 people!) stood and sang We Thank Thee Oh God for a Prophet.   I couldn't help but get emotional while standing in the Conference Center singing…Read more …
Growing My Faith

Growing My Faith

By Alex For as long as I can remember, any time I heard the call from my church's leaders to Come Unto Christ or to work toward personal conversion I immediately told myself, "Yes! I will! I am converted and I am willing to do everything the Lord tells me to do." Reflecting on my personal testimony, I am proud of my enthusiasm and my willingness to serve. However, recently I have taken a different approach to developing my testimony and, in the process, I have discovered a new meaning of conversion. Recently, a few friends of…Read more …
March Madness Promises

March Madness Promises

Last week in seminary my teacher challenged us to do what we call, "March Madness." Most people think of March Madness as the college basketball championship where you fill out a bracket predicting which team will take it all, and then watch as many games as possible. Well this March Madness is different. Our seminary teacher challenged us to read the entire Book of Mormon within the month. Now asking a 17 year old to read 17 pages of the Book of Mormon each day isn't easy; but there are some great blessings promised!…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 …
Three Things I Look for in Friends

Three Things I Look for in Friends

by Andy In my LDS seminary class (a religious class that I enroll in like a class at school), my teacher told us once that in our teenage years the two areas that influence us most are the media and our friends. That made me start to think a lot about who I was keeping company with and why I was surrounding myself with those people. Personally I thought that your family would influence you more than anything because those are the people that you share your home with, but as I thought…Read more …
Do You Know Who You Are?

Do You Know Who You Are?

by Kaity Are you confident in yourself? Do you know your worth? Are you happy with who you are? The book No Doubt About It says “The way that we see ourselves, or our sense of identity affects everything we do. It affects the way we behave, the way we respond to uncertainty, the way we see others, the way we handle pressure and disappointment, the way we feel about ourselves and the way we make choices. In short, it determines how we live our lives. So the question we might all do…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 …