The Challenges of Life

The Challenges of Life

By:  Stockton Have you ever thought life was difficult? If you said no to this question, then you probably are not a human being. Everyone knows life is hard, and we all have our own difficulties and things we struggle with.  This could be focusing in school, working hard in your job, or even just having the willpower to wake up in the morning. I know I struggle with all of those things myself, especially the 3rd one! Life is hard but I think that is a good thing. Elder Robert D. Hales…Read more …
Lessons From the Pool: The Refiner’s Fire

Lessons From the Pool: The Refiner’s Fire

By Whitney Can I tell you something you might think is strange? When I was on the swim team in high school I always loved it when my coach yelled out her critiques of me during practice. I know that sounds weird, but her critique, her attention, made me feel important. I already knew I was't a perfect swimmer and when she yelled at me I felt like she cared about me; that she was watching me and that she knew I could improve. After every race I  talked to her about my performance. I…Read more …
Healthy Body, Mind and Faith

Healthy Body, Mind and Faith

By Ben/Photo Credit: twincities.com Keeping our bodies healthy is very important.  That doesn’t mean just having a healthy physical body but an emotionally healthy spirit as well.  We can always work on something even if we think we are doing well.  Life is hard and can sometimes get the best of us; we need to be ready for trials in all aspects of life. I have been extremely blessed competing in a sport that includes 17-inch blades and physically demanding exercises that make most people hold their backs in pain just watching.  This…Read more …
Where Can I Turn for Peace?

Where Can I Turn for Peace?

By Kelci Life is stressful. Life is hard. Life is occasionally scary. Life can be harsh and difficult. Life seems to never take a timeout or rest for a minute. In a sometimes stressful and frustrating life, how do you find peace? Last week, I threw my backpack over my shoulder and walked out the door to my senior year. I have felt excitement, enthusiasm, and exhilaration for this upcoming year because I have thoroughly enjoyed high school. I've been blessed with great friends and incredible experiences. Overall, I have a good attitude…Read more …
Lessons I Learned on a Mountain

Lessons I Learned on a Mountain

By Tommy Four weeks ago, I left with my brother to go to Philmont Scout Ranch, the largest scout ranch in the world. We didn’t know the troop we were leaving with because they were part of my uncle's ward. The camp was two weeks long and we hiked 65 miles in total. It was hard, but it was also one of the best experiences of my life. My brother and I learned a lot of lessons I feel are essential to personal conversion. Lesson 1: Nature is awesome. I wish I spent more…Read more …
We Are All Cakes

We Are All Cakes

By Guest Blogger Amber Everyone goes through trials daily. Without them, we wouldn't be able to become stronger. I've learned a few things due to obstacles throughout my life.  One of those things is that I wouldn't be able to get through hardships without our Savior and His love. [Tweet "I wouldn't be able to get through hardships without our Savior and His love."] I like to think about an analogy a speaker once shared with me: We are all cakes. At first I thought it was weird, until he started talking about…Read more …
The Virtue of Patience

The Virtue of Patience

by Lincoln Unfortunately not everything here on earth goes according to our plan or to our timing. Sometimes when we develop a desire for something and things don’t go exactly our way it can be frustrating. Waiting for things may not always be the easiest thing. However, it is essential for us to have patience. It’s much easier said than done, but it’s so important for us tor remember that we have a place in God’s plan. Many times in life things happen that we simply don’t deserve. From small things like getting…Read more …
What matters most to you?

What matters most to you?

Elder M. Russell Ballard spoke about an experience he had while visiting refugees in relief centers located in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas after Hurricane Katrina. He said, “Several of the brethren I recently visited where devastated as they began to try to put their lives back together. Their stories and situations are tragic and poignant in many ways, but in all that I heard, what touched me the most was the crying out for family: “Where is my mother?” “I can’t find my son.” “I’ve lost a sister.” These were hungry, frightened people…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 …
Preparation

Preparation

by Ryan Last summer I had the opportunity to be a lifeguard. During lifeguard training I had to practice many life saving scenarios that I thought would never really happen. Up to that point the only thing I had seen lifeguards do was yell at people to walk or to not push people into the pool. I thought that would pretty much be the extent of my job. As you may have guessed, I was wrong. One day when I was on duty I noticed a young girl unintentionally float into the deep…Read more …