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Year: 2016

When missionaries can’t preach: A touching story from the Ensign

In response to new Russian laws, missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving there may no longer teach the gospel to investigators in their homes, or in the homes of members of Church. Elders and Sisters can’t go door to door, or talk to people in parks, or hand out copies […]

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Which of these 9 Book of Mormon leaders do you relate to when defending your beliefs?

  “Defend your beliefs with courtesy and with compassion, but defend them.” –Jeffrey R. Holland. Nephi in 1 NEPHI 3 When you discuss or post about your beliefs, you don’t get many angry or cruel comments from trolls or strangers. You do end up dealing with angry and resentful family members again and again. Your […]

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When Apostles speak of Vietnam

A few quotes from apostles with memes to celebrate and commemorate the historic day that the Church was granted full recognition in Vietnam. (May 31, 2016) “On behalf of the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members here in Vietnam and across the world, we express gratitude and appreciation […]

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Comparing ourselves to others like Moroni did

We’ve been generally counseled not to compare ourselves to others. President Uchtdorf reminded us of this with his characteristic good-natured candor: I want to tell you something that I hope you will take in the right way: God is fully aware that you and I are not perfect. Let me add: God is also fully […]

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10 scriptures on texting while driving

Yes, there are scriptures on texting while driving (and not just on texting, but also driving while reading texts or emails, or posting/liking/pinning/tweeting/sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Reddit, Imgur, Instagram, and so forth). We are to “liken all scriptures unto us” (1 Nephi 19:23), and this subject of smartphone induced distracted driving definitely deserves some […]

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints classic stories: ‘Take not the name of God in vain’

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one of the most well-known stories about not taking the Lord’s name in vain comes from President Spencer W. Kimball. It was included in the May 1953 New Era. Pres. Kimball also used it in a 1981 First Presidency Message. It has been quoted in many […]

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President Howard W. Hunter and the shortest general conference talk ever

One very helpful tip my husband taught me is to be flexible when teaching a class or giving a talk. Be prepared which segment you’re going to sacrifice if you don’t have enough time to get through the whole talk or lesson. Also be prepared with something extra to add if you whip through your […]

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2 Classic Marriage Stories from the Ensign: Grapefruit and Toothpaste

There are two classic marriage stories from the Ensign that every newlywed should hear, and every married couple should remember!  1. The Grapefruit Story “The Grapefruit Syndrome” originally appeared in the April 1993 Ensign. Then it was used in the Marriage and Family Relations Participant Study Guide, the Eternal Marriage Student Manual, The Sept 1999 […]

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A simple test to tell if you’ve really forgiven someone who’s out of your life

I’m writing this post today for a general Christian audience, so I have tried to use non-denominational terms. Most of the folks in my Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) would refer to Heaven, as I’m using it in this post, as the Celestial Kingdom. If we’ve had a falling out with […]

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34 Inspiring Quotes from 17 General Relief Society Presidents

This post was originally published in 2016, but we’ve updated it to include Sister Jean B. Bingham, our current General Relief Society President! Come enjoy 34 great quotes with lovely memes from the 17 incredible women who have served as president. Emma Hale Smith   First General President of the Relief Society, 1842–1844 “We are […]

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12 funny memes to remind us all to get to Church on time

I’ve made it a new goal to stop being late, even just a few minutes late, to Church on Sunday. Is that a goal for you or your ward? Share a funny meme on Saturday to help everyone remember to put forth that bit of extra effort to be seated on time (or a couple […]

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9 thoughts on recreation, leisure, and fun from general conference

Recreation and fun are part of our religion. “In all of living have much of fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”—Gordon B. Hinckley “Wholesome recreation is part of our religion, and a change of pace is necessary, and even its anticipation can lift the spirit.”—Ezra Taft Benson “Happiness in family […]

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Words of the Apostles: The Seasons of Life

In general conference meetings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the seasons are often a metaphor for the natural flow of our lives. It’s  a promise that just as winter always gives way to spring, so do periods of trial and sorrow give way to a warmer hope and blessings. True that […]

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3 Timeless Quotes about the Holy Ghost from Neal A. Maxwell

Elder Neal A. Maxwell had such breathtaking eloquence. He expressed his prophetic counsel and wisdom with great depth and intelligence, while still remaining accessible and unpretentious. Here are 3 timeless quotes from him about the Holy Ghost. “Life is no labyrinth; mortality is no maze if a man possesses the gift of the Holy Ghost […]

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22 Powerful General Conference Quotes for When No One Likes You

Almost everyone has times when they feel like people just don’t like them. It can feel like it’s a few people, but it can also feel like no one likes us. Sometimes we feel rejected out in the world because of our beliefs. Sometimes it happens at Church, where we should feel safe. Sometimes we […]

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5 General Conference quotes about Satan

The existence of Satan and the reality of evil are not the most uplifting subjects. It’s so unappealing and harsh that it’s tempting to think they aren’t real. A poll from 2007 indicated that while 86% of Americans believed in God, only 70% believed in the devil (gallup.com). It’s part of the Church of Jesus […]

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General Conference Quotes on Traditions, Cultural Practices, and the Gospel Culture

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a missionary church. 296,800 new converts joined the Church worldwide in 2014. Many traditions and cultural practices are in keeping with gospel doctrine, but every convert, no matter which state or country they call home, gives up some traditions and makes cultural changes when they join […]

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14 Nobel Laureates Who Were Quoted in Conference

These distinctive writers, statesmen, scientists, and liberators all at one point were awarded a Nobel Prize for their achievements in peace, medicine, physics, or literature. They also have had their pearls of wisdom quoted at general conference, which is a feat less well publicized, but still an honorable mention to add to their accolades. Mahatma […]

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Quotes and Memes from the Conference Classic ‘Beware of Pride’ by President Benson

Have you ever read President Ezra Taft Benson’s powerful conference talk on pride? It’s without question a conference classic. President Gordon B. Hinckley delivered this talk on President Benson’s behalf in the April 1989 General Conference. I’ve included most of the talk below, interspersed with memes. “Pride is a very misunderstood sin, and many are […]

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When Apostles Speak of Africa

Any Church member with an ear to the ground knows that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is blossoming in Africa.  As I follow the news of the Church in Africa, and as I learn about my Latter-day Saints brothers and sisters in those away lands, my heart just swells with joy. When […]

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