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Inactive members, ‘do not contact’ requests, and persistence

This post is the first of the series “Roads back to the straight and narrow” that focus on the different ways inactive or less active members come back to the fold, and the things active members can sometimes do to help. Let’s gain wisdom from a few stories and quotes from general conference on one […]

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Focusing on Jesus Christ instead of ‘the problem’

  President Howard W. Hunter shared a profound truth that focusing on having a better relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ can work better than focusing on a specific issue such as Church inactivity— While I was serving as a stake president in the Los Angeles area, my counselors and I asked our bishops […]

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Share your testimony, not the flu

The flu season is especially bad this year, and it’s gaining momentum in Utah right now. KSL reports that at one elementary school in Utah County, 150 kids are absent due to illness. This seems like the perfect time to roll out alternatives to the germ-laden handshake at Church, at least during flu outbreaks. The […]

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20 enhanced New Era posters to remind us all to NEVER text and drive!

Please don’t text or do things like unto it while you’re driving! Make  the this the day that you can honestly say you stopped multitasking with your phone while driving. Maybe you’ve done it for years without incident, but it only takes one distracted moment for everything to go horribly wrong. Your life and the […]

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8 things to consider when you feel like other Church members just have an agenda

I recently read a blog post written by a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who left the Church and came back after a few years. The post focused on things active members do and say that influence other members to “leave the Church and never come back”. One issue the […]

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43 general conference quotes that perfectly exemplify showing gratitude for the service of Church members

Let us follow the example of our dear apostles who stand in general conference and say “thank you” to Church members for leading, for teaching, and for being helpers in building up the Kingdom of God. Share one of these quotes today with someone you are thankful for in your ward or stake! We certainly spend […]

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints classic stories: Heart surgery lessons from general conference

Two of our apostles are medical doctors, and both specialized during their distinguished careers in matters of the heart. Here are a few spiritual lessons they learned as doctors, and later shared in general conference. You need to learn more President Russell M. Nelson shared this powerful story from his early career as a heart […]

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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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