“You Can’t Close My Heart”

On June 14, 1989 the government of Ghana froze the activities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) and of the Jehovah's Witnesses.  This inspiring video shows how the Mormons coped with the government prohibition of their meetings for the 18 months the ban was in effect. "We don't need to blame any government for what happened to us. No one. It is the Lord who allowed it to happen for his own purposes."  The Mormons there became much stronger individually and c...
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12 Steps to Change

12 People - 12 Stories - 12 Steps to Change Addiction - to drugs - or sex - or alcohol - or even to food - can be overcome if the addict will seek help. Here are 12 success stories, linked with each of the 12 steps in the program. "You live these two lives."  "Honestly, I was prepared to lie until I was dead."  "If there was a sexual thing you could pay for, I bought it." "I just knew that I needed my pain to stop." "As an addict you think, if I admit defeat, then what's left? ... Th...
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Thoughts on Suicide Prevention

'You know, Seth, I almost lost my little brother.  I don't think I'm gonna go anywhere for a while. I'm just gonna sit here with you for a bit.' "For the first time I recognized that there was a world outside of myself. There were people that cared about me and loved me and wanted me to succeed and live. The mere fact that they reached out to me in love, that is what did it. What my brother did is what changed my life." So many people need that love, that attention, that comfort.  This...
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Changing your Facebook Status from “Single” to “In a Relationship”!—Attraction and Getting Acquainted

Contributed by Thomas B. Holman and Abby Viveiros Although the risk may be seen as high, especially at this very early phase, research shows that the most effective strategy [for getting better acquainted] is asking if a person would go out with you. The ABCs of Dating Getting from single to married is a unique adventure for everyone. But every relationship has a beginning, middle, and an end (ending in marriage or break up). One way to think about it is through the ABC’s: Attrac...
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Step 8: Forgiveness – Larry’s Story on Drug Addiction Recovery

"Make a written list of all persons you have harmed, and become willing to make restitution to them." After a terrible fight, Larry didn't see his father for 13 years.  When he finally decided to forgive his father, out of the blue his father called him, and their reunion at a restaurant was sweet and tender. "When he started telling me his life story, I felt so much love and compassion for him. And then as I began to share my challenges with him, he began to cry, and he reached over and ...
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Step 7: Humility – Holly’s Story about Drug Addiction Recovery

"I knew exactly where I needed to go. My brother has been such a good role model for me throughout my life. I could feel something different in his home. I felt this love. And the way his family communicated, I knew that's what I wanted. "Step 7 is where I asked Heavenly Father to remove my shortcomings. Something very, very powerful and spiritual and sacred happened. I felt my Father in Heaven's arms around me, and I felt His love, and I knew that everything was going to be okay. "'Go...
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