Not Understanding Helps Me Understand

by Lori F. I am continually surprised by the way new things happen in the same old situations. Despite the Teacher’s assertion that there’s nothing new under the sun, there’s still a lot of new light being shed. We attended an Easter service at the Kiel (Germany) ward of our church, and there was a lot I didn’t understand. I know several dozen words in German, perhaps even a hundred. But only a few of the ones I know came up in conversation or in the service, and they were positively swamp...
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The Case for Marriage Preparation

Marriage enrichment pioneer David Mace once remarked, "Marriage is the deepest and potentially the most gratifying of all human relationships, but it’s also one of the most demanding. Unfortunately couples seldom have more preparation than a little advice from their parents and a new set of china." With the risk for divorce in the United States hovering at a high level, it’s startling that so few people take marriage preparation seriously. One study showed that only 30% participated in ev...
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Why Does God Want Me To Go To Church?

[Note:  This article gives us a good basis for attending church, but it also says something valuable about how parents can guide their children - Editor] By Emma Lu D The above title asks a great question.  For me, I began to find the answer when I was six years old.  I remember the day - a lazy Sabbath day with the summer sun beginning to ride the horizon. The scene opens on my neighbor’s front porch.  I recall playing with friends and having a great time.  I was straddled across the ...
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Is Christ’s church on the earth today?

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When Christ was on the earth, he organized a church with priesthood authority and priesthood offices. Jesus said: “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you.” (John 15:16). After Christ’s resurrection and ascension into heaven, the Church continued to function, and church leaders acted with Christ’s authority to do things like determine Church policy, preach the Gospel, administer the ordinances and care for the poor. It was literally Christ’s church. After some time,...
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Why Attend Church?

By Robert P There are a number of people who can easily rip apart churches. Those critics view churches as being more interested in political power and control because Our Founding Fathers insisted on the separation of religion and state. Criticism comes when some churches seem dedicated mainly to accumulating wealth for their leaders. Others seem more like social clubs. Religious extremists are positively scary, leading Blaise Pascal to despair: "Men never do evil so completely and cheerful...
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Is There a Cry Room Anywhere?

I grew up practicing a different faith. As a teenager, I remember looking up at the back of the chapel and seeing a cry room on the upper level, with a large, plate-glass window. When you brought a baby or toddler to church, one not old enough to attend Sunday School or Nursery during the main church meeting, you took your baby and or toddlers to this room. You could hear the sermon and other parts of the service through a speaker system, but no one could hear you or your little ones. I also...
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