How Can a Church Help Me in My Life?

By Seth D. I have many friends who recognize the importance of spirituality in their lives but the history of organized religions becomes a stumbling block in their path. Unfortunately many of this generation have abandoned the idea that a church can be of any assistance to them in their lives. They have seen that wars have been waged under religious pretenses and that many religious people might appear to be pious on the surface, but are hypocritical in their actions. But don’t stop eating j...
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Finding Peace in Organized Religion

By John B. At the age of five, I moved to Orange County, California with my mom where my love for sports was becoming deeply rooted into my DNA. Being from California, I love to be outside. That is a good thing because I love sports. Sports are a passion of mine. I live, love, and breathe sports. I was born in Fort Worth, Texas. My parents divorced when I was ten months old. The transition back and forth was difficult going from Mom’s house, with no religion because none of them felt in sync ...
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In What Ways Can Christ Heal Us?

By Aric M. During the first year of my time as a Mormon missionary I received an email from home telling me that a friend of mine from church had been seriously injured in an accident. At the time I really didn’t know how serious the accident was. All I knew was that my friend was away at Indiana University and she fell from a balcony and was seriously injured. A few days later I got a letter from my parents telling me what happened; how she had fallen and died on the scene of the accident. I’...
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What Causes Doubt and How Can I Overcome It? (To Those Who Doubt, Part 4)

By Michael T. The causes or circumstances of spiritual doubt can be many and often differ from person to person.  For example: You may have gone through busy or challenging periods of life, a consequence of which might be that you don’t feel particularly close to God or the Church or the gospel. There may be uncertainties and unknowns in your life and you may feel that you lack God’s direction. You may have faced adversity, disappointment, and trials through which you’ve sought God's ...
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How Can the Dinner Table Save Your Family?

By Chris S. Growing up, we knew it was time to sit down together as a family as soon as my dad came home from work. It was a special time for me. I felt like I mattered to my parents because there were no other distractions. I decided that when I got married and started my own family someday, family dinner would be the standard. I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or a Mormon, shortly after high school. One of the things that appealed to me the most was th...
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Why I Value Organized Religion

By Andrea B. In our country where religiosity is on the decline (Huffington Post), many seem to celebrate ethereal spirituality but scoff at religious organizations, not recognizing that organized religions exist for the sole purpose of improving spirituality. Dismissing structured religion is like saying, “I like being healthy and though sometimes I get sick, hospitals are for other people, not me.” Others nominally belong to churches, but rarely attend. With mystic Eastern philosophies clai...
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