Why Commandments?

By Lori F. There’s usually a very short space of time between a parent telling a child she can’t do something and the child asking “why not?” Children aren’t the only ones interested in reasons. In my own life, I’ve pondered about the “why” of various commandments, and particularly about why God gives commandments to us at all. Some people compare commandments to guardrails--structures that keep us from driving off the road into danger. That makes a certain kind of sense, but I can also imagine...
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Does God have a Diet Plan?

By Rachael It being the New Year, I, like 40-50% of Americans (according to "the internet"), made resolutions. Now, also according to "the internet," 93-95% of diet plans fail, so I wanted something to help me continue to eat healthy and feel my best without failing miserably the next month. Enter the Word of Wisdom (Doctrine and Covenants 89). I think one of the first things people notice about members of our church is the fact that we abstain from certain substances, such as coffee and t...
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How to Love God

By Ashley D My go-to source in answering any “how to” question is almost always Google. My recent internet search history shows a whole slew of these requests: how to make yogurt, how to get to Santarpio’s in East Boston, and how to create a floor-cleaning solution using household ingredients. But lately, I’ve been looking for answers to a more serious “how to” — how to love God. The importance of this question should be clear to any believer of the Bible — after all, it is the “first and ...
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