Family Strengths: Community and Family Ties

Strong families are connected to others in the community. They don't stand alone. You will find such families closely involved with extended families and friends, schools, churches, and local organizations that promote the well-being of individuals and communities, and help develop and educate their children. While connections with extended family and friends are always important, their support is often critical in times of great need. For example, one family lost their father in an auto-...
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Why Choose to Believe?

By Brooke G Out of all the creeping, crawling things of the earth and all the blood-chilling events and activities available, some people seem to think my three greatest fears are a little irrational. And maybe they are! But biggest fears aren’t really about being rational anyways, right? So my three completely justifiable biggest fears are monkeys, getting shocked while opening car doors, and jumping. Although I am used to explaining the reasons behind all of these, let me delve into the ...
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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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Can Others Bring Me Closer to Christ?

By Seth D. I am far from perfect, as anyone who has ever lived with me can certainly attest to. I have patience for my bosses and colleagues, but I get easily frustrated helping my children with their math homework. My own shortcomings frustrate me but I find that by seeking a relationship with God, I am aware of how I can be better, bit by bit. No one on Earth is perfect, but I’m drawn to people who I see living virtuous, moral lives. I want to be better and I seek out help from people I ...
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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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Why Organized Religion?

I often hear the argument that organized religion is corrupt, discriminatory, and unnecessary. Some of the arguments supporting this negative view of organized religion are somewhat compelling, especially when looked at in a historical context. In a recent post, Barbara described some of the benefits of organized religion. In this post (and a few in the future), I'd like to explore some of the downsides of organized religion, how the Mormon church has attempted to eliminate them, and why those d...
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