What If Things Aren’t Working Out? Final Words

  Contributed by Thomas B. Holman If things aren’t going well and you are doing all you can, don’t get overly discouraged and don’t let it weigh you down with doubt, discouragement, depression, and despair and giving up on eternal marriage or God’s commandments. Think of Nephi. In 2 Nephi 4 we see a very discouraged Nephi. He had just lost his beloved father. His brothers were again trying to kill him. He understood the plan of salvation as well as anyone in his day and certainly ...
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“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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Developing Your Pool of Eligibles – Absence Does NOT Make the Heart Grow Fonder

Contributed by Thomas B. Holman and Abby Viveiros Propinqu-what? What do you think research shows is the best predictor of whom you will marry? You’ll never guess. It is propinquity. Propinquity is sociologists’ fancy way of saying “proximity.” The best predictor of whom we marry is how close they are to us geographically. The more propinquitous we are to people, the more likely we are to marry one of them. This explains why actors marry their costars and parents want you to live arou...
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Dealing with Pornography Addiction

By Dr. Thomas B. Holman and Abby Viveiros Helpful Information: Pornography is any type of material that is sexually explicit and intended for the purpose of sexual arousal. In simple terms, you know it when you see it or read it. What’s wrong with pornography? Everything. Its entire purpose is to satisfy lust – also known as the deadliest of the seven sins – which mocks the divinity of procreation and is powerful enough to create an instant addiction in some people. Religious leaders hav...
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The Refiner’s Fire

Two sons, her daughter, her husband.  All had cancer.  Three died. "The refiner’s fire is not a comfortable place to be. It involves intense heat and repeated hammering. But it is in the refiner’s fire we are purified and prepared to meet God."  This woman's faith grew through these terrible trials, and she provides hope and compassion to others.   The Refiner's Fire
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