Lost and Found

The gears shrieked and the engine groaned as the U-Haul I was driving labored slowly up Parley’s Canyon, while other vehicles whizzed indignantly past.  Finally Liz, my 16-year-old daughter following me in the family car, couldn’t take the sluggish pace any longer.  Despite instructions to stay behind the truck, she pulled out into the left lane, stomped on the accelerator, and soon disappeared from sight. Three reluctant children and I were moving from California to South Dakota to begin...
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Does Prayer Make Life Easier?

By Julia G Here we go again! I wake up, look around my room and everything’s packed up in boxes. I guess we’re ready to move. The big truck opens the back door for us to fill that empty space. I’m used to by though, I’m 21 years old and I’ve moved about 14 times. And although I don’t consider myself as a numbers person, what they imply practically defines who I am. I’m a traveler, a learner of cultures—and a 20-year-old still coping with change. It’s the same every single time: we get to o...
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How Do You Overcome the Death of Your Child?

By Connie P. Over 40 years ago my husband and I lost our first baby, a boy, who was stillborn. About two weeks prior to the pregnancy due date, my blood pressure skyrocketed. The doctor put me on strict bed rest. One week later, things were going better. However, about midnight on a Tuesday, I began bleeding severely. My husband took me to the hospital where the doctor met us. I was taken to surgery for an emergency Cesarean Section. My life was saved, but it was too late for the baby. This w...
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The Dealings of God

By Brittany B. Life is an interesting phenomenon. There are good days and bad days. Some days break our hearts to the point that we wonder if it will ever be possible to feel whole again, other days bring a sense of joy we never knew existed. At one point or another, almost everyone probably ponders what the purpose of life really is.   As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe that life is part of a great plan of happiness that God, our Father, has ...
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Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

By Jared I have often been asked, “If God really exists, and He is really as great as the scriptures say, why does He let so many good people suffer and so many bad people succeed?” It’s a good question. The scriptures seem to make it so simple: If you keep God’s commandments, you’ll be blessed; if you break God’s commandments, you’ll be punished. Why, then, does this not seem to hold true when you look around the world? There are a number of answers to this question. None of them make the...
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The Object of Prayer

By Ashley D Though I consider myself to be a religious person who believes communication with God is possible, I am no expert on prayer. I believe it is important; I believe it works. But that doesn't always translate into action for me. I have no problem kneeling down at night and giving thanks for all I've been given — that's the easy part. But when it comes to the "asking" part — whether it's asking for guidance, asking for a particular blessing, or asking for comfort or peace — I'd rat...
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