How Can I Overcome a Weakness?

By Claire S I’ve got this terrible weakness: I love to sleep in—and I’m really good at it. It’s an ability I’ve been cultivating since I was little. In my last semester of sixth grade I had 54 “tardies” on my report card from waking up after the carpool came. By ninth grade, I could set three different alarm clocks and sleep through all of them. And then there was high school. In addition to my talent for sleep, I have a talent for music. I’ve taken violin lessons since I was a little girl...
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Is There a Path to Follow?

By Chandler F Two years ago my family, friends, and I went backpacking through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Our plan was to hike 25 miles up to a certain peak and then to return. Excitement abounded among us as we camped at the bottom that first night. We were ready. Morning came and we were anxious to begin this great journey through the beautiful mountains. Unfortunately for quite some time, we couldn't figure out where our trail was! This setback was frustrating. Finally my grandfat...
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How Can Religion and Science Work Side by Side?

By Cynthia A “The glory of God is intelligence, or in other words, light and truth.” I was brought up by parents who are both scientifically-minded and devoutly religious. As I grew older, I was surprised to discover that many people believe that science and religion must, by definition, contradict each other. It sees a false dichotomy to my view. They don’t need to be at odds because they serve almost entirely separate purposes. Science is largely concerned with uncovering the what and th...
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What Lessons Does a Father Teach?

I held my father in my arms as he died. I cried because I loved my father. He was always there during my life when I needed him. I was glad that I could be there when he needed me. My father loved his children and it upset him when my youngest brother, Josh, was shot and killed by a drunken man. My father knew that Josh would be his son again because he understood that the Gospel of Jesus Christ gives the hope and promise that our family will be together again after this life. He taught me that ...
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Does God Help Those Who Doubt? (To Those Who Doubt, Part 6 of 6)

By Michael T. God’s promises to those who exercise faith I believe that God cares that you and I would bother and worry about what’s true and real. He cares that you desire further knowledge and understanding. He desires that we be willing to wrestle with, and confront, uncertainties with the hope of greater knowledge and understanding. Specifically, we are exhorted to open ourselves to receiving his help through the following actions: Exercise faith and have hope…and to ask that we mi...
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How Do Believers Remain Faithful While Having Doubts? (To Those Who Doubt, Part 5)

By Michael T. I and others in the Mormon faith believe that it was in the doubts, religious divisions, and uncertainties—and, ultimately, in the faith of a young boy named Joseph Smith—that the marvelous revelations of God, his Son, their existence, and character occurred in modern times.  Those questions of doubt, supported by faith, resulted in what we call the Restoration of the Gospel. Moreover, isn’t it interesting that many of the great revelations of this dispensation and Restoratio...
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