What Causes Doubt and How Can I Overcome It? (To Those Who Doubt, Part 4)

By Michael T. The causes or circumstances of spiritual doubt can be many and often differ from person to person.  For example: You may have gone through busy or challenging periods of life, a consequence of which might be that you don’t feel particularly close to God or the Church or the gospel. There may be uncertainties and unknowns in your life and you may feel that you lack God’s direction. You may have faced adversity, disappointment, and trials through which you’ve sought God's ...
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How Can I Know What Is True? (To Those Who Doubt, Part 3 of 6)

By Michael T. How do we come to knowledge and testimony of truth? As a former philosophy major, I cannot avoid the opportunity to talk about epistemology, which focuses on how one determines: What is knowledge? How is knowledge acquired? To what extent, and through what means, is it possible for a given subject or entity to be known? In brief, epistemology tries to answer the question, “How do we know what it is we think we know?”  As you understand, this is an important question f...
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What Is Faith? (To Those Who Doubt, Part 2 of 6)

By Michael T. What is “Living Faith"?  Now, one might argue that there is only “living faith,” in that faith (as the “principle of action,” in the words of Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet) is either active or it doesn’t really exist. My goal is to bring comfort and hope to those among us who might be afflicted by uncertainty as to  whether or not God lives, loves us, and takes an interest in our existence; and • the truthfulness of the Restoration through the Prophet Joseph Smith an...
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How Can the Lord Take Away Our Fears?

By Grace H. My older brother, Jacob, is disabled, and has been since birth. He has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, scoliosis, and about a dozen more conditions I cannot pronounce or spell to save my life. Despite the fact he can’t answer me when I talk to him, or give me advice, or play with me, Jacob is a constant source of joy and relief in my life. I can remember being four or five and throwing a tantrum, just because that’s what little kids do. Whenever I started crying or screaming, Jake would...
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Who is God?

By Jennifer R. It is difficult to understand the true nature of God at first. The human mind is made to think logically. We want visible and tangible proof in order to believe, and sometimes even that is not enough. We do not innately live with a spirit of faith, but in order to know God it is a requirement. My journey is one similar to that of the Prodigal Son, who left his father with his inheritance and spent it unwisely in the world. Lost, desperate, destitute and alone the foolish son kn...
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