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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Pondering: A Path to Important Answers

By Michael R. Like people of many other faiths, Mormons believe that God has not left us alone in our efforts to face life's challenges. Rather, he has provided multiple ways by which we can discover how to make choices that result in a better, happier life. As Christians, we look to the holy scriptures for knowledge and guidance. The senior leaders of our faith, whom we believe to be living prophets, also provide instruction for our temporal and spiritual welfare. We also seek answers throug...
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Why I Value Organized Religion

By Andrea B. In our country where religiosity is on the decline (Huffington Post), many seem to celebrate ethereal spirituality but scoff at religious organizations, not recognizing that organized religions exist for the sole purpose of improving spirituality. Dismissing structured religion is like saying, “I like being healthy and though sometimes I get sick, hospitals are for other people, not me.” Others nominally belong to churches, but rarely attend. With mystic Eastern philosophies clai...
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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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Truth

Like Brigham, I also have a friend struggling with the question of whether or not God exists. This has caused me to think about faith as well, but most of my thoughts have been about the even more general topic of truth. I have a few friends who have for some reason decided to make their “beliefs” field in their facebook profiles say “Truth”. This is probably partly to create conversation, partly to make themselves come across as somewhat pretentious stoic philosopher-types, and partly because t...
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