Finding Happiness

By Lori F. I think if you asked a hundred random people to tell you what they really want out of life, the vast majority of them would say they want happiness. It’s a hot topic these days, generating a lot of research, a lot of books and articles, a lot of opinions. Google can produce nearly 100 million links on the secret to happiness in a third of a second. Happiness: A Choice Contrary to many loud messages from popular culture, and despite what our instincts might tell us, happiness isn’t d...
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Be Strong, and Know that I Am God

By Andrea B. Like all of us, I feel profoundly affected by the recent events of the Boston bombing. As I’ve tried to process such human tragedy, I have been moved by the overwhelming signs of love and support for the Boston community. One slogan that I have latched on to--which has become ubiquitous on buses, t shirts, Twitter accounts, and even the Red Sox Green Monster--is the phrase Boston Strong, truncated down to the charge to “B(e) Strong”. It is a clarion call to show resiliency in the f...
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God Is a God of Miracles

By Jeanne G. And who shall say that Jesus Christ did not do many mighty miracles?  And there were many mighty miracles wrought by the hands of the apostles.  And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being?  And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God, and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.   When many of us think of miracles, we think of Moses in the Old Testament who broug...
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Why Does God Allow Suffering?

By Cherie G. It’s a tough question.  The way I see it, each of us is a student in God’s gigantic classroom.  We’ve each been given an intricate and powerful machine called “eternity”, and we're all here to learn how it works so that one day, we can become like God and create our own worlds and children, just like him. Eternity functions when all eternal laws (i.e. physics, marriage, math, agency, families, etc.) are understood and are being used properly.  Just like the with laws of motion, i...
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The Lord’s Victories

By Cami C. I find myself trying to make meaning of my life, to understand how the mundane aspects of my life have meaning, and to find the purpose for some of the challenges that I face. I remember the day I read this quote by Hartman Rector Jr.: “[The] ability to turn everything into something good appears to be a godly characteristic. Our Heavenly Father always seems able to do this. Everything, no matter how dire, becomes a victory to the Lord.” It reminds me of a favorite scripture ...
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