Why Attend Church?

By Robert P There are a number of people who can easily rip apart churches. Those critics view churches as being more interested in political power and control because Our Founding Fathers insisted on the separation of religion and state. Criticism comes when some churches seem dedicated mainly to accumulating wealth for their leaders. Others seem more like social clubs. Religious extremists are positively scary, leading Blaise Pascal to despair: "Men never do evil so completely and cheerful...
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Are Christmas and Spiritual Growth Linked?

By Anonymous The very essence of Christmas is a reminder of the better spiritual things in life. It is a time of good-doing, self-giving, heart-warming experiences that uplift others as well as ourselves. I once heard a wise man say that “our opportunities to give of ourselves are limitless”. This rings true particularly between the fourth week of November to the 25th of December. During this time there are countless moments to give to others. We give to others, but ultimately we give to G...
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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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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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Is There Life After Death?

By James B. When I was seventeen, my aunt announced that we wouldn’t need to buy her presents for Christmas, she wouldn't be around long enough to receive them.  They’d found a tumor wrapped around her intestines.  The doctors said six months. She announced this just as summer had begun.  To me, summer is what eternity must feel like.  There’s a sort of endless renewal during summer that I’d taken for granted up until that moment.  And with one pronouncement, life had a clock.  Six months. I ...
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