Why I Don’t Drink (or Smoke or Have Sex) and What I Actually Do For Fun – A Letter to My Future Children

by Katie S. My dear little ones, With nursing school coming to a close (!!!!) there is plenty of cause for celebration! Party time! It is fitting then that I have been asked several times over the last few weeks if I will drink when school gets over. After all, it could just be a one night thing. Right? A couple of drinks. Laughs with friends. Hopefully only a mild hangover the next day. Good times! Only, I won't. I could but I won't. I'm writing this, my loves, because when asked recently I...
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Is a Christ Centered Life Restrictive?

By David P. I believe that living a life centered around the teachings of Jesus Christ enables us to have a more free, enjoyable, and less restrictive life.  This often comes as a surprise when I mention it to others.  They point to the many rules I live by which could be viewed as restrictive, such as going to church weekly, abstaining from premarital sex, or donating ten percent of my income to the Church. In following the plan of Jesus Christ we enable ourselves the opportunity to gain ...
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Forgiving Others

By Mary B. “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one that gets burned.” I came across this saying on some random website a few weeks ago and realized how applicable to my life this really is. I was holding on to anger towards my mom and it was having a serious negative effect on my life. A few months ago my parents divorced. Around the same time, my mom became inactive in the church and has developed a lot of resentment tow...
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Are Morals Just a Matter of Individual Taste?

By Ethan Hatch What is right and what is wrong? Do you know what is right and what is wrong? If you are like me then you probably said “yes,” then thought about it a second longer and added, “ninety percent of the time.” Now if we know what is right, why is it that we sometimes don’t do what is right? Is it that we prefer the wrong? Or is it the hard work associated with doing the right thing? Perhaps it is a combination of the natural tendencies of man and a lack of vision to the rewards...
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Does God have a Diet Plan?

By Rachael It being the New Year, I, like 40-50% of Americans (according to "the internet"), made resolutions. Now, also according to "the internet," 93-95% of diet plans fail, so I wanted something to help me continue to eat healthy and feel my best without failing miserably the next month. Enter the Word of Wisdom (Doctrine and Covenants 89). I think one of the first things people notice about members of our church is the fact that we abstain from certain substances, such as coffee and t...
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