Why Pray if God Already Knows What We Need?

By Kyra M. During my sophomore year of college, I learned that my older sister had cancer. I can still remember how I found out. It was a Friday in February—the 13th, in fact. I had just left the Testing Center at my college after a disappointing test and was trudging home in defeat. I turned my cell phone back on and saw there was a new voicemail from my parents. They told me that my sister had just had an MRI and it was confirmed—“she has a tumor." I nearly tripped on the sidewalk as I h...
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How Can I Feel Lasting, Satisfying Faith?

Several years ago, my sister and her husband began to experience a crisis of faith. They had started studying the arguments of the skeptics and were becoming persuaded.  They began to question whether the foundational claims of Christianity were true and whether there was a God at all. They frequently came to me with difficult questions. At first, I was reluctant to engage because I did not want to focus all my spiritual energy on negative things. However, my sister and her husband felt that I c...
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Does God Help Those Who Doubt? (To Those Who Doubt, Part 6 of 6)

By Michael T. God’s promises to those who exercise faith I believe that God cares that you and I would bother and worry about what’s true and real. He cares that you desire further knowledge and understanding. He desires that we be willing to wrestle with, and confront, uncertainties with the hope of greater knowledge and understanding. Specifically, we are exhorted to open ourselves to receiving his help through the following actions: Exercise faith and have hope…and to ask that we mi...
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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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