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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Standing for Something…How Do I Get There?

By Elana B One afternoon, I found myself seated at a table with nine individuals I had never met. It was part of my job as a convention management team member to have lunch with representatives from a variety of states and territories, and lay the groundwork for a major, week-long political convention in New York City. The topic of my religion came up--no one at the table knew that I was a member of my particular church. Maybe everyone assumed that no one attending the luncheon would be so. I...
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Why Do I Care?

By Amelia B As the orphans of parents who both died of AIDS in Mozambique, my brothers and I lived a fairly directionless life, especially my brother Rogerio who lived a reckless life of partying.  One day he met some missionaries and decided to listen to what they had to say.  As he began to live the teachings of Jesus Christ, he began to feel a change coming over him.  He changed from a sullen and hopeless teenager to a vivacious and happy individual.  It made him so happy that he wanted to...
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Is Standing Up for Yourself Worth it?

By Haleigh N. High school is usually the time for young teenagers to find themselves and figure out what path that they want to take in life: “Where am I going? What do I want to become? What steps do I need to take?” For me in particular, I feel like I was more conscious about my existence as an individual than anyone else. I wanted to stand out. I wanted to be somebody that people knew. But there was one problem: I was just an ordinary individual who just didn’t stand out. It was an aver...
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Why Commandments?

By Lori F. There’s usually a very short space of time between a parent telling a child she can’t do something and the child asking “why not?” Children aren’t the only ones interested in reasons. In my own life, I’ve pondered about the “why” of various commandments, and particularly about why God gives commandments to us at all. Some people compare commandments to guardrails--structures that keep us from driving off the road into danger. That makes a certain kind of sense, but I can also imagine...
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