Psychologists and philosophers will tell you that two powers alone make the entire human race tick, that two motivations determine all actions – Love and fear. Others would call love the life force – the natural inclination to grow and learn, the will to survive and thrive. The only reason to avoid the sheer joy […]

Several years ago while serving as elders quorum president for three university wards combined for the summer, I faced the challenge of motivating our quorum members to wake up early enough on a Sunday morning to attend nine o’clock priesthood meeting. After consulting with my counselors, we decided the best thing we could do was […]

When we hear the words temptation and sin, we generally think of blatant and serious transgressions. However, the temptations the adversary uses to entice us to follow him are often subtle. Few people would deliberately choose a course of action they knew would lead to unhappiness. The adversary knows this, and attempts to present his […]

The biggest trouble with good advice is that we so often fail to take it.

It’s not your fault, though…okay, it is your fault, but who can blame you? The simple fact remains that despite any amount of good advice we may receive, we humans still have to learn life’s lessons for ourselves.

Someone else […]

A few years after returning from my mission, I transferred from my hometown university and moved to San Francisco. It didn’t take long before I found myself acting differently, feeling differently, and in many ways becoming a different person. It seemed as if I had been born into a new life. But being a member […]

“And also,” wrote Josette from somewhere in France, “I don’t agree with political mails on this file.” This came in one of a dozen emails about voting and politics from the LDS singles email group I joined a few months earlier. “I thought that this forum my brothers and sisters was totally unbiased,” agreed Nunda […]

You know all the answers to junior Sunday school questions by heart: pray, read the scriptures, keep the commandments, Jesus. There’s a good reason for the repetition: these are the best answers to nearly every problem you will ever face throughout your life.

President Hinckley added what ought to become another answer in your repertoire […]

Carrie looked a little worried. She looked a little tired all through dinner at my uncle’s house. I noticed because I had always loved my little cousin like another little sister.

On her twelfth birthday, I hid candy all around her room and filled her ceiling with a glow-in-the-dark universe. When she turned on her […]

The LDS play “Saturday’s Warrior” seems to have as many opponents as it does fans. “That’s so fake!” detractors will say, “We didn’t promise one person in the premortal existance that we’d find them on earth and get married!” Then for good measure, they’ll toss in a prophetic paraphrase: “Any two righteous people can marry […]

I phoned a good friend (I’ll call her Mary) last night and we caught a 7:00 movie, then talked till midnight. I love Mary because she is bright, audacious and genuine.

“I’m going to start acting like a mindless flirt,” she suddenly announced.

“No you’re not,” I countered. I knew she could never stand to […]

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