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What Mormons Do in Times of Trial

All of us experience trial and heartache. There’s no way to go through this life without it. Some of our trials are monumental and almost insurmountable, and some are smaller yet still painful and difficult. We all have different ways of handling the hardship we face. For small things, I like to curl up in front of a good TV show with a big bowl of ice cream. Not all problems, however, can be treated with a few scoops of mint chocolate...

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Mormon Views: What Is Happiness to Mormons?

Happiness. That’s the universal quest, isn’t it? In just one internet search you can find books, seminars, dissertations, and entire religions aimed to find that one state of being: happiness. Happiness doesn’t even have a universal definition: it’s elusive and relative, indefinable yet so desirable. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often inadvertently referred to as the Mormon church) purports to have some answers...

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How the Truth Makes Me Free: A Happy Mormon Life

Since my childhood, I’ve always felt happy as a passenger on the back of the motorcycle, carefree and just enjoying the ride.  My husband Anthony, however, insisted that he knew I would love riding by myself.  “How could it be so different, really, from riding as a passenger?” I wondered. One day I grew tired of his prodding, so with a little trepidation, I swung my leg over the bike and fired it up.  He gave me a quick lesson...

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LDS Views: Taught by God Today—In the Car!

If we are paying attention, our Heavenly Father can teach us anywhere—even in the car. When we take time to reflect and to listen to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit, we are teachable. One of my favorite places to ponder and pray is in the car, while I’m driving by myself. There are few distractions, it’s quiet, and I know that my kids won’t be running in and out. I have had some powerful experiences during this spiritual study...

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A Truly Liberated Mormon Wife

I’m a Mormon woman  a wife, mom, and grandmother  now enjoying a career after setting aside a number of years to be a stay-at-home mom.  I suppose that most feminists would look at my life and say it didn’t measure up to their standards for truly liberated women, but in light of a certain scripture, “The truth shall make you free” (John 8:32), I feel like I can make the claim that I am, and always have been, truly...

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Focusing our Lives

BYU (Brigham Young University) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.”  BYU students take nearly a semester of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes. In this series (see below), students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the Book of Mormon in the form of letters to someone they know. We invite...

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