It’s after the trial of our faith, not before.

It's after the trial of our faith, not before..I've heard this scripture & read this scripture more times than I can count. I've probably had & have given lessons regarding this scripture..So, why did it impact me differently today?.The part that hit me the most was “ye receive no witness.”.The scripture doesn't say “A little …

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We are in “The Fourth Quarter at the 2 minute warning.”

We are in “The Fourth Quarter at the 2 minute warning.”.I have always liked the football analogy of our time here on earth. It fits for today, being the Superbowl—Are you ready to win?.I have always seen the break down as this..Pre-Mortal Existence (1st Quarter)..The beginning of time on earth (2nd Quarter)..The ministry of the …

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When did you last serve a brother or sister?

When did you last serve a brother or sister?.I have a unique career assignment. It's something I never imagined doing, but it's something I'm trying to embrace..I am able to serve all of the different communities within the state I live. Part of the assignment is reaching out to individual organizations and stakeholders. As I …

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It doesn’t matter who you are, you are loved by God.

It doesn’t matter who you are, you are loved by God..That’s a powerful truth. How do we know this truth?.“He inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and …

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Some struggle with opinion—it’s life; however, respect each other.

Some struggle with opinion—it's life; however, respect each other..I am one to struggle with listening to the opinions of others..Why? Because I like my opinion and I'm sometimes selfish—It's okay to call it what it is..I read an article out of the Liahona today, and I struggled reading it. It wasn't the message I was …

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You don’t have to try so hard to be anyone but yourself.

You don't have to try so hard to be anyone but yourself..We are all different—Do we realize that?.We should try being ourselves and not what those “of the world” are expecting. That's the best part about his life. We can do things differently than others..Be the best follower of Christ but be the best leader …

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Learn about the temple and come to the temple.

Learn about the temple and come to the temple..My wife had a conversation with the father of our sister-in-law last weekend. He is a counselor in his Stake Presidency, and they began talking about the Tooele Valley Temple..They were discussing different locations of where it potentially would best serve the residents of Tooele County. My …

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What holds you back from completely following Jesus Christ?

What holds you back from completely following Jesus Christ?.Are there things that are too hard to accept?.Do you have a hard time trusting and having complete faith in Christ?.What if you were asked to drop everything and follow Him, would you?."As we follow Jesus Christ, He will lead us to live with Him and our …

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Focus on the lasting impact messages of the Gospel have had in your life.

Focus on the lasting impact messages of the Gospel have had in your life..We don't need to focus on how many times we've read the Book of Mormon, the Bible, went to Church services, attended devotionals, or even the amount of times we've participated in the temple ordinances..The focus should be on the impact. How …

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Are you one who becomes inspired or discouraged by the example of your leaders?

Are you one who becomes inspired or discouraged by the example of your leaders?.Here is why I ask the question..Pick a leader in the Gospel—I’ll pick my little brother Nick. Just pick someone who you feel is a leader to you..Does this person make you feel inadequate?.Does this person make you feel like you don't …

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I’ve received a lot of new followers, and I’d like to introduce myself and my family.

I've received a lot of new followers, and I'd like to introduce myself and my family..Many of you have reached out believing I am a female writer—nope, I am a dude. No harm done or offense taken. I know it’s not every day you run across an account like mine where the writer is male..With …

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Forgive and talk to your loved ones before you can’t.

Forgive and talk to your loved ones before you can't..It gets old, giving the “cold shoulder.” I bet many of us forget why we have ceased conversation with family or friends. Maybe we haven't forgotten, but we realize the reasoning was dumb to begin with..I know I've been guilty of this a few times and …

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No blueprint of God’s is better than another

No blueprint of God’s is better than another...This is especially true when it comes to the membership in the Lord’s church.."No member of the Church is esteemed by the Lord as more or less than any other..Everything that is done in the Church—the leading, the teaching, the calling, the ordaining, the praying, the singing, the …

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Have you sought forgiveness with real intent?

Have you sought forgiveness with real intent?.To me, 'real intent' means to be genuine in your actions and commitment to your efforts..We are all different, but we are all very much going through the same process. We sin, transgress, and ask forgiveness..Don't get me wrong. That's not the process we want to take, but it's …

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We may be small in size but we are mighty in testimony.

We may be small in size but we are mighty in testimony..I read an honest question from an individual this morning. The question was as follows.."Why are there only 16 million members in a world of 7.73 billion people? Shouldn't there be more?".Here is my response to this..I would say this... How wonderful it is …

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Christ provides healing comfort through adoption.

Christ provides healing comfort through adoption..On December 17th, 2016, our two nieces (Ren & Rilan) were sealed to our eternal family..I'm eternally grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the opportunity to be together, not only in this life but through eternity..The girls miss their mommy, and so do we, but the power of …

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Never short yourself an opportunity.

Never short yourself an opportunity..Opportunities are probably the most significant things I am grateful for. If you aren't looking at each day, each setback, or each new challenge as a window of opportunity, you're missing the point of life..I want to share a few paragraphs from a motivational speaker I admire to the highest degree.."How …

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Spiritual and Physical Shape.

Spiritual and Physical Shape..I have experienced both. There have been times when I've been in phenomenal physical shape and spiritual shape. There are also times when I've been in terrible physical shape and spiritual shape..I recognize the difference when I'm either-or..There are many things about sports that I love. It's the physical conditioning, self-discipline, and …

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We believe in one true Church, and that is the Church of Jesus Christ.

We believe in one true Church, and that is the Church of Jesus Christ..We are not taking away the truths of all other churches. There are truths to each of them, but they do not have the keys or authority to act in the name of Jesus Christ..They have the form of godliness and are …

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Start taking your Priesthood seriously—Rise Up!

Start taking your Priesthood seriously—Rise Up!.Never before in my life have I felt the need and the importance of the priesthood in the world..The need for each and every one of us to honor our priesthood, is crucial right now. We need to magnify our callings, and contribute wherever we can to advance of the …

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Today is Veterans Day—My Grandma also passed today. (time lapse for post)

Today is Veterans Day—My Grandma also passed today..The older we get, I think the bigger picture begins to enlighten our minds. There is a much broader understanding of God’s plan for us—at least for me, that’s the case..I want to thank all of our wonderful Veteran’s for the sacrifices they’ve made so I can live …

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Husbands, you have a huge responsibility.

Husbands, you have a huge responsibility..Sure, it can be extremely challenging. Challenge is something my wife and I have gone through our entire marriage..It probably would be a lot easier if I were more cooperative and not so stubborn. I admit to being the donkey of our relationship—she knows that, too..As hard as it can …

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We pierced through the darkness.

We pierced through the darkness..I need you to think about this..The Gospel of Jesus Christ was REJECTED..The Son of God was killed..Why?.Because the world was SO WICKED!!.What happened next? They killed the Apostles and prophets, and we entered into a spiritual dark age. (2 Thes. 2:2–7).."For over seventeen hundred years on the eastern hemisphere, and …

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Have you feasted upon the scriptures?

Have you feasted upon the scriptures?.President Nelson spoke in General Conference about his time spent feasting upon every related scripture related to the Gathering of Israel..This is a powerful message and a strong example for us to follow..We may have our own "feast" we are trying to consume. Whatever it is, are you doing it …

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Your mouth hasn’t been shut, so preach the Gospel.

Your mouth hasn't been shut, so preach the Gospel..Do you have a "Mormon" son in your home? A boy who is 10 and preparing to receive the Aaronic Priesthood in the year they turn 12?.When I heard that announcement nearly two years ago, my thoughts went to Mormon. He was considered a trustworthy boy. Ammaron …

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What are the treasures to be found by raising our vision?

What are the treasures to be found by raising our vision?.What an interesting thought. Can you name some of the treasures? If so, I want to hear some of them in the comments on this post..Stephen looked upward: “Being full of the Holy Ghost, he looked up steadfastly into heaven and saw the glory of …

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The Book of Mormon has never guided me off the path to righteousness.

The Book of Mormon has never guided me off the path to righteousness..There are many worldly things, and I've guided myself off the beaten path—not The Book of Mormon. When "controllable" things go horribly wrong, it's usually 99.9% my fault. When I make choices, I need to take ownership—so do you..Every time I'm indulged in …

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Take a look at the stars, and you’ll know God foreordained you

Take a look at the stars, and you'll know God foreordained you!.It's been an excellent week for me, as I hope it has been for each of you. I've spend several nights camping under the stars and listening to the sounds of nature..There is one thing I was assured of—God loves His people! We sometimes …

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Hard work yields a result, no matter the outcome.

Hard work yields a result, no matter the outcome..The past few days, I’ve hiked and walked more than I have for several years. I’ve climbed some steep areas and have had very little sleep..As I’ve done this, I’ve realized a few things about myself: I can push myself to do hard things. I have prepared …

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Have you committed to standing strong and firm in your faith?

Have you committed to standing strong and firm in your faith? You're going to be challenged by your peers, and the world for being a member of Christ’s Church. Be ready for it..People are going to ridicule you, but privately they will respect you for your standards. I've seen this time and time again in …

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“Our individual exit routes from this life vary; so does the timing.” Elder Maxwell.

"Our individual exit routes from this life vary; so does the timing." Elder Maxwell..A few posts back, I spoke about trials. I spoke about praying for trials and recognizing them when they come. No one WANTS a trial & is excited to enter the fiery furnace, but we "receive no witness until AFTER the trial …

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Forty Years of Effort

Forty Years of Effort..The Lord loves effort. President Nelson instructed the children during the last conference, "the Lord loves effort because effort brings rewards that can’t come without it.".I have witnessed many individuals expecting to be given everything without putting forth effort—from sports, work, school, and other activities..We need to listen to the Prophet. He …

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Learn the gospel by searching the scriptures.

Learn the gospel by searching the scriptures..Growing up, I was surrounded by other kids, teenagers, and adults who were well versed in scripture. They had scripture after scripture memorized. Many could even retell almost every gospel story..I felt inadequate many times. I could memorize a few short passages of scripture, but a few days later, …

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The Captain of The Poor

The Captain of the poor..Have you walked amongst the poor, the homeless, the downtrodden, and the disadvantaged? I have..For the last three years of my career, I have mingled with the hungry, worked with those seeking refuge, and learned from their circumstances..I've learned there are two types of individuals—service resistant or service compliant..I understand every …

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The Soldier Who Stood By

The soldier who stood by.."Never had the Lamanites been known to fight with such exceedingly great strength and courage, no, not even from the beginning." (Alma 43:43).There were some extremely difficult circumstances during these battles; however, Captain Moroni went on and led the Nephites to victory over the Lamanites..As we look a little further into …

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It’s not anyone else’s responsibility to raise your kids.

It's not anyone else's responsibility to raise your kids..I listened to a few different talks today, several by Elder Jeffery R Holland and one by his son, and recently sustained General Authority Seventy, Elder Matthew S. Holland, also President of the North Carolina Raleigh Mission..These talks made me reflect on my childhood and how I …

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Choose Christ & Become Who You are Meant to be!

Choose Christ & Become Who You are Meant to be!.If you want to make a correct choice, choose Christ. “Thou mayest choose for thyself, for it is given unto thee” (Moses 3:17)..You're not forced to choose Him, although you already did once. You're free to change your mind, and no one is stopping you. Let …

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