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Should I Share My Testimony and Doctrine with a Non-Member Spouse or Just Set a Good Example?

Sometimes when we hear the term “share the gospel”, we might imagine ourselves standing on a soapbox preaching to crowds as the early missionaries did in England. Or perhaps we think we need to approach random strangers and tell them about the Church as many current missionaries do in street contacting. Both of those options can feel quite intimidating. We do not need to do either. 

Elder Uchtdorf addressed us about our mortal journey with the gospel saying, “We talk about our journey with others in normal and natural ways....


Which is more important, reading a minimum number of pages in the scriptures each day or pondering what you read?

Which is more important, reading a minimum number of pages in the scriptures each day or pondering what you read?

The Lord has repeatedly taught us to study the scriptures throughout history. John 5:39 teaches, “search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life; for they are they which testify of me.”

Years ago, I attended a two-year college in frigid eastern Idaho by the name of Ricks College. It was very much a small-town school with a worldwide reputation. It was a blessing for me to attend school there as I left my...


The Challenging Blessing of Change

The Challenging Blessing of Change

The branches in my family tree are filled with folks who have a stubborn streak few can rival. In some ways, that stubbornness can be a good thing, but usually, it is not. At the heart of this stubbornness is pridefulness. When we feel threatened, disappointed, or uneasy, our pride thrusts upon us an unbending will that is difficult to maneuver around. I have had to learn how to humble myself in response to unexpected circumstances and perceived threats.

A natural tree whose branches are rigid and are not able to sway...


Should We Debate the Gospel with Others?

Should We Debate the Gospel with Others?

How many of us have known a missionary who really liked to “bash”? In my missionary days, “bashing” meant that the Elder or Sister would go head-to-head with someone trying to come off victorious in a battle of words. In other words, they enjoyed a heated debate. A debate typically means holding a discussion with opposing viewpoints. I see it as trying to “prove” the strength of an argument or “side.”

There is often a difference between a discussion and a debate. A discussion seems to be the creation of...


How to Give Thanks to Heavenly Father when You Receive a Blessing

How to Give Thanks to Heavenly Father when You Receive a Blessing

I love the wisdom of the Savior’s teachings. When those at His feet asked Him a question, He often responded with a parable, ensuring that they would need to apply it to themselves to find the answer. One such parable is regarding the woman and the lost piece of silver. Luke 15:8-9 records “What woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath...