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5 Lessons from Losing Our Baby

by Zack Oates | July 25, 2018 | Makes You Think

We were thrilled when the test came back positive. Our first little girl was only 8 months old and I was so...

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The 3 Simple Words My Grandma Brought Me from the Spirit World

by Zack Oates | July 23, 2018 | Mormon Life

My grandma was in a coma for nearly 10 days. She had flatlined a few times and doctors said that things wer...

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Why Saying "The Church Is True" Is Incomplete

by Zack Oates | July 19, 2018 | Makes You Think

“I know the Church is true” is one of the first testimonies we hear Primary children repeating. But somewhe...

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3 Crucial Reasons You Have the Church Calling That You Do

by Zack Oates | June 30, 2018 | Makes You Think

It was my first week in a BYU singles ward and I was called as Elders Quorum President. First item of busin...

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What I Learned About Ministering from a Phone Call to the IRS

by Zack Oates | June 12, 2018 | Makes You Think

With the change from home and visiting teaching to “ministering,” I’ve heard many people say that it is rea...

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Why We Need to Change the Way We Talk About Marriage—Especially to Singles

by Zack Oates | May 21, 2018 | Makes You Think

I had a great single life. I mean, it was awesome. I went out on dates every week, I traveled at least mont...

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3 Powerful Messages I Learned from Analyzing All of President Monson's Conference Talks

by Zack Oates | Makes You Think

What will be President Thomas S. Monson’s legacy? Doubtless, he will be remembered as the prophet who looke...

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​3 Habits That Could Make You Lose Your Testimony Without Realizing It

by Zack Oates | Mormon Life

It was a blistering hot day in NYC. I was 23 and had graduated from BYU two months earlier. Now I was neari...

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5 Crucial Relationship Questions You Didn’t Realize Were Answered in Alma 32

by Zack Oates | Mormon Life

Alma gives a beautiful dissertation about the seed of faith in Alma 32. But as I read this chapter recently...

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How My Mission Taught Me It’s Possible to Be too Obedient

by Zack Oates | Makes You Think

I grew up the son of a professional football player father and a mother who was a model. And while I, unfor...