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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 | January 11, 2018 | 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...

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This 30-Min Conversation Each Week Could Save Your Marriage

by Zack Oates | Makes You Think Mormon Life

I’ve been married for 10,000 hours, which makes me an expert. Hardly. Ten thousand hours is a little over a...

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How I Overcame My Fear of a Boring Marriage

by Zack Oates | Mormon Life

I wasn’t afraid of marriage when I was single; I was thrilled for it. I was, however, absolutely petrified ...

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You're Far from Perfect—But Sometimes That's Where God Needs Us to Be

by Zack Oates | Makes You Think Mormon Life

So you’ve set some goals to be better and, like every other year, at least a few will be dragged through th...

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How Saying "I Have to . . ." Holds Us Back

by Zack Oates | Fun Mormon Life

I was at the barber one day in Utah when it came up that I had lived in New York City. The young lady cutti...

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A Message to Those Tired of Being Single

by Zack Oates | Mormon Life

It was the week before I met my fiancée—but for all I knew, I was going to be waiting another 10 years. I f...