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LDS Scottish Teen Shares Faith Through Music

by Deseret News | March 24, 2014 | Arts & Entertainment Opinions & Features

In the year since 18-year-old Scottish musician Benjamin Hunter auditioned for the Mormon British Pageant, he has released his first album, featuring hymns and songs of faith inspired by his musical journey. Hunter, a third-generation member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has lived his entire life in Airdrie, a small town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. Hunter said confidence has played a large part in his ability to live the gospel and be an example to others. ...

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Happiness in the Face of Naysayers

by Segullah | March 20, 2014 | Opinions & Features

I am constantly amazed, and consistently delighted, at the many many ways to find happiness in this world: making the basketball team, joining the choir, stitching a quilt, starting a charity, earning an award or an honest dollar…running, inventing, gardening, swimming, hiking, writing or simply just noticing everything and anything good, beautiful, funny. And yet, in this age of opportunities, where each of us can truly find joy, runs a current of criticism, jealousy, nit-picking and quibbling. The cynics seem to see the world as a pie and any success by someone else, means less for them to eat. But the...

Turning Love into Great Love

by YouTube | March 19, 2014 | Opinions & Features

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What I Gave Up When I Married at 19

by Confessions of a Teenage Bride | March 19, 2014 | Best of LDS Blogs Opinions & Features

I was married at the young age of 19. Yup, I know... besides possibly setting a new record... I am also "crazy." But, don't worry, you don't need to tell me that, I already know. In fact, I've heard it all: "Didn't you just get out of high school?" "It was just yesterday that you were in diapers!! You're just a baby!"  "Don't you think you should date more before making such a big decision?" "Are you sure about this? It's a lot of responsibility." Followed by:  "I wish I waited a bit longer to get married and just let myself...

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14 Reasons Happy People are Happy

by The Returned Missionary | March 18, 2014 | Opinions & Features

You may have read our article on 6 things you DON’T need to be happy. Well, here are some reasons why the happiest returned missionaries, (and most people) are the way they are. I’m not saying that you have to have all of these to be happy, but I am saying that applying any one of these will make you a happier person, whether or not you served a full-time mission. 1. They are Purpose Driven They know that they are here for a reason. They understand that they received their “first lessons” in the world of the spirits and that...

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Learning Charity as a Child

by LDS Church News | March 18, 2014 | Opinions & Features

Kathleen Davidson Carlisle of the Cottonwood Ward, Afton Wyoming Stake in Fairview, Wyo., was a child when she and her family packed up their household and began the cross-country drive from their home in Atlanta, Ga., to south central Utah where her father, George Davidson, a former minister, had accepted a new assignment. Sister Carlisle remembers one particular Sunday morning because of the beautiful sounds filling the car of a choir on the radio. “As I listened to the words to ‘Come, Come, Ye Saints’ my ears strained to hear each word, and unexpectedly, my eyes filled up with tears,” Sister...

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6 Things Repentance Does NOT Mean

by The Returned Missionary | March 16, 2014 | Best of LDS Blogs Opinions & Features

I think most people don’t repent because they don’t really know what that word means. Well, here are 6 things that repentance does NOT mean. Too many people never experience the happiness that comes from repentance because they think THIS is what it DOES mean. With Inigo Montoya I say: “I do not think it means what you think it means.” 1. Unending Suffering Repentance doesn’t mean that we will be suffering lashes forever. One of Satan’s big lies is that to repent of something, we will have to suffer and dig and gnash for an endless amount of time before...

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Able To Serve - Church Service Missions

by LDS.org | March 16, 2014 | Opinions & Features

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Future Missionaries Learning to Prepare in High School

by The Digital Universe | March 13, 2014 | Opinions & Features

McKay Allred had no idea how his final two years in high school were about to change when he sat down to watch the first session of general conference in fall 2012. President Thomas S. Monson announced that young men would now be able to serve missions at age 18 and young women at 19. Allred, then a junior in high school, suddenly had to think more realistically about what he was doing to prepare for his mission. ...

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Mormon Family Featured on Boston's WCVB Newscast Talking about True Success

by Deseret News | March 13, 2014 | Opinions & Features What We Believe

The Thomas family from Belmont, Mass., was recently featured because of their LDS faith in a newscast done by WCVB. Focusing on the statements made in "The Triple Package" regarding the success of Mormons in business, politics and finances, the Boston news station decided to see what Michael and Jen Thomas, both members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had to say about their religion. ...