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After Losing His Arm, How This Church Member Became Andy Reid's Senior Assistant

by Daedan Olander | Makes You Think Mormon Life

This story originally ran on  LDS Living in June 2019.  After an accident caused him to lose the ...


How a Christ-Centered Gift Is Bringing Together a Community Torn Apart by Fire

by Daedan Olander and Danielle Wagner | Mormon Life

"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, ...


Becoming the Miracle: How a Mission President Paralyzed While Serving Still Shares His Faith

by Daedan Olander | Mormon Life

President Daniel Bingham was lucky to be alive. But after waking hours following the accident, he couldn’t ...


The Comparison We Should Be Making (and All Those We Should Ignore)

by Daedan Olander | Makes You Think

Basketball is one of my favorite things. I love playing, watching, and even talking about the sport that, t...


10 Wonderful Promised Blessings If We Magnify our Callings

by Daedan Olander | Makes You Think

The direction to magnify our callings can be an ambiguous, demanding one to follow. In a talk he gave in 20...


Latter-day Saint Teen on How Faith Helped Her Win Gatorade Player of the Year 4 Times

by Daedan Olander | Mormon Life

The FitnessGram pacer test is a multistage aerobic capacity test that progressively gets more difficult as ...


Why We Sometimes Don't Receive Answers to Our Questions

by Daedan Olander | Makes You Think

Many have found themselves in this situation: Religion is brought up, and we share that we are members of T...


The Latter-day Saint Boxing World Champion Who Was More Famous Than Babe Ruth

by Daedan Olander | Famous Mormons Fun Mormon Life

A little over 100 years ago, Jack Dempsey became the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, defeating fo...


Why the Cross Is "Vitally Important" to Our Faith, Even If We Don't Wear Them

by Daedan Olander | Makes You Think

In 2018, President Russell M. Nelson  placed increased emphasis on using the full and correct name of ...


20 Powerful Scriptures About Freedom and Liberty

by Daedan Olander | Mormon Life

With both Memorial Day and Flag Day having come and gone in the past couple months, the season of celebrati...