When I was a junior in high school, I came under the influence of a brilliant English teacher. She was tough on her students, always insisting that they clearly and thoroughly defend any position they took.
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Spoiler Alert: This article assumes the reader is familiar with the plot of the Harry Potter series. If you aren’t, you should stop reading now, pick up the first book, and have your mind blown by its excellence. Then come back and read this.
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War has long been a difficult part of our human history. But you can find inspiration in these 11 books and DVDs that chronicle real-life and fictional characters and their search for faith, courage, and valor amidst some of the most difficult periods of history.
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I was fresh out of U.S. Air Force pilot training, struggling to find my place as the new guy in my first fighter squadron. All the other squadron members seemed so sure of themselves, full of energy and confidence. I wanted to fit in. I wanted to be part of the gang, a member of the club. I wanted my career to flourish. The last thing I wanted to do was make waves or highlight myself as a troublemaker. But it seemed that I couldn't escape it if I wanted to live my beliefs.
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When my son Greg was five years old, he approached me in the kitchen with his typical curiosity and asked, “Mommy, where does God live?” He had no idea how the question would change our lives. Without that question, I’m not sure I’d be writing a book, and certainly not one with a chapter on faith.
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The following are excerpts from President Russell M. Nelson's Accomplishing the Impossible and Perfection Pending.
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In scripture, God tells His saints to “be of good cheer.”
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Courage: it's something scripture heroes have in bulk. But, for those of us who won't cross oceans or take on armies, how do we show courage in our faith?
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Special Agent Tyler Call of the FBI was off duty and with his family when he came across a woman being held at gunpoint by her ex-husband. Putting his life on the line, Call helped rescue the woman, and for that act of bravery, he was one of 13 law enforcement officers to be awarded the Medal of Valor this May.
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Just Let Go, a recently released film about the true story of Latter-day Saint Chris Williams, has a powerful message of overcoming pain, tragedy, and heartache through the miracle of forgiveness. The following song comes from the soundtrack for this touching movie.
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