Doubt

April 14, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
The following excerpt from To My Friends originally ran on LDS Living in December 2017. To My Friends is now available as a Pocket Gospel Classic.
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December 07, 2020 12:00 PM MST
This is the third part of a four-part series from Elder Bruce C. Hafen about helping those who may be dealing with questions or doubts based on Faith Is Not Blind, the book he and his wife, Marie, co-authored.This series is adapted from an address Elder Hafen gave to religious educators.
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November 30, 2020 12:00 PM MST
This is the second part of a four-part series from Elder Bruce C. Hafen about helping those who may be dealing with questions or doubts based on Faith Is Not Blind, the book he and his wife, Marie, co-authored.This series is adapted from an address Elder Hafen gave to religious educators.
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September 19, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
Editor’s note: Dr. Debra Theobald McClendon is a clinical psychologist who specializes in scrupulosity, a religiously themed subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This is the final article in a series discussing McClendon’s thoughts on how anxiety impacts a personal faith crisis and how individuals can navigate their anxiety with faith. McClendon was recently a guest on LDS Living’s All In podcast. You can listen to the podcast and find more resources on the topic here.
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September 12, 2020 11:13 AM MDT
Editor’s note: Dr. Debra Theobald McClendon is a clinical psychologist who specializes in scrupulosity, a religiously themed subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This is the second in a series of three articles discussing McClendon’s thoughts on how anxiety impacts a personal faith crisis and how individuals can navigate their anxiety with faith. McClendon was recently a guest on LDS Living’s All In podcast. You can listen to the podcast and find more resources on the topic here.
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September 05, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
Editor’s note: Dr. Debra Theobald McClendon is a clinical psychologist who specializes in scrupulosity, a religiously themed subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In this new series, McClendon discusses her thoughts on how anxiety impacts a personal faith crisis and how individuals can navigate their anxiety with faith. McClendon was recently a guest on LDS Living’s All In podcast. Listen to the podcast and see the articles in the series below. You can also find more resources on the topic here.
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September 05, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
Editor’s note: Dr. Debra Theobald McClendon is a clinical psychologist who specializes in scrupulosity, a religiously themed subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This is the first in a series of three articles discussing McClendon’s thoughts on how anxiety impacts a personal faith crisis and how individuals can navigate their anxiety with faith. McClendon was recently a guest on LDS Living’s All In podcast. You can listen to the podcast and find more resources on the topic here.
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September 05, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
William T. Bruner represented most religions’ take on the fall of Adam and Eve when he wrote, “There was nothing fortunate about the fall of man. It was a total tragedy for God and man.” However, as Latter-day Saints, our doctrinal beliefs surrounding the fall are quite different. Daniel K. Judd outlined that difference in his piece, “The Fortunate Fall of Adam and Eve”:
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July 09, 2020 01:47 PM MDT
Asking questions about the gospel is encouraged in the Church, as doing so can bring more knowledge and personal growth into your life. But how do you handle questions that challenge your faith? The July 2020 issue of the Ensign features two articles on this topic, giving insights on how to look for answers in a faithful way.
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May 17, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
This excerpt originally ran on LDS Living in June 2016.
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April 20, 2020 06:30 PM MDT
What do we do in the times where God seems silent—when there seems to be no one on the receiving end of our prayers and pleadings? This seems to be one of our most frequently asked questions about questions and it is precisely the question Jared Halverson seeks to answer in this new video released by LDS Living and Gospel Day by Day.
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By  LDS Living
December 25, 2019 10:02 PM MST
We've been busy this year sharing uplifting stories and messages through video! Here are our most popular videos of 2019.
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December 18, 2019 09:43 AM MST
The following story originally ran on LDS Living in 2017.
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October 31, 2019 05:55 PM MDT
As scary as talking (or asking) about problems with pornography may be, not talking about it can lead to devastating problems later. Each individual pornography problem is unique and challenging, and you may not even know if it’s an issue or how to bring it up with the person you’re dating, so it’s important that you seek guidance from the Spirit. There’s no single solution for every situation, but in this article, we offer some suggestions for those of you who might be wondering:
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By  LDS Living
October 25, 2019 03:05 PM MDT
"I became so fixated with my faith and poking holes in that, my studies got pushed aside. My grades took a hit. I started to want to disbelieve," Adam says in a recent Church video "His Grace: Choosing to Believe." "And I think that's when the darkness for me personally really set in."
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October 19, 2019 01:10 PM MDT
The following article originally ran on LDS Living in May 2015.
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By  LDS Living
September 25, 2019 03:50 PM MDT
As a BYU history professor and director of the Maxwell Institute, Spencer Fluhman is the go-to guy of sorts for students with questions about the Church, according to an article by KUER.
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September 24, 2019 09:03 AM MDT
A few weeks ago, a brother stood at the pulpit in my ward in Arkansas and humbly shared his testimony. He spoke about his journey toward faith, his struggles with doubt, and his hope to keep moving forward. A feeling of love and gratitude arose from the congregation because many of us had gone through similar experiences.
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September 16, 2019 02:57 PM MDT
For the first time during a Face to Face event, Elder Soares and Elder Christensen answered a few questions in Portuguese and Spanish. The devotional was broadcast live from a studio on the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah.
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September 10, 2019 12:00 PM MDT
The following has been republished with permission from taylorhalverson.com.
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September 04, 2019 06:12 PM MDT
Let me make sure that you understand this important point. There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking questions or investigating our history, doctrine, and practices. The Restoration began when Joseph Smith sought an answer to a sincere question.
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By  LDS Living
August 27, 2019 01:35 PM MDT
LDS Living wants to invite you on a journey to become better seekers of truth, better receivers of personal revelation, and better answerers of difficult, soul-stretching questions.
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By  Ian Calk
August 03, 2019 09:31 AM MDT
Have you ever needed to see a doctor, but when you call the office no one answers? You hear the automated message that says, “If this is an emergency, please hang up and dial 911.” This doesn’t just happen when we are physically ill. If you are reading this and find yourself in the middle of a great spiritual tailspin—that dark night of the soul, the notorious faith crisis—you may indeed feel like this is an emergency. What you’re experiencing is real and probably terrifying, or at least, at times, anxiety-ridden. It can be disorienting and exhausting, but I want you to know that things will be okay. Trust me, I’m a doctor (it’s true, I’m a literal doctor).
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July 18, 2019 08:48 AM MDT
Two years ago I wrote an article titled “Why People Leave The Church and Never Come Back.” Since then, the article has been read nearly a million times. Rarely does a week go by without someone reaching out to say, “Hey Nate, I don’t know you, but I read your article. Can we talk?”
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July 12, 2019 12:21 PM MDT
Many have found themselves in this situation: Religion is brought up, and we share that we are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Questions follow that we don’t know how to answer.
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June 13, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
I often overhear people talking about their fears of being more than one thing. One side of the conversation regularly goes something like this: “I can’t be both _____________ and a member of the Church.” And if they’re not saying it about themselves, they’re talking about somebody else. Sometimes it comes in the form of a question: “Can you be gay and still be a member of the Church?”
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June 08, 2019 01:08 PM MDT
If you are a believing Latter-day Saint parent, your greatest hope is that you and your children will all be together in eternity. But—with increased disaffiliation from the Church—many parents, maybe even most, have or will have adult children who no longer believe.
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May 11, 2019 02:00 PM MDT
The following content has been republished with permission from bridgeslds.com.
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By  LDS Living
May 03, 2019 04:00 PM MDT
On Friday, the general presidents of all the women-led organizations in the Church met for a historic Sister-to-Sister event at BYU Women's Conference.
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April 19, 2019 10:27 PM MDT
For Holy Week, LDS Living is preparing for Easter in two simple ways: 1) by focusing on the events leading up to Easter on our Instagram account @brightly.beams and 2) by releasing a video a day focusing on the perspective of those who witnessed the life and resurrection of our Savior. Here is the sixth video (watch the first five here), featuring Emily Belle Freeman and David Butler of Don't Miss This as they explain what we can learn about Easter and our Savior from Thomas. While many focus on Thomas's doubt following the Savior's resurrection, what is even more beautiful is our Savior's reaction to Thomas's questions.
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By  Jon Cooper
March 18, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
There are so many Church doctrines and gospel principles that giving you only 14 explanations didn't cover nearly enough. So here are 13 more explanations to help you clarify certain concepts for your nonmember friends and neighbors.
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March 12, 2019 04:14 PM MDT
What should we do if we have questions about what we once knew to be true? This powerful Ensignarticle by Jakob R. Jones shares eight insights into how we can work through our doubts while reminding us that God doesn't love us any less when we have questions.
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March 08, 2019 04:16 PM MST
The following has been republished with permission from faithmatters.org.
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January 31, 2019 01:20 PM MST
I have this running list of all the questions I want to ask when I die. It may sound morbid to think about my death so often, but I'm actually really looking forward to learning the answers to questions like is the Oak Island treasure real? What happened to Amelia Earhart?
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By  Jon Cooper
January 24, 2019 10:45 PM MST
How do we explain Church doctrine and gospel principles to our friends and neighbors who are not Latter-day Saints? If you’re having trouble knowing how to clarify certain concepts, here are some ideas.
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January 23, 2019 03:44 PM MST
Will you stand forever? Or will you go away?
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January 21, 2019 02:39 PM MST
“I know that the Church is true, that Joseph Smith is a prophet, and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God.”
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By  LDS Living
January 17, 2019 04:23 PM MST
What happens when you can no longer feel your Heavenly Parents or Savior near? When you can't feel the Spirit? When you can't find the answer to the questions troubling soul?
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January 14, 2019 02:26 PM MST
Elder Renlund and his wife, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, spoke in tandem during the devotional Sunday night which originated from the Brigham Young University–Hawaii campus in Laie, Hawaii, and was broadcast via satellite for young adult members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world.
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November 26, 2018 03:47 PM MST
While at the Church of Oxford's Pembroke College Chapel, Elder Holland answered questions concerning family life, mental health, Church policy, and many other concerns members have.
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November 06, 2018 09:00 PM MST
We first met as students in a BYU religion class called “Your Religious Problems.” We both solved our biggest “religious problem” when our friendship from that class blossomed into our marriage. For each class, a student would pick a religious question, do research on it, then lead a discussion. We each wrote a short paper on how we would resolve the problem.
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October 24, 2018 02:15 PM MDT
What touching insights from Celeste Davis that were shared onlds.org. In the article, she discusses how she learned what one of her friends who left the Church needed most, and why we are often blind to that need.
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September 26, 2018 02:50 PM MDT
After giving an unexpected piano performance at the Salt Lake City Assembly Hall, Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé shared advice for members of the Church who don't feel like they have any questions about the gospel.
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September 07, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
“Is this a prank?” Steve “Dusty” Smith wondered. He was surprised—and confused—as he listened to the woman on the phone telling him that President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, then-second counselor in the First Presidency, wanted to speak with him. But once the distinct, accented voice came through the other end of the line, Smith knew it wasn’t a joke. He was speaking to an apostle, and President Uchtdorf had just one question for Smith: would he share his story?
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August 22, 2018 05:08 PM MDT
While considering serving a mission as a young adult, I enrolled in a BYU class called Mormon Issues. I thought it would prepare me to answer historical questions regarding The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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August 18, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
When it comes to making big decisions, finding answers to questions, or searching for solutions, we know that seeking revelation is vital. But sometimes as we are pondering and seeking, we find that instead we are overthinking and worrying. Our fears and anxieties dominate our thoughts, and worries spiral to the point that we are unable to receive the heavenly direction we need.
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August 17, 2018 01:42 PM MDT
Many years ago, a young man (he was only 23 years old) was called to be the new stake president in Tooele, Utah. In those days, stake conferences had two sessions, and at lunch between the sessions, Joseph F. Smith, one of the General Authorities attending, said to the new stake president, “You said you believe the gospel with all your heart, and propose to live it, but you did not bear your testimony that you know it is true. Don’t you know absolutely that this gospel is true?”
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August 10, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
While serving as missionaries in the eastern states, my senior companion and I entered a town in New Jersey and began a systematic program of door-to-door contacting. We had not worked in the area for long before it became obvious that the local Protestant ministers had prepared their parishioners for our coming.
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Fun
By  LDS Living
July 26, 2018 02:19 PM MDT
Without a doubt, what makes The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints so unique are the members. And as the Church continues to grow, new converts only add to the diversity of the Church with their unique perspectives and experiences.
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July 20, 2018 03:07 PM MDT
My parents divorced before I was born, setting the tone for an inconsistent religious upbringing. Although my mom grew up in a Mormon family, she was no longer religious. My dad and stepmom were members of the Mormon church but weren’t very active. As a result, I scarcely went to church growing up. I was baptized at 8 years old, but I didn’t understand what it meant.
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July 19, 2018 07:00 AM MDT
As an English major, I have enjoyed taking several classes on ethics and social justice that address issues like implicit bias, racism, and sexism. I love the way these classes opened my eyes to things I had never noticed before about the world around me. While I had always known that equal rights were important, I became more sensitive to the importance of these issues in a way I never had before. I felt that gaining this wisdom was invaluable—that it would make me a stronger, more sensitive voice, both in my career and in my service in the Church.
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July 13, 2018 02:31 PM MDT
This month's edition of weekly FHE lessons is based on the new family movie Trek, which follows a young Mormon teenager named Tom and his friends on their handcart journey. Each lesson includes a scene from movie to watch and discuss. Your whole family will laugh along and be inspired by Trek: The Movie, available at Deseret Book stores and deseretbook.com.
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June 28, 2018 08:03 AM MDT
Church members can experience a crisis of faith for a variety of reasons. Whether stemming from a discovery of an unflattering but true account of Church history, a negative interaction with a Church leader, or a recent change in the Church Handbook, each person’s reason is valid and should be treated as such. Here are ways those experiencing a faith crisis can cope, as well as ways loving members can support them.
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June 25, 2018 06:15 PM MDT
As we move closer and closer to the end of time, meaning the end of earth’s temporal existence, the forces of evil will be combined against the forces of good, particularly the Church of the Lamb of God. A proclamation issued by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in April 1845 includes these words: “As this work progresses in its onward course, and becomes more and more an object of political and religious interest and excitement, no king, ruler, or subject, no community or individual, will stand neutral. All will at length be influenced by one spirit or the other; and will take sides either for or against the kingdom of God.”
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May 28, 2018 11:55 AM MDT
Many churches of mainstream Protestant and Catholic religions are largely empty. I learned something about this supposed disinterest in religion that is flooding the developed world through an experience I had with a man that I met several years ago named Stephen Spencer. Asking sincere questions about someone’s supposed disinterest in religion is another way to engage in conversations about the gospel.
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May 26, 2018 11:58 AM MDT
How can we better share our religion without making the conversation feel forced? What should we be sharing with others? Here are three powerful ideas to help you be a better everyday missionary:
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April 07, 2018 01:45 PM MDT
In the Bible, there is a story of two disciples who were discouraged and grieved. Their leader and exemplar and friend Jesus Christ had died and they thought he was gone forever. They were walking to a town called Emmaus when a stranger came up to them and they conversed and walked together. The stranger asked what troubled them, and they told them all about the horrific death of their beloved Jesus. The stranger quoted scripture and told them to not worry, that Jesus Christ would rise again. That stranger was Jesus Christ, but as it says in Luke 24:16, "Their eyes were holden that they should not know him."
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Fun
By  LDS Living
April 02, 2018 02:15 PM MDT
We get it. As Mormons, we are a peculiar people. So, naturally, nonmembers might be a bit curious about what we believe and who we are.
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By  LDS Living
March 21, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
Wedding season is here. The weather is warming up and the invitations are increasing. And while this is a great time to excitedly anticipate starting a new family, it's also a crucial time for you to keep building a strong foundation for that family.
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March 07, 2018 01:50 PM MST
"We stigmatize doubt to the point that people feel guilty for even having the questions. That's not conducive to spiritual growth," J. Spencer Fluhmna, assistant professor of history at BYU, tells BYU Magazine.
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