Friendship

June 23, 2022 08:00 AM MDT
We’d be willing to bet your next linger longer that most Latter-day Saints who go to YSA wards today have no idea how they came to be. Here’s a look at how they’ve evolved over the years.
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June 10, 2022 11:23 AM MDT
London called their long-distance friendship “a very slow, very patient conversation,” but one in which they’ve truly gotten to know each other, find commonalities, and share decades of personal stories.
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June 07, 2022 12:18 PM MDT
In studying this week’s “Come, Follow Me” chapters, I found some new gems in the story of Ruth and Naomi that have changed my outlook on my own female friendships.
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November 16, 2021 09:57 AM MST
Speaking of her friendship with Rev. Theresa Dear, Dew says, “Because she has been places in her life I have not been, she broadens my point of view and understanding, even on the most sensitive of subjects.”
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November 10, 2020 12:00 PM MST
“He remembereth every creature of his creating, he will make himself manifest unto all” —Mosiah 27:30
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December 06, 2018 10:40 PM MST
How much love does a cookie hold? Ten friends who will celebrate their 40th year of exchanging Christmas cookies can tell you. For them, the baking, packaging, and sharing of cookies each December is a reminder that time cannot diminish the love shared by friends through a cookie! Don't forget to look through all the pages for all their favorite cookie recipes.
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November 08, 2018 02:00 PM MST
Singles occupy a unique place in the Church. At least one-third of the adult Church membership is single. As President James E. Faust has pointed out, we were all single before we were married, and many, due to divorce or death of a spouse, will once again be single. The promise of an eternal family is nonetheless available to all who are worthy.
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August 16, 2018 09:15 AM MDT
When one of my friends announced on social media that she no longer had a testimony of the Church, I was shocked and saddened. A few months later I met up with another good friend who told me that she and her entire family had left the Church. I felt profound grief, confusion, and loss for these friends, and I struggled to understand and reconcile my feelings. How would their choices affect the future of our friendship?
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July 06, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
Ward families provide wonderful opportunities to worship, make friends, find support, and strengthen your testimony as ward members work, learn, grow, and live together. But speaking as a former long-term member of a young single adult ward and a current member of an apartment-heavy ward with newlyweds and senior missionary couples coming in and out on a regular basis, I know that feeling support and connection at church can be a little more difficult when your ward family is constantly changing. Here are a few tips I’ve gathered that might help both leaders and members create more unity in an ever-changing ward.
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March 27, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
As Bryan Hall walked up to a group of general conference protesters one cold October morning, he never thought that he would one day become friends with the ringleader, Ruben Israel, a man he had come to hate—a man he had never even met.
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March 05, 2018 05:43 PM MST
Zoram, we are told, was a “true friend” to Nephi (see2 Nephi 1:30), as was Amulek to Alma. Hyrum was a true friend and brother to Joseph.
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Larry Miller was well known for his philanthropy and generosity. This excerpt from the book Behind the Drive: 99 Inspiring Stories from the Life of an American Entrepreneur details Larry's friendship with Jon Hunstman Sr.
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By  LDS Living
January 24, 2018 08:37 PM MST
This month’s visiting teaching principle and First Presidency message remind us that in our quest to better ourselves, we need to remember to prayerfully minister to others with love and to rely on the Atonement when we mess up.
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By  LDS Living
December 01, 2017 09:25 AM MST
This month's messages remind us of the Savior, His birth, and the Spirit of Christ, which we can invite into our life not only during the Christmas season but for the whole year.
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By  LDS Living
October 18, 2017 06:41 PM MDT
President Lyndon B. Johnson and President David O. McKay had one of the closest relationships between a Church president and U.S. president. They spoke fondly of each other and President Johnson visited Salt Lake City numerous times, even before Johnson was elected.
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Fun
By  LDS Living
June 11, 2017 10:31 PM MDT
Thanks to Meridian Magazine for making us aware of these changes.
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May 24, 2017 06:00 PM MDT
Two LDS men came across one of their best childhood friends they had not seen in years, after discovering he was living homeless on the streets of Salt Lake City.
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May 15, 2017 09:11 AM MDT
I have a confession to make—sometimes being a member of the Church makes me feel very uncomfortable. When I stand to bear my testimony, I feel a bit embarrassed. When I’m scheduling appointments with my visiting teaching sisters, I sometimes secretly hope that they’ll cancel or postpone. Missionary experiences? I don’t often pray for them, and if I do, I pray that I’ll see them coming a few days ahead of time so I can prepare.
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By  LDS Living
January 24, 2017 01:35 PM MST
Most little girls love spending time with their dads.
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By  LDS Living
November 29, 2016 02:00 PM MST
Nish and Emily come from two completely different backgrounds.
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By  LDS Living
November 04, 2016 02:26 PM MDT
Cancer—that was the word that set Laura scrambling to help her sister Carol when she called to share her diagnosis.
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Fun
October 26, 2016 04:18 PM MDT
Emily Farmer and McEwan “Mac” Voorhees don’t have much in common.
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September 27, 2016 04:34 PM MDT
LDS author Jason F. Wright was stopped at a 7-Eleven after running some errands in Strasburg, Virginia, when Anita Hughes walked into the store and shouted, "Does anyone know how to get to Ohio?!"
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August 01, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
In Utah County it happens frequently—use of The Lingo. If a person looks remotely Mormon (appropriate skin coverage, no obvious consumption of contraband) the assumption is they’re LDS. I almost always fall into that category.
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By  Zack Oates
July 19, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
“I thought it was over,” he exhaled. “I mean, she said that I was her friend…her friend!”
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April 09, 2016 05:02 PM MDT
Latter-day Saint Caitlin McKinnon has come to learn firsthand how Mormons, Muslims, and people of all faiths can allow their beliefs to pull them together instead of apart.
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March 18, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
It was a Saturday morning like any other.
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February 27, 2016 03:24 PM MST
What powerful thoughts that Elder D. Todd Christofferson shared in the March issue of the Ensign, thoughts that he has developed through personal experience. Here are some thoughts he shared:
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By  LDS Living
October 03, 2015 09:00 AM MDT
Ashley Kelly: Everybody loves #ldsconf.
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March 25, 2015 07:18 PM MDT
I have reflected on my new-found appreciation of mushrooms and my relationships with people.
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January 06, 2015 07:49 PM MST
The Lord’s invitation to join in His “hastening of the work” did not come with qualifiers; all are invited — regardless of callings, age or experience.
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August 07, 2014 06:04 PM MDT
All I did at age 21 was play baseball, surf, and hang out with my friends. I wasn’t going to Church very often and I was on my way to Hawaii to finish my college baseball career…or to the minors to take my shot at the big leagues. My life was filled with one fun adventure after another. From San Diego to LA, I had the coast covered. I couldn’t have dreamed up a better situation at age 21. There was just one issue though. After all was said and done for the day, and I’d lay my head down on my pillow at night…all I felt was emptiness. What the heck?
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May 28, 2014 10:00 PM MDT
INTRODUCTION: Zoram, we are told, was a “true friend” to Nephi (see 2 Nephi 1:30), as was Amulek to Alma. Hyrum was a true friend and brother to Joseph
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May 28, 2014 07:07 PM MDT
Why do young single adults have some of the lowest church attendance rates? Well, as a young single adult I will tell you: our lives are crazy! I have heard single-hood described as a great, black hole until marriage; this is true because when you are a young single adult you have no roots.
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March 10, 2014 04:16 PM MDT
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December 05, 2013 03:17 PM MST
Over the years, I’ve gone in and out of phase with my like of visiting teaching. In the last two years, I’ve tried to be a better member of the Relief Society, by actually being a visiting teacher. There were some years here in the recent past where I was not a visiting teacher for various reasons. But when I felt the spirit nudge me to call the Relief Society President of our ward, and tell her I could do it again, I did. It was a really overwhelming thing for me, even though I felt I could do go and serve. Following that direction from the Holy Spirit has taught me that indeed the Lord does provide a way for us to do the things he asks us to do, just like he did with Nephi, and Moses, and Noah and so many others. Back when I was still a single gal, fresh out of college, and freshly back in Mesa, AZ, after living in Provo and BYU for 3 years, where my visiting teacher was my roommate, and the sisters we taught lived five steps next door, I was in a big singles’ ward with a lot of people I didn’t know, and who frankly, scared me to death most of the time.
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February 16, 2012 02:42 PM MST
I’m a female who needs other females. Although I’m blessed to have a husband who’s done a bang up job filling the role of best friend for more than two decades, he can’t (and shouldn’t, imo) fulfill every need I have for companionship, sociability, understanding, sympathy, or fun. Even Angeline Jolie — a “girl-who-isn’t-friends-with-other-girls” stereotype if I’ve ever seen one — seems to pine a little bit over her lack of female friends. Most women, in fact, don’t need scientific studies to validate what we know to be true deep in our bones: women need other women.
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January 27, 2012 05:18 PM MST
The older I get the more I realize that what really matters at any age is relationships. I like to think of them as being horizontally to the human and vertically to the divine. At the same time, in either relationship it is easy to let what seems more important get in the way of keeping connected. Like just plain aging. At 86, personal ablutions take more and more time. I used to say. "I'll hop in the shower." Loved it. Now a shower takes balance I don't have and bending I'm very bad at. Dressing up with support hose is a chore. I've abandoned mascara since I can't see well enough to hit an eyelash.
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January 25, 2012 05:02 AM MST
Manual 1; Excerpt from "Finding Joy in the Journey," by President Thomas S. Monson
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August 20, 2011 08:40 PM MDT
Licensed professional counselor Kevin Hinckley explored the difference between men's brains and women's brains during a lecture given Tuesday, Aug. 16, as a part of Campus Education Week at BYU.
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August 18, 2011 04:05 AM MDT
How do I forgive when it still hurts so much? How do I get back to how it was before he/she lost my trust? I want to move on, but how do I know if I am ready? How do I control all my thoughts that make me question if I can trust her/him again?
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