Heavenly Father

February 23, 2021 01:00 PM MST
I was invited to lunch by a friend who wanted to introduce me to another friend, a man who had previously served as a mission president. This man had questions about how best to support elders and sisters from his mission who, during or after their missionary service, had shared with him that they were gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, or queer. As we talked about his missionaries, he asked about my life. At one point, he asked a question that startled me: “Do you think the Lord loves you as much as He does your brother?”
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By  Emily Abel
August 05, 2020 06:00 PM MDT
A new animated Church video released on Tuesday, August 4, explores the important and timely topic of practicing self-compassion. The playful animation style makes the video especially approachable for children, but the message is meaningful for all ages.
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February 24, 2020 04:49 PM MST
Benjamin Taylor had a routine—and it wasn’t one he wanted to keep up. He had held six different jobs over the course of six years, and none of them had worked out.
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November 30, 2019 11:53 AM MST
There are many reasons why Jesus came to earth, and our word Atonement has come to embody them all, but I think, if I had to be specific, I would say that the essence of His life centered on forgiveness. In the great hymn of the Restoration, Joseph Smith caught that spirit when he wrote, “Now, what do we hear in the gospel which we have received? A voice of gladness! A voice of mercy from heaven” (D&C 128:19). The Savior is the incarnation, the personification, the grand architect of forgiveness and mercy. It is inherent in almost every act of His life. It is the one single most significant quality of the Father that Jesus came to teach us with His words and show us by His example. Indeed, the most beautiful words He spoke during those last agonizing hours of His life are, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Whenever I feel the difficulty of forgiving in my own life, I read those words and the feeling of forgiveness moves into my soul.
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October 19, 2019 09:05 AM MDT
The following is an excerpt from Elder John H. Groberg’s book Fire of Faith, which details his experiences with his family as he served as a mission president in Tonga.
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September 18, 2019 04:55 PM MDT
My family was very poor while I was growing up, and we moved so often that I never felt like I belonged anywhere. Even though we faced a lot of hard times, we were rarely sad, but we were often hungry. I remember one day that was particularly rough at home. There was no food and my parents were arguing, so I left the house.
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August 24, 2019 02:00 PM MDT
The following story originally ran on LDS Living in August 2016.
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By  LDS Living
August 16, 2019 03:30 PM MDT
The Amazon River: the world's strongest river and the largest in the sheer amount of water that flows along its banks and eventually empties out into the ocean.
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By  LDS Living
July 29, 2019 04:03 PM MDT
"God's love isn't something we earn; it is always available for us," a new Church video shares. "No matter how lost we may feel, we are not out of His reach to reclaim us."
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July 13, 2019 02:00 PM MDT
Often, when seated in my office with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I hear questions and statements such as: “Why doesn’t God love me? Why do I not receive the blessings that are promised when I strive so hard to be obedient? Why does it feel like I am being punished when others are blessed? I try so hard to do what I know is right, and yet nothing seems to change; why? Why can’t I get past or over these feelings of depression and/or anxiety? Is there something wrong with me? Why does it feel like God is not listening when I have done all that I know how to do? Why, if God is so powerful, does He not bring the changes into my life that I desire and so desperately need?” With each of these heartfelt questions expressed in desperation and defeat, the next phrase I hear, more often than not, is this: “I must be doing something wrong. I am just not good enough.” It is as if this anguished response expresses a logical answer to their questions.
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July 12, 2019 12:40 PM MDT
A recent video released by the Church explains the nature of God, His relationship to each one of us, and how His love and influence can shape our lives. Learn more about Latter-day Saints' core beliefs in the Church's Now You Know video series.
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July 11, 2019 03:47 PM MDT
The following article originally ran on LDS Living in September 2015.
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July 08, 2019 02:56 PM MDT
One night while I was putting one of my sons to bed, he looked up at me after he was all tucked in and asked, “Dad, are there Legos in heaven?”
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June 29, 2019 01:43 PM MDT
As The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith opens in theaters nationwide this weekend, we wanted to share an excerpt from the faith-promoting book on which the film was based. The following account is excerpted from Fire of Faith by John H. Groberg.
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By  LDS Living
June 27, 2019 01:09 PM MDT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a series of powerful videos about overcoming pornography, supporting loved ones with a pornography problem, and finding healing from pornography or betrayal trauma. We will be highlighting these valuable resources over the ensuing weeks.
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June 21, 2019 10:00 PM MDT
Sometimes the Lord directs us to places where we never thought we would go. Discover how two women's trust in the Lord strengthened them to accomplish God's surprising will.
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June 11, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
Editor's note: This article was previously published in January 2016.
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By  LDS Living
April 18, 2019 07:37 PM MDT
What do Latter-day Saints believe about the Godhead and how is it different from other Christian faiths?
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March 22, 2019 09:51 AM MDT
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me reading in Matthew 14-15, Mark 6-7, and John 5-6. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Living for additional resources and suggestions.
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February 28, 2019 10:00 PM MST
For daily gospel-based relationship insights, join Jonathan’s Facebook group. To submit a question for Jonathan, click here.
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February 22, 2019 06:18 PM MST
When I was a little boy I was given a small Bible. If I remember correctly, it was only the New Testament. As I read I was drawn to 1 Corinthians 13, which is about charity, and, even as a child, I knew that for me that chapter was about the family I would someday have. Years later, before I was married, I received a patriarchal blessing. In that blessing the patriarch described the feeling that would someday be in my home. He described exactly what I had felt years before when I read 1 Corinthians 13, and I knew that the scriptures were a way that God speaks to me.
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By  LDS Living
January 19, 2019 04:54 PM MST
On September 23, 2015, Bre Lasley was in her bedroom when a complete stranger climbed through her window and attempted to murder her. For six minutes, Lasley and her younger sister, Kayli, fought their attacker before a police officer arrived and shot her attacker, killing him.
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January 08, 2019 10:00 PM MST
Heather Pinegar and her family were camping in Arizona for a family reunion when their lives changed forever. They were preparing for their long drive back to Texas when Mick, Heather’s 15-year-old son and an avid dirt biker, asked if he could go on one last ride before they headed home. He loved going on rides after rainstorms, and after receiving consent from his parents, he went on his way.
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January 04, 2019 02:44 PM MST
It was a ridiculous question for David Butler's son to ask.
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December 27, 2018 04:04 PM MST
This is an excerpt from the book Falling to Heaven: The Surprising Path to Happiness, by James L. Ferrell.
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December 14, 2018 10:00 PM MST
Submission has a bad reputation. As Elder Jeffery R. Holland has said, “You can be certain that with some in this world, it is not fashionable nor flattering to speak of submitting—to anybody or anything . . . It sounds wrong on the face of it. It sounds feeble and wimpish.”
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December 10, 2018 09:54 AM MST
Though born in Jerusalem a short distance from where the Savior—already whipped, bruised, and tortured—was executed on a cross, Sahar Qumsiyeh grew up in Bethlehem—the land of Jesus Christ's birth. But the sunbaked streets that Qumsiyeh knew held little reminiscence of biblical starlit skies and angelic choirs.
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By  Jon Cooper
December 08, 2018 03:00 PM MST
I saw a post a while ago that has stuck with me for months. This post referenced a choice someone had made—a choice contrary to the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which they claim membership. After explaining their choice and their feelings surrounding it, they shared that they found peace in their choice by focusing on Heavenly Father’s love for them. They had determined that God’s love and their own happiness was the most important part of this situation.
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December 04, 2018 01:00 PM MST
Since she was a small girl, Sister Jean B. Bingham — now the Relief Society general president — has loved to watch the night sky.
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November 06, 2018 03:15 PM MST
I sat facing the Nauvoo temple after a spiritual day with my EFY group. The temple was radiant against the dark, star-filled sky and a peaceful feeling entered my heart as I reflected on everything I had learned during the week.
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September 25, 2018 05:23 PM MDT
Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurrasic World star Chris Pratt shared with AP that "nothing fills my soul more" than sharing messages about God with his fans.
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August 30, 2018 12:33 PM MDT
Carrot seeds don't look at all like carrots. They look to me like little specks of dirt. They’re not orange. They’re not shaped like carrots. You couldn’t take them to a picnic. Well, I guess you could, but there’s no way to make carrot sticks out of them, and those little seeds can sure get stuck in your teeth. I’ve tried eating carrots that way. Not satisfying. Those little specks aren’t full of vitamins and good stuff yet.
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By  LDS Living
August 23, 2018 01:11 PM MDT
In his April 2012 general conference talk, Elder Jeffery R. Holland said, "however late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love."
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August 21, 2018 12:13 PM MDT
When discussing the purpose of life, we often hear the mantra “we are here to be tested,” but how many of us cringe at that thought? So few of us want to feel like a kid again sitting in a classroom taking a test on things we don’t remember, we don’t understand, and we can’t leave until we finish. Comparing life to a test can be a downer and not the inspirational mantra that it should be. But if we look at life as a lesson we learn from over and over again as more things become clear, we can gain the inspiration we need to improve. We didn’t learn algebra before we learned addition. Life can be viewed as a continual learning process, not the end test. It’s more about what we are learning and becoming than about having all the right answers.
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August 20, 2018 04:24 PM MDT
In response to our humility about our weakness, God offers to “make weak things become strong” unto us (Ether 12:27). There must be ways for weak things to become strong other than through noticeable improvement in our ability. . . .
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July 27, 2018 07:16 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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By  LDS Living
July 27, 2018 03:11 PM MDT
Thanks to Utah Valley 360 for making us aware of this Instagram post.
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July 20, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
Throughout my service as a full-time missionary, I was blessed to serve closely with many people who touched my life in unique ways. Many of these individuals faced emotional struggles, like anxiety and depression. One of them was my own companion.
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July 05, 2018 02:33 PM MDT
Maybe you feel your prayers aren’t being answered—or even heard. Perhaps you feel you have strayed beyond the Father’s ability to forgive. Maybe you’re struggling to trust that the Atonement of Jesus Christ really works in your life. Perhaps you are awash in fear, grappling to stay on top of adversity. Maybe you have been betrayed in the deepest way by one who should have treasured you. Or maybe you’re just trying to be patient, waiting for promised blessings and starting to lose faith that they will come.
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June 30, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
The Book of Mormon is a key. The Bible is a door. It’s not enough for me to shelve them side by side. It’s not enough to read the one and then the other. I need to slot the key, turn the tumblers, and open the door.
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By  Scott
June 20, 2018 02:43 PM MDT
As I lie here in quite a lot of pain, confined to this terrible prison of a reclining chair, I wonder at the millions who endure worse. They travel the same mental deserts of pounding pain. Dave did. And there are so many Daves.
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May 30, 2018 04:21 PM MDT
It's incredible to see good people go out of their way, even to the point of putting themselves in danger, to help their fellow spirit brothers and sisters. Like what happened earlier this week when a French man made a daring climb to save the life of a child he didn't even know. "I just climbed up and thank God, God helped me," Mamoudou Gassama said about his heroic rescue. "The more I climbed the more I had the courage to climb up higher, that's it.”
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May 26, 2018 02:12 PM MDT
I knew one man who claimed that he would be perfect by the age of thirty. He set out on a deliberate program, organized his goals according to a ten-year, five-year, one-year, monthly, weekly, and daily plan. He pushed and pulled and stretched and reached spiritually, as much as any person I have known. But he was not perfect at thirty. You cannot force spiritual things. I am acquainted with a woman who announced to several of our friends that she would make her calling and election sure by the time she was fifty years old. She has been faithful in the Church. She has long since passed the age of fifty and is terribly discouraged because the goal of her existence, so far as she knows, has not been realized. You cannot force spiritual things.
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By  LDS Living
May 24, 2018 05:18 PM MDT
"My husband called me on the phone and he said, 'Our son has died.' I didn't immediately start to cry. I just kept saying, 'I don't know what to do,'" a new Church video begins.
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By  LDS Living
May 03, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
Thanks to the Deseret News for making us aware of this video.
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April 27, 2018 12:15 PM MDT
I was sitting in the St. George Utah Temple baptistry recently, looking at a painting of Christ. He’s kneeling by a little boy and smiling at him with the kindest expression. The little boy is holding Christ’s hand and trusts Him.
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April 26, 2018 09:24 AM MDT
Many Latter-day Saints know the Hebrew word Elohim is used frequently in the Bible to reference God. But did you know this sacred title was also used to reference the pagan gods and spirits worshipped during biblical times?
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April 14, 2018 02:57 PM MDT
Amy Willoughby-Burle is a devout Christian mother and a writer. Check out her new book, The Lemonade Year, at Deseret Book stores or on deseretbook.com.
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April 12, 2018 07:37 AM MDT
Amy Willoughby-Burle is a devout Christian mother and a writer. Check out her new book, The Lemonade Year, at Deseret Book stores or on deseretbook.com.
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April 10, 2018 01:50 PM MDT
While having a good job, earning a living, and making meaningful connections with others are all incredibly important components of a well-rounded lifestyle, these things should not become the foundation of who we are and how we seek our happiness.
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March 22, 2018 04:33 PM MDT
When I was about 5 years old, someone gave me a small, iridescent butterfly pin with hinged wings that formed a tiny clasp. I loved how it held securely to my shirt so it would never get lost. I loved that even with my small fingers I could make its wings move, like the wings of a real butterfly. I still remember how much it delighted me.
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March 15, 2018 01:45 PM MDT
What a beautifully written piece about what it means to love fully and walk with genuineness before God. "Letting virtue garnish your thoughts is a call to avoid self-deception. It’s an invitation to self-awareness, self-acceptance, and complete honesty."
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March 14, 2018 02:32 PM MDT
"Did I not have enough faith?" Melodee Cooper writes in her post about not finding a special hat she'd prayed to find, even though many such prayers had been answered in the past. "Was this a consequence of my carelessness in not taking proper care of my belongings?"
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February 27, 2018 01:31 PM MST
For those seeking a message of hope and a glimpse of light even in the midst of world events, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf's latest message on Facebook will provide comfort and peace:
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February 09, 2018 02:31 PM MST
Anna Lenhart struggled for years with the decision to go on a mission. She'd wanted to serve since she was a young girl, but every time she prayed, she felt like God was pulling her in a different direction. Sadly, Anna was often belittled for not going, but through the years she learned that a mission status does not define self-worth.
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December 11, 2017 05:23 PM MST
"I hate that nickname, it's actually the worst," Al Fox Carraway a.k.a "The Tattooed Mormon" says in her recent interview with Apple News.
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December 03, 2017 10:54 PM MST
I have heard the story a thousand times; sometimes it feels as if I am becoming story about tethering, about tracing God’s goodness, about choosing whether or not to give a heart to God. You have heard it told. How the baby’s mother places him, tiny and helpless, into the handwoven sweet grass basket, how his sister stands at the brink to watch him float down the river alone, how the daughter of Pharaoh comes down at just the right time and lifts him out. The daughter who was unknowingly sent to bring about God’s goodness—God was aware of even this.
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December 02, 2017 05:00 PM MST
Names are an important part of our existence. We use them every day, in all of our communications with others. But a precious few have actually been given their earthly names by God himself. Here are a few of those, as found in the scriptures:
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November 09, 2017 10:33 PM MST
The year 1940 might have been a banner year for our family. The health and financial hardships that followed my father’s 1930 graduation from medical school in Philadelphia were past. The family was happily located in Twin Falls, Idaho, where my father’s medical practice (eye, ear, nose, and throat) was thriving and where he served on the high council of the Twin Falls Stake. In January 1938, he and my mother had returned from his four months of valuable postdoctoral training in ophthalmology in Vienna, Austria, and Cairo, Egypt. After years of sacrifice since their marriage in 1929, my mother could at last contemplate a life of security as the wife of a prosperous physician. In January 1940, son Merrill would be four, and in March, daughter Evelyn would be one. In August 1940, I, their eldest, would be baptized following my eighth birthday.
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