Hope

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By  Emily Abel
January 11, 2021 07:48 PM MST
We saw a lot of doors close in 2020—the doors to our homes, our churches, our schools. And as the months passed, many people watched their doors to opportunity swing soundly shut, often taking their optimism with it.
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December 04, 2020 01:00 PM MST
Editor's note: Our bi-weekly Friday column, “Found in the footnotes,” explores some of the footnotes from remarks given by General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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October 19, 2020 06:44 PM MDT
In a new video published by the Church, a woman named Rebekah shares how her world was turned upside down when she discovered that she had been abandoned by her birth father before she was born. Already facing an identity crisis from this news, things took an even worse turn after she was sexually assaulted by someone she trusted deeply. It was then that she began feeling like the world—and God—were against her.
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October 19, 2020 12:44 PM MDT
When Stephen Nelson signed on as the producer of the newly formed group GENTRI, he had a few conditions: he would not perform on stage, he would not travel, he would not be in any music videos, and he would not be in any social media posts.
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September 03, 2020 01:33 PM MDT
Speaking in April general conference, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland testified that “the future is going to be as miracle-filled and bountifully blessed as the past has been.”
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July 08, 2020 01:42 PM MDT
I think most if not all of us have experienced a hit to our mental health over the past few months. It’s hard not to think negatively in a time when disasters are dropping one after another, we have been isolated from others, and we’ve been at home with our social media more often than we might otherwise be. It is also becoming easier and easier to distrust others as we read the news, inundated with stories highlighting the volatile flaws of human nature and generating fear of interacting with others during this highly contagious pandemic.
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May 26, 2020 09:40 AM MDT
In Washington state, we are in our eighth week of our governor’s “stay at home” order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Personally, I try to look forward to better times, but there is a lot of pessimism out there. I’ve stopped reading certain news outlets because it seems the only information it publishes is dire predictions and dismal forecasts. As a social scientist, I know that statistics can be adjusted to make almost anything appear factual, so it’s difficult to know which reports are accurate and which are exaggerations or half-truths. Sometimes it is hard for me to stay positive and endure well when negativity is often the prevailing sentiment; perhaps you have had a similar experience lately.
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By  LDS Living
March 25, 2020 01:30 PM MDT
There are a lot of unknowns in the world right now. Whether you're feeling anxiety and depression due to COVID-19, are experiencing stress from recent natural disasters, or anything else in between, you are not alone.
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July 18, 2019 03:00 PM MDT
This article originally ran on LDS Living in January 2015.
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By  Zack Oates
July 06, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
The following article originally ran on LDS Living in September 2015.
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May 30, 2019 02:40 PM MDT
Sam Williams doesn't remember much of what happened before he arrived at the hospital.
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By  LDS Living
April 20, 2019 09:54 AM MDT
For Holy Week, LDS Living has been 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 our seventh and final video (watch the others here), featuring Emily Belle Freeman and David Butler of Don't Miss This as they testify of the significance of the empty tomb and that the Savior intervenes in our own lives, meeting us where we are at and helping us to become more.
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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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March 18, 2019 06:23 PM MDT
After the devastating shootings at mosques in New Zealand, it can be easy to focus on the darkness in the world. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the negativity and hate that permeates every country and corner of the earth.
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March 16, 2019 12:00 PM MDT
I don’t know about you, but I had a “plan A” for my life. (Surely I am not the only girl who attempted to plan out her life.) I remember sitting around with some of my girlfriends one day when we were all in college. We were discussing my “plan A,” and that led to “plan B” ... which led me to think about “plan C.” I sort of wrote out my life plans and realized that I was already on “plan K.” (And this was a problem because I hadn’t even served a mission yet. By the time I went on my mission, I was beyond “plan K.”)
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February 16, 2019 03:49 PM MST
God spoke to the great prophets of the Old Testament in some rather unique ways, most of them deeply visual. Ezekiel had wonderful visions that would grasp his hearers’ imagination, causing them to pay attention and think profoundly. In one of those visions he saw a great valley of dry bones bleaching in the sun. Visualize that scene with me for just a moment. Before us is a wide valley, filled with bones as far as the eye can see in every direction. A great army or a mighty people have all died, and their bones lie exposed to the weather. Ezekiel stands “in the midst of the valley,” when the Lord enters the scene and causes Ezekiel “to pass by [the bones] round about . . . and, lo, they were very dry” (Ezekiel 37:1–2). After Ezekiel makes a circuit of the valley, the Lord addresses His prophet with a question: “Son of man, can these bones live?”
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February 10, 2019 01:48 PM MST
Forty hours before leaving to comfort Latter-day Saints who lost the neighborhoods, woods, homes, and church houses that built many of their family memories in Paradise, California, President Russell M. Nelson lost his daughter, Wendy Nelson Maxfield, to cancer.
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By  LDS Living
February 07, 2019 02:10 PM MST
How do families who have lost virtually everything in an instant—homes, jobs, loved ones—rebuild their lives and find peace again?
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January 30, 2019 10:02 PM MST
You begin the book with an open and frank exploration of your own harrowing journey through depression. Was that a hard story to tell?
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January 08, 2019 04:00 PM MST
One of the most distressing phone calls I ever received came late one evening while my husband, Dave, fairly recently sustained as the bishop of our ward, was out of town on business.
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December 28, 2018 03:10 PM MST
If I had to pick the most universal and painful human experience, I’d probably say heartbreak. It’s something all of us understand, as it comes in many forms and degrees throughout our lives. There’s the heartbreak of divorce or a hard breakup, the heartbreak of losing a loved one or watching a loved one make wrong choices, the heartbreak of seeing our families hurting, or the heartbreak of our lives going in a direction we never wanted them to.
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September 25, 2018 12:48 PM MDT
We need not be guilty of serious sin in order to need, to appreciate, and to take advantage of a second chance. In fact, sometimes we may find ourselves hoping for a second chance that has nothing to do with sin at all. How many times have we made innocent mistakes—not out of rebellion but just out of ignorance or poor judgment—and wished we could try again? How often has a misunderstanding led to a strained relationship, and we wished we could go back in time to do things differently?
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September 13, 2018 03:59 PM MDT
Grief and heartbreak are a part of life. We have all experienced loss in one way or another, but that doesn’t soften the blow when we lose a loved one or experience tragedy.
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Fun
September 08, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
We’ve been taught that we all have spiritual gifts. I believe anyone can learn to have a more positive outlook, but I think it’s also possible for people to be born with the gift of being optimistic, of seeing things through a positive lens. Others of us get to develop that gift as we go along.
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August 02, 2018 08:00 AM MDT
No one would have guessed that Debby Montgomery Johnson, a former paralegal, Air Force intelligence officer, and bank teller, would be taken for over a million dollars by a scammer on an online Latter-day Saint dating site. In fact, no one would even know if she hadn’t spoken up about it. Debby could have continued to hide behind her smile, keeping her secret buried deep.
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July 26, 2018 12:32 PM MDT
Some years ago, while renewing my temple recommend (with a member of my stake presidency), I was asked the last of the recommend questions, which at that time read: “Do you consider yourself worthy in every way to enter the temple?” I responded, with enthusiasm, “Absolutely!”—to which the good brother interviewing me appeared genuinely shocked. I felt as though I had actually made him uncomfortable, perhaps more so than if I had confessed some serious transgression.
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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 12, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
A family tragedy would lead this LDS housewife down an unexpected path—one that would bring hope and healing to thousands of people half a world away.
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June 27, 2018 09:19 AM MDT
In my current employment responsibilities, I often meet with homeless individuals. Recently, I met with a man who had been homeless for many years. His clothes were tattered and dirty. He carried all of his possessions in a small backpack. We had met to talk about his mental health condition—specifically, any symptoms that might prevent him from working. He told me he had a history of anxiety and depression. While his anxiety symptoms had become more crippling, the depression had surprisingly lessened over time. I asked him why he believed the depression symptoms had decreased. He said, “I’ve been trying to think about all the good things in my life. Each day I get up and think about the good. I’ve found that makes me less depressed.”
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June 22, 2018 12:49 PM MDT
"When you're going through a bad situation, open your mind and see those small and tender mercies because they really are there," Josh Holt says.
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May 29, 2018 01:47 PM MDT
The Ogden family of Meridian, Idaho, knows what it means to roll forward with faith. From following a prompting to bike over a thousand miles to pushing themselves beyond their comfort zones to share their story, they have raised over $100,000 for wheelchairs around the world in just over a year.
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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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March 29, 2018 02:31 PM MDT
“Hope has the power to fill our lives with happiness. . . . Hope sustains us through despair. Hope teaches that there is reason to rejoice even when all seems dark around us." —Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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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 23, 2018 01:44 PM MST
"I wish I could go back and tell myself during those first few discouraging days of motherhood, when I thought, This is it?, that Yes, this is it. This and this and this and this and this . . . I wish I could have told myself that it would be everything and more," Rindi Jacobsen writes. "Just hang in there. Keep trying. Keep going. It’ll be better in two weeks."
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January 26, 2018 03:44 PM MST
"I was in a small airplane, and all of a sudden the engine on the wing caught fire," President Nelson says in a new Mormon Channel video called "Men's Hearts Shall Fail Them." "It exploded, and burning oil sprayed all over the right side of the airplane."
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December 27, 2017 12:32 PM MST
Sometimes we feel like we’ve done everything right—tried to do good, tried to follow the Spirit—and still, everything falls to pieces. Sometimes we even feel that we’ve made circumstances worse, despite our honorable intentions. We stand looking at the disaster at our feet and we wonder, Is this my fault? Did I do something wrong? And what am I supposed to do now?
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Fun
December 23, 2017 03:00 PM MST
I cried the hardest my first Christmas in a wheelchair. I’m not saying that because this is a Christmas story or because I am trying to milk some emotions. It really was the hardest time for me that year. I had been paralyzed in a hiking accident that March and released from the hospital in June—released was the word they used, but I was, from that time on, wheelchair-bound. My legs wouldn’t move. My stomach and back muscles didn’t work. And my hands were lifeless and floppy.
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September 01, 2017 03:12 PM MDT
After an SUV hit and critically injured their 10-year-old son, the Nortons have shared their testimonies and messages of hope on social media as they face this new trial.
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By  LDS Living
August 02, 2017 03:01 PM MDT
Recently, the Church shared a video on their Facebook page that demonstrates no matter the fear, hatred, pain, or darkness that fills the world around us and even our spirits within us, God will be with us.
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Fun
By  LDS Living
June 12, 2017 07:42 PM MDT
Two sisters from the LDS group Eleyni recently released a gorgeous music video featuring a unique medley of the hymn "Amazing Grace" and James Bay's popular song "Let It Go." Eleyni, which means "ray of sunlight" in Greek, is a musical group of three LDS singer-songwriter sisters—Seli, Desi, and Ari.
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April 05, 2017 08:51 AM MDT
When Emilie Parker was killed in a school shooting in 2013, her parents had a hard time coming to grips with their new reality. Though Easter brought hope to Emilie's grieving mother, Alissa, an experience shared by one of Emilie's former playmates brought a changed perspective to Emilie's ongoing role after her death.
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By  LDS Living
March 24, 2017 05:36 PM MDT
Sometimes, we may experience a trial or face a challenge that seems to never stop. It just continues as time goes on, and no matter how much we want it to end quickly, it won't.
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March 18, 2017 03:00 PM MDT
Often when something goes wrong in our lives, we turn to God to fix it. When we have questions, we turn to God for answers. When we want to do more or be more, we turn to God to make us better. And while those are all incredible beginnings, we forget that's just a beginning.
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By  LDS Living
March 14, 2017 05:54 PM MDT
Piano Guy cellist Steven Sharp Nelson gave a stunning performance with the One Voice Children's Choir for a cover of "Only Hope" by Switchfoot.
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February 21, 2017 06:51 PM MST
The heartbreak that comes after finding a spouse is using pornography is intense. To help members heal after this heartbreak, the Church released an article listing seven vital behaviors that can bring hope and comfort.
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By  LDS Living
February 18, 2017 05:00 PM MST
As the world continues to be filled with evil all around and the times may seem bleak, we can find peace and hope through our Savior and His gospel. Elder Oaks recently shared the following in a post on his Facebook page to remind us to look to and trust in Christ.
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Fun
January 16, 2017 12:57 PM MST
This year we get the opportunity to learn more about the wonderfully optimistic prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley. Here are five interesting things we learn from his personal history:
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December 27, 2016 02:04 PM MST
There are many reasons to be excited for 2017, and one of those reasons is that we will be studying President Gordon B. Hinckley in our Relief Societies and Elders Quorums. As 2016 comes to a close and the new year begins, learn from President Hinckley the unfailing power of optimism.
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December 12, 2016 04:58 PM MST
"Because I’d been given a second chance, I felt I owed it to other kids to do whatever I could to help them get through the most difficult time in their lives,” Rachel Steele Barclay told People.
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November 19, 2016 01:50 PM MST
Anyone could use a good dose of hope, and children are our perfect example. In his book Look Up, My Soul, Gerald N. Lund shares a story he heard in sacrament meeting of how God bolstered a child's faith and hope over something as "trivial" as popcorn.
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November 11, 2016 06:12 PM MST
"I picked up a stretcher and went around the beach picking up dead GIs. A bulldozer would dig a big hole, and we’d lay the bodies in there. The corpsman would take one dog tag and put it on his ring and leave the other tag on the body," Brother Darel Johnson recalls with tears in his eyes. “At night we slept on our bloody hammocks.”
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November 05, 2016 01:05 PM MDT
What a beautiful story of how hope can provide us with healing that reaches beyond the physical.
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Fun
November 05, 2016 09:50 AM MDT
My mom made me wear a dress to the middle school spelling bee. It had pink flowers all over, a bow in the back, and puffy sleeves. I consented because—truth be told—I was totally psyched for this day. One of my favorite movies back then was a made-for-TV Disney film called The Girl Who Spelled Freedom, about a Cambodian refugee who overcame a lot to become a spelling champion (in a dressy outfit).
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October 21, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
My academic study of the ancient world for the last 40 years has taught me a profound lesson about modern times: Latter-day Saints ought to be the most optimistic of any group of people in history. If we truly understand God’s ultimate purpose behind all that is done in His church, optimism can’t help but seep into our souls. Let me explain.
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October 19, 2016 05:40 PM MDT
Most of us have heard the scripture referring to the Second Coming as the “great and dreadful day of the Lord” (Malachi 4:5), but why is it that most of us forget the “great” part and focus on the “dreadful” side of things?
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October 19, 2016 01:49 PM MDT
When you don’t know what to do and you don’t feel like you’re receiving answers or direction, just act. That’s what LDS actor and comedian Stephen Jones did, quite literally.
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October 11, 2016 07:31 PM MDT
Hope works—that was the focus of a new series of videos released by the Mormon Channel that is reminiscent of the popular video series "TED Talks." Featuring an LDS mom, a missionary, a performer, a relationship coach, a parent who lost a child, and an equestrian vaulter paralyzed in an accident, these talks show the different facets of hope and faith from several different perspectives.
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