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December 03, 2020 08:54 PM MST
“You either are thriving in your life, or you’re just enduring your life,” Stacy Taniguchi told This Is the Gospel episode producer Sarah Blake this summer.
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October 16, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
Those who pray and study scriptures at home report higher levels of happiness, meaning, and feelings of God’s love in their life, according to a new study from the Wheatley Institution. Highly religious couples—those who attend church and worship regularly at home—also report greater relationship satisfaction, sexual satisfaction, and a sense of spousal commitment, kindness, forgiveness, and joint decision-making.
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May 01, 2020 02:06 PM MDT
A group of BYU professors recently set out to examine the female experience in a top-10, predominately male collegiate accounting program. They believe the results of the research are not only helpful in an academic or professional setting but that it could even apply to our ward councils and our families.
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March 10, 2020 06:14 PM MDT
More than 20,000 young women are currently serving full-time missions in countries around the world. Their purpose is to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ and serve others. However, the benefits that result from a mission are more than just increased religiosity.
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July 27, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
The following article originally ran on LDS Living in September 2015.
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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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April 02, 2019 07:46 PM MDT
:This article is republished with permission from Book of Mormon Central. For more inspiring and instructive content on the Book of Mormon visit Book of Mormon Central, subscribe to our mailing list, see our YouTube videos, and follow us on Facebook.
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When the Lord commanded Lehi to send his sons back to Jerusalem to get the brass plates, He knew they would face danger, challenges, and peril. We might ask ourselves why, after rescuing Lehi’s family from the impending destruction of Jerusalem, the Lord asked them to go right back into danger to retrieve the records. As Terryl Givens observes, “The cost in expense, effort, and human life demonstrate a profound valuation of scripture… in the Book of Mormon” (The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction).
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December 12, 2018 03:37 PM MST
“I’ve found that the more you rely upon God and your faith, you find that you have the tools to overcome anything," A.J. Edwards said.
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November 30, 2018 06:59 PM MST
The Deseret News and The Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University recently revealed the results of their 2018 American Family Survey. They surveyed 3,000 American adults of different demographics on marriage, family, parenting, politics, and other relevant topics concerning families in the United States.
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November 29, 2018 01:59 PM MST
Skeptics have sometimes compared the Book of Mormon to the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, including his epic trilogy The Lord of the Rings. If, they reason, Tolkien could create an entire imaginary world, with a large and detailed geography and a complex history that involves multiple ethnic groups, wars, and intricate subplots, it’s surely not impossible to imagine that Joseph Smith might have done the same.
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November 14, 2018 07:35 PM MST
Anyone who knows me may be shocked to learn that I have a secret addiction to social media, namely Facebook and Instagram. While I enjoy sharing posts from time to time, what I really love is seeing what my 1,500 closest friends all over the country are up to. I love scrolling through their greatest accomplishments, funniest moments, and pictures of their adorable kids and pets.
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September 25, 2018 02:39 PM MDT
A recent Harvard study shows that teens who pray or meditate and attend religious services are more likely to maintain a healthy well-being in their young adult years.
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Professor Henry Eyring of Princeton University asked a fellow scientist if he would like to collaborate on a chemical kinetics research project. The scientist refused, believing “they would never live long enough to finish the problem.” Henry countered, “That’s true if we don’t learn anything while we are working on the problem.”
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May 07, 2018 04:16 PM MDT
After his brother fell nearly 30-feet, Samuel Crane says it's a miracle his bother was found and rescued.
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April 06, 2018 01:21 PM MDT
As featured in a recent LDS Living video, "Do Mormons believe in dinosaurs?" is one of the most googled phrases about Mormon beliefs. And although there's no doctrinal stand on the matter, here's what one paleontologist has to say about why he, and BYU, studies dinosaurs.
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March 31, 2018 07:54 PM MDT
Following the Saturday afternoon session of general conference, the First Presidency issued the 2017 statistical report for the Church.
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By  LDS Living
March 28, 2018 03:04 PM MDT
A study released today reveals new insights about society's views on the Ten Commandments and lying in particular. In addition to evaluating how various political parties and age demographics view the Ten Commandments, the study shows how Mormons line up compared to the rest of the world.
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March 15, 2018 10:34 PM MDT
We tell stories of Christ, we show pictures of Him in Sunday School, and we pray in His name, but do we really know what He looks like? It’s a question that has likely pricked at the back of your mind from time to time, and you’re not the only one. Scholars, anthropologists, and artists have all tried to determine what Christ looked like. Here’s what we do and don’t know.
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February 25, 2018 10:40 PM MST
From landing men on the moon to helping humans reach interstellar space, these Latter-day Saint pioneers dedicated their lives to exploring the outer most limits of space and expanding our understanding of the celestial.
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February 19, 2018 03:21 PM MST
Editor's note: This article is part of a series on what the Church has actually taught about various topics. To read more about the Church’s teachings on cremation, garments, beards, and more, click here.
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November 28, 2017 07:10 PM MST
According to BYU research, apps used to track diet, exercise, or mental health can actually be great self-help tools for users.
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November 23, 2017 01:16 PM MST
“The less time you spend on social media, the more healthy you will be—physically, mentally, and socially,” said Robert R. Wright, director of the Health Psychology Emphasis in the BYU–Idaho Psychology Department.
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By  LDS Living
November 17, 2017 01:00 PM MST
Results from a recent nationwide study released today indicate that most people still hold a favorable view of marriage, that technology can be harmful to relationships, and that four out of five kids over age 12 have cell phones, among other findings.
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By  LDS Living
November 13, 2017 05:10 PM MST
We've all experienced that moment when we see someone and just have a gut feeling we've found a fellow Mormon. It could be at Disneyland, on the train, while traveling in obscure corners of the world, or in so many other places.
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November 08, 2017 08:12 PM MST
Here are some interesting findings on Church members who view general conference and those who don't.
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October 21, 2017 09:07 AM MDT
After graduating college, I realized I hadn't hit nearly as many checkboxes as I wanted on the five-year plan I made when I was a Mia Maid.
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June 01, 2017 06:18 PM MDT
Often what we hear and see on social media can begin to skew our perception of the world—and that is entirely the case with Millennials.
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May 30, 2017 04:27 PM MDT
Same-sex attraction is a sensitive and complex topic, especially within the Church. While many Church members know a loved one or are personally experiencing same-sex attraction, understanding how to reconcile our beliefs with loving others and our day-to-day experience can be difficult. How can we better understand others? How can we love and support others in the healthiest way possible? How can we help others find true happiness?
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May 11, 2017 09:32 AM MDT
Sometimes I feel that I’m the only one who seems to struggle to get answers to prayers. Then, of course, I get corrected by the scriptures. We are not alone in our struggle. Five individuals in scripture, people like you and me, have also wrestled for answers. These are their stories.
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May 08, 2017 06:16 PM MDT
The following was republished from BYU News.
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April 25, 2017 08:12 PM MDT
“Your blessing is not to be folded neatly and tucked away. It is not to be framed or published. Rather, it is to be read. It is to be loved. It is to be followed. Your patriarchal blessing will see you through the darkest night. It will guide you through life’s dangers. … Your patriarchal blessing is to you a personal Liahona to chart your course and guide your way.” —President Monson
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April 13, 2017 04:22 PM MDT
Have you heard about the newest member of the BYU Museum of Paleontology?
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February 15, 2017 04:16 PM MST
Americans are warming up to Mormons, at least according to a recent Pew Research study "Americans Express Increasingly Warm Feelings Toward Religious Groups."
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February 07, 2017 05:55 PM MST
If you're wondering where you can go to find a little compassion in the world, apparently Provo, Utah, is the place to be.
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January 19, 2017 08:31 PM MST
There's nothing like waking up in the morning and downing a big glass of cricket protein milkshake.
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January 17, 2017 11:50 AM MST
A recent study by Michigan State University determined Utah is the second-best state to fall in love, with Mississippi ranking as No. 1.
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By  LDS Living
November 07, 2016 03:30 PM MST
PEW Research recently released an articleranking U.S. religions from most to least educated, basing their results on a survey of 35,000 adults.
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October 24, 2016 11:28 AM MDT
Happiness ultimately boils down to two essential components—at least according to a Harvard study that took 75 years to complete. But these components are something Church leaders were sharing long before the study was ever published.
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October 01, 2016 04:19 PM MDT
Some interesting findings from Pew Research:
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September 27, 2016 06:03 PM MDT
The idea for this article came from another article appearing in Southwest: The Magazine, entitled "Flying Foxes, Caribbean Monkeys, a Tiny Laboratory in a Wyoming Cabin, and a Young Mormon Missionary Who Became a Samoan Chief Before Pursuing one of Life's Greatest Medical Mysteries," by Jay Heinrichs.
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September 20, 2016 01:12 PM MDT
Brigham Young University biology professor Byron Adams has spent many months in the depths of Antartica, conducting scientific research in the coldest, harshest environment on earth.
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September 16, 2016 05:55 PM MDT
In 2014, Mormons were the most Republican religious group in the United States. However, a recent Pew study comparing how voters identify based on their religion, race, and gender shows a political shift among LDS voters.
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August 12, 2016 12:15 PM MDT
Many early critics of the Book of Mormon insisted that the book was inaccurate because there was no way the sword of Laban could be made of steel. That was, until a surprising archeological discovery was made 30 years ago. Matthew Roper, a research associate at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at BYU, discussed this at the FairMormon Conference and told more about what swords in the Book of Mormon were really like.
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August 04, 2016 05:45 PM MDT
In a recent article, Mormon Newsroom dug into why many people believe churches don't help solve social problems and why they are wrong.
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July 09, 2016 02:26 PM MDT
A new study showed that weekly attendance at worship services may reduce the risk of suicide for women.
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By  LDS Living
June 25, 2016 02:48 PM MDT
Ever since their beginnings, all of the great Abrahamic religions have found themselves frequently at odds with more scientific communities. The Biblical tales of the Creation, Noah's Ark, and the Tower of Babel are taken as literal truth by many despite their apparent incompatibility with science.
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June 17, 2016 02:22 PM MDT
"Staying at home: It's the most important thing a woman can do—or a cop-out. It's a job description—or a recipe for mind-numbing boredom. Stay-at-home mothers are equally lauded and adored, pitied and derided. . . . And our culture still thinks it's fine to ask mothers this frustrating and patronizing question: So what do you do all day?"
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June 15, 2016 06:53 PM MDT
Recently, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which includes 23 scientists from 10 countries, reviewed nearly 1,000 studies dealing with high-temperature drinks. Based on the evidence from these studies, the WHO has concluded that drinking hot beverages (anything about 149°F) is linked to a higher risk for esophagus cancer.
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By  LDS Living
May 03, 2016 04:00 PM MDT
What started out as an elementary science project soon turned into a YouTube channel that now has over 2.5 million subscribers and over 1 billion views.
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April 20, 2016 02:30 PM MDT
Though convert baptisms might be down by 13 percent and the Church's growth rate is its lowest since 1937, there's not all bad news about these membership statistics. Some of this is due to the Church's focus to have more devoted and converted members of the Church—something with which they've seen a great deal of success.
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By  LDS Living
April 16, 2016 02:00 PM MDT
LDS Filmmakers Daryn Tufts and Jed Knudsen once travelled the country to find out about the typical perception of Mormonism from an outsider. Their findings, documented in a hilarious DVD called "American Mormon," varied greatly.
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By  LDS Living
April 14, 2016 03:00 PM MDT
For as long as Mormonism has existed, people have questioned whether the faith is Christian. Of course, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are quick to point detractors to their first Article of Faith, which says, "We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost." In addition, the Church recently addressed the issue in their Gospel Topics Essays on LDS.org.
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February 25, 2016 03:12 PM MST
While Mormons might be the most Republican-leaning religious group in America, we are not the religion with the most unified political view. That's why it's important to remember that the Church does not take a stance when it comes to political parties, and there's room within our Church for those with differing opinions, whether in politics or other areas of life.
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February 24, 2016 03:19 PM MST
When a doctor of biblical studies sat down with his 8-year-old son to talk about evolution, he quickly gained some profound perspective from this wise little soul. Find out more about how you can talk to your children about science while still keeping a faithful outlook.
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February 08, 2016 03:59 PM MST
Though originally published in 2012, these research findings are still relevant and hold true today. Plus, they illuminate some interesting tendencies among Latter-day Saints.
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January 16, 2016 05:53 PM MST
The coming months will provide an invaluable opportunity for people of faith to share insights about life's meaning, the purpose of suffering, and the dignity of all humans with scientists researching genetic editing.
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January 11, 2016 05:45 PM MST
A member of BYU's a cappella group, Vocal Point, discovered something extraordinary and completely by accident while using his computer to break down and examine DNA.
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December 29, 2015 05:57 PM MST
With an archive of the latest Book of Mormon research, interactive text, encyclopedia-like articles on every imaginable Book of Mormon topic, and so much more, the Book of Mormon Central promises to be an exciting and valuable project for Latter-day Saints hoping to get the most from their scripture study.
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December 18, 2015 04:11 PM MST
We learn the most important attributes of our Lord and Savior from reading of Him in our scriptures. However, earlier this year forensic anthropologists tried to determine Jesus Christ's physical attributes based on clues from the Bible and the traits of other Jews living near Jerusalem at the time of Christ.
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