Testimonies

November 22, 2021 08:00 AM MST
People from all backgrounds and religions are choosing to stay in their faith, and this new account on Instagram is a space for them to share why.
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By  LDS Living
November 27, 2020 01:00 PM MST
Popular Latter-day Saint author and speaker John Bytheway is known for his gospel insights. Here are nine of our favorite quotes from his inspiring teachings.
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September 03, 2020 08:13 PM MDT
Editor’s note: “We asked, you answered” highlights memorable responses to discussion questions posed on LDS Living’s social media accounts. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram to contribute.
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By  Emily Abel
May 15, 2020 11:30 AM MDT
Editor's note: "This Week from the Pulpit" highlights recent messages by General Authorities and General Officers of the Church.
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December 11, 2019 09:00 PM MST
When Elder Vai Sikahema was a boy, he kept the law of chastity out of respect for his mother. Then it turned into a desire to obey God’s commandments. Now, as a father, Elder Sikahema finds new gratitude in the blessing it was to his children.
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By  Emily Abel
October 04, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me reading of Ephesians. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Livingfor additional resources and suggestions.
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September 28, 2019 09:35 AM MDT
One of the main admonitions that we try to follow as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints comes from Nephi in the Book of Mormon:
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September 20, 2019 02:51 PM MDT
I must tell you about my dear Aunt Alice, from whom I have learned some wonderful lessons. What a woman she is! She lives in Cardston and is now ninety-three years of age. If you were ever to see her when she was dressed up, you would find her wearing a perky little hat, a delicate chiffon scarf tied at her neck—"to cover the wrinkles," she says—a bright smile on her face, and a twinkle in her eye. A couple of years ago, her son took her to a Saturday night stake dance. This was a happy occasion, she was excited to report to me. She told me that several people had asked her to dance. Her excitement reminded me of a conversation I might have had with a girlfriend fifty years ago.
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August 20, 2019 03:57 PM MDT
The story is told of a church that evidently lost some of its parishioners to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In an effort to counterattack, the church put on its marquee the following message: “Don’t read the Book of Mormon—that is how they get you.” And in fact, that is how the Spirit does “get you”: by bearing witness of the truth of that sacred book.
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By  LDS Living
July 26, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
This week’s readings: Acts 22–28
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June 29, 2019 02:54 PM MDT
In December 2018, Alan Alderman could see nothing ahead except expansive, endless water. More than 2,000 miles from his destination, a seasick Alderman steered a 28-foot-long boat crammed with five men. While Alderman had initially compared his epic journey across an ocean to those of scriptural giants like Nephi, Noah, and the Jaredites, at that moment Alderman felt more like Laman or Lemuel.
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June 27, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
In honor of the 175th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum, LDS Living is sharing a series of articles about early Church history. The following is an excerpt from the second edition of Witness to the Martyrdom: John Taylor’s Personal Account of the Last Days of the Prophet Joseph Smith. John Taylor’s narrative is the only eyewitness account of these events in Church history. After the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, John Taylor became “a living martyr” and wrote a personal account of the events. He served as the third president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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June 07, 2019 09:46 AM MDT
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me reading in Matthew 26,Mark 14, Luke 22, and John 18. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Living for additional resources and suggestions.
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By  LDS Living
March 11, 2019 03:12 PM MDT
After a historic weekend where President Nelson met with Pope Francis and all 15 apostles attended the Rome Italy Temple dedication, the First Presidency and members of the Quorum of the Twelve shared beautiful testimonies of the Savior on social media.
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January 01, 2019 10:00 PM MST
Losing 140 pounds is no easy feat. Just ask Trent Heppler. Never in a million years did he believe that he would one day shed the weight, let alone run a marathon. But Heppler learned that the power to overcome his physical weaknesses—whatever they may be—comes from a spiritual strength gained through the Savior, Jesus Christ. Growing up overweight and self-conscious, Latter-day Saint Trent Heppler always felt that exercise was just another form of torture invented to make him feel inadequate.
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December 22, 2018 02:39 PM MST
There are very few things I can stand at a pulpit and testify I know are true. Among them are that I know my Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother love me with an infinite, unfathomably deep and perfect love, and they are far more merciful to me than I deserve. The second is that I know that Jesus Christ, my brother and Savior, died for me, knows me—my pains, shortcomings, sins, weaknesses, joys, and strengths—entirely, and that He has never and will never abandon me.
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December 21, 2018 05:27 PM MST
What a powerful testimony from this missionary serving in Paradise, California:
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November 28, 2018 04:48 PM MST
Sandra and Steve are a loving Latter-day Saint couple with an ongoing disagreement about Sabbath activities. Sandra likes to listen to sacred music and work on family history projects after church. Steve spends time with their teenage sons, watching football, or shooting hoops in the driveway. Sandra resents Steve for making sports part of their family’s Sabbath routine. Steve feels Sandra is paying attention to dead relatives at the expense of living ones.
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November 07, 2018 10:51 PM MST
Sitting in the back of the chapel during fast and testimony meeting feels like a safe bet—until we get the spiritual prompting to stand up and bear our testimonies. For several minutes, we struggle with whether or not we really should. We rationalize. We're teaching Gospel Doctrine this week. We just bore our testimony last year, right? We don't have anything special to say. We're scared.
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October 11, 2018 11:45 AM MDT
This general conference was incredible. We heard so many inspired messages and each talk was a reminder that Jesus Christ lives and this is His church. I was especially touched by the testimonies of the apostles and members of the First Presidency.
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October 08, 2018 03:05 PM MDT
"As I sit here in the Salt Lake City airport, I’ve been pondering about the last couple days I was able to spend in Utah with all my family," Latter-day Saint Bryce Harper posted on Sunday, and for good reason.
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By  LDS Living
October 05, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
As we sustained two new apostles this conference weekend, we were able to hear their powerful testimonies of the Savior. Their witnesses flooded our hearts with the Spirit, helping us remember our relationship with our Heavenly Father and our conviction to do His will.
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September 28, 2018 12:43 PM MDT
Most often when we talk about testimonies, we refer to feelings. We talk about “feeling the Spirit,” or “feeling good” about a decision, or “feeling impressed” to do something. And yet, when we try to describe how we felt, or exactly what something felt like, we discover it’s very hard to explain. President Boyd K. Packer taught:
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By  Yvonne Liu
September 15, 2018 04:09 PM MDT
It is a shame to say that I do not have many memories with my grandpa. Since the time I can remember, he had always been confined to a bed because of his multiple health problems. Being one of the youngest children in my family, I did not experience those times when Grandpa was young and healthy.
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August 24, 2018 02:02 PM MDT
The 17th prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers his witness to the reality of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in the faith’s “Special Witnesses of Christ” video series.
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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 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 03, 2018 07:39 PM MDT
“More needs to be done to increase awareness of, access to and confidence in trusted resources by Latter-day Saints and seekers of truth,” said Elder Kevin W. Pearson of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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July 20, 2018 03:57 PM MDT
Agostino and Pierina Vardeu were baptized members of the Church in June 1978. Married since 1961, they are among the most influential longtime members in Italy, and they’ve passed their love of the gospel down to four generations so far.
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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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By  LDS Living
July 19, 2018 02:44 PM MDT
"I knew I needed to share my story, even though there were parts of my life that I didn’t want to relive," says Sister Reyna I. Aburto in an article recently posted onlds.org.
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By  Zack Oates
July 19, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
“I know the Church is true” is one of the first testimonies we hear Primary children repeating. But somewhere along the path to adulthood, even when there is real feeling behind it, it starts to become a thoughtless introduction to the bearing of a testimony.
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July 18, 2018 01:40 PM MDT
“The heavens did not open, and that experience was just very quick, but it was as profound to me as if I had seen a concourse of angels," second counselor in the general Young Women presidency Sister Becky Craven said of the unexpected but life-changing experience she had after reading the Book of Mormon.
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June 30, 2018 09:20 AM MDT
Twenty-four-year-old Shivam Shah was born in India and raised in Kenya, yet he jokes that it took moving to Draper, Utah, for him to be shot at. It was an attempted murder case that made headlines across the nation, but Shah doesn't remember that terrifying event as the day he almost lost his life—he remembers it as the day God saved his life, setting him on a path that helped him understand the reality of miracles, grace, and Heavenly Father's love.
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June 29, 2018 01:36 PM MDT
From age five through fifteen, I was subjected to extreme abuse at the hands of my stepfather. I struggled for years with feelings of great unworthiness. I was quite inactive and bitter as a Church member. My heart became quite hardened. I suppose you could say I was spiritually bruised and broken. I couldn’t bring myself to pray to someone in heaven who was supposed to be my father. I rejected priesthood blessings because even the touch of worthy priesthood holders was a threat. I got so lost in my deep, dark place that I got to thinking that life would be better off without me.
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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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By  Yvonne Liu
June 11, 2018 02:25 PM MDT
Named one of Country Music Television’s “Next Women of Country” for 2018 and listed among the “2018 Artists to Watch,” 20-year-old country singer Abby Anderson is not only a rising country star, she is also an active believer in Christ and in the LDS faith.
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June 05, 2018 12:19 PM MDT
"It was as close to hell as you can imagine," returned missionary Josh Holt said of his imprisonment in Venezuela. But he also acknowledges, "We have to thank everyone that supported us, everyone that prayed for us, that put our names in the temples. Everyone that was there for us and in the end, thank God, he was the one that got us through it."
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April 30, 2018 06:48 PM MDT
In the play and movie "A Man for All Seasons," Sir Thomas More was confined in prison because he refused to sign an oath with which he did not agree. While he was there, his daughter Margaret was allowed to come and visit him to try and convince him to sign so that he could be set free. The following dialog is from their discussion about this matter:
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April 21, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
This is the second article in a two-part series about Ron Leishman: his conversion, his faith, and his career. For more about how Ron's family converted to the gospel,click here.
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April 18, 2018 12:10 PM MDT
President Russell M. Nelson has already met with Latter-day Saints in the U.K., Israel, and Kenya during his global tour that began April 10, but his messages have been reaching people across the world. Along the way, President Nelson has been sharing his thoughts and insights on Facebook.
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April 18, 2018 09:07 AM MDT
This is the first article a two-part series about Ron Leishman: his conversion, his faith, and his career. For more about Ron's mission, his role in creating a superhero legend, and the miracles that fill his life, check back for part two.
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By  LDS Living
April 16, 2018 04:41 PM MDT
"I think it is awesome to see the way that the Church changes everybody. It changes me every single week, so I keep coming back."
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April 12, 2018 08:57 AM MDT
The following stories were excerpted from Our Search for Happiness and When Thou Art Converted.
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April 11, 2018 01:28 PM MDT
Two LDS teenagers, Carson Glen Koch and Brayden Eaton, were traveling home from a Koch family vacation together on Saturday, April 7, when their car veered off the road and rolled on I-15 between Mesquite, Nevada, and Saint George, Utah. "Both of them were instantly killed. It is a tragedy beyond words," a GoFundMe created by the Koch family states.
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April 03, 2018 12:41 PM MDT
It's remarkable to read the humility, and sometimes the humor, with which our current Church leaders accept the calling to serve as an apostle of the Lord. When PresidentHenry B. Eyring was calledby President Gordon B. Hinckley to serve in the First Presidency, he blurted out, "President Hinckley, are you sure you’re talking to the right person? This is Hal Eyring.”
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By  LDS Living
April 01, 2018 07:10 PM MDT
During the Sunday afternoon session of general conference, newly called apostles Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares shared touching testimonies of modern prophets and the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
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March 30, 2018 09:43 AM MDT
General conference: a time of year that Latter-day Saints across the entire world unite their prayers, their voices, and their spirits in sustaining and listening to God's chosen prophets and leaders. It is, without a doubt, a sacred and wonderful time for Mormons everywhere, full of many spiritual and emotional highs.
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February 20, 2018 04:17 PM MST
Alexander James Marra was killed in an avalanche in Rock Springs, Wyoming, on Saturday when he was partially buried in the snow and experienced "obvious signs of trauma," officials reported.
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February 16, 2018 07:09 PM MST
The following is an excerpt from Gerald N. Lund's book Divine Signatures: The Confirming Hand of God.
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February 05, 2018 06:29 PM MST
Years ago, my wife accompanied me to a speaking assignment in the Mesa, Arizona, area. We stayed at a motel near the Superstition Mall. On Saturday morning, we decided to take a walk. A sidewalk encircled the buildings and the parking lot of the Mall. We had only walked a few steps when I realized that I was looking at something unusual. Landscapers had planted some kind of deciduous tree at close intervals just next to the sidewalk nearly all the way around the mall. And every one of the trees was leaning—not just inclining — leaning at a precipitous angle toward the west. I could feel the wind on my face as we walked eastward on the south side of the Mall. It was not strong that morning, but it was constant. I wondered how many hours and days it had blown against those trees to push them so consistently and completely out of shape.
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January 18, 2018 12:41 PM MST
On Wednesday evening, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf responded publicly on Facebook addressing questions and concerns Church members raised regarding him no longer being a counselor in the First Presidency:
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By  LDS Living
January 06, 2018 01:00 PM MST
Over the years President Thomas S. Monson has given many powerful witnesses and testimonies of our Savior Jesus Christ and His Church on the earth today. Here are just a few such testimonies, where President Monson shares the miracle of the Restoration and this stirring truth: "I want the Lord to know if He wants an errand run, Tom Monson will run that errand."
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November 27, 2017 06:31 PM MST
"God is very real, Christ in actual reality lives. That's from a dude who has to logically understand things all the way around," LDS BMX star Colton Satterfield shares after leaving a sponsorship with Monster Energy.
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November 02, 2017 02:28 PM MDT
Editor's note: The following responses have been edited for length and clarity. Names were not included to respect the privacy of those who responded.
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October 26, 2017 01:08 PM MDT
The following is an excerpt from President Russell M. Nelson's bookThe Gateway We Call Death.
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October 13, 2017 08:30 AM MDT
Conference Talk:
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September 20, 2017 03:24 PM MDT
Much of what happens during a competition show doesn't make it into the final cut, meaning many inspiring stories go untold.
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September 16, 2017 02:58 PM MDT
My whole life, I’ve heard D&C 18:10-16 in relation to missionary work. “And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!” (D&C 18:16).
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September 14, 2017 01:02 PM MDT
Directly after her live performance for the semifinals on America's Got Talent, 13-year-old Evie Clair received heartbreaking news: her father, Amos Abplanalp, was placed on life support.
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