Family history work in places like the DR Congo calls for a particular kind of diligence. This story illustrates the quiet work the institutional Church and the local Saints are doing on an impressively large scale to preserve vanishing family records.
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In this episode, Geoff Steurer, MS, LMFT interviews Brandon and Jaylynn, the couple who were featured in Episodes 1-6. This is a follow-up visit to understand their recovery journey almost two years after the original interviews. In this interview, we will address how change happens in addiction and trauma recovery and the reality that deep and lasting change is possible.
What could be more natural than to be troubled or frightened when distress can come upon us at any moment? Why not be afraid? After all, we live in a world where we are always at the mercy of thousands of forces that are far beyond our control and yet impact our lives dramatically. Tomorrow is dim and subject to surprises that disappoint and burn. We cannot prepare well enough to sidestep them. It is not surprising that we may not feel entirely safe. So, how can we rise above it?
New information has been released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on plans announced in May for new worldwide resources for girls and boys, young women, and young men. The initiative for Latter-day Saint youth, ages 8 to 18, will replace all existing youth activity programs beginning in January 2020, including the Church’s relationship with all Scouting programs around the world.
I think we can all agree that we are bombarded by what President Dallin H. Oaks refers to as alternate voices—those voices that try to persuade us toward an identity contrary to what we know as Latter-day Saints to be. Those voices try to persuade us into a false reality that we are not good enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not spiritual enough, or just ordinary. So, where is our source of confidence?
I’ve always marveled at the Pioneer’s ability to sing “all is well” in the midst of unbelievable adversity. Is there any way we can do the same amidst the turmoil, natural disasters, and the tsunami of evil that is sweeping the earth? Can we develop an unwavering trust in God and His plan and accept that “It must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things”?
When Bruce Bowen’s retirement became a possibility, he and his wife Valerie began to think about a mission. The couple felt they had a few things they still needed to do before they were ready to go but decided to start the process. The Bowens continued to prepare until they received some advice from their stake president: “Don’t put it off.”