My first year of seminary we studied the Book of Mormon. I remember one scripture stood out to me. 2 Nephi 2:27 “Man is that he might have joy.” I thought about that scripture for weeks. I realized that loving relationships, especially when we desperately need to feel that love, are the key to joy. This was the beginning of my understanding the significance of Christ’s commandment to “Love one another.”
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JaQuavious grew up in a humble family, but they felt rich when it came to faith in God. As he grew up, JaQuavious was taunted about his looks, his family’s finances, and his religious beliefs. “After being bullied for so long, I started getting depressed. My confidence went down. And when my confidence went down emotionally, my confidence also went down spiritually." See his story in the latest video from Mormon Channel.
In a world where the arguments for the legal protection of identity go to the highest courts in the nation, many fail to acknowledge one's religious belief can be as essential to their identity as their race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity. Hear what Elder L. Whitney Clayton had to say on this topic at this year's Religious Freedom Annual Review.
Sometimes our darkest moments lead to brilliant light and understanding.
I’ve come to believe that fear vs. faith is one of the primary tests of mortality. Because of the fall, our natural man tendency is to be afraid. When we are not actively inviting the Spirit to influence our thoughts, it is so easy fall into fear, worry, doubt, and negative conclusions. Here are some helpful steps to begin to overcome those feelings when you're having them.