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  • The Example of Joseph F. Smith

    • 29 March 2012

    During a Church history symposium in March, Elder Ballard, who is a great-grandson of Joseph F. Smith, recounted the history of his great-grandfather. He noted that one of the many lessons President Smith’s example teaches is the importance of the family.

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  • Today’s Family: Choose Wholesome Recreation

    • 28 March 2012

    Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles says our Father in Heaven designed mortal life as a stewardship of time and choices requiring “nearly constant exertion.” Work enables and sustains life, brings a sense of self-worth, and consecrates a life to God’s purposes. However, wholesome recreation is important to create balance with a hard day’s work.

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  • Mormonism 101

    • 22 March 2012

    Every Latter-day Saint is called upon to explain—and sometimes to defend—the doctrines and principles of the restored gospel. Every Latter-day Saint is told to stand as a witness of the truth. A prophet and seer, Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, had those same opportunities when he was invited to present the basic beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to law students at Harvard University.

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  • Preparing for General Conference

    • 21 March 2012

    “If we teach by the Spirit and you listen by the Spirit, some one of us will touch on your circumstance, sending a personal prophetic epistle just to you,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said during his April 2011 general conference address.

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  • Relief Society Is Charity in Action

    • 15 March 2012

    “Relief Society has always been a strength to the Church,” says Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “It has always helped provide what was needed in each stage of the Church’s development. Today its contribution becomes more poignant because of the difficult times in which we live. It’s not a program per se. It is the gospel—the gospel in action in the lives of our remarkable women. In difficult times we realize it offers its members, and by extension the whole Church, just what we need to help us right now.”

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  • Unto All the World: Priesthood Leadership Conferences

    • 9 March 2012

    What is a priesthood leadership conference? It’s a meeting where stake presidents and bishops from multiple stakes meet with an apostle—or in the case of this meeting in Layton, Utah, two apostles—to receive counsel and discuss questions. Such meetings are being held all over the world.

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  • Counsel for Young Single Adults

    • 8 March 2012

    Elder Cook offered three guidelines based on the phrase “What e’er thou art, act well thy part,” as related by President David O. McKay (1873–1970).

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  • Why Do We Have Trials?

    • 8 March 2012

    Why are the faithful subject to trials and tribulations? Prophets and apostles say that we are strengthened as we “wait upon the Lord.”

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  • Rising from the Rubble

    • 1 March 2012

    “Look for the way that the Lord will consecrate your affliction for your gain,” Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told Japanese Latter-day Saints during a recent visit to areas ravaged last year by earthquake and tsunami. He found that the Saints are rebuilding, rising from the rubble in the Land of the Rising Sun.

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