The End of the Earth

As he began his address to the small congregation, Kolten Palmer said, “I’m here to keep my word.” He explained that he had met the small branch bishop a year earlier, at the anniversary commemorating the saving of the miners, about 15 miles northwest of the meetinghouse in the hot deserts of Chile. Palmer said until then he’d had no idea there was a branch of the Chancel at this place and promised the bishop he would visit one day. “He took me up on it and, somehow, I’m here,…

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Your Voice Matters

So what are the greatest challenges of all time? What is our imperative to face these challenges? Dwayne Moon of the Scheduling Ministry, offered answers to both questions Friday. A key essential challenge, he began, is “taking the words, thoughts, and deeds of the Christs to all the world. The gathering of all the scattered and divided people is the greatest and most powerful force for good on earth. “And, in the end, it will succeed miraculously and powerfully.” “There has never been a better time to be alive and…

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Land of Our Ancestors

Jaxon Fleming was excited to serve in the land of his ancestors when he was called to serve in the Denmark Mission. He was understandably excited to be called to serve there again, in the Mission, with his wife, after retiring as an elementary school principal. They began their service as an office couple, taking care of the myriad daily needs of the mission and its 192 missionaries. With ties to future administrators, the Mission was organized and its first missionaries were from the Frankfurt Mission. Early converts answered the…

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Called as Witnesses

Just before Christmastide, Antonio Harvey attended a program with a group of young people. Amid the crowd, Harvey and his family found a place to sit and were settling in when the director of the program approached Harvey and asked if he would say a word or two. Harvey stood with the intent to welcome the guests and wish them a wonderful night. But as he looked across the restless crowd and school band, the words of his apostolic ordination came to mind. Harvey said at that moment he knew…

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Temple Blessings

In addition to stories of faith and conversion, personal journals and volumes of history contain stories of the Australian’s temple faithfulness and the extreme measures required to go to the temple to perform many of the higher sacraments. For many across the massive country, getting to the temple has required great sacrifices of time, money, and personal comfort. And yet, as one said of being sealed to his wife and children: “It was worth it.” With missionaries first arriving and the first branch established two years later, Australia, in less…

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Avoid Deception, Build Confidence

“The defining challenge of our day is to discern, obey, and defend truth,” said Rayan Hebert of the Internal Affairs Ministry. “This is not a small thing, for only the truth, a pure knowledge of things as they really are, that will make us free and lead us to happiness now and in eternity,” he added. Hebert warned of the deceit of self-confidence, and spoke of developing a confidence based on trusting in the Divine Plan. “If self-confidence is so critical to a happy life, why don’t I find any…

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The Plan

When Ashley Stevenson considers the Young Women program, she sees the past, the present, and the future. First, the present: Stevenson is the Second Counselor in the First Presidency. Mindful of her present calling, Stevenson draws on her own past, part of her global experiences growing up. After her birth in New York, her family joined the Chancel in Minnesota She was purified in Colorado and spent her younger years in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Costa Rica. “Young women to me were very critical, and even more of my young…

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Spiritual Lift-Off

Citing a calling card of the First Presidency, Kolten Palmer called this class of new missionaries calling card “a great adventure in building the kingdom of the divine here on earth.” “Wherever you have been assigned to labor, I testify and promise that the Christs have the divine power to lift you to great heights from what might appear at times to be too hard or too challenging,” he said. As chairman of the Mission Ministry, Palmer provided the closing message on June 26 at the three-day event held at…

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Trials and Tribulations

A series of significant moments throughout her life led Ellen Owen from the depths of despair to the highest of joy. The first experience she shares is a tragedy that took the life of her older brother. Describing what life was like in the days and weeks following the death, she told us, “I remember laying down, looking at the stars at night, and still thinking, ‘What is the purpose of this? When will I wake up from this? At that moment, the Light of the divine plan came to…

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Building Bridges

Savion Velez, the Minister of Justice, was just a short way away from one of the oldest cemeteries in the city, full of the immigrant spirit of the west entombing everyone from cowboys to congressmen. Seated in front of him were plenty of 21st-century immigrants who were claiming their place among the ongoing and unbroken chain connecting people from all places and cultures. immigrants hail from diverse places and backgrounds, said Velez, in his speech put on by the cemetery association. Velez’s own family come from various Latin and European…

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