Several stories of real people suffering loss who turned to God for answers. They share their beliefs. “There is much more to life than what we see, there is an after life and there is hope.”
A young man shares how God’s plan, the Plan of Salvation, has helped him to see the blessings that can come through the death of his mother and two siblings. He shares his faith, understanding, and hope that this knowledge brings him.
There is no easy solution for helping someone who has thoughts about suicide. But there are some things we can do to reach out to them. The most common sources of pain for someone having suicidal thoughts are feeling disconnected from other people, feeling like they’re a burden to others or that people would be better off without them. Coupled with the hopeless thoughts that things aren’t going to change, suicidal thoughts become risky.
Family, Children, Teens
Loss can help us focus on the things that matter most. Focus on the people who are left in your life and let them know that they matter.
Family, Children, Teens
As a single mom, sometimes Conni felt empty and as though her plan for life had been derailed. She found comfort and support in the time she spent with her kids, whether they were jumping on the trampoline, riding bikes, or cooking. “These experiences with my kids would be the things that would fill me up,” she says. “It’s something sweeter than I could have ever imagined.”
Effective parenting means taking the time to listen and to understand the hearts of our children so that we can grow together in faith, friendship, and love. Even as we ourselves are hurting, focusing on grieving children will in the long run lead to more rapid healing for the entire family
“Because of all this pain and suffering that exists, maybe that means God doesn’t exist,”Rich thought. What’s the purpose of life? Was God’s love real? Was God Himself real? Rich asked all of these questions. He left his faith behind to search for another kind of truth. He was surprised by what he found… “No matter how illogical it may sound, there is a God—an all-powerful, all-knowing God.”
Acting on even a twig of faith gives God the power to grow it. We wish to encourage those who in the midst of hard trials who feel their faith may be fading under the onslaught of troubles.
Kim experienced the refiner’s fire in a way she never expected. She had always wanted a large family. Her first son wasn’t even two when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor that claimed his life. Her daughter was diagnosed with bone cancer. She lost her husband and another son to cancer. In her refiner’s fire, she “began to think maybe I couldn’t do this. Maybe I wasn’t strong enough. Maybe I might fail. But the Lord wasn’t going to allow me to fail. I know that’s not unique to me. He does that for everybody.” She learned that the Savior does provide what you need to face tragedies with faith and confidence.
I know I never thought about this being brave, I just had to have faith that God was going to help me. Everybody has trials and things in their life that don’t go as planned. It’s hard, every day. For me surviving is about two things: courage and faith. Learn from the life of Esther and other inspiring women the importance of trusting in God and courageously standing for what you believe.
Forgiveness and the power of Jesus Christ enable a man to survive losing his wife and several children in a car accident—and allow the offending driver to begin rebuilding his own life.
Patience requires that we obey God’s commandments and faithfully wait for His will to be fulfilled. It is in the waiting that we grow the most.
Jess Berry tells how grateful she is for her supportive family and friends as she lives an active life and endures living with cerebral palsy. We have the power to use our agency to make our lives forces for good. No matter what situation we are in, we can choose to turn outward, and in so doing we can turn to Him in faith and gratitude for the blessing we do have in our lives.
“Charity Never Faileth” We should be careful how we judge others, as we may be looking at them through our own “unclean windows.”
See how one New York homeless man’s advice will change your view on humanity. “Life is perfect for none of us. Rather than being judgmental and critical of each other, may we have the pure love of Christ for our fellow travelers on this journey through life.”
See how “The Coat,” a video of an experience from the life of Heber J. Grant, inspired a group of girls to give service.
The purpose of our life on earth is to grow, develop, and be strengthened through our own experiences. God uses love-inspired correction to guide us to a future we do not or cannot now envision but which He knows is the better way for us.
“Trust God and believe in good things to come.” Jeffrey R. Holland recalls his days as a poor young father with a broken-down family car and testifies that for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, there are better days and good things to come.
We live in a time when we all need to call down the help of God, our Creator through Prayer. Hopefully this short video will help you improve your communication with your Heavenly Father. This is for all who pray to God, Our Father in Heaven
Acting, Prayer, Learning
There is a danger in the word “someday.” Morning prayer and searching the scriptures can set the course of our day. We can seek God’s help to overcome complacency and discouragement and find joy in serving Him today. Hard as things seem today they will be better in the next day if we choose to serve him today. By choosing to serve Him we will feel His love and grow to love Him more.
Praying, Recieving Inspiration
The Holy Spirit can provide comfort during difficult trials and challenges. “You can pray for strength and those feelings of peace, joy and happiness, they come.” “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid“- John 14:27
Learning & Journaling
“If you want to talk to the Lord get down on your knees, if you want God to talk to you then read your scriptures.” You can receive personal revelation from God by living His gospel and having the gift of the Holy Spirit. By studying the scriptures and recording the thoughts and impressions that come as your study, you can better get answers to your prayers. One young woman said, “As I start to write, suddening my mind is filled with so much more that I am learning from that scripture.”
Jeffrey R. Holland shares a personal experience that shows a pattern. His story reminds us to always trust God and the direction He gives us. When making decisions, God expects us to pray, trust, and be believing and then not give up, panic, or “jump ship” when something doesn’t seem to be going right.
Every day can be the start of a New Year. Faith in Jesus Christ gives us strength to leave the past behind and look ahead to a brighter future. Read Jeffrey R. Holland’s article, “The Best Is Yet to Be“
Choosing our Reaction
Headaches will surely come. Russell M. Nelson shares a personal story to give encouragement for when we feel “weak in the heart.” “To the individual who is weak in the heart, be patient with yourself. Don’t demand things that are unreasonable, but demand of yourself improvement, as you let the Lord help you, He will make the difference.” We can choose to act in positive ways to help ourselves grow and move forward on the path of healing.
A woman paralyzed from the waist down doesn’t let her adversity stop her. With the Lord’s help she thrived and is still excelling in spite of it. “It is often in the trial of adversity that we learn those most critical lessons that form our character and shape our destiny.” – Dieter F Utchdorf
Listening to Inspiration
How do we invite the Spirit or Inspiration into our lives? You can invite the Holy Spirit into your life through prayer, scripture study and being obedient to God’s commandments.
Listening to Inspiration
What is light? How does light connect with inspiration? In this three part series, David A. Bednar discusses how we receive and perceive light from God.
- Part 1 centers on the properties of light and how the Light of Christ affects all men and women everywhere.
- Part 2 discusses how to recognize, discern and act upon light from God.
- Part 3 explains the patterns of light by which God communicates with us and how they lead to the spirit of revelation.
Sometimes, the most important things we do each day are never even on our “to-do” list. As we help a neighbor or family member, we often overlook the results. We might worry about the things we never get done and feel overwhelmed and under appreciated. In those moments it is helpful to remember, “You never know how much good you do.”
Many of us have wondered if God knows us or if He even exists. Todd was someone who made fun of people who thought God was real, and he wasn’t surprised when he didn’t get an immediate answer to a prayer. But could God be giving us small but obvious answers? And how patient do we need to be to get those answers? You can find hope in God & Jesus Christ and know for a surety that they exist and love you. He can give you the power to change and to have hope again in your life.
The Lord’s mercies to us include personal blessings of strength, loving kindness, guidance, and many other spiritual gifts. These do not occur randomly or by coincidence. Obedience and Faithfulness enable us to receive these important gifts, and frequently the Lord’s timing enables us to recognize them.
We have the need for daily bread everyday in our lives. Just as we need daily physical sustenance, the need for daily spiritual sustenance is just as strong. D Todd Christofferson teaches us how to get that daily bread everyday.
- Pattern: Part 1 For the Children of Israel, manna was a daily reminder of the source of their blessings; today, we can remember the grace of Jesus Christ every day as we pray, read the scriptures, and meditate.
- Experience: Part 2 Sometimes in life, there is nowhere else to turn but to God. He shares a personal experience that taught him to truly pray, recognize answers to prayers, and take life one day at a time.
- Change: Part 3 Jesus Christ is the bread of eternal life. By following Him, remembering Him, and having faith in Him we can change and become what we aspire to become. His grace allows us to do that.
Receiving Grace, Abandonment
Elaine S. Dalton, a woman who lost her father when she was in colleges, shares how her experience of running in the Boston Marathon taught her about prayer and the strength we can receive from God. She was comforted by the words, “I am thy God and will still give thee aid. I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand.”
Depression & Despair
“To all who suffer, to all who feel lonely or discourage, I say with love and deep concern for you, never give in, never surrender. Never allow despair to overcome your spirit. The Love of the Son of God pierces all darkness, softens all sorrows, and gladdens every heart.”
Depression & Despair
“Believe in miracles, hope is never lost. IF those miracles do not come soon, or fully or seemingly at all. Remember the Savior’s own anguished example. If the bitter cup does not pass, drink it and be strong. Trusting in happier days ahead.” “If things continue to be debilitating seek the advice reputable people. Our Father in Heaven expects us to use all of the marvelous gifts He has provided.”
This life is not always easy, nor was it meant to be; it is a time of testing and proving. At times when we may feel to say, Hope you know, I had a hard time, we can be assured that Jesus Christ is there and we are safe in His loving arms. Watch “Love Thy Neighbor” about a woman who overcame Loneliness through Service
When Deiter F. Uchtdorf was a young child, he learned that his mother was a great example of how hope and faith in God and in the Gospel of Jesus Christ can help anyone overcome fear. Toward the end of World War II, my mother decided to flee to Germany where her parents were living. Though I was only three years old, I can still remember this time of fear and hunger. Along the way the train stopped occasionally to get supplies. One night, during one of these stops, my mother hurried out of the train to search for some food for her four children. I know with certainty, her faith overcame her fear, and her hope overcame her despair. “If things continue to be debilitating seek the advice reputable people. Our Father in Heaven expects us to use all of the marvelous gifts He has provided.”
Regret & Guilt
After a fatal car crash a surviving teen faced with great pain and loss, turns to God to find answers to his soul’s deepest questions.
Regret & Guilt
A Surviver of 9/11 talks about his struggle with guilt and pain and the trauma of that day. He shares how his faith has brought him closer to God and made him a better person. “All can discover, embrace and walk in the true faith of their Father, which faith will make them whole.”
Vendella is a mom of three whose husband was killed in Iraq. She shares her struggle through anger and how her faith has helped to heal her. Read more about Vendella and her faith on her profile page
“When we are racked or harrowed up or torment by guilt or burdened with grief, He can heal us… We can experience the Peace of God which passes all understanding.” “The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of transformation… He invites us to come unto Him and be transformed.” “All can discover, embrace and walk in the true faith of their Father, which faith will make them whole.”
The family in this video shares their experience with drug addiction and the loss of a loved one: “We’re here in this life to overcome our challenges and become stronger. … Through our faith in our Savior Jesus Christ and knowing the price that He has paid for us—and for everyone on this earth—that has helped us get through the tough times.” By God’s grace we are able to overcome any challenge life brings. And with His Grace we are able to feel much-needed love and comfort amidst our trials.
Stephanie Nielson, survivor of a near-fatal plane crash, shares her story of a beautiful life centered on faith in Jesus Christ and love of family. Despite the tragedy in her life, she found new purpose… a way to reach out and to help others. “I pray and I get answers and then I do it.” – Stephanie
“We lighten the loads of others best by helping the Lord strengthen them.” – Henry B Eyring
Rather than focus on her medical condition, Brittany has found comfort in serving others and trusting in the Lord. Her example has lifted countless others.
Being a previously married adult makes the decision to abstain from sexual relations until you are remarried a difficult one, yet it is one that will bring you greater security, self-confidence and aid from the Spirit. In this video, Six interfaith youth speak candidly on why they have chosen to be sexually pure.
A marriage, like a human life, is a precious, living thing. Spouses should exercise faith in Christ and love for each other to heal and strengthen their marriage relationship.“These experiences with my kids would be the things that would fill me up,” she says. “It’s something sweeter than I could have ever imagined.”
The Atonement of Jesus Christ can heal the pain of a troubled or broken marriage for all who humbly seek His help. Prayer, repentance and change can strengthen marriages and bring families closer together.
Couples of all ages share the many ways they have found to express love for each other. A widower shares His experiences with expressions of love and how we can work towards lasting marriage relationships
The way we react to adversity can be a major factor in how happy and successful we can be in life. Joseph B Wirthlin shares four ways to help cope with difficult periods of life.
A Minneapolis mother, whose son was murdered, now lives next door to — and is friends with — her son’s murderer. Steve Hartman reports on the power of forgiveness.
Ashlee Birk’s husband was murdered in 2011. She is a survivor of infidelity. She is one of our authors and she writes of her story on her blog “The Moments We Stand”.
“What if your neighbor asked you to take 20 minutes one night to help him? Would you do it? Most decent people would. But what if he asked you every night following, with no end in sight? Would you be willing to do it? … When would serving your neighbor feel more like servitude?” That is the question a group of men had to ask themselves when they united to serve their neighbor Kathy, who suffers from the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis. For the past seven years they have lifted Kathy into bed at night. In doing so they have lifted her spirit, as well as their own.
Ashlee Birk shares her story of forgiveness and how she chose to stand after murder and infidelity.