Of all the doctrines and truths lost in the Apostacy and recovered in the Restoration, which would you say is the most pivotal? On which one do so many of our other beliefs and doctrines pivot or hinge? Which single doctrine changes our paradigm and our perspective most, and makes the biggest difference in how we look at life and at purpose and at God and His Plan?
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After a childhood of painful abuse and neglect, Rebekah felt worthless, disgusting, totally confused about her identity, and absolutely sure there was no God. In her many tears, she felt everyone was against her. In her despair, while contemplating ending her life, she felt to ask a friend about his faith. In his response she felt a love and warmth enter the room.
When death takes away a loved one, we often face pressing questions of the soul that only the restored gospel of Jesus Christ can answer.
After a brief, but glorious vision of the next life, Amber Swasey Williams painfully re-entered her severely burned body as it continued its lifeflight aboard a helicopter bound to the burn center at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City along with her four-year-old son, Hunter. A household accident had changed their lives forever.
Sometimes good habits--which are active and intentional--can gradually fade into passive habits without a person noticing, as if someone flipped our switch to autopilot. This happened to me in my mid-forties. I realized that my prayers had grown casual, and my long-standing habit of praying both morning and evening had become hit and miss.