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What does it mean to be "all in" the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the latter days? The answers might surprise you. All In is a brand new podcast from LDS Living where we explore this question with the help of Latter-day Saints who are striving to live their faith every day—just like you.


Episode Date
Chris Williams: Forgiveness and the Worth of a Soul
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On Feb. 9, 2007, Chris Williams and his family were driving home from a night out together when their vehicle was struck by a 17-year-old drunk driver. That night, Chris lost his wife, Michelle, who was pregnant with their fifth child; his son Ben; and his daughter, Anna. Three days later, Chris Williams spoke publicly for the first time following the accident and extended unconditional forgiveness to that 17-year-old young man, a decision he has stood by for more than 12 years.

"Yes, He was there to help me. Yes, He was there to make everything okay and to start to heal me. But the next invitation after I let it go was, would I help Him in bringing this young man home?"

Show Notes:

2:29- Life Before the Accident

7:00- Life After the Accident

8:28- Blending Families

10:14- “What She Would Do”

13:46- Having Walked In Those Shoes

17:43- Lessons Learned on the Scene of the Accident

23:34- “I’m Sorry”

25:45- Conversations with God

30:46- Meeting Cameron

33:36- Forgiveness- A Source of Power

37:08- Invitation to Act

38:38- The Atonement Covers Every Type of Situation

42:02- On the Other Side

46:56- What Does It Mean To Be “All In” the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Nov 20, 2019
Lindsay Ricks: The Blessing of Parenting a Child With Special Needs
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When Lindsay Ricks first heard that her son William would be born with Down Syndrome, her mind was flooded with questions. Nearly seven years later, she has found growth, purpose and strength in her son’s special needs. William has led her to step out of her comfort zone and to find a new identity in a journey she firmly believes she chose. 

“As I’ve come to understand who He is, I’ve come to understand who I am and who I’ve always been, and how I’ve been prepared and trained and schooled for this moment my whole life. And I think with His help I will glory in it…”

Show Notes: 

2:16- Expecting the Unexpected

11:54- A Changed Relationship with God

15:20- The School Bus, Haircuts and a Service Dog

25:30- Advice for New Parents of Children with Special Needs

28:36- Greater Joy

33:04- Unanswered Prayers

37:09- “That We Might Not Shrink”

40:22- “God Confidence”

42:36- What Does It Mean To You To Be “All In”? 

Nov 13, 2019
Patrick Q. Mason: Working Through Our Doubts and Creating Space for Others to Do the Same
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“Faith is a gift and a precious commodity in any age, but an increasingly rare one in our modern world,” Patrick Mason writes in his book, “Planted.” It is for this reason that Mason also states that, “How we deal with doubt in the Church today is one of the most pressing tests of our collective discipleship.” That is not limited to how we approach our own doubts but also how we seek to be compassionate toward others as they face their own doubts. 

Note: “Planted” was published prior to the emphasis on using the full name of the Church. Please excuse any reference to “Mormonism” as a result. 

“This is one of the reasons why God restored the Church in the modern age, because he knew precisely the ways that our social bonds would erode in the 20th and 21st centuries, and the Church is one of the great answers for that. So is it hard sometimes? Yeah, but I think one of the great aspects of the restoration is the we’re put in wards that are geographically defined, we do not choose who we go to church with. And that puts us in company with people of different classes, different races, certainly different genders. People have different life experiences, people that we would never choose to associate with. That's the laboratory of love. That is the school of discipleship. That's what's going to make us as Christians.”

Show Notes:

2:42- Why Address Doubt?

4:40- Faith: An Individual Experience

8:00- Fortifications

11:46- Faith That Grows With Us

16:00- Hanging On To What We Do Know

18:32- Peaks and Valleys

21:37- A Test of our Collective Discipleship

28:44- Creating Space For Honesty

33:40- Fallibility

39:15- A Church That Hangs On To Us

41:53- Different Disciples

45:05- The Holiest Thing That Presents Itself To Our View

47:30- Grateful To Be A Latter-day Saint

48:48- What Does It Mean To You To Be “All In” the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Nov 06, 2019
Karalynne Call: Finding Healing Through Food
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As a young mother, Karalynne Call found herself battling suicidal depression. As she sought medical help, she longed for healing. It was the belief that God is able to heal us that led her to begin a health journey she anticipates will last for the rest of her life. She has since helped many others improve their health by raising awareness of the impact of the ingredients found in the food we consume and the products we use on a daily basis. 

"If you believe in a God who's going to come again, and we know that the times are going to be hard before the Second Coming, then we need to do all that we can, like President Nelson has asked us to, to gather in...the house of Israel. And that takes work, and work takes energy, and we need that energy through the good foods that we can eat and by taking care of our bodies."

Show Notes:

2:44- Seeking Solace From Depression

5:00- Healing

6:39- A Deep Dive Into Ingredients

9:16- Education

10:41- What's In Your Food? 

12:45- A Healthy Relationship With Food

17:24- Don't Live in Extremes

20:11-  The Cost of Healthy Living

24:32- The Word of Wisdom

27:28- Food As Medicine

34:27- Showing Gratitude for our Bodies

36:41- What Does It Mean To Be "All In" the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Oct 30, 2019
Kristin Chenoweth: “For Me, It’s the Spirit”
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When Kristin Chenoweth walked out onto the Conference Center stage the first time, she pretended to faint. But at that point she didn’t know what it would feel like to sing songs about the Savior’s birth with and to other like-minded believers. On today’s episode, she looks back on that experience and shares what it means to her to be “all in” the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Oct 25, 2019
Jason F. Wright: Helping Each Other Home
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Best-selling author Jason F. Wright is a fan of people. It is apparent in the way his face lights up when he talks about those who have impacted his life, some of them strangers he met only briefly. On today’s episode, he explains how his passion for people and their stories began in his childhood home, thanks in large part to the example of his parents who taught him to believe in the goodness of others. 

"Open your eyes. When you walk out your front door every morning, open your eyes as wide as you can. Look left, look right, look in front of you and make sure you're seeing the people that the Lord is putting in your path. Because if you see them, you can serve them."

Show Notes: 

2:57- The Beginning of the "Christmas Jars" Tradition

11:08- Restoration

12:11- Stories of the Jars

16:27- Belief in Humanity

20:45- Help Getting Home

24:45- Giving a Lift

27:46- Fiction Vs. Non-Fiction

31:33- The Power of Stories

33:48- The Importance of Authenticity

38:39- What Does It Mean To Be "All In" the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Oct 23, 2019
Marilee Killpack: The Power to Save
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Nearly two years ago, Marilee Killpack gave birth to a baby boy. That baby boy was diagnosed with Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, a life-threatening genetic syndrome that affects just one in 250,000 children and is only symptomatic in boys. The life expectancy was 3-5 years. There was, however, one possible way to save his life: He could receive a bone marrow transplant and his 7-year-old brother was a perfect match. 

"I can't articulate it well, but I came to love Abram as a mom because he was saved and needed saving. And I think of our Heavenly Parents who have this Son, who is perfect and they know He's going to do it and they know He's going to be awesome and then to look at us, like I look at Abram and realize he needs saving. He's not going to make it and there's just such a love that I can't explain for him for fighting, and for being saved by his older brother."

Show Notes: 

2:15- Abram's Story

7:19- Finding Peace

9:35- The Lord's Preparations

12:11- A Perfect Match

15:46- The Saving Power Between Siblings

19:41- "Witness What the Lord Has Done"

24:32- Feeding the Soul

26:25- Promises of the Temple

28:32- "The Family That Prays Together"

33:02- The Faith Not To Be Healed

36:32- "All Is Well"

40:20- "The Lessons We Came to Earth to Learn"

43:55- What Does It Mean To Be "All In" the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

 

Oct 16, 2019
Chris Burkard: Through the Lens of Faith
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World-renowned photographer Chris Burkard chases light for a living and, through Instagram, over 3.5 million people come along for the ride. On today’s episode, we delve deeper into the messages of light Burkard shares with the world on social media about topics like suffering, enduring, and connecting by looking at them with an eye of faith.

"When I consider the fact that He is the light and life of the world that if I can use that light that is Him to create images that make people want to be closer to Him, then I think that I'm doing what I was sent here to do."

Show Notes:

3:09- Sunrises

7:00- A Student of Light

9:45- The Light and Life of the World

12:40- Be a Bearer of Light

17:07- Social Media: A Glorified Texting Tool

18:43- Seeking Validation Vs. Longing to Do Good

23:13- Scrolling 300 Feet Every Day

28:19- Measuring Your Life

31:15- People > Places

37:54- Biking 844 Miles in 52 Hours, 36 Minutes and 19 Seconds

45:23- Photo Captions

53:36- What Does it Mean to You To Be “All In” the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Oct 09, 2019
Adam Miller: Living in Christ Before We Die
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A quote by Marcus Aurelius, a scripture in Jarom and the writings of Paul led Adam Miller to ponder the question of what life would look like if we chose to die in Christ now and experience “an early resurrection.” This week, we look at how turning our lives over to Christ before death has the potential to change everything.

"You know how it is when you're so absorbed in doing what you're doing? When you so love what you're doing, when you've so lost yourself in caring for whatever the task is, or whoever the person is you're with, that you just lose all track of time and simultaneously lose all track of yourself and feel in the end, enlivened and empowered? That's it. That's life in Christ. And the trick is to learn how to do that, not just every once in a while but to live our lives like that from dawn until dusk in Christ."

Show Notes: 

2:58- Setting the Stage

5:12- Time

6:59- An Early Resurrection

8:35- Why Ordinances Matter

9:36- "Types"

13:14- What does "Living in Christ" look like?

19:25- Love and Law

28:12- The Bible and the Book of Mormon

30:26- Grateful to be a Latter-day Saint

32:47- Spirit as a Down Payment

34:10- "Moby Dick" and Turning Our Time Over To God

43:57- What Does It Mean To Be "All In" The Gospel of Jesus Christ?</p>

Oct 02, 2019
Kate Lee: Overcoming Paralyzing Self-Doubt
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It was just a normal temple recommend interview but it changed Kate Lee’s life. It was a simple question, “Is there anything else that you need to talk about?” But on this week’s episode, Kate Lee shares in detail the transformative experience that allowed her to see herself through God’s eyes.

"I feel like, because I so often listen to my doubts and believe my doubts, I kept myself from Christ. I kept myself from God, I kept myself from progression. And the second I started listening to the Spirit and trusting the Spirit over my doubts, then my whole life changed."

Show Notes

1:08- A Temple Recommend Interview

4:41- The Lead-Up to This Moment

8:23- "Is There Anything Else You Want To Talk About?"

10:38- Orchestrated by God

16:14- Homework Assignments

21:38- Taking Time

23:25- Tools for Combating Doubt

27:26- Change of Life

29:37- Painting a Picture of the Love of Christ

39:15- Ecclesiastical Leaders

42:11- The Love of God Through Painting

42:23- Two Scriptures that Teach Unconditional Love

44:56- What Does It Mean To Be "All In" The Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Sep 25, 2019
Ann Romney: The Blessing of an Eternal Perspective in the Fight Against Multiple Sclerosis
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An uncertain future often accompanies the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Such was the case for Ann Romney. In this week's episode, she shares how the hope of eternal life carried her out of the darkness of depression and discouragement, leading her to fight for her life. She also explains why she now feels a responsibility to offer hope to others and what she is doing about it. 

"The Savior will fill in all the holes and all the gaps and all of the weaknesses, which become accentuated when you're sick. And it's a reminder that we cannot do this, never, not one of us can get there without the Savior. And it's a very sort of abrupt and sudden reminder that that's very true. We need His love. We need His forgiveness, and we need His mercy."

Show Notes:

3:22- Life Before MS/Diagnosis

6:28- "An Identity Issue"

9:07- The Immediate Impact of MS

11:19- Finding Help

17:12- Fighting Fatigue

18:37- Researching for the Future Generation

22:35- Grateful for MS?

24:06- Rediscovering Herself

27:22- Supporting a Loved One in the Face of Health Challenges

30:39- The Reality of the Atonement of Jesus Christ

35:37- Why an Eternal Perspective Matters

38:08- Embracing God's Plan for Us/Fulfilling Our Individual Missions

44:15- How The Gospel Changed Her Life

46:10- What Does It Mean To Be "All In" the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

 

 

Sep 18, 2019
Justin Su’a: The Role of Spirituality in Developing Mental Toughness
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He helped coach the Boston Red Sox on their way to becoming World Series champions but on today’s episode of “All In,” Justin Su’a coaches you on how to enhance the way you show up in life by cultivating a strong mentality. Su'a also explains the importance of faith in athletics and in the lives of disciples of Jesus Christ. 

"I think as you have faith in the process, and do everything you can and build your life with these heavenly habits around you, you'll end up finding that you can be happy in the moment, you're going to find joy in keeping the commandments and doing what the Lord asks. And...that's when the magic happens. And when the Spirit is filling your life, it becomes palpable and tangible, and you wake up excited to do it the next day."

Show Notes

1:34- Winning a World Series

4:02- Journey to Mental Skills Coach

8:28- When One Door Closes

9:49- Prepared For Sports Psychology

14:45- Experiences With Faith On The Job

19:55- "Increase Your Impact" Podcast

25:15- Raising Mentally Tough Teens

29:00- Modeling Strong Mentalities

33:23- Strengthening Your Mentality

37:14- Spending Time With God

41:00- The Role of Faith  

43:50- Choosing the Right

47:24- What Does It Mean To Be "All In" The Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Sep 11, 2019
Brooke Romney: Why Our Souls Crave Connection—And What We Can Do About It
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Brooke Romney is a strong believer that we are wired for connection. Connection with those around us, connection with our families, connection with God—“Humans are hard and friendship takes work,” Romney says, but she also believes the effort is worthwhile, “His intent was never for us to walk any of these paths alone.”

"We're craving what God really intended us to be. He never intended us to sit behind screens. He never intended even for us to just write articles about good things. He created us to do good things, to touch people, to connect with people. That's what this is all about. And I think, because life has gotten so easy and so removed, sometimes we forget that and it's what our soul wants so badly."

Show Notes: 

3:08- A hunger for human connection

7:07- Breaking down barriers to friendship

11:46- A need for vulnerability

17:50- 3 ways to be a true friend

22:00- Getting out of your comfort zone

28:03- Connecting with your children

33:00- Modeling true confidence

34:51- I am _____________

36:52- Loving your children

39:17- God’s desire to connect with you

44:42- What does it mean to be "all in" the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Sep 04, 2019
Robert Millet: How the Constant Companionship of the Spirit Works
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After nearly 40 years of teaching religion, Robert Millet still had some questions regarding the Holy Ghost. For example, how does our doctrine regarding the Holy Ghost differentiate The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from other religions? Or what does the right to constant companionship of the Spirit really look like? It was this curiosity that led him to begin researching and eventually writing his latest book, “The Holy Spirit." On today’s episode, he shares the unique insights he found along the way. 

"Something as fundamental as God and Christ and the Holy Ghost really just cannot remain a mystery. 'This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent' (John 17:3). If it's life eternal to know God, heaven help us if we don't even have the means of coming to know God because God is in some ways pushed off the stage, because Jesus takes center stage."

Show Notes:

2:15- "Like fish who discover water last"

9:20- The Holy Ghost or the Light of Christ

11:24- Avenues of the Spirit

16:29- My own voice or the voice of the Spirit?

23:27- Still learning, more than 40 years later

29:37- Inextricably linked to every facet of the gospel

33:36- How is His influence felt everywhere?

36:11- Baptism of fire

38:08- The differentiator 

39:47- Why three separate and distinct Beings matters

45:32- Inability to feel the Spirit amidst depression

46:16- How understanding the Spirit can change our lives

48:51- What does it mean to be "all in" the gospel of Jesus Christ? 

 

 

Aug 28, 2019
Chelsie Hightower: What My Battle With Anxiety in Hollywood Taught Me About God's Love
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She competed on two of the most popular dance television shows of all time. She taught a rodeo cowboy, a rapper, a “Bachelor,” and Michael Bolton how to dance with millions watching. But on this week’s episode of “All In,” Chelsie Hightower discusses the anxiety she faced when the cameras stopped rolling.

"I think that I'd felt like, whether I could articulate it at that time or not, I felt like I'd lost God's trust in me and His love for me...I learned that His love is far different than I thought it was."

1:06- The Story of Morgan and Chelsie's Friendship

6:38- Guided to Dance

15:02- "So You Think You Can Dance"

16:45- Anxiety Resurfaces

23:00- Losing Footing on the Foundation of God

36:12- "Dancing With The Stars" 

42:28- Running on Empty

44:14- A Prayer in New York

47:59- The Love of God

51:52- What does it mean to be "all in" the gospel of Jesus Christ? 

Aug 21, 2019
Ty Mansfield and Jacob Hess: Living a Mindful Latter-day Saint Life
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President David O. McKay once referred to meditation as “one of the most secret, most sacred doors through which we pass into the presence of the Lord.” On today’s episode, we explore the many ways meditation and mindfulness already play an important role in the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

"One of the things I've wondered is if people are not walking away from the Gospel as much as (having) an impoverished experience of the gospel, where the gospel has become sort of like this devices that's not working anymore. And rather than going for an upgrade and getting rid of the device, our hope is that if people could approach the gospel with fresh eyes and experience it as full of opportunities to stop, to pause, to interrupt the busyness, to interrupt the activity, that it might awaken something that has become dead because anything...can die." -Jacob Hess

Show Notes

3:00- What is mindfulness?
6:12- Personal background with mindfulness and meditation?
12:25- Being still amidst activity in the Church
15:21- Hyper-stimulated culture
19:04- Anxiously engaged
26:59- Rushing through the gospel
34:23- Prayer as a mindfulness practice
39:27- Daily bread and suffering
50:50- What Does It Mean To Be All In The Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Aug 14, 2019
Thomas Wirthlin McConkie: How Meditation and Being Still Help Us Know God
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Despite being born into a family with strong Latter-day Saint roots, Thomas McConkie stopped attending church at the age of 13. However, a spiritual journey, which spanned nearly two decades and included becoming proficient in Buddhist meditation, brought him back to an unlikely destination: The faith of his youth.

"I'm really comfortable with the definition of meditation as remembrance. And that feels very much like a gospel principle to me, like when we remember what are we remembering? Well, let me just riff a little bit: We remember that we are sons and daughters, that we're children of a living God. And when we remember that, the quality of our whole life in this very moment changes."

Show Notes

3:08- Leaving the Church at 13 years old
4:51- Discovering Meditation
5:46- Redemption in Stillness
12:26- Power to Heal a Generation
16:49- The Meaning of Meditation
19:34- Stillness Among Saints
25:34- Changing a Culture
28:15- Home-centered Church's Opportunity
31:49- Ministering and Meditation
33:05- Creating a Community
35:56- Message to a Teenager Struggling With Faith
37:50- If You Love Someone Struggling With Faith
39:29- A Grandfather's Love
42:36- What Does It Mean To Be All In The Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Aug 07, 2019
April Giauque: Escaping the Darkness of Domestic Abuse
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It is difficult to ignore the similarities between April Giauque’s description of an abuser’s behavior and Satan’s efforts to wear us down: isolation, manipulation, control, despair. Regardless of whether you feel held captive in an abusive situation like April or trapped by sin or discouragement, April’s story reminds us that there is always hope through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

"It is the worth of who your soul is, what your light is, your worth equals your light. And we were all born with the light of Christ within us. Whether you are a member of the Church or not, all have this light and that is the worth." 

Show Notes: 

1:33- The beginning of abuse

4:08- Children with special needs

5:38- Everyday life

6:29- Two different types of abusers

8:59- Relationship with God 

11:35- Knowing when it was time to leave

13:53- The voice of the adversary

15:18- The biggest fear of a victim

19:14- Saving a marriage

22:52- Looking for evidence of blessings

26:03- Caring for yourself in order to care for others

27:54- Self-esteem vs. self-worth

29:19- Agency amidst abuse

32:40- Life after abuse

35:32- Advice for victims

37:59- What does it mean to be “All In” the gospel of Jesus Christ? 

Jul 31, 2019
Ken Alford: Dreams As Revelation
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Do our dreams carry spiritual significance? And if so, how do we know? Ken Alford, a professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University, looks back at the Bible, the Book of Mormon and the history of the Church to explore the idea of dreams as revelation. 

Show Notes

2:37- Why Study Dreams?
9:23- Distinguishing a Dream of Significance From Other Dreams
12:36- Are We Entitled To Revelatory Dreams or Are Some People Dreamers
16:18- Nightmares
18:38- Interpreting Our Dreams
20:15- Dreams In Church History
29:16- Receiving Dreams For Other People?
31:10- Advance Notice of Church Callings
34:54- Dreams about the Savior
38:14- Scriptural Dreams
40:48- Dreams as Tender Mercies
44:14- What Does It Mean To Be All In The Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Jul 24, 2019
Corrine and Neil Stokoe: Finding Healing From Pornography Addiction
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Mint Arrow is a well-known fashion deals blog and brand. Husband and wife duo, Neil and Corrine Stokoe, are the power couple behind the operation. But in a social media world that frequently presents the ideal as day-to-day reality, the couple recently opened up about an underlying struggle that couldn’t be seen in their smiling faces: a battle against pornography addiction.

"I had to get to know Jesus in a way that I wouldn't know Him if I hadn't gone through the steps and if I didn't feel so desperate that I really was saying, 'I will do anything to overcome this and to feel better and to find peace.'" -Corrine Stokoe

Show Notes: 

1:40- First Contact With Pornography/Talking With Kids About Pornography

7:21- Telling Corrine

20:10- Intimacy Vs. Lust

25:36- ARP: AA Meets The Gospel

37:18- Why Do You Need A Sponsor?

42:06- Why Do the 12 Steps as the Spouse of an Addict?

46:27- Surrendering to the Savior Through the 12 Steps

49:08- Grateful for Addiction

52:46- A Message to Those Struggling With Addiction Now

54:18- A Message to The Spouse of an Addict

56:55- What Does It Mean To You To Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Listen to the Mint Arrow Messages episode featuring Kristen Jenson, the author of "Good Pictures, Bad Pictures" by clicking here.

Purchase "Good Pictures, Bad Pictures," here.

Watch: What Should I Do When I See Pornography? for families

Watch: The Church's new series about combating pornography
Watch: Videos specifically for parents 
Watch: Videos specifically for spouses of pornography users 

Read Neil and Corrine’s Real Life Love Story on Mint Arrow.

Read Part Two of Neil and Corrine’s Real Life Love Story.

Listen to their story on Mint Arrow Messages.
Listen to Part Two of Neil and Corinne's podcast episode about their experience.

An introduction to Mandi and Court Gubler's story from the Deseret News.

Listen to Corrine's recent interview with Mandi Gubler on Mint Arrow Messages.

”We don’t have to take things so personally. We take things to heart that we have no business taking to heart. For instance, saying “If you loved me you wouldn’t drink” to an alcoholic makes as much sense as saying “If you loved me, you wouldn’t cough” to someone who has pneumonia. Pneumonia victims will cough until they get appropriate treatment for their illness. Alcoholics will drink until they get the same. When people with a compulsive disorder do whatever it is they are compelled to do, they are not saying they don’t love you—they are saying they don’t love themselves.”-Melody Beattie in "Codependent No More"

Visit the Church's "Addressing Pornography" website.

"We need to be more patient with the process. We need to worry less about the speed at which we are moving and more about the direction we are going. We will not fully realize our divine potential in this life. And while we need to make wise use of our time in our mortal existence, we should remember that God does not deal with time in the same way we do. In fact, time as we understand it may not bind Him at all. As Alma noted, 'Time only is measured unto men.' Because speed is a measure of distance over time, if time becomes less relevant, so does speed. Thus, in eternal things, such as our ongoing progress in becoming like God, direction is more important than speed. In the long run, the direction we are headed matters much more than the rate at which we are moving." Kevin Worthen, "Knowing Who You Are.

Read Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s “Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence."

Of all the illustrations of faith in the Lord, few stories are more powerful than that told of the pioneer who years later stood to defend the decision of the Martin Handcart Company to start for the Salt Lake Valley late in the year of 1856. He had been one of the nearly 3,000 Saints who walked from Iowa and Nebraska to Utah between 1856 and 1860 in one of 10 companies pushing and pulling handcarts loaded with their belongings.
In a Sunday School class there was sharp criticism of the ill-fated Martin and Willie Handcart Companies, which met with tragedy because of their late start on the trek to the Salt Lake Valley.
An elderly man arose and said: “I ask you to stop this criticism. You are discussing a matter you know nothing about. Cold historic facts … give no proper interpretation of the questions involved. Mistake to send the Handcart Company out so late in the season? Yes. But I was in that company and my wife … too. We suffered beyond anything you can imagine and many died of exposure and starvation, but … we became acquainted with [God] in our extrem[i]ties.
“I have pulled my handcart when I was so weak and weary from illness and lack of food that I could hardly put one foot ahead of the other. I have looked ahead and seen a patch of sand or a hill slope and I have said, I can go that far and there I must give up, for I cannot pull the load through it. … I have gone on to that sand and when I reached it, the cart began pushing me. I have looked back many times to see who was pushing my cart, but my eyes saw no one. I knew then that the angels of God were there.
“Was I sorry that I chose to come by handcart? No. Neither then nor any minute of my life since. The price we paid to become acquainted with God was a privilege to pay, and I am thankful that I was privileged to come in the Martin Handcart Company” (as quoted in David O. McKay, “Pioneer Women,” The Relief Society Magazine, Jan. 1948, 8). Shared in the January 1997 Ensign.

Jul 17, 2019
Melissa Inouye: Why Loving One Another is More Than Bringing Casseroles
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Identity, creating understanding, covenants, a worldwide Church, faith crises, change in the Church—these are topics Melissa Inouye, a scholar, addresses in an effort to explain how she has “found the fruits of this life (the life of a Latter-day Saint) to be worthwhile—costly, to be sure, but also rich and nourishing, a source of deep joy.”

"I believe that Christ is here in the Church and I've felt the power of God. And so, having had those experiences, I am absolutely committed to being where I am."

Show Notes:

1:51- A Latter-day Saint Seven Days a Week

2:56- The Church Influencing Worldview

6:38- Lessons Learned From Being a Missionary

12:14- Belonging and Identity

18:44- Wins and Losses

20:57- Creating Unity in the Church

23:41- Helping Amidst Faith Crises

29:56- An Evolving Church

34:48- Cancer

36:47- What Does It Mean to Be All In The Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Jul 10, 2019
Dean Hughes: Digging Into Polygamy and Other "Muddy" Issues
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When Dean Hughes began writing his latest book, he didn't plan on writing about polygamy but the topic became impossible to ignore. At times, there are things (both past and present) that may affect our beliefs and be impossible to ignore. Dean describes these things as "muddy," but explains that there are faithful ways to approach seemingly messy aspects of our faith or our Church's history. 

"There's never a time when the questions end but if you've had certain experiences in your life that verify your faith, then you rely on those."

Show Notes:

3:47-Polygamy—Not an isolated challenge

5:57-Getting historical figures right

10:26- Balancing obedience and agency

11:33-Facing opposition

17:14-Looking at history through a 2019 lens

23:29- Honoring uncomfortable aspects of our heritage

24:21- Putting historical characters on a pedestal

30:20-An international Church

34:54- Approaching muddy topics today

38:12- What does it mean to be all in the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Jul 03, 2019
Mark and Lee Anne Pope: “All In” On and Off the Basketball Court
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There have been two constants in the lives of Mark and Lee Anne Pope—change and the gospel of Jesus Christ. But they are all about leaving it all on the court and not holding anything back, regardless of what might change. In their family, in their communities, on their teams and in the Church, Mark and Lee Anne Pope choose to be “All In.”

"Being 'All In' also requires faith...it is quintessentially a leap of faith, to say, you know what? I can't guarantee this is going to work out. But I'm not going to keep a backup plan."

Show Notes:

3:32- The daughter and wife of basketball coaches

6:25- Life in the NBA

10:20- Working for David Letterman

16:16- A love story

26:21- A foundation of gospel living

31:22- The vulnerability of being "All In"

37:30- Peter, the apostle

39:22- What does it mean to be "All In" 

Jun 26, 2019
Olga Campora: Finding the Gospel Behind the Iron Curtain
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During the early 1980s in Communist-ruled Czechoslovakia, Olga Campora, then a young college student, became interested in yoga. Her interest led her to the home of a man who first taught her more about yoga, but eventually introduced her to the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

"I have learned, through my life, how really important it is not to be afraid to take the imperfect action because it is by doing things that we really learn."

Show Notes

2:43- Religious climate behind the Iron Curtain
5:51- Spiritually numb
12:00- Introduced to the gospel through yoga
23:38- Road to conversion
32:56- Baptism miracle
37:08- Sharing faith amidst communism
47:22- Changed by belief
55:08- What does it mean to be "All In"

Jun 19, 2019
Barbara Morgan Gardner: How Women (and Men) Misunderstand the Priesthood + What We Can Do About It
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Barbara Morgan Gardner’s journey to understanding her access as a woman to priesthood power began as a young girl wondering which scriptures applied to her and which didn’t. Today on “All In,” she shares both doctrinal insights and practical tips for accessing and celebrating the gift of priesthood power to both men and women.

"There's no blessing, there's no privilege, there is no covenant, that God isn't allowing the women to partake of that He is allowing the men to partake of..."

Show Notes: 

1:27- How the Ensign article came to be

2:35- The dangers of a "horizontal" culture

6:09- Why should we care about women's access to the priesthood?

9:38- A personal desire to understand

16:43- The Oath and Covenant

21:17- How do we keep up? 

27:11- Why presiding matters

32:19- Opportunities available to Latter-day Saints

35:20- Why we need priesthood holders

40:14- Giving credence to women's voices

43:42- What does it mean to you to be "All In" the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Jun 12, 2019
Steven Collis: Freedom To Live Our Beliefs
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The first time Steven Collis needed the protection of religious liberty came when he was a teenage boy with questions about God and the purpose of life. His thirst for truth as a youth led to deep convictions as an adult. Since joining the Church, Collis has devoted his professional life to protecting the rights of others to also find and live what they believe. 

Jun 05, 2019
Erik and Emily Orton: Navigating the Seas of Marriage
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This week, Emily and Erik Orton's book, "Seven At Sea," was recommended by The New York Times as one of the best travel reads of the summer but on this week's episode of "All In," the Latter-day Saint couple talks navigating the choppy seas of marriage. From communication to trust to embracing life together, Emily and Erik share their advice for marital smooth sailing.

"He doesn't often calm the storm, even though He can. ...But He will and can calm us in the storm." 

Show Notes:

2:34- Living in a NYC apartment with seven people

3:58- An intentionally balanced partnership

7:57- Fostering open communication in marriage

12:19- The middle school class that has impacted their marriage

18:05- Acknowledging and supporting your spouse's ideas

21:30- How sailing impacted their marriage

30:09- The wind and waves obey thy will

33:01- What does it mean to you be "All In" the gospel of Jesus Christ? 

39:37- Addendum from Emily

May 29, 2019
Tad Callister: Making a Case for the Book of Mormon
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Tad R. Callister is among the most beloved Latter-day Saint authors whose titles include "The Infinite Atonement" and "The Inevitable Apostasy." In his new book, “A Case for the Book of Mormon,” the former Sunday School general president builds upon his general conference talk, which makes a full case (including what detractors might say) for this keystone of the Latter-day Saint faith, complete with witnesses, evidence and a closing argument.

"I don't think anyone can gain a better understanding of the Savior and His Atonement and His all-encompassing powers, His love for us, than you can gain from the Book of Mormon. And so if you have a testimony of the Book of Mormon, you will have a testimony of Jesus Christ, you will have a testimony of His Atonement. It will give you hope, it will give you comfort, it will give you direction in life, purpose in life, meaning in life. It will be a rock foundation upon which to build."

Show Notes: 

3:16-Legal background

4:20-Why a Case for the Book of Mormon?

6:21-Why understanding the opposition is important

10:05- Brother Callister's personal testimony of the Book of Mormon

11:58- A book with a heartbeat

13:32- Why seek a personal witness of the Book of Mormon?

15:06- Arguments against the Book of Mormon

18:55- Responding to criticisms without contention

20:56- The importances of witnesses in making a case

22:05- Findings through writing "A Case for the Book of Mormon"

27:57- Parting words after release as Sunday School general president

29:06- Next year's "Come Follow Me" with the Book of Mormon

32:15-An exciting time to be a member of the Church

34:00-Closing argument and why Brother Callister is "All In"

May 22, 2019
Emily Snyder: "Choosing Deliberate" in an Unexpected Life
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Magnolia Chief of Staff Emily Snyder never imagined her life would include working for well known, influential people or getting an MBA from an Ivy League School. In fact, all she ever dreamed of becoming was a mother but when her life began to look very different than her dreams, she decided she couldn’t let it stop her from taking full advantage of her “one precious life.”

“If I'm already a daughter of God, He already sees me as that. I don't have to become His daughter. I am. He loves me completely. And all these opportunities of growth and progression, and heartache, and brokenness are not things that I have to become something through. But they are simply opportunities for me to see who He already sees me to be, to see the strength that I already have.”

Show Notes:

1:09- Have her bosses been as great as they seem?

2:39- A Life Different Than Planned

5:07- The Dream of Motherhood

8:48- Trusting Your Life To God

11:57- Marriage or Jesus Christ?

13:58- Choose Deliberate

19:42- The Road to Magnolia

23:52- Unity in Christ

24:43- Become Vs. Be

38:02- Lessons Learned From Julie, Clay, Chip and Joanna

42:33- What Does it Mean To You To Be All In?

May 15, 2019
Bonus: The Bonner Family: Instilling a Love for Jesus Through Music
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Debra Bonner didn’t know she could sing and she didn’t know Jesus until a friend invited her to church when she was 13 years old. Since then, she has spent her life singing the good news of a Savior while instilling a love for Him in her eight children and to all within the sound of her voice.

May 11, 2019
Bishop Gérald Caussé and Nicolas Giusti: Why the Presiding Bishop and His Friend Recorded An Album of Piano Duets
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In his spare time (that we doubt exists) the Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gérald Caussé, recently practiced and recorded piano duets with his Latter-day Saint friend, Nicolas Giusti, an acclaimed Italian composer and opera conductor from Rome. We spoke with the duo about their European heritage, how their families found the gospel and why Primary pianist is one of the best callings in the Church.

"Now I can see a temple from the windows of my house. And so every morning when I wake up, I go and have my breakfast, and I look to the temple. And I think of when I was a young boy, and it would take two days to get to the temple in Switzerland. And it's almost as if I have to pinch myself and I say to myself, every time I see the temple, 'You must not consider this as commonplace. Don't get used to seeing the temple every day. This is a miracle everyday.'"

Show Notes:

1:50- A European Kinship

4:01- Finding the Gospel

13:21- The Temples They Dreamed Would Be Built

19:00- A Love for Music

22:58- Primary Pianist, The Best Calling in the Church

26:56- A Universal Language

28:21- Why An Album of Piano Duets?

32:22- "Where Can I Turn For Peace," a Joyful Hymn

33:33- What does it mean to be "All In" the gospel of Jesus Christ?

May 08, 2019
Scott O’Neil: Why This NBA CEO Joined the Church After Being Married To A Latter-day Saint For Over 20 Years
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Scott O'Neil, CEO of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, doesn't have any hobbies. He is a husband, father, NBA CEO and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who believes prioritization is not a matter of balance but of being 100 percent present wherever he may be in the moment. He is the guy who smiles and says hi to every person he passes, calling many of them by name, and the recent convert who believes we all need to do more to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

"We need to do more. We need to be less insular. We need be more loving. We need to be more open. We need to be more assertive. We need to leverage social media. We need to leverage the people we know, the influence we have, and we need to do a better job because this gospel is too special and we need to do a better job sharing it." 

Show Notes:

1:46- Scott's love for sports is NOT why he loves his job

2:54- Scott O’Neil, the recreation league girls basketball coach

5:54- How Scott O’Neil became an NBA CEO

7:22- When Scott met Lisa

23:12- Scott’s decision to meet with the missionaries

32:32- Experiencing “firsts” as a new member of the Church

36:55- Why being sealed to his family was significant/memories 

39:20- Advice to other part-member families

41:18- Why Scott believes he joined the Church at the right time

43:20- Call for missionary work

44:03- Gratitude for his wife

45:58: Balancing being a husband, father, member of the Church and an NBA CEO

48:53- What it means to Scott to be “All In” the gospel of Jesus Christ

May 01, 2019
Sheri Dew: Lessons Learned From (Literally) Following the Prophet
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Sheri Dew has written books about three presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this week’s episode, she shares stories and observations from a lifetime of documenting and witnessing the lives of living prophets.

Apr 24, 2019
Surviving Columbine: God in the Midst of Tragedy with Will Beck
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Will Beck was a sophomore at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, the day of the Columbine shooting. 20 years have passed since that fateful day but on this week’s episode of “All In,” we talk with Will about his memories of that day, what he learned from that experience and how it has shaped his life in the years since. He also responds to those who may question where God was that day. 

Apr 17, 2019
Rob Gardner: Portraying the Savior in Music
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Rob Gardner is the composer of the well-known Easter oratorio “Lamb of God,” and the arranger of the Latter-day Saint favorite, “Savior, Redeemer of my Soul.” On this week’s episode, in preparation for Easter, we sit down with Rob to discuss what he has learned from composing music about the Savior. We also get Rob’s thoughts about what he believes those who knew and loved Christ during His mortal ministry must have felt and experienced during the final week of His life.

Apr 10, 2019
Wendy Ulrich: How God Expects Women to Use Priesthood Power
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Are women meant to simply be recipients of the blessings of the Priesthood or do women actively participate in the Priesthood? Wendy Ulrich, who recently authored a book on the topic of women’s access to God’s power, explains that there are many ways women are able to, and even expected to, exercise Priesthood power.

Apr 03, 2019
Spencer Hyde: Living With OCD
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Spencer Hyde first began to recognize symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder when he was 6-years-old. Since that time, he has repeatedly seen God’s hand in his battle against OCD. In this week's episode, we talk with Spencer about why God allows His children to struggle with mental illness and how the scriptures have aided him in that fight.

Mar 27, 2019
Directing The Tabernacle Choir with Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy
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What would you ask the directors of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square if you could sit with them in the basement of the historic Salt Lake Tabernacle? We put a call out on Twitter for questions and Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy set out to answer them (and a few of our own) on this week’s episode of "All In." 

Mar 06, 2019
Experiencing Excommunication with Perri Correia and Rory Mele
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Excommunication. It’s something we don’t talk about much within the Church but what motivates someone to return to Church membership after excommunication? What is the purpose of excommunication from the perspective of those who have experienced it? This is what we discuss with two men who have experienced excommunication firsthand on this week’s episode of “All In.”

Feb 27, 2019
Greg McKeown: Essentialism—A Disciple’s Path
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Greg McKeown has taught the principles of his book, “Essentialism,” to some of the most reputable companies in the world. On this week’s episode, McKeown explains why the way of the essentialist is really an effort to follow the example of Jesus Christ.

Feb 20, 2019
Kim White: Choosing Faith in a Fight Against Cancer
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Kim White is a Latter-day Saint woman, a mother, a wife, a daughter and a friend who has been battling stage 4 cancer for nearly five years. On today’s episode, we talk with the woman thousands of Instagram users have come to love and pray for through her account @KimCanKickIt.

Feb 13, 2019
Single in the Church Pt. 2 with Steve Soelberg and Sefa Palu
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Last week, we heard two young single adult women discuss their experience as Latter-day Saints but this week, we get the male perspective as “All In” host Erin Hallstrom sits down with two single Latter-day Saint men.

Feb 06, 2019
Mallory Everton: Single in the Church Pt. 1
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In the first episode of this series about being single Latter-day Saints, “All In” host Morgan Jones and Mallory Everton, who is best-known for her work on BYUtv’s “Studio C,” discuss their experience as young single adult women in the Church.

Jan 30, 2019
Nathan Pacheco: Consecrating Our Talents
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Nathan Pacheco was a senior at Brigham Young University when he heard Elder Jeffrey R. Holland make a statement that gave him the courage to pursue a career in music. He has since learned that sometimes dreams come true quickly and other times a bit more gradually. He has also found that dreams can change with time and sometimes living out those dreams looks different than we anticipated but if we consecrate those talents to the Lord, we will discover something even greater than we imagined.

Jan 23, 2019
Bre Lasley: Recognizing God's Hand After Surviving an Attempted Murder
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Three years ago, Bre Lasley lived out most people’s worst nightmare when a stranger climbed through her bedroom window and attacked her. However, in a video following the attack Bre can be heard saying, “Heavenly Father was there the entire time, the entire time.” On this week’s episode of “All In,” Bre testifies of a living God who loves all of His children, even her attacker.

Jan 16, 2019
Gerald Lund: Signs of the Second Coming
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Elder Gerald Lund began writing his first book about the Second Coming nearly 50 years ago. He has devoted much of his life to studying the topic and recently began working on a rewrite of “The Coming of the Lord.” In this week’s episode, Elder Lund answers questions from Twitter users about the Second Coming.

Jan 09, 2019
Jane Clayson Johnson: Depression in The Lives of Latter-day Saints
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After a very successful career in network news, broadcast journalist Jane Clayson Johnson was finally the wife and mother she had always dreamed of becoming when she found herself overcome with a darkness she didn’t recognize. On this week’s episode, Jane discusses the clinical depression that blindsided her and what she has learned from interviewing over 150 Latter-day Saints who are also facing this difficult challenge.

Jan 02, 2019
David Butler: When God Doesn’t Intervene, Does It Mean He’s Absent?
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David Butler’s love for God is contagious and, in this episode, we discuss God’s love for His children and our love for Him. How does God balance His love as a father with his allowance of our agency? If He truly loves us, why doesn’t He always intervene in times of trouble?

Dec 19, 2018
Pt. 2: Bruce and Marie Hafen: Understanding and Navigating Stages of Faith
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“Being a doubting Thomas is not the end point of the journey of discipleship.” In part two of our conversation with Emeritus General Authority Bruce C. Hafen and his wife Marie, we delve deeper into why complexity and skepticism may be necessary for some people in the development of their faith.

Dec 12, 2018
Bonus Episode: Introducing LDS Living’s This Is The Gospel Podcast
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The stories we tell matter. They can build our faith, help us empathize with others, demonstrate the true power of God in our lives, and help lead us to Christ. This Is the Gospel, a new storytelling podcast from LDS Living, collects and shares personal stories that illustrate the challenges and triumphs of living in the latter days.

Dec 07, 2018
Pt. 1: Bruce and Marie Hafen: Understanding and Navigating Stages of Faith
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“Trust me, it’s going to be good.” We often speak of trusting God but will everything really be good in the end? Should we be worried when we, or those we love, are struggling to trust Him? Emeritus General Authority Bruce C. Hafen and his wife Marie share their concept of three stages of faith after a lifetime spent exploring difficult topics and seeking peace amid the complexities we all face in real life.

Dec 05, 2018
Brad Wilcox: The ‘We’ in ‘After All We Can Do’
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You’ve likely read the scripture in 2 Nephi 25:23 that says, “It is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." But who is the "we"? Does it simply refer to me and you? Or does the word "we" represent something more? Author and scholar Brad Wilcox shares his thoughts on this and other questions related to the topic of grace in this week’s episode of All In.

Nov 29, 2018
Camron Wright: Finding God’s Plan for Your Life
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Camron Wright, author of “The Rent Collector” and “The Orphan Keeper,” attributes his becoming an author to somewhat of a mid-life crisis. What do we do when we feel like life comes to a standstill? How can we seek and find God’s direction for our lives while maintaining hope when answers are slow in coming? Is his guidance always manifest in miraculous ways? Wright shares his personal experience in this week’s episode of All In.

Nov 21, 2018
Jon and Michelle Schmidt: Grace Found In the Search for Annie
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When Jon and Michelle Schmidt's daughter Annie disappeared while hiking in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge in 2016, they faced every parent's worst nightmare. On this episode, Jon and Michelle share with "All In" host Jamie Armstrong how their faith in the gospel sustained them during the grueling three-week search for Annie and how her body was miraculously found.

Nov 14, 2018
Emily Belle Freeman and Nish Weiseth: Different Faiths and Deep Friendship
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How can we do a better job of building on common ground rather than creating artificial divides? Authors Emily Belle Freeman, a Latter-day Saint, and Nish Weiseth, a non-denominational Christian, are best friends who have built a strong friendship on a foundation of Christ.

Nov 07, 2018
Brandon Mull, NYT Best-Selling Fantasy Author, Explains what Worldbuilding has Taught Him about God
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In the fourth episode of All In, host Erin Hallstrom talks with the author of the Fablehaven and Dragonwatch series, Brandon Mull, who reveals his past jobs and how he became a fantasy author. Brandon also discusses what creating a fantasy world has taught him about God and parenting.

Oct 31, 2018
Zandra Vranes of “Sistas In Zion” and Laurel Christensen Day: Racism In the Church
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Zandra Vranes and Laurel Christensen Day’s friendship requires a conscious, deliberate effort to create trust. In this episode, they talk with “All In” host Erin Hallstrom about why they have chosen to create a strong relationship and understanding with one another by refusing to shy away from difficult conversations. Vranes and Day discuss how racism is manifest in the Church today and what we can all do to help each other feel at home in the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Oct 23, 2018
Tim Ballard: Searching for Hope in the Fight Against Modern-Day Slavery
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Tim Ballard shares with “All In” host Jamie Armstrong the miraculous story of how two of the children he rescued became his own. Ballard explains how he discovered a passion for rescuing children from sex slavery, his gratitude for the influence of his wife and how he is able to bring light into the darkness because of the faith that carries him.

Oct 23, 2018
Jenny Reeder and Janiece Johnson: How Church History Can Help Rather than Hurt Your Faith
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“All In” host Morgan Jones talks with two historians, Janiece Johnson and Jenny Reeder, who work to uncover and bring to light the stories of women in Church history. Janiece and Jenny discuss how Church history has strengthened rather than weakened their testimonies, the women they most admire from the past and what it means to be “All In” the gospel of Jesus Christ. They also discuss the historicity of “Jane and Emma” and whether it is okay to fictionalize history in film.

Oct 23, 2018