November 23, 2021
LILY Letter 33: Rising Like a Phoenix

Life can feel tragic when something we love dearly is burned to the ground. Those ashes, however, can be the beginning of higher, holier purpose. Much like the Provo City Center Temple, which rose from the ashes of the beloved Provo Tabernacle that literally caught fire, we too can rise from unexpected loss and become […]

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November 16, 2021
LILY Letter 32: Personal Restoration

In October 2021 General Conference, Elder Uchtdorf said: "We need an ongoing, daily infusion of heavenly light. We need 'times of refreshing.' Times of personal restoration." Speaking of the restoration of the gospel, President Nelson said in that same Conference, "Restoration is a process, not an event[.]" Mid-singles who have experienced painful losses often feel […]

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November 9, 2021
LILY Letter 31: Persistence Mirroring Patience

In his General Conference talk "One Percent Better," Elder Dunn spoke of how the “mighty change” we desire in our lives can be made possible through the small gains that aggregate through consistent, daily effort. He went on to suggest mirroring persistence with patience. Take a moment and ponder this concept of balancing anxious engagement […]

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November 2, 2021
LILY Letter 30: Intentional Courtship

"Intentional Courtship: A Mid-Singles Guide to Peace, Progress, and Pairing Up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" will be released THIS Friday, November 5th! This is the book we desperately wished for when we became mid-singles. Since then, we have learned that a majority of the adult members of our Church are […]

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October 26, 2021
LILY Letter 29: Overcoming Fear

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). Fear does not come from the spirit but from trauma and pain. The adversary works on our triggers and feelings of insecurity to prevent us from progressing in love and relationships. […]

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October 19, 2021
LILY Letter 28: The Power of Words

"Always remember that you and your dating partners have infinite potential, and God cares deeply about their hearts and souls--hearts you have the power to break or help heal. Make the intentional choice to be a wise friend and a healer. There are very few problems to which love is not the solution" (Jeff Teichert, Intentional […]

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October 12, 2021
LILY Letter 27: Personal Revelation

During our last General Conference, Sister Johnson said that stories are compelling because of adversity and opposition. Agency allows us to write our own stories. David had to face Goliath in order to write his heroic story. Queen Esther courageously faced the potential rath of a Kind to let God prevail. Sister Johnson ended her […]

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October 5, 2021
LILY Letter 26: General Conference Highlights

As we joyfully received inspired messages during General Conference this past weekend (churchofjesuschrist.org), we paid particular attention to how these talks apply to mid-singles and later-married couples. Here we share a few highlights. President Nelson's quote from a previous General Conference was cited in at least three different talks: "The joy we feel has little […]

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September 28, 2021
LILY Letter 25: Finding Meaning in Tragedy

Virtually everyone reading this has experienced personal tragedy. When Victor Frankl, a psychologist, was a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp, he made some very astute observations about how people responded to extreme conditions. He noticed that those who could find meaning in the tragedy were happier and more likely to survive. He, himself, imagined […]

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