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Living Your Faith
Americans of every faith fund one and a half million services and constitute seven and a half million volunteers. In fact, forty percent of the largest charities in the U.S. are religiously motivated
Do you love your life? If the answer isn’t a resounding yes, take comfort in knowing that turning things around may be as simple as changing a habit or two. What’s the first step to changing your habits?
Believing that you can.
There is one single daily practice that has added the biggest contribution to my happiness. Religions around the world have been teaching us this practice for centuries. The practice is simply being grateful. Gratitude is a miraculous medicine!
In rural Alabama, an unlikely story is unfolding. An Islamic free health clinic is helping those who need it most.
500 years ago, on October 31, 2017, Martin Luther posted his famous 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church door. This act of faith opened the door to the protestant reformation and changed the course of history.
The Sabbath is a time for rest, renewal, and starting over. Learning about Jubilee Year reminded me of those important principles.
In a world full of planners, alarms, and calendars, we are always making plans. But something that life has taught me is as an imperfect person, my plan may not be the plan that I should be putting my faith in.
As I read the Buddha’s words, I was struck by how much many of the Buddha’s teachings resonated with me and my own Christian faith. As a truth seeker, I find joy in whatever form truth arrives.
Sometimes when our hearts lay broken in the face of tragedy, faith is the only thing that can help us stand back up, and stand together. Join people of faith around the world in response to the harrowing events in Las Vegas.
Oliver Goldsmith wrote, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” The fear of falling sometimes holds us back, but faith in a higher power can give us the willingness to fall which we need to move forward.
The first step to creating change, is believing that it’s possible.
How can you create your own sacred in a busy, noisy world? Here are a few ideas.
I used to believe that faith and fear couldn’t exist at the same time. Now I know that fear motivates me to have faith and that makes all the difference.
Leaving my faith was easy, and coming back was difficult. But greater happiness has come from the difficulty.
Ultimately, keeping kosher isn’t just about food. Rather, it’s a daily reminder of our faith.
From what my Sikh friends told me, the idea of a communal kitchen ties together the past and the present of their faith.
National Sibling Day has been around for a few decades in the United States, but siblings in India have been honoring the unique bond between brothers and sisters for centuries.
Are there devices that help us slow down in a world that gets faster and faster every day?
Macklemore’s new song, “Glorious,” reminded me so much about faith. As I was watching the recently released music video and listening to the song, the imagery and lyrics really spoke to my heart. I was reminded of love for family, new life, purpose,
Though given hundreds of years ago, what is traditionally thought of as the Buddha’s first sermon spells out the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold path that can lead even modern adherents to their own form of Enlightenment.
The Fourth of July is about more than fireworks. It’s about celebrating the freedom to choose how you want to believe.
Learning about the Islamic month of fasting and prayer inspired me to evaluate my own spiritual health.
Sometimes the person that needs your forgiveness the most, is you. Maybe it’s time to be a better friend to yourself, let go of old hurts, and move forward.
We all love a good underdog story, but who in their right mind wants to BE an underdog? It will happen to us all sooner or later, so we might as well embrace it!
Shavuot commemorates the revelation of the Torah on Mt. Sinai to the Jewish people and occurs on the 50th day after the 49 days of counting the Omer.
Emily Hedrick spent a few weeks getting to know and learn about Muslim life in Morocco. In her experience there she learns more about what it is to be Muslim and meeting those who truly live their religion.
Dreams lagging behind? Prayers pending? Wondering why promised blessings haven’t shown up at your door? Karen shares 3 personal perspectives to help renew trust in God’s impeccable timing in the labyrinth of life. He’s never a second late.
William Tyndale, the father of the English bible, left a powerful legacy we can pattern today for courageous and faith-filled living.
The story of each refugee is different, yet each is weaved with common threads. The brightest color being their daily hope, their faith that life will get better.
Faith is like a hike you’ve never been on. You can only trust in the words of experienced hikers who have already been down that path. Like faith, you won’t see evidence that the final destination is worth it until you take the first steps.
Is God performing healings in France? Over five million people believe He is.
In India, Vaisakhi is a month where the year’s crops are harvested. Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi for another reason; on this day, a new crop of mankind was created— “The Khalsa.”
The story of Easter is the story of hope for those touched by the finality of death. For believers of the Christian faith, Easter promises everlasting life through Jesus.
Celebrating Buddha’s birthday is something we all need, no matter our religion.
Louis Zamperini was a person of faith, even though he lost his way at times. And, like Zamperini, faith has played an important role in my sobriety, and my life.
Through meditation, you can reap the benefits of better health, but did you know you can also improve your relationships? Check out the three benefits of improved mindfulness that can help you find relationship success!
The story of a young orphan’s act of faith and courage has lived on for over 2,500 years. Never underestimate what’s possible when you put your faith in action.
Looking for ways to overcome past burdens? Holi is a Hindu holiday that starts with a bonfire symbolizing the burning of the bad and the victory of good. The next day, people drench each other in color to celebrate spring, harmony and fresh starts.
Maya Angelou’s words reveal her fighting spirit and love of life while teaching us how to overcome trials and live joyfully.
Each year, Hindu villagers gather to worship, to give thanks, to visit with friends and family. For many, it takes days to arrive at the temple, and a lot of faith. Sacred stories help along the way.
Abraham Lincoln is remembered as a man of honesty, courage, and kindness. Was he a man of faith too? The following messages, in Lincoln’s own words, teach us why looking to God should be as important to us today as it was to him then.
Cultivating relationships requires faith in the value of connection, faith in the power of the process, and faith in constant sources.
Today, Jews celebrate Tu BiSh’vat, also called Jewish Arbor Day or New Year of the Trees. Here are some lessons we can all learn on this holiday.
I had never seriously meditated before, but when challenged to try it for a week, I learned some important lessons.
Building faith in ourselves, each other, and in the world is easier than you might think. Discover the power of even the simplest expressions of kindness.
Michelangelo was a man of faith, both in God and himself. We can make our own lives masterful works of art by following 5 lessons we learn from Michelangelo.
While we still have a very long way to go, I saw a little piece of Dr. King’s dream come true that day. In the children’s room of a public library in Texas, white families and black families metaphorically joined hands as sisters and brothers.
We all want life to be exciting and adventurous. Unfortunately, most of life does not consist of hiking Mount Kilmonagaro. So, how can faith can help you find meaning in the grocery store line?
“Faith tells me that no matter what lies ahead of me — God is already there.” — Unknown
How to apply mindful meditation to life by rejecting worry.
Mother Teresa was a woman of intense faith who fervently believed the world could be a better place, drop by drop, person by person. She dedicated her life to succoring and empowering the disenfranchised, and taught us, through her actions, to cultivate and live an attitude of faith.
You’ve made your list and checked it twice, but there’s still time to give five more important gifts to those you love.
Jackie Kennedy is known for her elegance and composure in the midst of personal heartbreak and tragedy. What can she teach us about getting more out of life?
The stories behind some Christmas symbols are easy to guess, but others could surprise you. Learn why we celebrate with oranges in our stockings, boughs of holly, tinsel, wreaths, and poinsettias.
It’s easy to feel weighed down when the pressures from the world seem to swallow us whole. When times are tough, remember these lessons taught by C.S. Lewis.
Hellen Keller was an author, speaker, and activist with a spirit of determination that served as an inspiration for people with disabilities and generations to come. She triumphed over adversity and dedicated her life to helping others.
The holidays don’t feel very merry sometimes after the death of a loved one. Going into my third Christmas after my mother’s passing from cancer, I’ve learned a few principles that don’t take the pain away, but do help me move toward healing.
Sharing your faith with your friends, neighbors and even family can sometimes feel clumsy and awkward. Here are five ways to share your faith more easily this holiday season.
Sometimes all it takes is a leap of faith.
When everyone has an opinion, it’s nice to know there’s truth somewhere. But do you know how to find it?
The media called a statement made by the Archbishop of Canterbury, “the doubt of the century.” If we express doubts, does that mean that we’ve lost faith? No! Doubt can be a necessary ingredient in building the bedrock of our faith.
We all have much to be grateful for. #GiveThanks
Just as power outages occur in the wake of devastating hurricanes, they can occur in our lives during spiritual storms. There is a way to turn the lights back on. We have access to the switch. We have access to a Higher Power who knows how to help.
After the death of my brother, I took up running again and it became not only a path to better health but an important spiritual practice. Here’s why.
Everyone has bad things their lives, but that doesn’t mean God doesn’t care. He is teaching us to find gratitude for the beautiful things instead.
From interpreting dreams to nourishing your soul, your pumpkin roll means a lot more than just a decadent dessert!
Though he was generally private about his faith, these six quotes show how Mandela’s beliefs shaped his life’s work.
The journey to adopt is filled with uncertainty, yet eased by the faith God has entrusted to facilitate the process. After all, he knows us, he knows our families, and he knows how to bring us together.
Little things make a big difference when you’re trying to get closer to God.
Can you actually find answers while posing like a hippie? Why yes, yes you can.
If you are feeling tired and stressed out all the time, here are two exercises to try out that really work.
Pope Francis’s advice for the world’s youth. And for all of us.
Whether Eleanor Roosevelt was busy leading as the First Lady, actively pushing for equality, or serving as American Spokesperson in the United Nations, she was a true example of strength, courage and determination.
Have you ever wondered how faith and knowledge can go together? This story details one U.S. Army ROTC Cadet’s experience with just that.
Need a solution to help you avoid distraction, stop worrying, and find more happiness in your daily life? Do all this by learning to focus your attention on the present.
Life is full of mundane and even empty pursuits. But a peek into the wisdom of the Dalai Lama provides tools to find fulfillment every day.
The reality is that stress and worry are all a part of this thing we call life. But there are a number of ways to lessen its burden—including exercising faith.
See what Michael Phelps, Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky say they have in common.
Sometimes, simply remembering certain things can be what we need to feel greater peace and hope for the future.
I embraced technology as a tool for spiritual self-development, but it took me a few years to find the right balance.
Have you ever had doubts or questions about your beliefs? Good! You’re not alone. Read on to learn how to evaluate and come to trust your faith.
Every great athlete has had to push through obstacles and reach beyond limits. How do they do it? And how can we reach beyond our own limits in our individual lives?
Churches are finding themselves at the center of an opportunity to share faith with others. Here are 3 things you can do to help share your faith.
Words of faith by former inmates. Part 4 of 4 – “You” by Jasmine “Pryncez” Harris.
Through her faith and love, Corrie ten Boom’s life teaches us how God’s light can shine on even the darkest moments of our lives.
Gratitude: A foundation from which your life can take flight.
Words of faith by former inmates. Part 3 of 4 – “Keeping Safe” by Jesse Anderson.
Words of faith by former inmates. Part 2 of 4 – “Letter to God” by Charles.
What to do when faith and science don’t seem to align.
Words of faith by former inmates. Part 1 of 4 – Marketta’s poem, “Untitled.”
A recent humanitarian trip to the developing, third-world country of Zambia was a lesson for me on faith. Faith is not about our timing, but it is trusting God’s timing for the blessings we hope to receive.
Gandhi was a wise man whose life lessons far extend past the 79 years he spent spreading messages of peace, acceptance and love on Earth.
We’re told daily how to act and feel, what to eat and drink, how to be happy. But there’s a way to sort through myriad of messages hurled from every direction.
Intuition is an inner sense of knowing that can’t be easily explained or explained away. Here are four ways to find your intuition—and more peace of mind.
When Jessica couldn’t move her head or left arm 40 seconds after her car was T-boned, she knew it was bigger than just cuts on her face and neck.
When there are so many options and opinions, what’s the virtue of belief?
When my therapist asked if I meditated, I said yes. I thought reading scripture and praying counted, but I was missing an easy, faith-affirming, stress-reducing third step.
Confession: I didn’t really keep my faith , but I did regain it. Here’s how I stuck with it and saw unexpected doors open up.
When was the last time you paused to focus on what matters most?
Sometimes we forget to do the simple things that help us stay at the top of our game.
Modern abolitionist and former U.S. special agent Tim Ballard now personally rescues hundreds children from the sex and slave trade around the world through a private foundation, Operation Underground Railroad. Watch how his story of faith unfolded in the face of great fear.
This weekend as you celebrate Mother’s Day, consider how your mom has helped inspire your faith.
Exercising faith in making good decisions is a matter of taking one step at a time.
Busyness is the language of modern life, but stillness is the language of the soul. Follow this advice to reconnect with the things that are most important.
Here are the inspiring lessons I learned from my mom about how to have hope no matter how dark life may seem.
Our trust in God increases each time we act in faith, especially when what we feel we should do seems risky or foolish.
Today, millions of people around the globe are celebrating Vaisakhi. Here’s what you need to know about the Sikh holiday.
This spring when you notice the flowers and trees beginning to blossom, consider these four ways you can help your faith bloom and work towards becoming the person you want to be.
Watch the incredible story of Chanel White, who has faith – not to be healed – but to have the emotional and spiritual strength to endure whatever comes her way.
For many of us of different backgrounds, faith brings peace, power, possibilities, provision and purpose. Here’s how.
Watch these 15 children share powerful descriptions of faith. What does faith mean to you?
Just because things do not turn out as we plan doesn’t mean they don’t turn out exactly how God has planned.
Many people are familiar with the story of Esther and her incredible faith, but did you realize that there is an entire Jewish holiday dedicated to honoring and celebrating her story?
Having faith in humanity gives us the tools to heal what is broken in this world.
Have you ever felt betrayed? Although at times it may not be easy to keep a hopeful perspective, here is how I found the courage to move past betrayal and press on to brighter horizons.
Faith makes the good times even better, just like chocolate on vanilla ice cream.
I thought it was just another performance, until a stranger’s gratitude opened my eyes.
We are often defined by the things we do, but the things we don’t do are just as important—especially when avoiding them requires faith.
I love to exercise every day, whether it’s a walk outside or practicing yoga in a studio. Here are a few things I realized faith and exercise have in common.
Mother Teresa was a woman of intense faith who dedicated her life to succoring and empowering the disenfranchised, and taught us, through her actions, to cultivate and live an attitude of faith.
The next time you start to doubt your beliefs or think that physical proof is what you need, take comfort in knowing some of the most meaningful things in life aren’t seen.
The surprising role of faith in finding love.
God was slowly laying down the puzzle pieces, revealing the larger image He has for me. Showing me how faith brought me here.
My son went missing when he was two years old. His body didn’t go anywhere, but the rest of him did.
I’ve spent much of my life envious of others endowed with more talent, more money, more success. I’ve repeatedly failed to be them, forgetting that there’s a divine, unique me.
You can completely change your life at any moment. Here’s how.
The holidays are a perfect time for staying in and watching a classic holiday movie. We can learn a lot about faith, family and love from our favorite holiday movies.
The holidays seem to be defined more and more by busyness, but the story of Christmas invites us to something different, something better.
What we crave most is connection, not things. Here are five tips for keeping the holidays focused on what truly matters.
BYU Vocal Point and BYU Noteworthy have teamed up for a powerful music video of the Christmas song “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful”. Watch the video today and invite the Christmas spirit into your home.
Eight quick lessons about the eight festive nights of Hanukkah.
As you hurry to get everything on your to-do list done, take a moment to look around for someone who might need a helping hand or words of encouragement. Every act of service counts this holiday season.
We asked you to complete the sentence, “I’m grateful for my faith because…” Here are 50 of the more than 240 responses.
After my brother’s death, I felt I was in the darkest of times. But gratitude helped me to see how God was extending small and significant blessings.
Sharing your faith with your friends, neighbors and even family can sometimes feel clumsy and awkward. Here are five ways to share your faith more easily this holiday season.
As a busy working mother, I wanted to figure out how to maintain a sense of peace throughout the day, but I didn’t know how. I decided to look for people who had already figured it out.
Whether you’re 17 or 70, love is made up of little things. Watch how two couples keep love alive.
How to have faith in difficult times when all you see are dark tunnels ahead.
What nature can tell us about divinity’s nature.
The year is almost over and the holidays are fast approaching. Find some time this month to do some service, big or small, and make a difference in someone’s life.
In a world with countless voices claiming to have the right answer to any question, it can be challenging to separate truth from opinion. Here are some ways to move forward with faith in your search for truth.
In your darkest moments, do you ever feel like God isn’t there? Faith opens the eyes of our hearts.
A new 7-part series titled ‘Belief’ premiered Sunday on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel and shows how the journey of belief binds us all as humankind.
Have you ever been blindsided by a comment that mocks your faith or the faith of someone in your social circle? Here’s how to keep it cool if your faith comes under fire.
Though trying times in our lives come, we can learn from the words of C.S. Lewis the power of moving forward with faith.
Pumpkin spice may make you feel warm and fuzzy during this season of change. But that warm fuzziness is fleeting. Try a cup of faith. It will last forever.
Between busy school schedules, Halloween costume making and leaf raking, find opportunities to do more service during your daily routines and inspire others to do the same.
This 14-year-old made a choice to be happy in the face of a surprising diagnosis. Do you have the faith to be happy, no matter what?
Visiting and understanding the sacred sites of other faiths helps us appreciate the faith we all share.
Joan of Arc’s life is an inspiring example of why faith counts. In her short life of 19 years, she led armies of her countrymen to drive the English from France, ensured a French Prince was crowned, and then died bravely as a martyr.
Take some time during your busy back-to-school, work or family schedule to do some service this month! As the leaves are changing you can make a choice to change too as you better adopt the idea of service into your life and join #FaithServes.
#FaithServes will run from September through December, and each month will bring a new batch of service ideas. On the 1st of each month thirty-one ideas will be posted, specific to that particular month and holidays. You can also follow @MyFaithCounts on Twitter for daily service reminders!
We are all afraid of failure. But you won’t find success without failure and faith. Four fiction writers express how faith can bring you farther than you ever imagined.
People can be rude, insensitive, or downright mean. But holding grudges can weigh us down. Here are four tips to let go of grudges for good
Transitioning to college life can be overwhelming and scary for everyone. Here are four students’ perspectives on keeping your faith in college.
How are parents sharing their faith with their families? The answer may have less to do with what they believe and more to do with how they believe.
Have you ever stood alone in a forest and wondered, “Where did all this love come from?” Well, you’re not alone. Here are five quotes from people who have felt the same way.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. Batman and Robin. Pop culture’s most dynamic duos pair a hero with a sidekick who always helps them save the day. What are three ways faith can be your sidekick?
Put your faith into action. Do some good today.
U.S. presidents and leaders sound off on freedom and faith.
We went to the Las Vegas Strip and asked about miracles. Watch to see some inspiring responses.
Music is a universal language with the power to uplift, motivate, inspire, and transform our lives.
Prayer can take many forms, but the purpose is the same. To connect for a moment in our busy lives with a higher power.
Five companies that aren’t shy about their religious convictions.
Do you own the one device where you will never have to worry about paying for data or losing a signal?
Is sharing your faith on social media a little scary? Read on to discover why you should share anyway.
Sometimes the best way to move forward in life is to stop and be still.
Do you ever try to hide or dance around the idea of faith and the role it plays in your life?
The Elevator. A 5,000 pound mechanized death-trap strung together with pulleys and cables, hidden behind the curtains. How can you trust it?
They didn’t have to spend their money or their time or their lives with me. But they did. I was a stranger, and they welcomed me.
Last week we asked how your mom has helped strengthen your faith. Here is what you had to say…
Born three months premature and weighing just 2.7 pounds, see how this baby miraculously survived.
Yoga is much more than a group of people in stretchy pants looking calm as they strike perfectly balanced poses on different colored mats. It has the power to heal and strengthen not only the body, but also the spirit.
The next time you find yourself in the middle of a bad day, hold tight to your faith and you will be able to conquer any challenge that pops up.
In our ever-increasingly globalized world, we cross boundaries, move to different cities, travel over oceans. What is the meaning of ‘home?’
We wait in line to get our hands on cutting-edge gadgets that will make life easier, but do we really need all the terabytes and latest operating systems to find solutions to our everyday problems?
Don’t be a victim of unnecessary censorship. Don’t censor your faith or anyone else’s.
Have you ever felt like talking about your faith is “taboo?”
Though the seder ritual varies by both geography and time period, themes of freedom, gratitude and faith permeate.
Often without us even realizing it, prayer is the ground upon which we stand.
Who was the man—the Saint—that inspired St. Patrick’s Day?
Taking the awkward silence out of interfaith friendships, one conversation at a time.
We all jump into the unknown more than we realize. Watch how these skaters find balance on the board and in life.
What exactly is Ash Wednesday and why is it significant to Christians around the world? Here are three things you need to know.
Take a look back at some of the wise words of faith from our U.S. presidents.
Remember to add this one secret ingredient to all of your relationships.
Here are three quick tips that can help you forget the February blues.
The real reason Elizabeth Smart survived a brutal abduction.
We asked you to put on your poet’s cap and tell us what your faith is like. Here are some of the top responses.
Dial up your faith. It’s worth the wait.
Your guide to a healthy spiritual life in the new year.
Pass the popcorn balls: we count down our favorite quotes from holiday classics.
Put it on, wear it in. It looks great on you.
The Little Sisters of the Poor give a home and hope to the elderly.
You gonna eat that? Sample the many flavors of faith.
When typhoon winds whipped the Philippines, a relief team put faith to work.
Olympic champ Missy Franklin learns to swim on solid ground.
Words cut. Cut the bull: stop the bullying.
Read faith inspiring quotes from famous women such as Helen Keller, Audrey Hepburn, and Princess Diana.
How will you respond to signs of need?
Clouded by doubt and despair? Here are three ways to let faith shine through.
Get schooled by Professor Dumbledore and other cinematic wise guys.
We wax synonymous with an assist from Dictionary.com.
Proven principles to pack pow into your personality.
Our patchwork of faiths is diverse, but common threads stitch us together.
Notes from The Notebook and other chick flicks.