Arianna Rees

May 9, 2017
Millennials Can’t Seem to Catch a Break, Except in Mormonism premium
“You are noble and great, chosen before you were born!” The sentence was a hard one for me to swallow, especially with Johnny sliding a safety pin in and out of his skin on one side of me and Jane making a “Top Five Hottest Boys in the Ward” list with her friends on the […]
January 31, 2017
From Tinder to Temple: LDS Singles Turn to Dating Apps to Find Love premium
When Alyssa Murphy met William Johnson in their young single adult ward, she was quickly attracted to his testimony and ambition. Johnson found himself drawn to Murphy’s bubbly personality. She was unlike any other girl he’d ever met. Neither of them had the courage to say a word about it. “Apparently both of us had […]
October 6, 2016
4 Examples from #ldsconf to Help You Fix Your Boring Church Talks premium
If you’re preparing a lesson or a talk for Sacrament meeting, and you’re not quite sure how to start, look no further than General Conference! While most of us watch conference for the messages and the speakers (we know you have an Elder Holland fan shirt stuffed in your dresser somewhere, don’t lie), not many […]
September 1, 2016
100 Miles on a Bicycle Showed Me Why Christ Won’t Remove Our Trials premium
Almost the second my front tire turned onto the freeway and I looked ahead at the gaping mouth of Sardine Canyon, I knew I was in trouble. My dad and I were at the halfway point of the Cache Gran Fondo, a 100-mile bicycle ride that winds its way around the perimeters of Cache Valley, […]
July 16, 2016
What We Forget When Tragedy Strikes premium
This week, the world watched in horror as a weapon-laden truck drove through a Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France, killing over 80 people and wounding countless others. You’ve seen the images on the news, watched the footage of bystanders running in terror, felt the pain as it has rippled from France to us all. […]
April 27, 2016
The Miracle I Overlooked In the Story of the Loaves & Fishes premium
It was 4:50 in the morning, and I had approximately three minutes to eat something before leaving for my very first temple shift. I raced through a dark kitchen on my tiptoes and wolfed down a banana that had been sitting on the table. Worried that I wouldn’t have enough food in me to last […]
April 5, 2016
10 Times General Conference Gave Us All the Feels premium
We don’t know about you, but we’re a little [read: a lotta] emotional after this weekend’s general conference. Here are ten times conference made us feel all of the feels:     1. When members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir wept through “Come Thou Fount,” especially this man: *Cue sudden and unexpected sobbing.   2. […]
March 5, 2016
There’s a Reason Why the Internet Never Agrees About Who Christ Was premium
A few months ago, I became involved in a somewhat heated discussion between friends. The central topic of that discussion was about what the Savior would do if someone who had once had a testimony left the church and became very vocal against the Gospel. One stood firm in his belief that the Savior would […]
January 22, 2016
The Danger of Clinging to the Iron Rod premium
At nine p.m. on a beautiful night two summers ago, I found myself paralyzed against a cliff that was a good 130 feet above a winding canyon road. A head lamp bounced sporadically around my neck, and bats swarmed around me, nicking my helmet with their wings and feet. My hands were soaked in sweat, […]
November 14, 2015
What My Anxiety Taught Me About Christ premium
My legs bounced up and down as I sat on the train that would take me to Salt Lake City and, from there, my brand new job. It was September of 2014, and I had just moved away from home to take a position as a writing/editing intern for a lifestyle magazine. I found myself […]