Looking for some inspiration and to strengthen your faith? These books may be right up your alley.
I pull together a few books I've read by authors who write about their beliefs as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They gave me such comfort that I wanted to share them with you.
Oh and in case you're wondering, you don't have to be religious to volunteer with our program (International Language Programs), but because of our values and code of conduct we have a lot of volunteers who are!
Inspiring Books By Latter Day Saint Authors
- More Than The Tattooed Mormon + Wildly Optimistic: Al Carraway
- A Prophet's Voice: Thomas S. Monson
- Even This: Emily Belle Freeman
- Be Happy: Hank Smith
- At The Pulpit: Kate Holbrook and Jennifer Reeder
- Embracing The Broken: Tiffany Webster
More Than The Tattooed Mormon
Al Fox Carraway she shares her conversion story to The Church and lessons she learned along the way. This funny book is full of her stories and experiences. It teaches you a lot about how to treat others and how God knows us individually. An easy, light read.
Another gem by the same author, Carraway shares more insight in handling challenges that life throws at you. And I love that it's another easy, light read.
A Prophet's Voice
Sweet President Monson's book is a compilation of over 55 messages he has shared during is 50+ years an apostle. They are sweet, uplifting and a great study resource. You will learn of how to strengthen your love for the Savior, how to serve others, how to strengthen your own testimony, how to receive personal revelation, and much, much more.
Emily Freeman is an outstanding woman who radiates strength. Even This shares some incredible experiences which she has had in life and made her really question if God was there. Her writing will help you gain faith and trust in our Heavenly Father no matter what life may bring your way.
Hank Smith is a well-known speaker and professor at Brigham Young University and loved for his humor and knowledge. This book is a short but awesome read if you need a little help finding happiness in your life. Smith points out the simple truth that it can be extremely hard to find happiness at certain points in life, but it is possible. His goal is to help you find joy in life and like yourself better no matter what you are going through.
At The Pulpit
Hello, strong women! At The Pulpit has 54 discourses by Latter-Day Saint women that will seriously inspire you. Hearing their words and stories will help you feel a tight knit kinship with other women and really help you learn to love them.
This book could make a really amazing gift as well! Mother's Day? Or maybe after you're done reading you could pass it along to someone you love.
Embracing The Broken
This book is especially applicable to us today as we are bombarded on social media with the need to feel "perfect". Tiffany talks about the real need to be "perfected in the Savior" and how we can do that with His help saying no to the temptations of "perfection" on the way.
Find more ways to impact your life
Out of All The Things To Do In Your Twenties, traveling + spending my time with some inspiring books has made the most enormous impact on my life (though I do recommend several other tips in that guidebook).
Luckily, I was able to do some traveling and hang out with a handful of volunteers who shared my faith — You can meet other LDS volunteers in your ILP group as you serve abroad in Lithuania, spend a semester volunteering in Ukraine or in any of ILP's humanitarian programs or exchange programs. Learn more about our countries here.
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