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Kristen Walker Smith

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How to Create an LDS Vision Board in 2020

When I was in high school and college I would spend lazy afternoons drawing pictures of my dream man.  I’m a terrible artist so my dream man was a stick figure with very baggy clothes.  But all around the…

Uplifting Music – YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND

Uplifting music and media choices can change your life. Seriously. Let me tell you why. My very first time entering the temple I discovered an unsettling truth: when things got quiet around me, my mind tended to wander.  And…

Its Here: The Proof That LDS Teenagers are Absolutely Remarkable

Are LDS teens remarkable? Absolutely! But sometimes they don’t feel like they are. And I understand 100%. When I was a teenager I often heard quotes saying that my generation was “marked” or “chosen”.   And it sounded really cool. …

1 Trick to Incredible Self Confidence

I Hated Myself Have you ever been depressed?  Not a, “Man I don’t want to go to school” kind of depressed but an, “I literally can’t get out of bed and have no desire to see anyone ever again,…

Self Worth in a Selfie World

That Time I Was an Idiot When I was a teenager, I had a huge crush on a boy in my stake.  I’ll call him Joe.  I thought Joe was the greatest thing ever. I liked him so much…

7 Habits of Happy Girls

One time when I was at an all-day event, a stranger stopped me and asked, “Are you always this happy?  I’ve seen you a couple of times today and you just never seem to stop smiling.”  I was totally…

Why The Atonement is For Teenagers (Part 2)

*This article is based on  “The Adolescent Brain and the Atonement: Meant for Each Other, Part 2: The Rescue” by Mark Butler and Genevieve L. Smith in Religious Educator Vol. 17, No. 2, 2016 Why are the teen years…