Trials are a necessary element of this mortal journey, but no one is eager to face them. There is no immunity to the hardships that are sure to come―but there is a way to turn trials into powerful opportunities for growth and refinement. In Enduring the Refiner’s Fire, psychologist Dr. David T. Morgan explores practices and principles that will enable you to forge emotional resilience in the face of life’s struggles. Featuring questions for reflection and exercises to help build emotional resilience, this volume provides ample opportunity for self-evaluation and goal setting as you learn how to draw upon untapped reservoirs of strength. Through gospel insights and real-life applications, these inspiring words will set you on the course to hone those qualities that will help you to not only survive but also thrive amid adversity.
Alma the Younger’s story from the Book of Mormon is well-known, as is his essential question: “And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?” (Alma 5:26). In this spiritually insightful book, author David T. Morgan examines Alma’s sermon closely, breathing humor and life into familiar scripture figures, while offering profound insights into how we can combine self-reflection with a study of the scriptures to improve and maintain spiritual power in our lives. Through amusing and heartwarming personal anecdotes and powerful psychological insights, Dr. Morgan shows the importance of remembering our spiritual experiences, and increasing them through charity, humility, and gratitude. He identifies unique insights from the story of Alma the Younger, and helps the people of the Book of Mormon become more relatable and inspiring. As you read and apply the principles in this book, your testimony will grow in your mind and your heart, and you will increase your feelings of hope and your desire to be more like your Savior.
Nephi, that great hero of the Book of Mormon, is often viewed as a pinnacle of devotion: steadfastly faithful, profoundly spiritual, and unwaveringly obedient. But the beautiful passage of scripture often referred to as Nephi’s Psalm reveals that, like all of us, Nephi faced his own inner struggles in this mortal existence. His heartfelt introspection demonstrates that amid the trials of life, discouragement can burden us all but it can also be overcome. In My God Hath Been My Support: Seven Keys to Understanding and Enduring Personal Trials, author David T. Morgan looks to the words of Nephi’s Psalm to offer an inspiring message of hope and a loving call to action. Featuring tools and ideas on how to overcome adversity, increase feelings of self-worth, and endure the ups and downs of mortality, this scripture-based roadmap to a more fulfilling life is a joyous invitation to learn from Nephi how to transform sorrow into joy.
All of us experience anxiety to varying degrees—whether you feel anxiety all of the time, or only occasionally during stressful situations. In Peace Be Unto You: Anxiety Management Through Gospel Principles, Dr. Morgan delivers an insightful look into human psychology and how we can overcome anxiety through thought work and trusting in God. This book will give you specific, applicable tools—both psychological and spiritual—including mindfulness, visualization, thought work, and coping strategies that offer immediate solutions readers can apply to their lives, as well as teaching how feelings of love and confidence can empower those who struggle with anxiety. With a foreword by popular speaker John Bytheway, Peace Be Unto You is a book that you’ll reference again and again, whether you’re facing anxious feelings, overcoming obstacles that anxiety creates, or trying to help those you love deal with anxiety.
Change requires intentional action. While understanding anxiety is the first step to successful anxiety management, action is a necessary second step. In this workbook and companion text to Peace Be Unto You: Anxiety Management Through Gospel Principles, Dr. Morgan provides practical exercises and thoughtful questions to help you implement anxiety management techniques. You’ll study and analyze scriptures to find gospel truths that increase peace, in addition to finding ways to apply those truths to your own life. As you prayerfully and sincerely complete the recommended exercises, you’ll likely experience an improved understanding of what drives anxiety symptoms and an added measure of peace and confidence in your life.
I have two daughters with extreme anxiety and depression that are receiving medication for their condition, and as a result, I have had many anxiety induced moments dealing with them. This book and its principles have brought me peace as I have tried to incorporate into my life. Definitely a life-changer! Thank you!
This book was outstanding. It is practical and inspiring. I love the way it was organized. Each chapter has a question at the beginning, a great discussion and the key concept at the end along with some ideas for self reflection. Only read this book if you are interested in strengthening your spiritual connection and using that connection to endure the bumps in the road and mountains we must climb. I've read it 3 times and given several copies away.
The book is filled with wonderful nuggets for deeper thought. Almost every paragraph has a thought worth highlighting. The book reads easy, but is filled with areas that provide opportunities for deep introspection. If you need some good quotes for a talk or lesson, you can find them in this book.
This book has inspired me to embrace my challenges and find joy in everyday living. Dr. Morgan uses his expertise as a psychologist and his passion for the Book of Mormon to teach and guide his reader through trials that inevitably come as a result of living in this world. He reminds us that trials are for our benefit and experience in a loving, uplifting way. Now when I read about Nephi, I have a new set of ideas to apply those scriptures to my life. This book is very readable and the short length encouraged me to apply what I learned right away.
Once again Dr. Morgan has written a thought provoking book. Not only is it filled with priceless nuggets to ponder, but it also teaches how to study and learn more from scriptures. There are questions at the end of each chapter which will lead to spiritual growth.
I love the author's use of the scriptures mixed with real life examples to teach the principles of spiritual transformation. I have recommended this book to many people already, it is so good. The author's insight from his perspective as a psychologist is really insightful and actionable.
I loved this book. At a time in my life when I am struggling with multiple issues on many levels, the author assisted me in finding much needed insight and perspective. Each key concept is excellent and the questions for self reflection, when sincerely addressed, have brought me to a new level of understanding. I'm truly grateful for this book and highly recommend it.
Excellent book. Very well written and thought out. As I read it, it feels as if someone finally understands me along with some excellent advice. I enjoy the gospel references as it is good to see them from a new perspective. Thank you for your work to help others!
I've had trouble understanding what my child is experiencing. Having read this book, I now can imagine what leads up to an attack, and what they're experiencing during an attack. It's written in a way that benefits all of us, using examples from the scriptures that we've read together for years (and giving us a new way that we can liken the scriptures to us). Now we can focus together in a more hopeful way on learning to "change the way we think so we can change the way we feel," as his book teaches.
This book is fantastic. I love how it feels like the author is talking directly to you as a friend. Lots of spiritual insights and connections I had never considered before. This book provides good, practical ways to approach anxious thoughts and behaviors in an LDS context.