When Church Is Hard


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When Church Is Hard

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JOHNSON, TYLER

When Church Is Hard

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As a bishop of a young single adult ward, Tyler Johnson once hosted a Q&A night in which ward members could submit any question anonymously. Many members’ questions echoed the thoughts of one person, who asked, “Growing up, the restored gospel meant so much to me. It was intuitively important. As time passes, however, the gospel simply doesn’t seem important. The irony is, I want it to matter. I want it to regain that intuitive importance in my life. Can you please help me understand why it matters?” In When Church Is Hard, you’ll find empathy and understanding about challenges you may face as you navigate life in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the context of current-day issues. You’ll also discover how the decision to stay can be not only reasonable but a powerful commitment to furthering the common good—including the good of marginalized members. Find a new perspective on how committing your life to discipleship in the restored Church can be a daring, beautiful, even countercultural act that confirms the best of what’s within us and offers theological richness found nowhere else. If you are struggling with questions and seeking to square your intuitive sense of the good found in the Church with questions about its history, doctrine, culture, or practices, this book is for you.
Author JOHNSON, TYLER
Number of pages 256
Publisher Deseret Book Company
Size 5.5" x 8.25"
Headshot of Tyler Johnson

Tyler Johnson is an oncologist and clinical assistant professor at Stanford University. Through serving as the bishop of a young single adult ward, he became familiar with the struggles and earnest questions that many young Church members grapple with.

When Church Is Hard is his honest approach to those questions, validating the difficulty and sincerity behind them. Johnson hopes to help Church members of all ages understand the power of committing to following the Savior and the importance of making church a welcoming place for all.