Episode 1: Introduction

June 11, 2020 01:04:47
Episode 1: Introduction
Latter-day Contemplation
Episode 1: Introduction
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Shiloh Logan and Riley Risto open up about their experiences and what led them to starting down a path of Christian contemplation. They talk about their interests in the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount and in how the Savior’s teachings have brought them peace in their lives.

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