Meet the Pillars: Brother Sam Randy

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Thursday, 22 February 2018. Posted in Generation Gap Interviews Hits 139

Meet the Pillars: Brother Sam Randy

Today, we're bringing you another Meet the Pillars intervew with Brother Sam Randy from Modesto, California. (What's Meet the Pillars?)

A Little About Our Brother

Our dear brother was born in Detroit, Michigan, son of Brother Mark Randy and Sister Mary Randy (née Cipponeri). Brother Sam’s father was a missionary who took his family to Muncey, Canada. This family always seemed to live away from The Church when his father was starting new missions.

Cross-Examination (Alma 10)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 21 February 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 213

Cross-Examination (Alma 10)

You're walking down the street, and you see a man bump into a woman, knock her down, and then steal her purse and run away. The man is eventually caught and put on trial for the crime. You are called as a witness and relate what you saw. Now, the defense attorney is going to cross-examine you. The dialogue might go something like this:

Joyful Joseph

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 273

Joyful Joseph

On my first day of teaching college students this past semester, in walked a young man carrying a walking stick, poking his way to a seat in front of the classroom. While looking down at the class roster from the corner of my eye, I quickly determined that he was blind. I said to myself, “This is going to be interesting.” I had no prior notice or plan of the accommodations I needed to make for a blind student. Furthermore, I had never taught a blind student to read. I mumbled a quick prayer to myself and took a deep breath.

Honoring God With My Time

Written by Brother Jared Scolaro on Monday, 19 February 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 326

Honoring God With My Time

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony from Brother Jared Scolaro. For those of you struggling with school or managing your time, this one's for you.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned so far in graduate school, it’s that I would be hopeless without God’s merciful hand providing me with the strength to get through. This is one of many testimonies in which God reminded me that He alone is my strength.

One of my math classes this semester included two midterms. The material leading up to the first midterm was familiar to me, so I felt confident I'd perform well. The homework made sense, and I had plenty of time to study. When the test came around, I ended up with a pretty decent grade.

Spread the Good Word: 1 John 4:19

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 16 February 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 446

Spread the Good Word: 1 John 4:19

Today's Good Word is one you've likely heard before if you've been hanging around church for any length of time. Let's look at it and remember why it's so often quoted. 

We love Him. Who? God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Amen! 

Release That Remote

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 15 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 237

Release That Remote

Today's article is another installment in Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home."

I walk people in a nursing home for a living. They often come to my facility after a trip to the hospital where they may have had a condition or surgery leading to the inability to walk.

This one young guy had a stroke — let me just interject: say no to drugs — and he could hardly use his left leg, left arm, hardly talk, hardly understand, but he could follow simple, one-step directions.

You Should Know Better (Alma 9)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 14 February 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 234

You Should Know Better (Alma 9)

If you were the older sibling growing up — as I was — you may have experienced occasions when you and your younger sibling(s) did something that got you in trouble with your parents. Even though you all participated in the same escapade, you as the oldest got in the most trouble. In justification of this unfair treatment, your parents would say, "You're older — you should know better."

Perhaps the Nephites in Ammonihah were feeling like the older sibling in Alma 9 as Alma, while urging them to repentance for their wicked ways, reinforces the point by telling them, "it shall be more tolerable for [the Lamanites] in the day of judgment than for you, if ye remain in your sins, yea, and even more tolerable for them in this life than for you, except ye repent" (Alma 9:15).

Take Me to Church

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 13 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 282

Take Me to Church

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about the current way of the world, it’s that many people feel you can worship God wherever you are — that there’s no true need to attend a Sunday service within the four walls of a building. If you can pray or study His word anywhere, what’s the use in traveling (often great distances) elsewhere?

To a degree, this isn’t a false belief: we are taught we can praise His name no matter where we are, be it our home, our car, our backyard. But, we’re also taught that there’s something special about gathering in His earthly house of worship (our local church building/rental space) that has a great impact on our walk with Him.

The Last Days

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Monday, 12 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 389

The Last Days

Today, instead of our regularly scheduled Miracle Monday, we're sharing an article by Brother David Nolfi. 

Looking back to the 1950s, the foundation of the United States of America remained sure, built upon home, marriage, family, prosperous blessings, and the love of God. Employment opportunities flourished, education excelled, investments were secure, manufacturing abounded… There was a greater degree of trust and integrity. There was a reverence for God our Creator. Churches were filled with parishioners, and God was worshiped and thanked.

Spread the Good Word: Romans 13:10

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 09 February 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 729

Spread the Good Word: Romans 13:10

When Jesus Christ walked the earth, He did many amazing things that left people speechless. One of these is when he took hundreds of years of laws — the Law of Moses — and summed it up in two commandments that pretty much anyone can understand. 

1. Love God.

2. Love your neighbor as yourself.

The Weight of the World

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 08 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 283

The Weight of the World

Have you ever had a time in your life where it felt like you were carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? Recently I experienced a time like this. I felt like I was Atlas from Greek mythology. He's the man who you always see literally carrying the world on his back. Every day between Thanksgiving and our Christmas vacation seemed to add another burden or worry. The scriptures are clear — the Lord doesn't want us to carry burdens ourselves.

He wants us to help each other...

Come to My House (Alma 8)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 07 February 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 235

Come to My House (Alma 8)

Alma continues his evangelistic travels in Alma 8, eventually arriving at the city of Ammonihah. To put it mildly, he is not well received by the people of this city — they "reviled him, and spit upon him, and caused that he should be cast out of their city" (verse 13). However, as Alma is on the road to the next city, an angel appears to him and instructs him to return to Ammonihah to be used to preach repentance and offer the people the opportunity to avoid destruction.

By the time Alma arrives at the city, he is quite hungry, so he asks a man if he can help him out with something to eat. This is not a chance meeting — the man's name is Amulek, and an angel has instructed him in a vision to be prepared to receive a man of God. As a result, Amulek says to Alma, "Go with me into my house and I will impart unto thee of my food; and I know that thou wilt be a blessing unto me and my house" (Alma 8:20).

Summing Up Divine Delays

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 06 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 254

Summing Up Divine Delays

This article is the final chapter of Sister Michelle Watson's series "Dealing With Divine Delays."

In 2017, I focused the majority of my articles on the topic of divine delays, and I shared with you how the Lord carried my husband and me through a period of infertility when we wanted a baby but couldn't have one.

The Kind of Gift You Don't Return

Written by Sister Gelsa Staley on Monday, 05 February 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 234

The Kind of Gift You Don't Return

Today, we're sharing an article from Sister Gelsa Staley, in which she reflects on a Christmas gift she received.

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a terrible habit of returning things that I buy.

First, it takes me a really long time to purchase an item — visiting many stores for the best buy — and then once I finally purchase it, I worry about the cost and did I really need it? Although I tried on a clothing item, for example, and liked the fit, color, and look at the store, that all somehow changes when I get home. My friends and family ask me all the time -- Do you really like this, or are you going to return it?

Spread the Good Word: Romans 12:9

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 02 February 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 725

Spread the Good Word: Romans 12:9

Abhor: to regard with disgust or hatred

Synonyms: loathe, detest, despise

Today's Good Word reminds us how we're supposed to feel toward evil. We're not supposed to admire that which is evil. Or acclaim that which is evil. Or applaud that which is evil. We're supposed to abhor that which is evil. 

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