Blessings That Sparkle

Written by Sister Barbara (Henderson) Weiner on Monday, 19 October 2020. Posted in Miracles Hits 118

Blessings That Sparkle

Today's Miracle Monday comes to us from Sister Barbara (Henderson) Weiner, who is relating an experience of her mother, Sister Dorothy Henderson who passed away in 2016. This is her testimony.

Sister Dorothy was baptized at the age of 16 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ all the days of her life. She lived her life for the Lord and found immense joy in this.

When Sister Dorothy's mother, Sister May Burgess, passed away, she inherited her diamond wedding ring. One day while at work, she was washing her hands at the sink, and her ring must have slipped off her finger.

Spread the Good Word: Alma 39:14

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 16 October 2020. Posted in The Good Word Hits 263

Spread the Good Word: Alma 39:14

Good Word Friday theme: Seek

Worldly wealth. Fame and privilege. Status and power. Beauty and admiration. Oh, the vain things we seek! We know deep down that none of these will bring true happiness. Yet ... what percentage of life is dedicated to worldly gain? What part is dedicated to spiritual gain?

Today's verse says that the "vain things of this world" aren't worth the seeking. It's something that we need to remind ourselves of on a daily basis because the vain things of this world can be so irresistible and enticing.

Growing in Faith or Growing in Fear?

Written by Sister Christina DiCenzo on Thursday, 15 October 2020. Posted in Devotional Hits 341

Growing in Faith or Growing in Fear?

Natural pain in our bodies is an indication or alarm to let us know that something is wrong. Something in our bodies is weak or wounded and needs attention.

Could fear be an indication that we may be spiritually weak or that something is wrong in our beliefs that needs attention? In other words, do we need God’s word of truth, just like we need medicine? To feed our minds and kill whatever brings us fear?

Fear is a powerful tool that Satan can use on any and all of us — and he does. Fear paralyzes, debilitates, and kills faith in an instant. It is a reaction.

“Do not be afraid,” appears in the Bible 70 times, and this does not include variants such as “fear not,” and “do not fear.”

A stronghold is defined as a place that has been fortified so as to protect it against attack. Are our minds fortified with God’s truth or Satan’s lies? If we often experience fear, could there be a lie that the enemy has planted in our minds that is causing it?

Trusting in God (Moroni 10)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 14 October 2020. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 417

Trusting in God (Moroni 10)

The Book of Mormon ends with a challenge to the reader to trust in God. We will end this blog series with the same challenge to our readers.

What does it mean to trust in God? Does it mean that we give God assignments and trust (expect) that He will make things work out the way we want them to? If you've ever tried doing this, you know that it doesn't really work that way. Those who think it does work that way often wind up losing their faith when they conclude that God is not trustworthy when He doesn't give them what they ask for.

Trusting in God is really about trusting Him for the outcome in a given situation. It means that we put something in His hands and trust that He will work things out in the proper way, whatever that is. When we pray, we usually request specific outcomes to our situations and, when the outcome is what we requested, we rejoice and praise God. However, when the outcome is not what we wanted, if we truly trust in God, we will seek to understand why it worked out the way it did and ultimately trust that God allowed things to happen the way they did for some good reason, perhaps known only to Him.

The Lost Tribe of Manasseh

Written by Sister Sandy Capone on behalf of the NAOC on Tuesday, 13 October 2020. Posted in Church News Hits 358

The Lost Tribe of Manasseh

We are living in a time where the words of the prophets are coming to life! Events we are seeing indicates that the dispersed people of Israel may well be beginning the process of going home!

In northeastern India, there is a community of people that goes by the name Bnei Menashe. They were exiled from Israel by the Assyrians 2,700 years ago and are descendants of Manasseh.

Their ancestors first traveled all the way to China and stayed there for several centuries. You can see the Chinese influence in their features. Ultimately, they had to leave China because of religious persecution. They went south and then west until they settled in northeastern India. Separated geographically from Israel, they maintained their traditions, passed down orally from father to son. It is said they always longed for Zion, for Jerusalem and Israel. The only thing that kept them connected to Israel was their faith, plus the customs and traditions handed down through the generations.

Even the Storms Are for Our Benefit

Written by Brother Jared Scolaro on Monday, 12 October 2020. Posted in Miracles Hits 532

Even the Storms Are for Our Benefit

Today's Miracle Monday is a blessing shared by Brother Jared Scolaro in response to our prompt, "Share an experience regarding missionary travel."

I was blessed to tag along on a missionary trip to Colombia in May 2015. In the days leading up to our departure, the weather forecast predicted rain every day of the trip, which was concerning because our primary means of transportation was on foot.

Thankfully, God had other plans.

Spread the Good Word: Jacob 4:10

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 09 October 2020. Posted in The Good Word Hits 361

Spread the Good Word: Jacob 4:10

Good Word Friday theme: Seek

God is our Creator and Father. The universe is the only thing large enough to be His throne. Our tiny planet is His mere footstool. He exists outside of time and space. His love knows no limits, and His mercy is boundless. He is truly Great!

Yet, so often, we persist in patronizing Him. As today's scripture says, we seek to counsel the Lord, meaning, we like to advise Him as to how He can best serve us.

Why Trials Happen

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 08 October 2020. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 522

Why Trials Happen

Today's article is submitted by Sister Erin Light. It's based on a class prepared by her mother, Sister Carolyn Light, on James 1:1-12. The theme is "Reasons for Trials," and the article reads a bit like a lesson outline. It uses this passage in James to shed light on one of the toughest questions in Christianity: "Why does God let bad things happen to His people?"

One of the best tests of spiritual growth and maturity is trouble. When believers go through personal trials, they discover the kind of faith they really possess. Trials not only reveal our faith, but they also develop our character.

The book of James tells us, "The trying of your faith worketh patience." Patience is enduring faith, faith with staying power, faith that overcomes. Verses 1 to 12 speak about trials and tests that come into our lives from outside circumstances. God is trying to produce in each of His servants "faith that overcomes," that endures, that has staying power. Far too many who start out following Christ fall by the wayside when temptations and trials come. God is trying to produce an inward change by allowing and even ordaining outward trials to build in us an overcoming faith.

God wants us to understand that trials in life are not uncommon (Mt. 5:10-12; 1 Pe. 4:12). If you are going through trials right now, realize that God is not picking on you (1 Cor. 10:13). He has a purpose!

The Power of Positive Thinking (Moroni 9)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 07 October 2020. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 334

The Power of Positive Thinking (Moroni 9)

Found on a popular medical website:

"Positive thinking is the practice of focusing on the good in any given situation. It can have a big impact on your physical and mental health. It doesn't mean that you ignore reality or make light of problems. It simply means that you approach the good and the bad in life with the expectation that things will go well.

Some physical benefits of positive thinking may include longer life span, lower blood pressure, lower chance of having a heart attack, greater resistance to illness, better stress management and better pain tolerance. Mental benefits may include more creativity, clearer thinking, greater problem-solving skill, better mood, better coping skills and less depression."

One man in the scriptures who was a master at positive thinking was Joseph, one of the twelve sons of Israel.

In Genesis 39, Joseph finds himself sold into slavery by his own brothers. It would have been easy for him to bemoan his fate and stoke his anger over how unfairly life was treating him and how his own family members had betrayed him. Instead, he focuses on being the best slave he can be and winds up being put in charge of the entire household.

Seasons

Written by Sister Mallory McNamara on Tuesday, 06 October 2020. Posted in Devotional Hits 240

Seasons

We’ve made it to fall. A new season. The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cooler, and pumpkin everything is in every store everywhere. I enjoy the end of summer solely because I love fall so much. I happily trade T-shirts and flip flops for hoodies and scarves.

Wouldn’t it be nice if every season was our favorite season? If I lived in a place where it was perpetually fall, I wouldn’t have to deal with the heat of summer or the bone-chilling cold of winter. I could be comfortable all the time. But I often wonder if I would enjoy fall as much as I do if it weren’t for the heat and cold of the other seasons. Would I take the perfect weather and comfortable clothes for granted because I don’t know any different?

An Angel in the Dark of Night

Written by Sister Patty Kerby on Monday, 05 October 2020. Posted in Testimonies Hits 368

An Angel in the Dark of Night

Today's Miracle Monday is from Sister Patty Kerby, where she responds to our prompt in which we requested experiences about angels.

I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ for 42 years. Throughout my life and years in the church, there have been many people (earthly angels) that have come to my aid and to my family in times of need. This particular instance happened many years ago.

I was attending the Yucaipa Branch in California at the time. The church building was located about an hour from my house. I was driving by myself to a Wednesday night service. At that time, I had no cell phone — I cannot imagine myself without one now. The road that I always traveled was part freeway and part scenic winding road through mountains.

Spread the Good Word: Luke 11:9-10

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 02 October 2020. Posted in The Good Word Hits 372

Spread the Good Word: Luke 11:9-10

Good Word Friday theme: Seek

It's October, and we're back to our regular Good Word Fridays, and the new month's theme is "Seek."

We are all born seekers, don't you think? From the moment we enter the world, we're asking for something that we cannot obtain for ourselves. No matter how capable we become of providing for our own natural needs, there's always something to seek.

The key is seeking in the right direction. So often, we seek answers where there are none to be found. Worldly wells may yield a few wet buckets, but they always run dry. When we go to God with our needs, when we seek for Him to provide, He does. Today's scripture says so.

Sanitizing

Written by Sister Dianne Maddox on Thursday, 01 October 2020. Posted in Devotional Hits 203

Sanitizing

For the last six months, I have carefully wiped my groceries with sanitizing wipes before I bring them into the house. I am constantly wiping the steering wheel of my car, and don’t you dare enter my house with your shoes on! Thanks to my new addiction to hand sanitizer, my hands are dry and often smell like a bottle of bleach.

But, am I as careful with what goes into my head? Do I look at everything I consume in such great detail to see if there are germs — a.k.a. sin — attached to it? Am I allowing “germs” to invade my spiritual life? Are things sneaking in so quietly that I no longer notice them? I can’t see the germs on my groceries, but I can guarantee you that I do everything I can to keep them from going into my refrigerator or pantry.

Am I as conscientious about my spiritual life? Especially now, when so many of us yearn for the closeness of face-to-face church meetings, hugging our spiritual family, singing with one another praises to our Lord, am I doing what I can to keep my spirit clean and germ-free?

He's Got the Little Tiny Baby in His Hands (Moroni 8)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 30 September 2020. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 342

He's Got the Little Tiny Baby in His Hands (Moroni 8)

A gross error. Solemn mockery before God. Awful wickedness.

What terrible sin is being described by all of these strongly worded terms? Believe it or not, these terms are used in Moroni 8 to describe the practice of baptizing little children.

Wow, is it really that bad to do this? After all, isn't baptism the way that people become members of the church? What's wrong with getting the children started early? Is there really any harm in this?

Well, let's first make sure that we understand the purpose for baptism. It's not just to become a member of the church. Rather, it's what people do when they are ready to repent of all of their sins and turn their lives over to Christ. Little children cannot do this. As the Lord states in this chapter, "Little children…are not capable of committing sin" and "I came into the world not to call the righteous but the sinners to repentance; the whole need no physician, but they that are sick" (verse 8).

What Emojis Would Jesus Use?

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 29 September 2020. Posted in Devotional Hits 514

What Emojis Would Jesus Use?

Think about how many times a day you may use an emoji as you virtually interact with others. My go-to emojis are smiley faces 😊, hearts 💗, thumbs up for OK 👍, and praying hands for sending prayers 🙏.

Scriptures record numerous examples where Jesus felt many of the same emotions we do, yet He did not sin. This proves that it is expected to feel emotions. It is the response to emotions that is precarious.

Let’s look at some examples in the scripture where Jesus felt emotions while in the flesh. Can you imagine which emojis Jesus would use to express his emotions in the following examples?

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