What Does the Clock Say?

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 30 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2942

What Does the Clock Say?

Which best describes you on a typical Sunday morning?

1
You get to church 15 minutes early. You straighten the songbooks in the pews. You decide to open the door for everyone as they filter into the building. You spend time greeting people and chatting. You select a seat near the front so you won't be distracted. Your mind is focused because you already spent time in prayer at home before you arrived.

2
You get to church 15 minutes late. You tiptoe into the sanctuary, trying not to draw attention to yourself. You slip into a seat in the back row, hoping not to disturb anyone. You try to concentrate, but you're brain is still slow — your a.m. cup of coffee hasn't fully taken effect yet. You're having trouble following the message because you missed the first part.

Arranged Marriage

Written by Sister KarenJo Pandone on Monday, 29 September 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 2729

Arranged Marriage

Although it's not quite October yet, we're starting with marriage-related Miracle Mondays. Thanks to everyone who contributed! The first story is from Sister KarenJo Pandone.

The week before GMBA Campout 1991, I received a phone call from the brother who was in charge of seminars asking me if I could teach a seminar for one day.

First of all, I'm not a teacher, and that's not something that comes easily to me. Second, I was already in charge of registration. Anyone who has had this responsibility at GMBA camp knows how busy the last week gets with preparing the registration packets and getting last minute things done.

Spread the Good Word: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 {PLUS! Reading Challenge Responses}

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 26 September 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1986

Spread the Good Word: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 {PLUS! Reading Challenge Responses}

Today, we're bringing a slightly new dimension to the Good Word weekly memory verse — portrait orientation. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to save the images to your smartphones so you can memorize the verse. It's also a great ratio for pinning — just so you know. Make sure to let us know how it works out for you.

What's Your Motive?

Written by Sister Stefanie on Thursday, 25 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2555

What's Your Motive?

I'm a personal trainer, so part of my job is to help motivate my clients to exercise. Everybody needs motivation regardless of what they're doing.

For example, at least part of your motivation to go to work every day is getting a paycheck. Maybe your motivation for tackling a rigorous hike is enjoying the gorgeous view at the end. Perhaps you dream of fitting into a pair of jeans that you haven't worn for years, so you exercise every day.

The more motivation we have, the more likely we are to do what's necessary to get us to that goal.

Unwavering Faith: The Struggle Not to Waver

Written by Brother Andrew DiNardo on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 3120

Unwavering Faith: The Struggle Not to Waver

I find it easier to pray for others with the faith James talks about. I find myself storming the gates of heaven for other people with such fervor and such a broken heart that I just can't muster for my own self.

James 1:6-7 states, "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord."

I came to the conclusion that there is a difference between knowing that God can and knowing that God will. Based on this scripture, when I go to God, and I'm waffling in my faith, I shouldn't expect God to answer me.

What God Taught Me Through Football

Written by Brother Rich on Tuesday, 23 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2203

What God Taught Me Through Football

It's September. That means summer's basically over, school's back in, and it's football season.

I've been a huge football fan since I was a kid. Saturdays were spent watching or listening to the Penn State game, and after church on Sunday we'd watch the Steelers.

I was born in 1977, so I'd never seen the Steelers in the Super Bowl, at least that I could remember. Then came the 1995 season, and the Steelers were headed for Super Bowl XXX. At that time, I'd been a member of The Church for two and a half years, and I was the local MBA president.

That's Cheating!

Written by Sister Terri Olfulson on Monday, 22 September 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 2821

That's Cheating!

For today's school-themed Miracle Monday, we're taking you back to the 90s with an experience published in the August 1992 issue of the Gospel News as told by Sister Terri Olfulson.

On March 23, 1991, my family moved from Anaheim, California to Phoenix, Arizona. My two older children had no problem adjusting to their new schools. My youngest son, Billy, age 7, was a different story.

He would come home from school with notes from the teacher saying that he didn't have recess because he had to sit on the benches and do his school work. Every night, he would bring home stacks of papers that he couldn't complete in class.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 28:13

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 19 September 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2278

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 28:13

This week's memory verse reminds us that God can see underneath the mask we show to everyone else. 

Fear Isn't Real

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Thursday, 18 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2622

Fear Isn't Real

Right now on the Internet, you can find the story of a young boy battling brain cancer and the story of his bravery.

The tagline for this new campaign is "Fear Isn't Real" because that's what this little boy believes.

And this got me thinking...is fear real?

Affirm It Constantly

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2647

Affirm It Constantly

A while ago, a dear sister and fellow Gospelblogger invited me to participate in a study of Titus.

Titus is a teeny tiny book jam-packed with big advice, particularly for us ladyfolk (chapter 2 verses 3 to 5).

Something new struck me on this particular go-around, though. Two phrases jumped out at me: "pattern of good works" (2:7) and "affirm constantly" (3:8).

His Blood Was Spilled

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Tuesday, 16 September 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 187631

His Blood Was Spilled

In my 28 years in the ministry, it had never happened to me ... until Sunday, July 27, 2014. On that day, I stepped up to the sacrament table and poured the wine into the glasses as I have done on so many occasions.

This Sunday, as I moved the glasses into position on the table, one of them suddenly tipped right over, banging loudly against the table and spilling the wine across the white cloths. It was dripping off the sides of the table and onto the rug.

The Never-ending Class

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Monday, 15 September 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 2836

The Never-ending Class

Today's school-related Miracle Monday is from Sister Zarella Mosqueda.

It seems as though we hear more and more about school shootings on the news. Names like Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Virginia Tech are recognized nationwide. Events such as these prick our sense of well-being and stir our minds. Politicians and news people soon step in, and they aimlessly try to find the culprit.

My miracle is about the One who is responsible for keeping me safe, the One who watches over me each day and keeps me from harm, even if I am not aware of it.

Spread the Good Word: Romans 8:31

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 12 September 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1917

Spread the Good Word: Romans 8:31

Save this image as the lock screen on your phone, and try to commit it to memory this week. Or share it, like it, pin it or tweet it to spread the good news.

God Has a Plan

Written by Brother Andrew DiNardo on Thursday, 11 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2178

God Has a Plan

Take a deep breath in.

Breathe out.

Now say with me, "God has a plan."

Repeat as many times as necessary.

While things may currently seem unclear, the more I seek God's will for my life, the clearer things become. God has never revealed all of His plans, but He's also never left me in the dark. I get a piece or two at a time of the puzzle, and slowly but surely the picture becomes clearer.

Cold Turkey

Written by Sister Josie Jasmin on Wednesday, 10 September 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 2488

Cold Turkey

Today we're sharing a miracle from Sister Josie Jasmin.

Many years ago, I used to smoke on and off, and I did stop for a while after fasting and prayer with the assistance of another sister.

I did well for quite some time until I moved to another state and was very lonely.

At the time, my husband smoked, and he would leave partial opened packs at home. Sorry to say, they were a temptation that I gave in to.

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