This Is Not How to Study

Written by Lucky to Graduate on Monday, 15 June 2020. Posted in Testimonies Hits 188

This Is Not How to Study

We received today's Miracle Monday in response to our June prompt, where we requested that you send in school-related testimonies.

I was baptized when I was a senior in high school so I was still a relatively new member of The Church when I began college. This had obvious benefits as I was able to approach the whole experience in a prayerful manner. However, it also created some challenges as I resolved to read the entire Book of Mormon that year so I carried it with me to school, reading it in between classes. I also was so enjoying attending church that I not only attended my own branch meetings and MBA meetings but I also regularly visited the MBA meetings of another nearby branch. Studying? I’d be fitting that in when the tests came around.

Spread the Good Word: Ezekiel 37:17

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 12 June 2020. Posted in The Good Word Hits 216

Spread the Good Word: Ezekiel 37:17

Good Word Friday theme: Sharing your faith

For believers in the restoration, this scripture in Ezekiel is a familiar one. This prophecy uses a word picture to describe how the Bible (the record of Judah) and the Book of Mormon (the record of Joseph) are both God's word to His children. Together, they provide a full picture of God's plan and will for mankind.

When it comes to sharing our faith, especially the restoration, it's good to have scriptures like this one at the ready to support our beliefs. Having the ability to quote scripture is a fantastic resource. Quoting scripture isn't the right tool in every share-your-faith scenario, but ... 1.) Memorization is a great spiritual discipline for personal growth, and 2.) Scriptural support lends authority to our testimony because the scripture is God's word, not ours.

Melodies with Meaning: It Is Well With My Soul

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 11 June 2020. Posted in Music & Singalongs Hits 232

Melodies with Meaning: It Is Well With My Soul

Here's the next installment of "Melodies with Meaning," where our columnists tell you about some of their favorite spiritual songs. Today, we're hearing from Brother P.

Sister Michelle asked us to write a blog about a song that has meaning to us, but I cheated and picked just one line of a song:

First, I want to ask you, "How could you ever have a good thought about sin?" Much less a glorious thought about it, unless...

...unless you consider that it has been nailed to the cross, and you don’t have to carry it anymore. Then, all you are left with is praising God!

God Sees Us, Whatever We Do (Ether 8)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 10 June 2020. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 196

God Sees Us, Whatever We Do (Ether 8)

If you're familiar with Windows computers, you're likely aware of the little button near the top right corner of each window that allows you to minimize the window. When you click on that button, the window is then no longer visible on the computer screen — the computer can still see it, but people cannot see it. It's actually quite an effective method to hide what you're doing from someone who is trying to look at your computer screen.

What might you be thinking if, every time you walked past someone using a computer, that person hit the Minimize button?

  • If it's one of your children, you might wonder, "What are my kids getting into?"
  • If it's your husband, you might wonder, "Who is my husband chatting with?"
  • If it's your employee, you might wonder whether the employee is actually working.

In general, when someone goes to great lengths to hide their actions, it often means they're doing something they shouldn't. Otherwise, they would have nothing to hide. The sad part of this is that people who are good at hiding what they are doing may never come to a realization that what they are doing is wrong because they are able to get away with it.

Melodies with Meaning: He'll Take Care of Me

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 09 June 2020. Posted in Music & Singalongs Hits 204

Melodies with Meaning: He'll Take Care of Me

Here's the next installment of "Melodies with Meaning," where our columnists tell you about some of their favorite spiritual songs. Today, we're hearing from Sister Stefanie.

I'll admit, I'm not a big music person. I opt to listen to podcasts or audiobooks when I work out or need sound on in my house or car. I like music, but it’s not my go-to.

However, during certain times in my life, God has touched my heart and comforted me through the words of a song.

In my sophomore year of college, I was really struggling with relationships — people who I thought were my friends, wanting to fit in...

It Just So Happened

Written by Brother Karl Moelke on Monday, 08 June 2020. Posted in Testimonies Hits 232

It Just So Happened

Today's Miracle Monday article is a story of God's provision submitted by Brother Karl Moelke from Detroit Branch 1 in Michigan.

"God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform!" – Hymn, William Cowper 1773

I lead a fairly uncomplicated life. I live alone. My personal and work life don’t require me to be on a computer at all, so my skills in that area are rather limited. That’s fine with me. I just have an older laptop in my basement and check my emails maybe once a week, primarily for church announcements. I’ve never needed to take advantage of the livestream of Sunday church services offered by my home branch as I, thankfully, have been in a position to attend our meetings in person.

Then March 2020 came along and with it, Covid-19.

No more Sunday morning services at Church. No more MBA or Sunday school. Everyone was told to stay home and stay safe.

Spread the Good Word: Romans 1:16

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 05 June 2020. Posted in The Good Word Hits 261

Spread the Good Word: Romans 1:16

Good Word Friday theme: Sharing your faith

It's the first Friday of June — happy summer! — and we've got a new theme for our Good Word Friday scriptures. This month, the scriptures will be all about sharing our faith.

Today's verse from Romans tells us not to be ashamed of the gospel of Christ. Many of us think to ourselves (in our spiritually strong moments), "How could I possibly be ashamed of believing in Jesus?!" But we simultaneously feel fearful, hesitant, or uneasy about sharing this precious part of our lives with others. (What if they reject this belief that we hold so dear? What if they make us feel foolish, like we've been wrong about life all along?)

The fact is that there will always be people out there who will shame us for what we believe. Then, the ball is in our court. Will we respond to that shame by actually feeling ashamed? Or will we bounce back from the blow and continue steadfast in our faith?

Melodies with Meaning: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Written by Sister Charity Lombardo on Thursday, 04 June 2020. Posted in Music & Singalongs Hits 258

Melodies with Meaning: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Here's the next installment of "Melodies with Meaning," where our columnists tell you about some of their favorite spiritual songs. Today, we're hearing from Sister Charity.

The world wants every piece of you.

The news: “Look over here!”

Politics: “No, me! Look at me!”

Social media: “Hi, let’s hang out for 10 hours. I’m sure you’ve got nothing better to do.”

Ya know who else wants every piece of you?

Jesus.

But the difference between the world and Jesus is that Jesus won’t get all up in your face about it. He won’t beg. He won’t yell. He won’t wave his arms in the air like those other distractions do, as their success depends on our attention. Jesus already won. And our success depends on Him. He simply waits till we’re ready, for us to come to Him, gently reminding us along the way that He’s still there.

There Are 2 Kingdoms — Pick One (Ether 7)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 03 June 2020. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 239

There Are 2 Kingdoms — Pick One (Ether 7)

In Ether 7, Orihah (one of the sons of Jared) concludes his reign as the first king of the Jaredite people in the new land, passing the mantle to his son Kib. Sadly, things go downhill quickly after that, as two families then begin to compete for the throne, resulting in a series of kidnappings and murders and many temporary changes in who is king. Finally, they settle into two kingdoms:

"And the country was divided; and there were two kingdoms, the kingdom of Shule, and the kingdom of Cohor, the son of Noah." (Ether 7:20)

There were probably lots of people who thought this arrangement was wrong. Why should there be two kingdoms? We only need one. Perhaps there were even some who disliked both Shule and Cohor and would have wanted more choices. None of that mattered; there were two kingdoms, and each person had to pick the one they wanted to be part of.

Melodies with Meaning: My God Is Real

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 02 June 2020. Posted in Music & Singalongs Hits 261

Melodies with Meaning: My God Is Real

Today is the first blog post in a mini-series of articles called "Melodies with Meaning." Our columnists are going to tell you about some of their favorite spiritual songs. Hopefully, these articles will leave you with a light heart — and maybe even a new favorite tune. Look for Melodies with Meaning throughout June.

In the early ‘90s, a little thing known as compact discs made their way onto the scene. Foreign as they seemed, it signified the dawn of a new era of music listening. And in the Pezzenti house, it meant a trip to the local electronic store to pick out a few CDs. Among the first? "Silent Night Gospel Christmas with Mahalia Jackson."

I’m not sure what made us pick that one out in particular. (Perhaps it was close to the upcoming holiday season? Perhaps it was the cheap $5.99 price? Perhaps we saw the classic song list and were intrigued?) Regardless, the mixture of seasonal and non-seasonal tunes became a staple of every Christmas and provided an uplift throughout the year. Discovering Mahalia’s voice is still among my top musical memories.

Directed in Worship

Written by Brother Gary Thompson on Monday, 01 June 2020. Posted in Miracles Hits 266

Directed in Worship

Today's Miracle Monday is an experience that Brother Gary Thompson had at the beginning of the Covid lockdown.

It was the Morning of March 15, 2020, fairly early in the coronavirus pandemic, and our region conference here in Michigan was cancelled. At approximately the same time we would've normally been singing praises to God and opening the Sunday service in prayer, I was a little down. I love gathering with the saints and everything that goes along with that, from singing to preaching, and all of that was taken away in a physical sense.

Feeling motivated to pray, I asked, "Lord, what do you want from me today?" In a voice to my heart (not audible), I was told to go read. I got to my bedroom, I was about to kneel in prayer and ask God for direction and understanding of whatever it was that He was going to have me read or study. Just before kneeling, I started to sing one of The Songs of Zion (I absolutely love The Songs of Zion. What a blessing they are.)

Hurry Home, Son

Written by Sister Arlene Buffington on Friday, 29 May 2020. Posted in Music & Singalongs Hits 260

Hurry Home, Son

Instead of our regularly scheduled Good Word Friday, we're bringing you the lyrics to No. 234 in The Songs of Zion. Following is Sister Arlene Buffington's testimony of how God delivered the song. We pray the lyrics are a blessing to you.

The High Road

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 28 May 2020. Posted in Devotional Hits 408

The High Road

Allow me to take you down a road. It is not an easy one to travel. It is a silent ride while you hang on tight and hold back. It doesn't have a lot of rest stops, and it definitely has a speed limit. If you exceed the speed limit, you will be sorry, and there is a violation. It is not a road that is widely traveled. It may feel like you are on this road for miles before you reach your destination. What is the point of arrival? It is a view that is peaceful, serene, and filled with positive vibes.

The road has a name. It is called the high road. Have you ever been there? I have. It hasn't been comfortable or smooth terrain. Unexpectedly, there is construction. The construction site takes a first response along a detour. The diversion allows time to go out of the way, rebuild thoughts, and form the right response when faced with lots of congestion beyond one's control.

Happy Windsday! (Ether 6)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 27 May 2020. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 225

Happy Windsday! (Ether 6)

If you (or your children) grew up watching "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh," then you might remember the part when Winnie the Pooh goes to visit Piglet on a particularly windy day and greets him with a hearty, "Happy Windsday Piglet!" Piglet then gets picked up by the strong wind and nearly flies away.

Sometimes, when someone says that they can't see God, an explanation is offered that compares God to the wind — you can't see it, but you can see what it does. Jesus made a similar statement in John 3, comparing the Spirit of God to the wind — you can't see where it's coming from or where it's going, and you can't control it; it goes where it's going to go.

In a spectacular scene described in Acts 2, there were 120 disciples of Jesus sitting in an upper room on the Day of Pentecost. Jesus had been crucified and had resurrected. Perhaps these disciples were unsure of what to do at this point. "And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting" (Acts 2:2) and the Holy Ghost swept into the room, filling all the people there. Now, they were ready to go out and turn the world upside down for the cause of Christ. It was a happy "windsday" indeed!

Say Hello to My Biggest Threat

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 26 May 2020. Posted in Devotional Hits 289

Say Hello to My Biggest Threat

Say hello to my biggest threat. It's the biggest, baddest danger that I face.

It's not a terrorist attack. It's not a traffic accident. It's not cancer or job loss or bankruptcy. It's not that person who (always) makes me lose my temper. It's not even coronavirus.

My biggest threat ... is me!

In Romans 8, Paul puts external (outside) threats into perspective. Tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril ... He says that none of that stuff can separate us from God's love. No external threat has the power to remove us from God's presence. No external threat can snatch away our crown of salvation.

The more I live, the more I'm convinced that the most dangerous threats lie within — not without.

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