Spread the Good Word: Alma 38:6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 25 January 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 486

Spread the Good Word: Alma 38:6

Today's Good Word comes from the mouth of Alma, who is speaking to his son, Shiblon. Alma gives his son some great, godly advice. For example, serve God and you'll prosper. Trust God and you'll be delivered from trials.

Then, wise man that he is, he says, in paraphrase, "Don't think that I figured any of this out on my own. The Holy Spirit taught it to me. In fact, if I wasn't baptized, I wouldn't know any of it."

Humble Truths

Written by Brother Michael Watson on Thursday, 24 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 360

Humble Truths

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in December 2011. You can view the unabridged newsletter here.

Humility is a virtue that scripture commends and society criticizes. When was the last time someone praised humility in your classroom or on television? In fact, it is very rarely spoken of, except at church perhaps. Maybe part of the reason is because it’s misunderstood — even by followers of Christ.

We often view humility as a personality type, saying, “He is a humble person,” if someone is quiet, shy or timid. If someone else is loud or outspoken, we conclude that that person cannot possess humility. Does humility mean that you lie down in a fight or don’t stand up to injustice? What does humility look like?

Serving God With Exactness (Alma 57)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 23 January 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 282

Serving God With Exactness (Alma 57)

Quite a bit is written in Alma 53 to 57 regarding the 2,000 stripling soldiers led by Helaman. Their claim to fame was that they stepped in for their fathers, who were unable to join the army due to the oath they made to God, and helped defend their nation against the Lamanite army. The stripling soldiers fought in many battles and, though many were wounded, none of the 2,000 were killed in battle.

In Alma 57, Helaman recognizes this group for the great service they have provided. He makes one point in particular to explain their success:

"They did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them" (Alma 57:21)

Embracing the Waiting

Written by Sister Alyssa Maddox on Tuesday, 22 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 324

Embracing the Waiting

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in October 2016. Click here to read the full newsletter.

Graduate high school: Check.
Graduate college: Check.
Find a job: Check
Get married:
… and the list of what comes next in our lives goes on and on, no matter what stage of life we’re at. As humans, we constantly want the next big thing in our lives. We are always searching for the latest iPhone, the next promotion at work, the latest, brand-new diet trends and so on. We are constantly in a state of want and are never just in a state of waiting without acting.

Let’s take a second to think of "The Lion King." Simba could just not wait to be king, he could not wait to be “free to run around all day” or to “do it all his way.”

He just could not wait.

Wasting Away

Written by Brother Doug Obradavich on Monday, 21 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 252

Wasting Away

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in March 2013. Click here to read the full newsletter.

Nearly 100 years ago, George Bernard Shaw wrote, “Youth is wasted on the young.” While honoring your energy, enthusiasm, and beauty, he was also indicting you for lacking the wisdom that life experience brings.

Since Shaw, many have repeated these words, imagining how they would relive their earlier days knowing what they know now.

More than just beautiful and energetic, you are still moldable. Years ago, pop icon John Mellencamp sang, “We were young and we were improving.” Exactly!

Spread the Good Word: Romans 7:6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 18 January 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 314

Spread the Good Word: Romans 7:6

What is the "newness of the spirit" that today's Good Word is talking about? It's contrasted with the "oldness of the letter." What does it mean?

Back before Christ came, God's people were under the Law of Moses, and they were held to the letter of the law. When they made mistakes, they paid for those offenses by offering the animal and food sacrifices that the law prescribed.

Think of it like a list of rules. Next to each rule is a box. You put a check mark in that box if you complied with that rule or performed that duty. (Do you have a similar list in your planner or on an app?)

Longing for the Gathering

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Thursday, 17 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 258

Longing for the Gathering

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in July 2012. Click here to read the unabridged version.

Have you ever wondered why you bother going to Church?

Well, Hebrews 10:24-25 says, "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

The above statement was included in a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the Hebrews about 2,000 years ago; however, it wouldn’t take much rewording to make it seem like it was written today. How about this?

No Doubt (Alma 56)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 16 January 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 328

No Doubt (Alma 56)

A baseball player steps up to the plate and hits a long fly ball. The crowd comes to its feet in anticipation. The outfielder runs back to the wall and leaps and… Was it a home run? Was it an out? The outcome is very much in doubt until everyone sees whether the ball is in the outfielder's glove.

On the other hand, there are occasions when the batter hits the ball so high and so hard that everyone knows that it's going over the fence. The crowd cheers immediately! This type of hit is known in baseball as a "no doubter."

Doubt is defined as a feeling of uncertainty. The more uncertainty, the more doubt. Any amount of uncertainty, even a very small amount, means that some doubt exists. The only way to have "no doubt" is to have absolute certainty — 100 percent certainty.

God, Science, and You

Written by Brother AJ Dyer on Tuesday, 15 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 310

God, Science, and You

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in April 2014 and is geared toward high-schoolers and college students. Read the unabridged article here.

As many of you travel off to college (or you're already there) your faith will be challenged to the core, as mine was, by scientific pundits. Can God and science exist together? Can we as Christians use science to defend our faith? Let’s use some real examples and start the dialogue.

Modern Prodigal

Written by Brother Brandon Dulisse on Monday, 14 January 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 335

Modern Prodigal

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in May 2013. Click here to read the full newsletter.

"Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son." (Luke 15:21)

The tale of the prodigal son is as universal as any of Jesus’ parables and is an important story about the Lord’s unfaltering and all-encompassing love for us. For me, this parable recalls my early college years as a young man searching for true happiness.

I grew up with the full knowledge and truth of The Church of Jesus Christ but was always reluctant to commit myself to a life of righteousness. I lived nearly two hours away from the nearest branch; I was ready to start college, and my 18-year-old self decided to not commit.

Spread the Good Word: Romans 6:4

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 11 January 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 391

Spread the Good Word: Romans 6:4

Today's Good Word invokes the "newness" that everyone seems to be focusing on this time of year. We open fresh new calendars. We set brand new goals. We see new styles and trends reflected in culture. It's a time of change.

Today, let's ask a question: What kind of "newness" is the Holy Spirit calling me to in 2019?" We're supposed to walk in newness of life, and this transformation from our old self to our new self is an incremental change that happens over the course of our lifetime. Each year, we have the opportunity to become even "newer" (more Christ-like) than the year before.

Freedom: The Victory Already Won

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Thursday, 10 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 245

Freedom: The Victory Already Won

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in July 2015. Read the unabridged version here.

“I wonder if my hair looks alright. Wait, did he just look over at me? I should have worn my other skirt to the seminar today, how could I possibly have forgotten? Did he just glance over at me again!?”

I’m not sure about you all, but I will be the first to admit that in the past I have asked myself these questions during a church function. I glance over to see if I can make eye contact with my friends, when instead I should be paying attention to the sermon during conference. I look down to make sure my new heels are spotless, when instead I should be caring less about my appearance and more about what work needs to be done during this YIA tour.

We are constantly bombarded with distractions that redirect our focus from our true purpose during these spiritual ventures to things we selfishly worry about day in and day out.

Arming Everyone for the Battle (Alma 55)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 09 January 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 215

Arming Everyone for the Battle (Alma 55)

In Alma 55, Moroni has a desire to free the Nephites who are held prisoner by the Lamanites in the city of Gid. The challenge he faces is that Gid is well fortified, with a wall surrounding the city and Lamanite guards keeping watch over the entrance to the city.

But Moroni has a plan. The guards are given strong wine, and they become drunk and fall into a deep sleep. The Nephites then toss weapons over the wall of the city, which are then distributed to the Nephite prisoners. Weapons are given to everyone, "even to their women, and all of their children, as many as were able to use a weapon of war" (verse 17).

When the Lamanites awaken the next morning, they have no choice but to surrender, as all the Nephites — the prisoners inside the walls of the city and the Nephite army outside the city — are now armed and ready for battle. Arming everyone for the battle is the only strategy that could have worked. The Nephite army did not have the same access to the Lamanites that those "on the inside" did, so everyone's participation was needed to win this battle.

Image Is Everything

Written by Brother Cameron Staley on Tuesday, 08 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 203

Image Is Everything

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in November 2012. Click here to read the unabridged newsletter.

We care about what people think of us. It’s as simple as that. Even if you’ve heard someone (maybe even yourself) say, “I don’t care what people think about me,” deep down, we know that’s not true. It’s human nature.

We don’t realize it, but we are taught by society from the time we are little kids that there are few things as important as our personal image — you know — how others view us.

It’s all about us!

Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar?

Written by Brother Jonathan Checchi on Monday, 07 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 208

Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar?

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in November 2016. Click here to read the full newsletter.

When I was a little kid, my family had a Scooby-Doo themed cookie jar that almost always had some kind of delicious pastry in it; and let's just say that it was around this time that I learned to be very sneaky. I would wait until the TV volume was turned up, or sometimes make some other noise in the kitchen while trying to retrieve one (or more) of those mouthwatering baked goods.

Eventually, I got pretty confident until one day I was caught, and the Scooby-Doo cookie jar was no longer within my reach — literally.

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