Spread the Good Word: John 3:30

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 03 November 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 769

Spread the Good Word: John 3:30

If you want a simple yet profound mantra to live your life by, this is it.

Today, we want big ideas to fit into bite-size phrases that we can easily understand, and that's way too much to ask in most cases. But, John the Baptist's words, here, are an exception to the rule. 

Worthy of Showing Up

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Thursday, 02 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 325

Worthy of Showing Up

A couple weeks ago, I had a conversation with my mom about how grad school is treating me, and I admitted to her that even though I am content with where I am in the world, I am not entirely comfortable with the program I am in. I voiced various insecurities to her but also told her I’m not the only one feeling this way. Many of my other graduate friends are facing similar issues, and we all feel like we aren't good enough to do what we came here to do. A couple hours after talking with her, mom sent me an article that has helped change my perspective of self-doubt.

“I may not feel ready, but I am still worthy of showing up” are the words Rachel Macy Stafford wrote in her article for The Hands Free Revolution.

Dealing With Sin in The Church (Mosiah 26)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 01 November 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 255

Dealing With Sin in The Church (Mosiah 26)

In Mosiah 26, Alma begins to face some of the issues that come into play with a growing church that is reaching out to many people:

  • There are people who can’t bring themselves to believe in what is being taught.
  • There are people who hear the word but refuse to be baptized.
  • There are people who try to convince members of the church to commit sin.
  • And, unfortunately, there are some members of the church who do fall into sinful ways.

When Alma becomes aware of the sin in the church, he struggles with how to handle the situation. It’s not hard to understand his struggle. He loves the people; he doesn’t want to reprimand anyone, and he certainly doesn’t want to lose anyone from the church. On the other hand, it has reached the point where it can’t be ignored: “there were many witnesses against them; yea, the people stood and testified of their iniquity in abundance.” (Mosiah 26:9)

Blessed Are the Meek

Written by An Original Atlantic Coast Member on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 411

Blessed Are the Meek

Today, we're bringing you the first article in a series on the topic of meekness by an "original Atlantic Coast member." Enjoy!

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5)

Being meek does not mean that you are quiet or shy. A prime example of this is Moses who is said to have been one of the meekest people who ever lived, even though he was strong-minded and had a temper issue at times.

And the Righteous Need Not Fear

Written by Brother Justin Severson on Monday, 30 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 374

And the Righteous Need Not Fear

We're taking a break from our regular Miracle Monday to bring you a special devotional.

The fact that the opposition is building — and advancing — certainly needs no elaborate dissertation. Local and global newscasts bring that forth each day. Despite this disquieting time, the people of God are reminded that if God is for you, who can be against you? A situation that occurred prior to the coming of Christ supports this. In the Book of Mormon, a terrorist group called the Gadianton robbers emerged.

“And it came to pass in the thirteenth year there began to be wars and contentions throughout all the land; for the Gadianton robbers had become so numerous, and did slay so many of the people, and did lay waste so many cities, and did spread so much death and carnage throughout the land, that it became expedient that all the people, both the Nephites and the Lamanites, should take up arms against them.” (3 Nephi 2:11)

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 54:17

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 27 October 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 537

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 54:17

There is a lot of anger and aggression in the world today — threats of physical violence, hateful words hissed low — and we often feel like we're the ones under attack.

Is Jesus in You?

Written by Brother Justin Severson on Thursday, 26 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 311

Is Jesus in You?

Today, we're sharing a poem written by Brother Justin Severson, which he composed after the apostles made a special visit to the Lake Worth, Florida, Branch. The apostles' message was Urgency of Righteousness.

Tell Them It Was God (Mosiah 25)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 25 October 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 527

Tell Them It Was God (Mosiah 25)

In the previous chapter, Alma and his group were miraculously delivered from bondage to the Lamanites and arrived in Zarahemla, joining up with Limhi and his group who had also been delivered from Lamanite bondage. In Mosiah 25, Alma speaks to all of the people, delivering a specific message to those who have been delivered from bondage:

“And he did exhort the people of Limhi and his brethren, all those that had been delivered out of bondage, that they should remember that it was the Lord that did deliver them.” (Mosiah 25:16)

Perhaps some of the people thought their deliverance was due to their own strength or cunning. Perhaps others remarked that they were lucky to have gotten away. Alma made sure to tell them that it was God who had done this for them.

Meet the Pillars

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Tuesday, 24 October 2017. Posted in Generation Gap Interviews Hits 354

Meet the Pillars

Introducing the new Meet the Pillars series!

This new series will introduce you to many wonderful pillars of The Church whom we may not know too much about. We have so many wonderful brothers and sisters who have amazing testimonies, diverse backgrounds, and insightful advice for us.

Miracle Monday Flashback: God's Healing Touch

Written by Sister Doreen Dino on Monday, 23 October 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 630

Miracle Monday Flashback: God's Healing Touch

Today, we're sharing a Miracle Monday that was first published on April 15, 2013 and submitted by Sister Doreen Dino.

When my oldest daughter Francesca was 8 years old, I received a call from her teacher who said that she fainted in class. When I got to school, she was in the nurse’s office lying there and looking very pale. After a conversation with the school staff about what had happened, my initial thought was that she had had a seizure. Unfortunately I was right. After having several more seizures and many tests, the diagnosis was confirmed: epilepsy.

Spread the Good Word: Luke 6:36

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 20 October 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 667

Spread the Good Word: Luke 6:36

Is there someone in need of your mercy today? Perhaps someone needs your forgiveness. Maybe the person needs you to let him off the hook or just give him a little break. Or, she needs you to be understanding and step in her shoes.

Today's Good Word tells us that we should extend the same mercy to others as we've received from the Father. 

First, Check Yourself

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 19 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 344

First, Check Yourself

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

Prior to working in a nursing home, I had to go to school to learn how to work with physical therapy patients. In one particular class, we were taught how to provide manual resistance to the patient’s muscles (kind of like using weights, but I am the weight).

Often, the patient would push the wrong way, and we had to figure out how to correct it. With a tremendous variety of patient presentations — dementia, stroke, Parkinson's, you name it — the task seemed daunting.

I remember the instructor saying, "First, check yourself."

Teaching the Untaught (Mosiah 24)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 18 October 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 343

Teaching the Untaught (Mosiah 24)

Mosiah 24 describes the education of the Lamanite people under the rule of Amulon. From a worldly perspective, they are well educated; they learn the Nephite language and are trained in writing and doing business with others. As a result, they begin to accumulate riches and are described as a “cunning and wise people, as to the wisdom of the world.”

However, the one thing missing from their education is also identified: “They knew not God; neither did the brethren of Amulon teach them anything concerning the Lord their God, neither the Law of Moses; nor did they teach them the words of Abinadi.” (Mosiah 24:5) As a result, although the people are described as wise and cunning, they are also described as “delighting in all manner of wickedness and plunder.”

The Hills and Valleys

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 17 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 294

The Hills and Valleys

A few weeks ago, I traveled through the picturesque hills and valleys of the Salt River Canyon (pictured) with my family to our Southwest Area Campout. We chose this route because of predicted traffic on alternate roads. What seemed to be a shortcut certainly presented a challenging drive. The road is filled with sharp turns, sudden inclines and declines, and a guardrail with a very limited protective barrier that, in my opinion, is a little too close for comfort to the edge of the road.

In any case, my husband safely drove through what seemed like an obstacle course of hills and valleys, and we arrived safe at the camp.

Remembering the Zioneers

Written by Brother Joe Nicosia on Monday, 16 October 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 475

Remembering the Zioneers

Today, we're taking a break from our typical Miracle Mondays and bringing you a testimony of remembrance from Brother Joe Nicosia. Perhaps it'll spark memories of a special season that you've enjoyed in your service to the Lord.

From 1999 to 2006, I was blessed with the opportunity to participate in a male quartet called The Zioneers, along with Brother Ken Jones, Bob Sullivan, and Ken Buck. Nancy Buck was our musical director.

To give some background, we initially formed the group in 1999 and then spent about a year practicing and learning how to sing together as a group. Finally, we were ready for our first public performance as part of a fundraiser concert at the Anaheim Branch. The Lord blessed all of the performers, and over $6,000 was raised in one night!

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