Spread the Good Word: Luke 10:42

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 27 September 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 286

Spread the Good Word: Luke 10:42

Have you ever said, "I need that!" but you didn't need it at all? In our modern, crazy world, we're bombarded with messages telling us that we need things. When we get the things, life will be better. We're convinced that more is more, and we have a profound fear of missing out. There's also a forceful drive to compete with others for the best life and the best stuff. We reach and grasp and stretch for this "better life."

Today's Good Word reminds us that only one thing is needful. Jesus said it, so it must be true.

Parenting Like God

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 26 September 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 320

Parenting Like God

Raising two small boys under age 5 has me going back to Hebrews 12:5-11 again and again. This passage is a spoonful of encouragement on those days that are especially brimful of "teaching moments" if you catch my drift.

Here's the gist of Hebrews 12:5-11. Don't "despise the chastening of the Lord." God disciplines those He loves. If we receive chastening at God's hand, then that's proof we are His children. We honor and respect our earthly parents, so we should likewise, and even more so, reverence our Heavenly Father.

The logic is lovely. God is the Perfect Parent. I want to be a good parent, so I try to copy Him. He disciplines and corrects His children. I must do the same. He disciplines out of love for His children. I should do it out of love, too.

But I Say Unto You (3 Nephi 12)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 25 September 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 214

But I Say Unto You (3 Nephi 12)

During the visit of the resurrected Jesus Christ to the Nephite people in the Americas, the Lord shares many teachings, including the equivalent of the Sermon on the Mount as recorded in Matthew 5-7. 3 Nephi 12-14 lines up almost exactly with the three Matthew chapters, although there are several differences. I would recommend comparing the chapters yourself when you have some time and take note of the differences.

One of the key differences is that the version of the sermon delivered to the Nephites occurs after the resurrection of Christ, so it is noted that the Law of Moses has now been "fulfilled" such that the followers of the Lord are now guided by the Holy Ghost within them rather than by a series of laws.

Some might say, "Yay! No more laws! Now we can do whatever we want!" This would be the reaction of people who desire to sin and do evil; they're admitting that it's only the law that stops them from doing so (if it even stops them at all).

Moving God's Hand

Written by Sister Charity Lombardo on Tuesday, 24 September 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 303

Moving God's Hand

Wouldn’t it be cool if we could move God’s hand? Control it in some small way? Imagine it was something we could ride and steer around, drive from where we are to where we want to be, clearing every little obstacle in our path. How awesome would that be? We could see and know for CERTAIN that He was working in our lives. Hmm, if only we had a hand in making His move.

Well here’s a little secret: we do.

And I think I know how we can make that happen. (No, not by building a giant mechanical hand or a human ladder to Heaven, though that would be suuuuuper epic.)

I Didn't Understand

Written by Sister Diana Houlihan on Monday, 23 September 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 257

I Didn't Understand

Today's Miracle Monday, submitted by Sister Diana Houlihan, is a testimony about how God drew her to Him with mercy and love over time.

I was an evangelist's daughter. That might give you the impression I was raised in our church and never missed a single meeting. Your impression would be absolutely right on target. This didn't stop me from making every bad decision possible. You see, I didn't understand about Jesus at all or even the plan of salvation.

Dad was a stubborn man, very firm in his beliefs, and he wouldn't budge on anything he believed in. I, being a true Alessandro, followed in his footsteps. (Well, the stubborn part of it, anyway.) Throughout my teens and into my twenties, I wandered into and saw the rawer side of life. It wasn't until I hit my own personal bottom that I realized something had to change.

Spread the Good Word: Romans 8:6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 20 September 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 514

Spread the Good Word: Romans 8:6

If you Google, "how to have peace," here are some of the top results:

  • How to Find Inner Peace: 15 Things You Can Start Doing Today
  • 40 Ways to Create Peace of Mind
  • How to Find Peace of Mind in 4 Simple Steps
  • 13 Steps to Inner Peace (Even in a Busy Stressful World)

It's no secret that we are a people who are searching for peace. The world is indeed busy and stressful and filled with things that rob us of the very peace we seek. People struggle with anxious and depressing thoughts that trouble them without end. We want to find peace, and we want it to be a simple fix. (Notice that most of the headlines above include actionable steps?)

Elizabeth: More Than Just a Positive Attitude

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Thursday, 19 September 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 272

Elizabeth: More Than Just a Positive Attitude

Today's article is another installment in Sister Alena X. Ricci's series on the women of the Bible.

Elizabeth is a familiar figure in scripture. I think that, as women, we are told to look to her as an example. Here was a woman who was faithful, never-changing, and consistent in her service to God. She was walking in all the commandments before God. She did everything she could to be a righteous, faithful example.

But she was barren. (As I went through this story, I was reminded of how familiar this is both in Scripture and in our own lives today.)

She was well respected, and when her husband went to the temple and came back mute, sharing the news that she was to have a child, I like to imagine that she laughed.

But unlike Sarah, she didn’t laugh at the power of God, but instead at her husband for having an angel actually tell him what was going to happen and still voice disbelief. (How many times does God show us something directly and we still doubt?)

How to Perform a Baptism (3 Nephi 11)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 18 September 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 267

How to Perform a Baptism (3 Nephi 11)

In 3 Nephi 11, the resurrected Jesus Christ appears to the Nephite people in spectacular fashion, descending out of heaven before their eyes. After the people have time to react to the appearance of their Savior, including touching His nail prints and the place where the sword pierced His side, Jesus begins to teach them things that are important for them to know.

Jesus begins with teaching them how to baptize. For those of us who are called to perform baptisms, this knowledge is invaluable. For any member of The Church — and anybody considering becoming a member of The Church — it's great to know that the instructions of the Lord are followed exactly when a baptism is performed.

OK, someone has expressed a desire to repent of their sins and be baptized. We're gathered at the water's edge. What happens next?

Called to Baptism

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 17 September 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 336

Called to Baptism

Today's article by Sister Stefanie Callens is another installment in the series, "The Day He Found Me."

In a few days on Sept. 21, it will be 22 years since I surrendered unto the Lord. I cannot believe how quickly time goes by!

I was at an Atlantic Coast Area Campout in New Jersey. At 14 years old, my plan was to hang out with my friends and maybe talk to some of the cute boys who were going to be there. As we were roasting marshmallows that Saturday night, my friend, the late Sister Stephanie Crupi, and I were talking with my dad and a couple other ministers about why we had to actually be called to get baptized.

We went to church on Sundays, prayed, and followed the Lord's teachings. Why couldn't we just be baptized then and there? Instead of preaching to us, the brothers simply told us to pray about it. If we woke up in the morning and the first thought we had was baptism, then we were being called, and that would be our day.

The Bite and the Blessing

Written by Sister Betty D'Orazio on Monday, 16 September 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 276

The Bite and the Blessing

Today's Miracle Monday is an experience shared by Sister Betty D'Orazio that happened in 1964. It's a great reminder that God never changes.

We were at a picnic at my brother's home when his dog accidently bit my daughter, Mary, who was 4 years old at the time. She startled him, and he jumped and bit the side of her face, cutting through the skin really deep. We cleaned it, prayed, and went to the ER. The ER doctor said he needed to stitch her face, and after the procedure, we left with our brave little girl — trusting God.

Spread the Good Word: Hebrews 12:1

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 13 September 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 312

Spread the Good Word: Hebrews 12:1

Today's verse continues the theme of "Simplify." What we've given you in the accompanying image is just one slice of a larger thought. Here is Hebrews 12:1-2 in whole:

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."

We've got a question for all you runners out there; (maybe you're more of a 5k person or a marathoner). Here's the question: What do you carry with you when you run? Hopefully the answer is nothing. Or, if you do carry something, it's probably small and nearly weightless. You don't want anything to drag you down, especially if you're covering some serious distance.

The Day My Life Began

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 12 September 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 373

The Day My Life Began

Today's article by Sister Colleen Moore is another installment in the series, "The Day He Found Me."

It was a cold, windy day on the morning of November 7, 1993. I had just recently turned 14 years old and I was in the eighth grade. I was just a kid. But, my heart's desire was to serve God and I had been praying about baptism. I had made it a matter of prayer and had asked God to show me a sign. I wanted something to reveal to me that the Lord was calling me.

While we were in church singing that day, I remember feeling a tug on my heart and feeling emotional. I prayed and asked God to send me a sign if He was calling me. The very next song that we sang was “Shall We Gather At The River.” That was my sign! We seemed to only sing that song at baptisms! I knew He was calling me, and I burst into tears as I felt His Spirit.

Compared to Who? (3 Nephi 10)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 11 September 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 455

Compared to Who? (3 Nephi 10)

Perhaps you're familiar with the book, "Gulliver’s Travels." If I asked you whether Gulliver was a tall man or a short man, a reasonable response would be, "Compared to who?" In Part 1 of the story, Gulliver travels to a land called Lilliput where all of the people are 6 inches tall. In that land, Gulliver is a giant. However, in the second part of the story, he travels to a land called Brobdingnag where all of the people are over 70 feet tall. In that land, he is tiny.

There are many ways we can describe ourselves that take on different meanings depending on who we compare ourselves to. For example, if I (as a 60-year-old) compare my athletic abilities to a group of 90-year-olds, I can make myself sound like I'm ready for the Olympics. I'd be the fastest, strongest, and able to jump the highest of everyone in the group. On the other hand, if I make the same comparisons to a group of 21-year-olds, I'll feel like I'm ready for an old age home.

Not Foolish Enough

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 515

Not Foolish Enough

Today's article by Brother P. is another installment in the series, "The Day He Found Me."

I grew up in The Church of Jesus Christ. I was taught that one day I would feel the calling of God and would have to make a decision about whether or not I would accept that call and get baptized.

I was at a region campout when I felt that call, decided to get baptized, and was.

Not a Mark on Him

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 09 September 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 474

Not a Mark on Him

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony of God's protection on the littlest among us, submitted by Sister Michelle Watson.

One Friday morning, my 4-year-old son, Henry, was watching me drink a cup of coffee. We talked about how hot it was and that it could burn if you weren't careful. For some reason, I told Henry about how a cup of hot coffee spilled on his Uncle Ryan's head when he was a little boy. Ryan should've been badly burned, but God protected him, and he came away from the incident without a mark on him. (You can read that miracle story here.)

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