God Loves Our Children

Written by Sister Lydia Zaino on Monday, 03 June 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 217

God Loves Our Children

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony from Sister Lydia Zaino in response to our question, "How has God helped your children?"

God has blessed my family in so many ways I could never repay Him, but since we are speaking about children, I would like to share with you one of God's blessings that he did for our son, Michael, when he was about 4 years old and in preschool.

We had a meeting with his teacher, and she told us that he wasn't speaking in class at all and that he would sit in the corner very content by himself and would not intermingle with the other kids. He would hardly answer the teachers and would just keep his head down. She was very concerned about him and wanted to have him tested for various things.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 18:2

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 31 May 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 682

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 18:2

Today is our last Good Word for May and our last bit of advice for the graduating class of 2019.

The old English is thick in this verse. Stated a little more plainly, it says that a fool would rather express his own opinion than hear wise truths from someone else.

Yes, grads are smart. All that knowledge from school is fresh in their minds. They're armed with the latest information on all the latest subjects (some of which weren't even taught a mere five years ago). They're eager to share what they know. Having been lectured to for years and years, they're excited to do some lecturing of their own. They certainly feel qualified.

A Blessed Experience

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 30 May 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 316

A Blessed Experience

In early April, Brother Jeremy Schroder and I were ordained into the ministry in the Fort Worth, Texas, Branch.

As the ordinations began, Brother Jeremy and I had our feet washed, and then the ministry encircled us to pray for God's Spirit and power to be evident in the ordinations. When the brothers stood and encircled us, Brother Paul Liberto was almost directly in front of me, with Brother Juan de la Cruz to his right. As I sat in the chair with my head down, I opened my eyes a little and could tell that the brothers were close together. I didn't necessarily make out shoe types — there were a lot of tears in my eyes — but knew that there wasn't much space between the brothers.

The Voice (Helaman 12)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 29 May 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 217

The Voice (Helaman 12)

Perhaps you are familiar with a TV show called "The Voice" in which vocalists from across the country engage in a singing competition. Each competition begins with singers trying to enter the contest by auditioning for voice coaches who work for the show. Each coach then decides which of the contestants they want to work with to try to help them win the competition. This audition phase is actually called "Blind Auditions" because the coaches don't get to see the contestants; they have to make their decisions not on appearances but purely based on "The Voice."

There is a voice that speaks to us as servants of God. This is THE VOICE — the voice of God. Similar to the scenario described above, we don't get to see the source of the voice. We have to "listen" — whether with our ears, our mind, or our heart — and then make our decisions based on having faith that we have heard the voice of God.

It Was Good

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 28 May 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 268

It Was Good

I don't know about you, but my human mind tends to overcomplicate things that often have no need for over-complication.

Here's one example: I spent a large amount of time planning our son Graham's first birthday party last year — eek, he will be 2 in June! — with the intent of making it a wonderful day for all those who attended, as well as for the birthday boy himself. I won't go into the details, but just know that the new mom in me wanted it to be as close to perfect as I could get it — and I can share that it was a memorable day for our family.

As quickly as the high arrived during the celebration, a few hours later when I was cleaning up, the low sank in. I am embarrassed to admit these were some of the thoughts that went through my mind: "I wonder if everyone had a nice time. Was it fun enough? Maybe I should have had more food options? Perhaps we needed more seating so nobody had to stand? What if someone didn't like the elephant theme?"

Be Transformed

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 27 May 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 235

Be Transformed

For today's Miracle Monday, we're sharing more of a testimony than an experience. A sister in The Church told this story in response to the question, "When in your life did you have to choose between conforming to the world and being transformed by God? What did you learn?"

The sister shared about when she moved away from home for the first time to go to college. She lived in the dorms during her first semester in school, and she soon got to know all the girls who lived in her strip of hallway.

These girls habitually asked her to go out with them in the evenings to have a little fun, and one night, after declining several previous requests, she decided to join them. When they got to their destination, our sister felt so uncomfortable and out of place that she left and went back to the dorms. She wanted to be friendly with her fellow students, but she realized that she didn't want to do the things that they were doing.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 17:10

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 24 May 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 275

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 17:10

Many of you are in the thick of graduation season as we near the end of May. All this month, we've been offering graduates some pearls of wisdom from Proverbs to take with them as they embark on a new stage of life.

Today's verse deals with something that nobody likes: reproof. What is reproof?

It's when someone tells you what you're doing wrong. Here are some synonyms for reproof: criticism, admonishment, reprehension, reprimand, disapproval. It's when you get a rap on the knuckles.

Monday

Written by Sister Ruth Gehly on Thursday, 23 May 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 270

Monday

Sometimes on Monday I can feel a little weary and unfocused. I should be revved up and ready to go, but my heart and mind don’t want to leave the weekend: worship; fellowship; time with family; opportunity for catch-up, rest, and relaxation. Monday comes and it’s back to the races: work, schedules, appointments, deadlines, agendas. Sometimes it’s just plain hard for me to shift gears to re-engage in what my weekdays bring.

For Peter and the disciples, Monday found them hiding behind closed doors, afraid of the political unrest that followed the crucifixion of their beloved Master and friend. For three years, He had walked with them, teaching them, challenging them, encouraging them, and loving them. Then, suddenly and brutally, it was over. The reality of his absence was shocking and numbing; betrayal and denial were hurtful and cause for deep and humbling introspection. How were they supposed to move forward?

Is God Trying to Get My Attention? (Helaman 11)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 22 May 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 229

Is God Trying to Get My Attention? (Helaman 11)

In Helaman 11, Nephi invokes the power of attorney privilege that he was granted in the previous chapter. With war raging among the Nephite people and many dying due to their wickedness, Nephi presents this request to the Lord:

"O Lord, do not suffer that this people should be destroyed by the sword; but O Lord, rather let there be a famine in the land, to stir them up in remembrance of the Lord their God, and perhaps they will repent and turn unto thee." (Helaman 11:4)

As promised, God grants Nephi's request. For the next three years, there is no rain, so the crops don't grow, and there is a great famine throughout the land. Finally, "the people saw that they were about to perish by famine, and they began to remember the Lord their God" (verse 7). When Nephi sees that the people are humbling themselves and turning back to God, he prays for the famine to end. Then, the rain returns and the crops grow, and "the people of Nephi began to prosper again in the land" (verse 20).

He Knows

Written by Sister Mallory Batson on Tuesday, 21 May 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 227

He Knows

Omniscient. All-knowing. All-seeing. Sometimes I think it would be nice if I could use those words to describe myself. There have been countless times that I’ve thought, “Man, I wish I had all the answers.” Have you ever wished that?

Where should I go to school? Who am I going to marry? Will I ever find a job? Is moving the best decision for my family? What treatment plan will work best for me?

It would be so convenient to ask these questions and immediately know the answer. I could glide right through life without a care in the world. I would always know the right thing to do, the right path to take. There would be no need for second-guessing, no need for pondering, no pros-and-cons lists, no sleepless nights.

The Prayer That Changed Everything

Written by Sister Rachel Cotellesse on Monday, 20 May 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 322

The Prayer That Changed Everything

For today's Miracle Monday, we asked Sister Rachel Cotellesse to share the remarkable story of her youngest son.

Our family has been blessed with many, many miracles. One miracle that happened, however, drastically changed the course of our lives.

As a mother, one of the things that I prayed daily for my children was that they would have joy planted deep in their hearts. When our son, Michael, was very young, we noticed that he struggled with a multitude of emotional issues that affected him and all of us daily. There was not a lot of joy in our home.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 16:32

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 17 May 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 262

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 16:32

If you picked up on the fact that we took a little liberty in the phrasing of today's verse, then well done, Bible scholar! The verse actually reads like this: "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city."

We think that the second part of this verse is an excellent piece of advice for a new graduate. Why? Because it hits on the single-most important thing that any human needs to be successful.

Wow, what is it? What could it possibly be? How did I not know about this secret??

Are You Engaged?

Written by Sister Dianne Maddox on Thursday, 16 May 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 259

Are You Engaged?

"Married But Not Engaged" is the title of a book I recently came across. Interesting play on words, isn't it? For the sake of this blog, please allow me the liberty to change the word "married" to "baptized." My prayer is that the phrase "Baptized But Not Engaged" does not apply to you or me. Truth be told, there are probably times that we aren't as engaged as we should be with God, The Church or our brothers and sisters.

I believe we are all engaged with something or some things or some people. The true meaning of the word "engaged" is being busy or occupied. What occupies our life?

Speaking for myself, after I recently stopped working, I was no longer busy or occupied on an everyday basis. I had less stress in my life, but I felt a little lost since I no longer had revenue goals to meet and meetings to attend. Although this was a good change for my mental health, as silly as it sounds, I struggled with having so much free time. I had to focus on being productive and not squandering my time.

Am I engaged with the important things in life?

Power of Attorney (Helaman 10)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 15 May 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 241

Power of Attorney (Helaman 10)

Power of Attorney: An authorization to represent or act on another's behalf in any matter. The individual authorizing the other to act is the grantor (of the power). The one authorized to act is the agent.

As defined above, power of attorney is an instrument used to allow someone else to speak or do something on your behalf. There can be various reasons for creating such an arrangement. Perhaps you anticipate that you may be incapacitated for a period of time such that you will be unable to make your own decisions. Whatever the reason, this is an arrangement that you enter into when you find it advantageous to have someone else acting on your behalf.

If you decided to create such an arrangement, what factors would be important to you in selecting an agent? You would probably seek someone with the following qualifications:

You Can If...

Written by Brother Ryan Lesperance on Tuesday, 14 May 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 239

You Can If...

What makes you think you can't?

Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Is there anything left out that can't be done if Christ is strengthening you?
Nope. So why do we question whether we can?

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