What Brings Joy to a Minister (Alma 7)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 31 January 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 312

What Brings Joy to a Minister (Alma 7)

Now free of the chief judge position and able to focus wholly on leading The Church, Alma decides to travel around to check on the status of The Church in the various Nephite cities and encourage the members in each location. His first stop is the city of Gideon. An excerpt of his words to the members in that city is recorded in Alma 7.

Although the bulk of Alma's address concerns the coming of Jesus Christ, he also makes three separate statements about situations that have brought him joy as The Church leader:

Overly Sensitive

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 515

Overly Sensitive

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

Hello. My job is to help people who are in a nursing home return home or at least become more independent in functioning. Often, in order to get them moving, I ask them permission to take them on a walk. Most often they are agreeable, but sometimes they just don’t want to walk.

There's a Potter at Work

Written by Sister Rosanne Champine on Monday, 29 January 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 336

There's a Potter at Work

Today's Miracle Monday is a beautiful testimony from Sister Rosanne Champine. Enjoy!

“There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?” (John 6:9)

When I was 13 years old, my skills on the piano had developed just enough to allow me to begin including simple hymns into my weekly practice. I was going through some piles on the piano in our basement one day, looking for a new hymn to learn, when I came across sheet music for a song I knew my father loved. Its title was “It Matters to Him About You,” and the words and the melody, which I had heard before in Church, were most beautiful. Then and there, I determined to learn it for my father, intending to surprise him (and my mother) on Father’s Day, which was a few months away. This would be my special gift to him!

Spread the Good Word: Alma 34:19

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 26 January 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 782

Spread the Good Word: Alma 34:19

We hope you've enjoyed this week's theme of prayer. May the Lord inspire you with new ways that you can deepen your prayer life in 2018. Just imagine the things God might do if we devoted more time to prayer!

Just a Whispered Prayer

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Thursday, 25 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 311

Just a Whispered Prayer

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to prayer. If there's one thing to commit to in the New Year, it's tough to top prayer. Today's article was originally published on Aug. 21, 2012.

When I was little, I always believed you had to say a prayer out loud in order for God to hear you. When I would sit at the dinner table with my parents, we’d say our prayers out loud before we ate our food. When I would listen to brothers and sisters pray in church, it was always out loud. Even in movies when someone needed help, the actor or actress would kneel down and talk to God audibly.

Have a Heart in Your Prayer

Written by Sister KarenJo Pandone on Wednesday, 24 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 252

Have a Heart in Your Prayer

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to prayer. If there's one thing to commit to in the New Year, it's tough to top prayer. Today's article was originally published on Sept. 8, 2015.

My husband, Michael, had been ordained an elder for approximately a year when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. At about 3 a.m. one Saturday night, I began having severe pain and woke Michael to anoint me.

Prayer Warrior or Prayer Worrier?

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 23 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 304

Prayer Warrior or Prayer Worrier?

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to prayer. If there's one thing to commit to in the New Year, it's tough to top prayer. Today's article was originally published on July 15 and 16, 2015.

I've begun to realize that my prayers have a tendency to be driven by my worries. "Dear Lord, please help me so I don't _____," and "Dear God, I worry ____ in my life won't work out."

I know I'm supposed to be a prayer warrior, but sometimes I find that I'm more of a "prayer worrier."

How’s Your Prayer Life?

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Monday, 22 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 286

How’s Your Prayer Life?

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to prayer. If there's one thing to commit to in the New Year, it's tough to top prayer. Today's article was originally published on April 18, 2012.

An uncomfortable question, maybe? If so, hang in there with me! Take a minute, and think about the following questions:

  • What is prayer?
  • Is it a monologue or dialogue?
  • Why is it important?

Spread the Good Word: Col. 3:13

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 19 January 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 680

Spread the Good Word: Col. 3:13

We hope that you enjoyed this week's messages of forgiveness. Colossians 3:13 couldn't be more clear. All believers know what it feels like to receive unmerited grace. We have Christ's example set before us, and we can draw from His strength when ours just isn't enough.

Deleted!

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 18 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 315

Deleted!

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to forgiveness. We hope this theme resonates with you as we start a new year. Today's article was originally published on Aug. 15, 2013.

How often do you use the delete button when typing on the computer or texting on your phone? Whether it’s because you made a spelling error or decided to word things differently, it’s as easy as hitting a button. How many times do you wish you could delete hurtful moments in life, moments you said the wrong thing to someone or you gave into temptation?

Four Steps to Forgiveness

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 17 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 223

Four Steps to Forgiveness

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to forgiveness. We hope this theme resonates with you as we start a new year. Today's article was originally published on May 6, 2014.

"Mommmm! Tommy cut all my doll's hair off!"

"Tommy! That's not nice! Say you're sorry."

(Giggling and mischievous) "Sorry."

"Mom, he's NOT sorry."

"Tommy, say you're sorry again — and mean it."

(With eyes rolled and arms crossed) "Sorry, Alice."

"Alice, now you accept his apology."

(With gritted teeth and evil eye) "I accept, I guess."

"Now you two play nice. I don't want to hear any more fighting."

Does this scenario sound familiar?

Divine Forgiveness

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 16 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 304

Divine Forgiveness

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to forgiveness. We hope this theme resonates with you as we start a new year. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 22, 2014.

"A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh." (Ezekiel: 36:36)

In yesterday's blog post, we saw how this verse epitomizes what happened to a man's heart when he prayed for the ability to forgive a person who caused immeasurable pain in his life.

The Process of Forgiving

Written by Brother Joe Saeli on Monday, 15 January 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 407

The Process of Forgiving

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to forgiveness. We hope this theme resonates with you as we start a new year. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 21, 2014.

Our Sunday school recently studied the concept of forgiveness, a vital act that is red-lettered in Matthew 6:12, "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors" and in numerous other scriptures, such as Colossians 3:13, "Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye."

We quickly concluded that this concept of forgiveness is easier "read than done," so we attempted to develop strategies to fulfill this commandment. We discovered that forgiveness is not always like lightning and thunder but more often more like a work in progress.

Spread the Good Word: Ezekiel 36:26

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 12 January 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 461

Spread the Good Word: Ezekiel 36:26

We hope that you enjoyed this week's New Year's-inspired articles. May today's Good Word remind you of the fresh start that Christ offers.

The S-Diet

Written by Sister Betty D’Orazio on Thursday, 11 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 259

The S-Diet

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to the New Year — new beginnings, fresh starts. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 21, 2015.

"Dieting" is the key word today, along with "better nutrition," "watch the fats," "lowering our cholesterol," and "exercise." This is very good advice for healthier living. And we need to keep this in check. But I would like to talk about a different diet, one that is also necessary for a healthy and long life.

This is our spiritual diet, or S-diet.

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