Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 4:27

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 03 March 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 215

Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 4:27

Today's Good Word is a reminder that God's ways are ways of wisdom and order — not ignorance and chaos. This scripture is referring to how the church was supposed to provide relief for the poor and needy, but it can apply to most any of God's commandments to us.

Feeling Antsy

Written by Sister Ruth Gehly on Thursday, 02 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 226

Feeling Antsy

When my dad was a little boy, he and his younger brother, Fred, were playing outside when all of a sudden Fred started screaming and running for home. High-tailing it as fast as he could, Dad raced to catch up with Fred in order to beat him home, all the while yelling, “I didn’t do it! I didn’t do it!”

In his mind, he wanted to make sure that it was clearly known that he had nothing to do with whatever the problem was. As it turned out, Fred had gotten himself into a very industrious nest of red ants, which proceeded to leave very large, painful welts on his legs that stung like the dickens for many days. Poor little guy!

Being a Commander (Jacob 4)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 01 March 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 176

Being a Commander (Jacob 4)

If asked to name great military commanders in history, you might think of names in American history such as George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant or George Patton. Perhaps you might think of names in world history like Alexander the Great or Napoleon Bonaparte. Hopefully, you'd also think of names in the scriptures such as Joshua, David, Moroni, and Mormon.

All of these commanders led large armies. In order to lead effectively, they had to be able to tell their soldiers what to do (command them). A great commander definitely influences the outcome of a battle, but the strength of the army is a huge factor as well. Commanding an army with little strength is not likely to lead to victory.

Break the Chain

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 28 February 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 314

Break the Chain

My dad, the late Brother Tim Capone, had a dream before asking for his baptism. His dream has been one of the most impactful things in my life. I know some of you may remember this, and some may not, so I want to share it with you.

In the dream, my dad was walking on the top of a fence line, and on one side of the fence, it was beautiful. He saw family and church members on that side, and they were all smiling, and it was good. On the other side, it was dark and evil. He could hear the devil laughing at him.

Miracle Monday or Blessing Bit?

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 27 February 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 536

Miracle Monday or Blessing Bit?

God still performs miracles today. Agree or disagree?

I think many of you would agree that this statement is true. We see evidence of God all around us — in the beauty and order of the natural world, in the love we share with the saints, in the Holy Spirit that works on and in us when we hear or read His word.

But there are times when this "evidence of God" becomes strikingly clear in our lives. Something extraordinary happens, and there's no satisfactory explanation other than God moved on our behalf.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 46:1

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 24 February 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 262

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 46:1

Today's Good Word describes God as a shelter and stronghold. Have you ever felt like you needed a refuge from life's storms, whether they be troubling circumstances, deteriorating relationships, or crushing disappointments? So often we try to simply escape our troubles — via entertainment, work, or by other means — rather than let God protect and deliver us.

The Element of Surprise

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Thursday, 23 February 2017. Posted in Special Series Hits 224

The Element of Surprise

This article is Part 5 of Sister Natalie Shawver's series “Born and Raised”…Or Not.

It’s been said that the Lord can come into our lives like a rushing, mighty wind. We may not be expecting it, but He touches each of us in just the way we need — and sometimes, to the surprise of those around us.

Take, for example, Brother Bob Batson, Cincinnati-Morrow Mission, Ohio.

After attending the Niles, Ohio Branch in 1978 with his girlfriend, Sister Ruth Genaro, Brother Bob decided to take Sister Ruth up on her invitation to visit the Lorain Branch with her family.

Blessed are the Pure in Heart (Jacob 3)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 22 February 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 217

Blessed are the Pure in Heart (Jacob 3)

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8)

These words were spoken by Jesus Christ as part of His famous Sermon on the Mount. The statement is one of a series of statements in which Jesus pronounces different blessings on various types of people (pure in heart, poor in spirit, merciful, peacemakers, etc.).

Something that is pure is something that consists completely of the same material with nothing else mixed in. If the material is something of value, then the more pure the object is, the more valuable it is. For example, a gold bar that is pure gold is worth a lot of money; however, if there are other materials mixed in, the bar is worth less — even if it looks the same on the outside.

Practicing Patience

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Tuesday, 21 February 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 268

Practicing Patience

Right now, my life is in this constant stage of waiting. I’m waiting for May 6 because I’ll finally be done with college (for now!). I’m waiting for the first week of July because I’ll be back at GMBA camp with all my out-of-state friends and family. I’m waiting to move out, to buy a new car, and to find the person I get to spend the rest of my life with. I’m waiting.

The difficult thing about waiting is that I live in a society where everything is instant. If I hear a song on the radio and like it, I buy it on my smartphone and play it in a matter of minutes. If I don’t know the answer to a question, I ask Siri or Google it and get the answer immediately. If I find something I like, I can buy it with one click on Amazon, and two days later it comes in the mail. Patience is hard to practice when I live in a world of instant gratification.

Immediately Delivered

Written by Sister Cindy Henderson on Monday, 20 February 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 270

Immediately Delivered

Today's Miracle Monday was submitted by Sister Cindy Henderson, and it highlights the power of prayer and God's healing touch.

Have you ever been immediately delivered from a physical affliction? Today, I share a blessing times three. Back in 2000, I was in the chemotherapy phase of treatment for breast cancer. A few months into the treatments, I found myself getting weaker, lacking energy, and extremely fatigued. My husband had carefully altered his work schedule so that I was not left alone for any long periods.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Peter 5:7

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 17 February 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 245

Spread the Good Word: 1 Peter 5:7

Today's Good Word reminds us that God is always there to shoulder our burdens. The adjacent verses in 1 Peter 5 encourage us to be humble, sober, and vigilant. We don't have to do this in our own strength. God gives us what we need to keep His commandments — what a comfort!

Doing Battle Against Spiritual Starvation

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 16 February 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 277

Doing Battle Against Spiritual Starvation

Have you ever gone so long without reading scripture, praying, fasting, attending church, or [insert your own] that you just "got used to it" after a while? At first, you felt like something was missing — maybe you even felt guilty for not doing whatever it was — but then it became normal? After enough time passed, you didn't even miss it.

I think we've all experienced this. We think, "I can't remember the last time I read scripture (or other spiritual thing)."

Redefining Marriage (Jacob 2)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 15 February 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 291

Redefining Marriage (Jacob 2)

Polygamy — the practice of being married to more than one person at the same time — is something that was practiced and even encouraged by a particular church in the 1800s. Since this teaching is not found in the Bible, many people assume that the Book of Mormon, which is also used by that particular church, must be the book that teaches that polygamy is acceptable. Since The Church of Jesus Christ also uses the Book of Mormon, we want to make sure to set the record straight on this matter.

In reality, Jacob 2 is the only chapter in the Book of Mormon that discusses this subject, and the instruction is clearly opposed to this practice: “Hearken to the word of the Lord: For there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife” (Jacob 2:27).

Love, Oh, What Love

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 14 February 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 252

Love, Oh, What Love

Happy Valentine's Day — the "day of love." Although many probably roll their eyes at this made-up holiday that seems to only benefit card stores, florists, and candy shops, love is arguably the most important thing in our lives. Yes, we need food, clothing, and shelter, but love is that transcending value that is vitally important to us, both naturally and spiritually.

Love takes several forms, including romantic love, brotherly/friendship-type love of mankind, and love of family. Have you ever thought about living without love, any kind of it? What would life be like?

Oh, Well!

Written by Sister Marie Fallavollitti on Monday, 13 February 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 320

Oh, Well!

Today, we're bringing you another dream-themed Miracle Monday, this time from Sister Marie (Kimmel) Fallavollitti. Enjoy!

My son, Joseph, was about 3 years old and liked to play outside in an area of our backyard where the ground had a deep indentation. For some time, this troubled me, but he especially liked playing with a little shovel and dump truck on this area, so I ignored my concern.

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