The Bible Says You Don't Have to Exercise

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 18 April 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 319

The Bible Says You Don't Have to Exercise

People can find scripture to support their views on just about anything, regardless of what it is. There are scriptures that suggest it's OK to have more than one wife, you can drink and be merry, or you can kill someone for their wrongdoing. These verses are often taken out of context, or the laws changed after Jesus came.

1 Timothy 4:8 is one of these verses. Those people who hate exercise and simply don’t want to do it can rightfully say that the Bible states that we "don’t have to" exercise. "For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come."

The Tale of the Errant Earring

Written by Sister Alicia Draskovich on Monday, 17 April 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 593

The Tale of the Errant Earring

Today's lost-and-found Miracle Monday is a real gem submitted by Sister Alicia Draskovich.

I was taking off my diamond stud earrings one evening in my bedroom next to my jewelry box. I lost my grip on one, and it fell to the floor. I immediately got down and began hunting for it. Since I have fairly thick, shaggy carpet it was not an easy task. I scoured the entire area, got down on my hands and knees, and ran my fingers through the carpet, hoping it would pop up. I could not find it anywhere.

Happy Easter Sunday!

Written by GospelBlog on Sunday, 16 April 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 273

Happy Easter Sunday!

He arose! May the following words of truth fall sweetly upon your ears this morning. 

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. ... Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them. – Genesis 3:7, 21

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. – Luke 4:18-19

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Spread the Good Word: Psalm 18:6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 14 April 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 317

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 18:6

Anyone who has called and cried to God has probably, at one point or another, felt like their pleas fell on deaf ears. Sometimes it seems like our prayers never float higher than the ceiling. But this Psalm reminds us that our prayers come before Him ... even into His ears.

I Wish I Knew God

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 13 April 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 313

I Wish I Knew God

I recently had a friend of mine tell me that she “wished she knew God the way I did.” It made me think about how I never want to take my spiritual relationship for granted. I call out to Him and know He hears me. He gives me peace that can never be compared to anything the world offers. I pray to Him and feel like I’m having a conversation with the Lord. I don’t feel like I’m just saying “words”… I feel a connection with God that runs deep into my soul.

God was always a part of our home when I was growing up. I can’t imagine my life without Him. I don’t ever want to take Him for granted, and I’m so thankful that He’s always there for me.

The Book of You (Omni)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 12 April 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 311

The Book of You (Omni)

The Book of Omni (similar to the preceding books of Enos and Jarom) consists of only a single chapter. However, the title of this book is actually misleading. Omni, the son of Jarom, refers to himself as a wicked man with no relationship with God and, as a result, adds only three verses to the record before passing it on to his son, Amaron.

Amaron, also with nothing to say regarding a relationship with God, adds a mere five verses and passes the record to his brother Chemish, who wins the prize for the shortest “book,” writing just a single verse — and using that verse to call out his brother for waiting to write his part until the day he passed the record over!

Embrace the Peculiarity

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 11 April 2017. Posted in Special Series Hits 325

Embrace the Peculiarity

This article is Part 6 of Sister Natalie Shawver's series “Born and Raised”…Or Not.

Sister Wendy Giannetti was only 17 years old when she first walked into The Church of Jesus Christ. Sister Brianne Gehly? A year younger. Brothers Bob Batson and Frank Natoli were 18 and 19, respectively.

Although these handful of saints met our beloved gem in their teens, we hear of others meeting the church at any age — there’s no wrong time to learn about the Gospel.

Recovered Records

Written by Sister Cindy Henderson on Monday, 10 April 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 541

Recovered Records

Today's lost-and-found Miracle Monday comes from Sister Cindy Henderson. She shares what happened when her Book of Mormon went missing.

Over the years, when I've misplaced or lost various items, I’ve learned to stop what I’m doing and kneel and ask God to direct my mind to walk to the area where the item was set down. He has helped me quickly find keys, important papers, and other things that were not in their usual place.

I'm in the habit of leaving my scriptures in a book bag when I’m done reading. Recently, I placed my Book of Mormon on the end table in our family room. I decided to pick it up when a visitor came to buy some of my school resources. My fear was that this book would accidentally get packed up with the boxes of books she was purchasing. (I’d had several books on display in my family room for her to browse at her leisure, so anything non-school related got moved to another room.)

Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 18:8 (Plus a Bonus!)

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 07 April 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 388

Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 18:8 (Plus a Bonus!)

Are you weighed down by a burden right now? If so, then we hope you remember that you don't have to carry it alone. God is ready and willing to make heavy burdens light. How? The church! When Jesus instituted the church, He intended it to serve many purposes, and one of those is as a support group of sorts. He commanded His followers to be His ambassadors on earth, and that means helping one another as Christ helps us. 

Musings on Palm Sunday

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 06 April 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 302

Musings on Palm Sunday

This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday, generally celebrated by the Christian world as the day Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem as described in Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 19, and John 12. This was also just a few days before He was crucified.

When Jesus entered the city, many came and shouted, “Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord!” They took branches of palm trees (hence the name Palm Sunday) and laid them before Him to create a “red carpet” of sorts for the King. It’s amazing how just a few days later many of the Jews, not all and probably not many (if any) of those celebrating here, were found chanting, “Crucify him!” to the Jewish leadership and Pilate.

How to Be Exceedingly Rich (Jarom)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 05 April 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 293

How to Be Exceedingly Rich (Jarom)

Similar to the Book of Enos, the Book of Jarom is also only a single chapter as Jarom, the son of Enos, continues the Nephite record. Jarom records that during his lifetime the Nephite people “became exceeding rich in gold, and in silver, and in precious things” (verse 8) in accordance with the word of the Lord which had said, “Inasmuch as ye will keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land” (verse 9).

If you read the entire Book of Mormon, you find that there are many occasions when the Nephite people become prosperous as a result of keeping the commandments of God. However, on almost all of these occasions, what follows the period of prosperity is an attitude of pride such that the Nephites drift away from God and are no longer prosperous in the land. Eventually, they get themselves right with God and become prosperous again, only to be lifted up in pride again, turning away from God again. The cycle repeats itself over and over again.

Many Sparrows

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Tuesday, 04 April 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 354

Many Sparrows

Within today’s culture exists an insatiable need to prove self-worth and value by being the best. From cereal boxes to politics, we're bombarded with claims of superiority on a daily basis. As a result, some endeavor under the constant pressure to prove their worth to the world, to themselves and, yes, even to God.

Admittedly, we all want to feel secure in our relationship with the Lord. Sometimes just below the surface of serving God lies our very real need to feel valued. For any who dare to admit, it's an unpleasant and exhausting place to find yourself and not always easy to detect. Unfortunately, it's simply the human condition to which we're all prone.

Found … Then Lost!

Written by Sister Janet Oestreicher on Monday, 03 April 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 632

Found … Then Lost!

Today's Miracle Monday is from Sister Janet Oestreicher, and it's the first that corresponds to our April theme, which is "lost and found." We love this testimony because it's actually a "reverse" lost and found. Sister Janet's doctors found something but then … read on to see what happened.

On March 1, 2017, I had surgery on my back. For three months, I had been experiencing severe pain in my right leg and could barely walk. I have an excellent neurosurgeon who ordered an MRI that showed I had a herniated disc that was pressing on a nerve. It needed surgery.

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 2:1-2

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 31 March 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 380

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 2:1-2

As we close the books on the last day of March, we're also closing the books on the first quarter of 2017. How has it gone for you so far? 

Dealing With Divine Delays

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 30 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 536

Dealing With Divine Delays

This article is Part 1 of Sister Michelle Watson's series "Dealing With Divine Delays."

Many Christians experience what I've heard described as a "divine delay." This is when we're expecting God to answer a prayer or do something for us, and it doesn't happen. Divine delay is hope deferred — Proverbs 13:12 says that hope deferred makes the heart sick. Ain't it the truth.

My divine delay came in the form of infertility. After two years married, I expected to be expecting. There were many times I suspected I was expecting — but no. It wasn't happening, and it took six long years for my husband, Brother Michael, and me to emerge on the other side of that trial.

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