Spread the Good Word: Matthew 13:23

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 25 October 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 390

Spread the Good Word: Matthew 13:23

Today is the last Friday in October, and we're presenting the last scripture related to our theme Fruitful. This scripture comes from Christ's parable of the sower.

A sower scattered seed (the Word of God) onto various types of ground (people):

  • The wayside
  • Stony places
  • Thorns
  • Good ground

Get Out of Bed

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 24 October 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 374

Get Out of Bed

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

You may have heard that my job consists of walking with people in a nursing home. However, before you can walk, you've got to get out of bed, and sometimes the old-timers do not want to get up.

Unfortunately, as we age, we decline at an ever-increasing rate, and too much bed can destroy our bodies. Often, the person has just had a surgery or some long hospital stay, and getting out of bed can hurt.

10 Ways Our Lives Would be Different If We Were Unbelievers (3 Nephi 16)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 23 October 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 283

10 Ways Our Lives Would be Different If We Were Unbelievers (3 Nephi 16)

In 3 Nephi 16, Jesus describes to the Nephites some of the consequences that will come about as a result of the unbelief of the House of Israel (of which the Nephites are a part). Specifically, He mentions the following:

  • The House of Israel "shall be scattered forth upon the face of the earth because of their unbelief" (verse 4). History shows that this did occur, and the House of Israel remains in a scattered state as of today, even as we look forward to the time when they will be gathered together again.
  • "In the latter day shall the truth come unto the Gentiles, that the fulness of these things shall be made known unto them" (verse 7). Because of the unbelief of Israel, God turned to the Gentiles in the bringing forth of the Book of Mormon, and He continues to use them today to share the gospel with the House of Israel.

Jesus adds, however, that after God has allowed the Gentiles to be used to smite some of the House of Israel (such as the Native Americans), if the Gentiles then become unbelievers, He will use the House of Israel to "tread them down" (verse 15). Without dwelling too much on what is meant by being "tread down," the tone of this prophecy makes me glad I'm not an unbeliever.

A Case for Civility

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 22 October 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 361

A Case for Civility

When I (finally) became a mother, I was surprised to learn that certain parenting topics were super-duper controversial. Here are just a few examples:

  • Breastmilk vs. formula
  • Cry it out or rock to sleep?
  • Stay at home vs. working parent
  • To spank or not to spank?
  • Vaccinations: Harmful or helpful?

When it comes to raising kids, there are thousands of little camps of opinion, and when we join one, we fiercely defend it. We view those in opposing camps with suspicion.

Three Days Before My Wedding

Written by Sister Leanna (Valenti) Rozzelle on Monday, 21 October 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 444

Three Days Before My Wedding

For Miracle Monday, we're sharing an experience sent by Sister Leanna (Valenti) Rozzelle. Hold on tight; it's a thriller.

It was September 18, 2019 — just three days before my wedding. I set off for a quick trip to the grocery store. As I attempted to turn left into the store's parking lot, I was hit by an oncoming car. The next thing I knew, my windshield and windows were shattered, both airbags deployed, and I found myself in the passenger seat of my vehicle. When I saw the vehicle that hit me, my legs almost gave out from under me. It was a huge truck. I knew right away that God had protected me.

Spread the Good Word: Alma 32:41

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 18 October 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 344

Spread the Good Word: Alma 32:41

We're continuing our Good Word theme of Fruitful. Today's verse is from the famous chapter in Alma that compares the word of God to a seed. When we nourish the seed, it takes root and grows. Then, it bears fruit. (Easy, right?)

What does it mean to nourish the word of God? This verse gives us a clue. It says "if ye will nourish the word by your faith…" What does it mean to nourish the word of God with faith?

Have you ever read something — let's say, a news article — and you decided ahead of time that what you were about to read was hogwash? Your faith in the information affects how you understand it.

Trivia: The Early Days of the Restoration

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 17 October 2019. Posted in Trivia/Games Hits 452

Trivia: The Early Days of the Restoration

Recently, I started teaching lessons about the early days of the restoration, using Brother V. J. Lovalvo’s book, “It is Written Truth Shall Spring Out Of The Earth.” Brother V. J., for those who may not know of him, was an apostle in The Church and passed away several years ago. He wrote this book using historical records, personal testimonies and letters, church literature, and scripture to describe the events from the establishment of The Church by Jesus to the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ as we know it today.

Our lessons are concentrating on the latter part of the book and the restoration. There are many things I’m learning as I prepare each lesson that I don’t remember hearing before. I felt some of the facts would be great review questions. See how many you know already and how many are new to you.

Sometimes It Is All About You (3 Nephi 15)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 16 October 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 778

Sometimes It Is All About You (3 Nephi 15)

You sometimes encounter people who are completely wrapped up in themselves. Whatever happens, their first thought is, "How does this affect me?" For example, you fall and break your leg, and the other person says, "Oh no, now I'm going to have to take you to the hospital and we're going to be there for hours and I had so much I wanted to get done tonight" — and meanwhile you're lying on the ground, writhing in pain. Or, you come home and tell your family you've lost your job, and your teenager says, "You're still buying me a new cell phone, aren't you?"

If you want to show off your vocabulary, you could call this type of person a narcissist. Or, the phrase that's often used today is, "I guess it's all about you."

A Matter of Minimalism

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 15 October 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 375

A Matter of Minimalism

One of the latest trends in society today is minimalism. The idea is that you live with only the necessities and abandon all the rest. Whether it’s clearing the clutter because it doesn’t “spark joy” or moving to a tiny house, it seems there’s always room to pare down and take the “less is more” approach.

After nine months of prayers and interviews, God provided a new job for me at a small local advertising agency. Accepting this position will be a shift for our family budget (hello minimalism!), but it will also provide more time together as a family (a big win!). Adjusting to this focus-on-frugal lifestyle will be a true lesson in trusting His plan and timing, as well as reminding ourselves that He takes care of the birds and will certainly take care of us, too.

Itchy, Scratchy … Solved!

Written by Sister Cassandra Mosqueda on Monday, 14 October 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 337

Itchy, Scratchy … Solved!

Today's Miracle Monday, which is from Sister Cassandra Mosqueda, originally appeared in the October 2019 issue of The Gospel News as a Blessing Bit.

My son, Benjamin, has always struggled with severely sensitive skin. I have tried just about every single lotion there is on the market, it seems, and nothing has helped. It causes him a great deal of pain, and, as a mother, one of the most challenging things is to have your child in pain and not be able to do anything to soothe it.

Spread the Good Word: Matthew 7:20

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 11 October 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 367

Spread the Good Word: Matthew 7:20

My family knows next to nothing about gardening and landscaping. Plants need sun, water, food, and pruning to survive. That's the extent of our expertise. So, you can imagine our surprise this past summer when, after three years of living in our home, one of the smallest trees in our backyard sprouted a single, pretty pear. Prior to that, we had no idea it was a pear tree.

"By their fruits ye shall know them." (Matthew 7:20)

Sometimes I wonder if I'm the type of tree that's recognizable to others who may not know much about God or Jesus Christ.

Huldah: Obedience Without Question

Written by Alena X. Ricci on Thursday, 10 October 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 313

Huldah: Obedience Without Question

Quite frankly, if any of you reading this have done a deep-dive into Huldah before, then I am thoroughly impressed.

Here is a woman who played an important part in the execution of God’s plan, and yet.. how many times do we use her as an example of faith?

You can read her story in 2 Kings 22 and 2 Chronicles 34, but basically, the King of Judah and the high priest come to her and ask her if the words on the scroll are true. She reads them, sharing God’s message with them, spurring them to action, and the rest is history.

Do You Know the Way? (3 Nephi 14)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 09 October 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 317

Do You Know the Way? (3 Nephi 14)

It still amazes me that this GPS app on my phone knows how to direct me anywhere that I want to go. I identify my desired destination, and it maps out the best way to get there.

It wasn't that long ago that I had to rely on other sources to know the way to get somewhere. I used to keep printed maps in the glove compartment of my car, but those weren't very detailed, and they became outdated as roads changed over time. So, my preferred method for finding my way to get somewhere I hadn't previously been was to get directions from someone else who knew the way.

In 3 Nephi 14, as Jesus concludes the version of the Sermon on the Mount that He delivered to the Nephites, He addresses the two possible destinations that we are all headed to and describes the way that leads to each:

What's Your Favorite Hymn?

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 08 October 2019. Posted in Trivia/Games Hits 430

What's Your Favorite Hymn?

At our area camp a few weeks ago, I interviewed the following children by asking them, “What is your favorite hymn to sing at church and why?” Here are their answers.

Pray Right NOW

Written by Sister Janet Oestreicher on Monday, 07 October 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 415

Pray Right NOW

Today's Miracle Monday is an experience about prayer that happened many years ago, submitted by Sister Janet Oestreicher.

After I had prayed one morning, I was told by a voice to “get on my knees to pray.”

I kept saying to myself, “I already prayed, and I don’t know what else I have to say.”

The voice was becoming loud and persistent to get on my knees to pray. I did and started praying that God would protect His people.

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