On the Edge of His Seat

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 08 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 426

On the Edge of His Seat

My husband is a huge Eagles fan. He was so excited that they even made it to the Super Bowl this year. The Eagles were up against the experienced Patriots, and they had an injured quarterback, so my husband never expected them to actually win.

But as the game clock ticked on, I could see his excitement build and build — they might actually have a chance to win. The last few minutes of the game seemed to drag on, as the outcome wasn’t guaranteed, and he and his friends were literally on the edge of their seats, leaning forward to watch each play. Ecstatic barely explains what he felt when the game ended and the Eagles won.

Lying to God (Alma 12)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 07 March 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 409

Lying to God (Alma 12)

In Alma 12, Alma calls out the lawyer Zeezrom for having lied to the Nephite people in Ammonihah. He goes on to say, "Thou hast not lied to men only but thou hast lied unto God; for behold, he knows all thy thoughts, and thou seest that thy thoughts are made known unto us by his Spirit" (Alma 12:3). Zeezrom is totally flustered that Alma and Amulek seem to know his thoughts, and the tone of the conversation changes, giving Alma the opportunity to speak about the mysteries of God and the plan of redemption.

In the above passage, Alma tells Zeezrom he lied to God. Is it actually possible to lie to God? After all, it's pretty tough to put one over on someone who is everywhere, sees everything you do, and even knows your very thoughts.

Your Role in The Church Is Important

Written by Brother Jerry Morle on Tuesday, 06 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 450

Your Role in The Church Is Important

Some people love being in the limelight. Many people want positions of power and authority. Just about everyone wants to be appreciated for their efforts. No one wants to be taken for granted.

And then there are the people of the world…

Amazingly, Christians everywhere struggle with both pride and self-esteem issues, even when it comes to serving the Lord and His Church. The spotlight shining on good works tempts egos to inflate. On the other hand, hard work that goes unnoticed can be demoralizing. This is especially true when it comes to doling out rewards. It seems some get “promoted” faster than others doing the same work. Depending on several criteria, recognizing Christian service isn’t always handled as objectively as it should.

Proof Through the Night

Written by Brother Jason Monaghan on Monday, 05 March 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 390

Proof Through the Night

For today's Miracle Monday, we're sharing a testimony and beautiful thoughts of reflection by Brother Jason Monaghan.

As we enjoyed the Winter Olympics this year — well, what we were able to catch — it yet again brings that sense of pride that we have in our great country. This year, God gave me a special blessing as I listened to the divinely inspired words once scribed by Francis Scott Key back on September 14, 1814. (Please remember that date.) As I listened to the words, I could see the scene that was unfolding before him as he wrote what has now been accepted as our national anthem! Here are just a few:

Spread the Good Word: Hebrews 6:10

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 02 March 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 891

Spread the Good Word: Hebrews 6:10

Today's Good Word reminds us that the work we do isn't for nothing. Sometimes we don't see the results we desire in the timeframe we expect, especially when it comes to the things of God. 

Maybe you've been teaching youth classes, but it doesn't seem like the young people are "getting it." Perhaps you've been giving your testimony to a friend or co-worker, and he or she hasn't comitted to visiting church yet. These things take time. 

Got the Prompt

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 01 March 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 430

Got the Prompt

I've passed the 90-day mark at my new job, and I am loving it. I learn new information daily, and I'm becoming more and more comfortable in my new role. And every morning before I go to work, I try to start off my day with the Lord.

I pray before I pick up my phone. I blast the Gaithers or scriptures on audio while getting ready, and I listen to a Christian radio station on my commute. It's a pretty good routine, and gets me started off right.

How God Uses Money (Alma 11)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 28 February 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 919

How God Uses Money (Alma 11)

Alma 11 is the chapter in which we learn how much each unit of Nephite money is worth, relative to other units of their money. For example, if you were living in Zarahemla at the time, you would want to know that a senum of silver is equivalent in value to a senine of gold and that either can be used to purchase a measure of barley or any other type of grain. A seon of gold is worth two senines and a shum is worth twice as much as that, and so on.

Although on the surface, U.S. money is easier to understand than Nephite currency — a $10 bill is worth twice as much as a $5 bill, and a $20 bill is worth twice as much as that, etc. — we can easily find ourselves having to do mathematical exercises with currency values when we visit other countries. For example, when I visit Central America, I keep in mind that $1 in U.S. currency is worth $2.60 in Dominica, 8 quetzals in Guatemala and 20 pesos in Mexico.

That's a Bad Man

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 27 February 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 405

That's a Bad Man

I believe God speaks to us in many ways. He answers our prayers. He gives us dreams and experiences. He whispers. He can speak to us through sermons, songs, and the testimonies of others. Sometimes, He speaks to us through our sweet, innocent children, too. He did that when our oldest son was a toddler, and I want to share that with you today.

The Healing of Our Son

Written by Sister Sarah Watson on Monday, 26 February 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 819

The Healing of Our Son

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony from the late Sister Sarah Watson. This was recorded in her own words before she passed away.

My faith had never really been tested until my little boy, Larry, contracted a virus of the intestines when he was 1 year old, and he was unable to keep anything in his stomach, vomiting everything he ate. The doctor admitted him to the hospital, where he stayed for two weeks, getting fed intravenously. We got permission to bring him home, where he still couldn't keep down any food and became so weak that he was crying day and night. He had lost so much weight that he was just skin and bones. He was unable to lift his head, and he became extremely fragile.

Spread the Good Word: Moroni 7:13

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 23 February 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 907

Spread the Good Word: Moroni 7:13

Today's Good Word inspires us to take inventory of the major influences in our lives and ask, "Does this thing invite and entice me to do good and love and serve God?"

If the answer is no, then we should rethink that thing and probably get rid of its influence on us.

Meet the Pillars: Brother Sam Randy

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Thursday, 22 February 2018. Posted in Generation Gap Interviews Hits 1943

Meet the Pillars: Brother Sam Randy

Today, we're bringing you another Meet the Pillars intervew with Brother Sam Randy from Modesto, California. (What's Meet the Pillars?)

A Little About Our Brother

Our dear brother was born in Detroit, Michigan, son of Brother Mark Randy and Sister Mary Randy (née Cipponeri). Brother Sam’s father was a missionary who took his family to Muncey, Canada. This family always seemed to live away from The Church when his father was starting new missions.

Cross-Examination (Alma 10)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 21 February 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 433

Cross-Examination (Alma 10)

You're walking down the street, and you see a man bump into a woman, knock her down, and then steal her purse and run away. The man is eventually caught and put on trial for the crime. You are called as a witness and relate what you saw. Now, the defense attorney is going to cross-examine you. The dialogue might go something like this:

Joyful Joseph

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 491

Joyful Joseph

On my first day of teaching college students this past semester, in walked a young man carrying a walking stick, poking his way to a seat in front of the classroom. While looking down at the class roster from the corner of my eye, I quickly determined that he was blind. I said to myself, “This is going to be interesting.” I had no prior notice or plan of the accommodations I needed to make for a blind student. Furthermore, I had never taught a blind student to read. I mumbled a quick prayer to myself and took a deep breath.

Honoring God With My Time

Written by Brother Jared Scolaro on Monday, 19 February 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 611

Honoring God With My Time

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony from Brother Jared Scolaro. For those of you struggling with school or managing your time, this one's for you.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned so far in graduate school, it’s that I would be hopeless without God’s merciful hand providing me with the strength to get through. This is one of many testimonies in which God reminded me that He alone is my strength.

One of my math classes this semester included two midterms. The material leading up to the first midterm was familiar to me, so I felt confident I'd perform well. The homework made sense, and I had plenty of time to study. When the test came around, I ended up with a pretty decent grade.

Spread the Good Word: 1 John 4:19

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 16 February 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 643

Spread the Good Word: 1 John 4:19

Today's Good Word is one you've likely heard before if you've been hanging around church for any length of time. Let's look at it and remember why it's so often quoted. 

We love Him. Who? God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Amen! 

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