Look Up

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 30 October 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 268

Look Up

Think back to when you were a young child. Did you ever have moments that you felt insecure? Not good enough? Compared yourself to others? Now, fast forward to where you are today. Has that changed? Or, do you still have those moments?

We can all relate. I believe we have each experienced that feeling at some point in life. Not just as a child either, but as adults too. Who do you think is whispering that thought into your heart and mind? That’s right, the evil one.

If you ever feel this way, then think about this...

A Miracle 18 Years in the Making

Written by Sister Rose Bonaduce on Monday, 29 October 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 225

A Miracle 18 Years in the Making

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony of healing from Sister Rose Bonaduce.

Back in February 1997, I was not feeling well and experiencing some concerning symptoms. I saw my doctor, and he immediately scheduled me for a same-day MRI. By that evening, I was diagnosed with a 4-centimeter benign brain tumor that was encroaching on my right optic nerve.

My very first thought was that I needed to be anointed. On Sunday, I went to the Levittown, Pennsylvania, Branch, and because I did not want to alarm my parents and children, I asked for prayer in the back room. It would be a year before my husband, Joe, and I told anyone what was going on with me.

It was to be a long year ahead. This is where my 18-year journey with Christ and my tumor began.

Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 3:19

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 26 October 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 217

Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 3:19

In our culture, we love the word "natural." Put that on any packaged good, and go with some type of green color scheme, and people like me will buy it. (Sister Michelle here.)

We want things "created by nature" not humans, and we Christians often equate that with "created by God." So, natural is good.

Originally, it was good. Remember all the things that God called "good" while He was creating the world? He even called humans "very good." So…what happened? Today's Good word says that the natural man is an enemy to God. How did "natural" all of a sudden become sinful?

Get to the Heart of It

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 25 October 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 225

Get to the Heart of It

Today, I'm coming to you with another scripture reading plan, yay! This time, it's about the human heart. We've all got one. And God wants to help us understand it.

After reading these scriptures, one thing stood out more than anything: God is way more concerned with my heart than my behavior.

Why is that? Because, as a general rule, my heart will steer my behavior. When my behavior is, shall we say, unruly, chances are there's something deeper going on, and that's the issue He cares about most of all.

God does want me to change my bad behavior and line it up with His commandments — but He doesn't want me to do it like a robot or a slave. He needs me to align my heart first and foremost, and then my behavior will follow.

A Key Part of Repentance (Alma 44)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 24 October 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 208

A Key Part of Repentance (Alma 44)

After having defeated the Lamanite army in the previous chapter, Moroni, the leader of the Nephite army, lays out some terms to Zerahemnah, the leader of the Lamanite army, in Alma 44. Moroni offers to spare the lives of the remaining Lamanite soldiers if they surrender their weapons of war, leave the Nephite land, and promise to never return to war against the Nephites again.

Zerahemnah readily agrees to the first two points. He tells Moroni, "take our weapons of war, and suffer that we may depart into the wilderness" (verse 8). However, he is not willing to make the promise to never return for another war, telling Moroni, "we will not…take an oath unto you, which we know that we shall break" (verse 8).

Let's give Zerahemnah a little credit for honesty here. The easy thing to do would be to say whatever he is asked to say at the time and then do whatever he wants to do later. Instead, he takes the position that he will only make a promise if he intends to keep it.

The Old Record Still Stands

Written by Brother Richard Lowman on Tuesday, 23 October 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 241

The Old Record Still Stands

I recently went to renew my Texas driver's license and was told that the current, unexpired license I had, which was issued by them, was not sufficient to renew my license. I argued with the person that the item I was replacing was the exact same thing with a different date, and the license I was holding was issued by the state of Texas. Not only did I need my license I was renewing but also the original or a certified copy of my birth certificate. Sounds crazy, right? You may be wondering how this ties back to the Bible and Book of Mormon. Here goes:

In a recent Sunday school lesson, we were looking at different scriptures, and in the front of my Bible, I saw all the places where you can record marriages, births, deaths, and any other significant information. I have both of my grandparents' Bibles and know that all of that information is complete up to the days past when I was born.

Blessed With a Friend

Written by Sister Elizabeth Azzinaro on Monday, 22 October 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 381

Blessed With a Friend

Today's Miracle Monday is a sweet story from Sister Elizabeth Azzinaro. This one's for the school-age kids out there who need a friend.

This is something that happened to me 19 years ago, but I felt like sharing to show that God can light up our darkest hour.

Of all the things we face, it is sad that bullying is still quite commonplace. It happened to me when I was in the fourth grade. A tough guy named Jeffrey was bullying me — probably because he was not getting nearly enough attention at home and he sought his attention through other means.

Spread the Good Word: Helaman 5:12

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 19 October 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 281

Spread the Good Word: Helaman 5:12

Today's Good Word makes us ask the question, "What's your foundation made of?"

This verse tell us that the foundation of life should be the rock of Christ — His salvation and grace, His Word, His commandments, His example.

Hope With Substance

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 18 October 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 287

Hope With Substance

"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear." (1 Peter 3:15)

Reading this verse years ago as a young, shy person, it inspired me to mentally rehearse sharing God with someone asking questions about my faith. To someone terrified of public speaking, and also awkward in lesser social interactions, it made sense that planning to be "ready always to give an answer" for the hope of Christ within me was worthy of practice.

Although this logic isn't necessarily wrong, I grew to understand maybe the verse alludes to a deeper readiness, and the word "always" in the verse stood out. True preparedness measurements are thrown upon us unexpectedly. The questioning of our hope might not arise from a place of comfort, but instead when pain becomes the platform. Lyrics from a song "Even If" sung by Mercy Me speaks of this:

Haters Never Prosper (Alma 43)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 17 October 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 272

Haters Never Prosper (Alma 43)

In Alma 43, war breaks out again between the Nephites and the Lamanites. In this chapter, we are introduced to a young man named Moroni — only 25 years of age — who is selected to lead the Nephite army.

In the description of this particular battle, it is mentioned several times that the motivation of the two armies is completely different. The Lamanites have been taught for generations to hate the Nephites. They are in this battle purely to act on that hatred and destroy the Nephite nation. On the other hand:

"The Nephites were inspired by a better cause … they were fighting for their homes and their liberties, their wives and their children, and their all, yea, for their rites of worship and their church" (Alma 43:45)

The Basics of Life

Written by Sister Mallory Batson on Tuesday, 16 October 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 346

The Basics of Life

I recently ran across a bookmark I have in my Book of Mormon from GMBA Campout 1996. The theme was “Back to the Basics.” I was 9 years old at the time, so I can’t say I remember much from this particular campout, but that theme immediately reminded me of a song called “The Basics of Life” by 4HIM. Although this song was released in 1992, its lyrics are more relevant today than ever. The chorus sings like this:

"We need to get back
To the basics of life
A heart that is pure
And a love that is blind
A faith that is fervently grounded in Christ
The hope that endures for all times
These are the basics, we need to get back
To the basics of life"

The Date on the Other Side of the Dash

Written by Sister Cheryl Cervone on Monday, 15 October 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 297

The Date on the Other Side of the Dash

Today's Miracle Monday from Sister Cheryl Cervone is a 15-year-old testimony that is just as powerful today.

July 16, 2003. It seemed a Wednesday like any other. I set off to the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market at around 1:30 p.m. to get my favorite salad greens before the market closed. I walked with purpose down the middle of Arizona Avenue, one of the streets that is closed and lined with vendors on market day.

Off to the right was a vendor giving out samples of chips and guacamole, and I couldn’t resist. No sooner did I get to the table when I heard a sudden loud commotion and, looking to my right, there was a car barreling toward us at high speed, mowing down everything in its path! Surreal!

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 25:26

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 12 October 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 336

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 25:26

Today's Good Word reminds us of how Christ should be central to our lives.

When we get together with others, do we talk about the Lord? Does He come into play during casual discussions — or even when we're grappling with weightier matters? Or does His name never quite make it out of our mouth?

What are we rejoicing over most in life? Is it Jesus, or something else? Are we experiencing deep joy, or are we satisfied with passing happiness?

Letter to My Younger Self From Rich

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 11 October 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 327

Letter to My Younger Self From Rich

Rich,

Greetings from 25 years into the future. Typically time capsules are letters to yourself with future predictions, stored for a specific amount of time (like 25 years), and then opened to see what came true or did not. In this case, we'll look back from the future to provide some support and guidance.

First things first. God has a plan for you. The best thing you can do is lean on Him for guidance and direction. There are going to be challenges that you must face over the next 25 years in high school, college, your career, and your marriage — yes, you do get married, but I won't give you any spoilers. Some of those challenges are going to be because life is life, while others, unfortunately, will be self-inflicted.

Justice for All (Alma 42)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 10 October 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 290

Justice for All (Alma 42)

Revenge against someone who has wronged you. Prosecution, conviction, and imprisonment for committing a crime. Condemnation by God for sins committed. All of these can be described by the word "justice."

When we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and end with words describing our country as a place where there is "justice for all," which of the above are we wishing on everybody?

Clearly, there has to be more to justice than penalties, punishments, and paybacks. There is — the actual definition of the word includes an aspect of fairness and impartiality. Looking at it that way, when we say "justice for all," we are claiming fair treatment for all.

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