Spread the Good Word: John 15:1-2

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 10 February 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 255

Spread the Good Word: John 15:1-2

Today's Good Word is a reminder about our vine-branch connection with Christ. We can do nothing apart from Him.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 09 February 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 244

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We are accustomed to the blessing of three meals a day and a variety of food that satisfies our palette. Our grocery stores are filled with abundance, and God continues His blessings upon this Promised Land.

If You Accept a Job, Do the Job (Jacob 1)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 08 February 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 291

If You Accept a Job, Do the Job (Jacob 1)

With the death of Nephi, Jacob (Nephi’s brother) takes over the responsibility of maintaining the history of the Nephite people. In the first chapter of Jacob’s writing, he describes this new responsibility and also mentions his calling into the priesthood, having been ordained by his brother Nephi. Regarding this calling, Jacob writes that he and his brother Joseph “magnified their office,” taking their responsibilities so seriously that they considered “the sins of the people [to be] upon our own heads if we did not teach them the word of God with all diligence” (Jacob 1:19).

When I was a young man, one thing that my father taught me that has stuck with me is “If you accept a job, do the job.” Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? Yet, how often do we find ourselves accepting a job (or title) in the church and then, for some reason, not doing the work associated with that job?

Try the Experiment

Written by Brother Chris Gehly on Tuesday, 07 February 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 203

Try the Experiment

"But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words." (Alma 32:27)

Webster defines the word experiment as "an operation or procedure carried out under controlled conditions in order to discover an unknown effect or law or to establish a hypothesis, or to illustrate a known law."

Does God Really Give People Dreams?

Written by Sister Patty Machnik on Monday, 06 February 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 236

Does God Really Give People Dreams?

Today, we're kicking off our dream-themed Miracle Monday with this interesting experience sent by Sister Patty Machnik. Enjoy!

This is an experience that my mother, Vanna Ignagni, had shortly after joining the church. She'd come to America from Italy where she'd been a devout Catholic not long before. Because she had never heard of people having dreams sent from God before coming to The Church of Jesus Christ, she didn't know whether she believed that they actually were from God.

Don’t Be Discouraged: Give Your Fair Share

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Friday, 03 February 2017. Posted in Special Series Hits 210

Don’t Be Discouraged: Give Your Fair Share

Today's article is Part 5 of a five-part series provided by the General Church Finance Committee on finances and faith.

My parents always taught me to give regular donations to the church, so when I graduated from school and got my first full-time job, I selected an amount and began giving that amount to the church each month. This was before the days of “percentage giving,” so my monthly amount stayed pretty much the same for quite a few years, even though my income increased during that time.

How Church Donations Are Used

Written by Brother Brandon Coppa on Thursday, 02 February 2017. Posted in Special Series Hits 235

How Church Donations Are Used

Today's article is Part 4 of a five-part series from the General Church Finance Committee on finances and faith.

In the parable of the talents, Christ describes a man who gives money to his three servants to keep for him as he travels (Matt. 25:14-28). Upon the man’s return, he finds that two of the servants put the money to work and doubled the amount, but the other servant only had the original amount to return and was punished greatly.

A Lifetime of Giving and Receiving

Written by Brother Rich Scaglione on Wednesday, 01 February 2017. Posted in Special Series Hits 289

A Lifetime of Giving and Receiving

Today's article is Part 3 of a five-part series provided by the General Church Finance Committee on finances and faith.

Like Nephi, I was born of goodly parents. I was raised in The Church and have many blessed memories. I remember the old brothers preaching about the duty of members to donate financially to The Church and how God would reward them. The term “tithing” was mentioned often, and the “ten percent” really stood out.

Money and the Word of God

Written by Brother Brandon Coppa on Tuesday, 31 January 2017. Posted in Special Series Hits 219

Money and the Word of God

Today's article is Part 2 of a five-part series from the General Church Finance Committee on finances and faith.

Giving, donating, contributing, tithing, freewill tithing, offering — it’s kind of funny that we have so many phrases to express something that’s become almost taboo to talk about in church. Although financial giving might not be discussed much in your branch, it is discussed in scripture, and that makes it worth talking about.

Answering the Call

Written by Brother Jerry Morle on Monday, 30 January 2017. Posted in Special Series Hits 248

Answering the Call

This week, we have something special in store for you: five articles provided by the General Church Finance Committee on the subject of money and how it intersects with faith. Many of you made New Year's resolutions that have to do with your personal finances or charitable giving, so we hope that this weeklong series of articles encourages and empowers you toward those goals.

Today's article is from Brother Jerry Morle.

No one likes talking about finances, especially when they are tight. And because money can be so corrupting and divisive, talking about it in church seems that much more distasteful. So, in October 2015, when the Presidency asked presiding elders to explain some pressing financial matters with their members, I bristled.

Spread the Good Word: Moroni 10:5

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 27 January 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 256

Spread the Good Word: Moroni 10:5

We hope that today's Good Word reminds you of where you can find truth — the Holy Ghost within you. These days, there's a lot of confusion about what's right and wrong and what to do in certain situations. Scripture provides touchstones, overarching commandments to live by, but it doesn't directly answer every question you may have in life. That's when you can rely on the Holy Ghost to guide you in those specifics.

Advice for Visiting the Sick and Afflicted

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Thursday, 26 January 2017. Posted in Great Ideas Hits 321

Advice for Visiting the Sick and Afflicted

The months of November and December are called “the season of giving back;” however, the giving does not have to stop there. Something that can be done year round is give aid to the sick and afflicted. In order to help another person, it's helpful to understand the meaning of this.

Giving aid to someone is defined as "helping a person out of a risk or danger, to meet a pressing need or solve an important and urgent problem." This definition indicates that giving aid is not exclusively for people who are physically sick; it says “out of a risk,” which could be at any time or in any situation that may represent physical or spiritual danger.

Based on this and the knowledge that the word of God gives, I find two types of illnesses or distresses, physical and spiritual. Both are equally necessary and important to address. Here are a few examples:

Because It Needs to Be Done (2 Nephi 33)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 25 January 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 255

Because It Needs to Be Done (2 Nephi 33)

In the final chapter of Nephi’s writing, 2 Nephi 33, Nephi points out that writing is actually not his best skill. (He was more of a speaker than a writer.) Considering how much he wrote, one could ask, “Why did he do it?” Didn’t he have enough other things to do? Shouldn’t he have left the writing for someone else?

The simple answer to the question of why he did it is because it needed to be done. The history and prophecies needed to be recorded. Writing may not have been his gift. It may not have been his favorite thing to do, but he was able to do it, and it needed to be done. So he did it. Seeing Nephi’s dedication to doing what had to be done, God blessed his work. As Nephi puts it, “the words which I have written in weakness will be made strong” (2 Nephi 33:4).

A Little Perspective Makes a Big Difference

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 24 January 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 186

A Little Perspective Makes a Big Difference

Just a reminder, today's article is part of Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home." Because he's sharing stories from his workplace, a nursing home, it's better to keep personal details vague. We hope you enjoy reading the spiritual takeaways inspired by his job as a physical therapist.

I've mentioned in previous blogs that my day job is walking people in a nursing home. Usually the people I'm working with are older. Usually they've just had a hospital stay. Sometimes they've just received a new knee or hip replacement. Often they live alone and just need a little exercise to be able to safely manage their household environment.

Miracle Monday Flashback: Neverending Pasta

Written by Sister KarenJo Pandone on Monday, 23 January 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 211

Miracle Monday Flashback: Neverending Pasta

This month, we're replaying some of the Miracle Mondays of the past that have received the highest number of hits on the blog website. Today's is from Nov. 3, 2013, and it was submitted by Sister KarenJo Pandone. It's a testimony transcribed from the journal of her father, Brother Joseph Milantoni.

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