Spread the Good Word: Mormon 9:31

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 14 June 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 328

Spread the Good Word: Mormon 9:31

Today, we're continuing our Good Word theme of "learning," and this verse highlights the value of learning vicariously through other people's mistakes and flaws.

Recently, I heard a sister say something in church that shows remarkable maturity. This sister made a lot of mistakes and engaged in quite a bit of sin before giving her life to the Lord.

She said, "I used to tell people, 'I don't regret any of the things I did back then because I learned from those mistakes.' But now, I've changed my mind. I am so, so sorry for the things that I did, and I wish I'd never done them. I could've learned to follow God without making so many mistakes. In fact, my life would've gone so much better if I'd made better choices."

The Lonely Generation

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 13 June 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 466

The Lonely Generation

Do you often feel lonely or isolated?

Even when you're surrounded by others?

It's possible that half of the people reading this article will respond, "Yes," according to a 2018 Cigna survey, which found that 46 percent of the 20k U.S. respondents reported sometimes or always feeling alone.

The survey came to a few other conclusions:

Sign Language (Helaman 14)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 12 June 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 370

Sign Language (Helaman 14)

A popular method of communicating with people who are deaf or hard of hearing is through a system known as sign language. In this language, words or expressions are represented by specific hand gestures, known as signs. When people learn what the various signs mean, they can then receive messages from other people who know the signs. This communication system allows someone who would otherwise not be in a position to receive communications — whether because of deafness, or being across a crowded room, or for whatever reason — to still be able to receive messages from others.

In Helaman 14, Samuel the Lamanite speaks to the Nephite people in the land of the Americas about the coming of Jesus Christ. Whereas the people living in and around Jerusalem will be in a position to witness the various events in the life of Christ — His birth, His miracles, His preaching, His death and resurrection — the Nephite people on the other side of the world will not be in a position to witness any of it.

What to Worry About

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 11 June 2019. Posted in Special Series Hits 317

What to Worry About

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

Often while walking people in the nursing home — that is my job, you know — the person with whom I am walking will share with me their worries. And they will worry about everything.

They worry about having to be in the nursing home for a few weeks following their most recent surgery; they worry about that surgery; they worry about their animals at home or their kids or grandkids at home; they worry about the weather, Christmas coming, you name it.

They worry about, well, everything.

Spared from the Cliff

Written by Sister Lori Kimmel on Monday, 10 June 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 284

Spared from the Cliff

Today's Miracle Monday comes to us from Sister Lori Kimmel, and it shows how our kids are in God's hands — even when they've grown into adults.

As I reflect on Miracle Monday, I can’t help but recall how God blessed me by sparing my son, Ryan.

In 2006, I told Ryan that I would take him anywhere he wanted to go after his high school graduation. He chose Israel because he wanted to touch base with those family roots. As we have family there, I agreed.

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 9:29

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 07 June 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 316

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 9:29

Today, we're kicking off a new theme. For the next month, we're bringing you scriptures on the topic of "learning."

Education is a gift from God. And with great education comes great responsibility, whether your knowledge comes from the classroom or the classroom of life.

Sometimes, though, we learn things that are contrary to God's Word. Take a second and think of a few examples of things that the world teaches that go against what we read in scripture; it won't be difficult.

A College Conundrum: Advice for Grads

Written by Sister Zarella Scolaro on Thursday, 06 June 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 895

A College Conundrum: Advice for Grads

A longer version of today's article by Sister Zarella Scolaro was originally published in the Student Support Newsletter in September 2014.

It's summer! And if you're one of the graduating seniors of the class of 2019, then you're answering the inevitable questions, "So, where are you going to college?" or, "What are your post-graduation plans?" time and time again. It can be very hard when you, yourself, have yet to figure out "Where does God want me to be?"

When I was a high school senior, my struggle began when I got acceptance letters from the University of California, Irvine, which is about 15 minutes from the Irvine Branch of The Church and the University of California, Berkeley, which is roughly two hours from the nearest branch.

A Righteous Man's Reward (Helaman 13)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 05 June 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 302

A Righteous Man's Reward (Helaman 13)

In Matthew 10, Jesus gives His twelve apostles instructions regarding going out into the various cities to share His gospel. He tells them to preach, heal the sick, cast out devils, etc. He also tells them to stay in the homes of whichever families would be willing to receive them, commenting that such hospitable families would receive "a righteous man's reward" (Matthew 10:41).

What is a righteous man's reward? And why should people who may or may not be righteous receive it? As used here, a righteous man's reward would consist of any God-given benefit realized by others — righteous or not — as a result of being in close proximity to the servant of God.

For example, in the scripture above, suppose a natural disaster would have hit one of the cities and God allowed it to miss the house where His disciple was staying. The entire household would then benefit from this intervention intended to preserve the righteous man — they would all have received the righteous man's reward.

Date God

Written by Sister Charity Lombardo on Tuesday, 04 June 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 405

Date God

Every day for the past month, I’ve tried to write this blog. And every day I couldn’t do it. (Thanks for bearing with me, Sister Michelle.) See, a month ago I decided to write about a very personal topic, one that’s a little taboo for our blog. One that I knew God was telling me to write about but that I just couldn’t seem to approach. ‘Cause it meant I had be vulnerable, and honestly, I feared that you all would make fun of me. But then I remembered who I’m talking to. And suddenly it came pouring out.

Dating. It’s about dating.

Because right now, in this new late-twenties chapter of my life (I say reluctantly), dating is hard. Especially when you’re looking for the real deal. Especially in New York. Especially in 2019.

God Loves Our Children

Written by Sister Lydia Zaino on Monday, 03 June 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 316

God Loves Our Children

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony from Sister Lydia Zaino in response to our question, "How has God helped your children?"

God has blessed my family in so many ways I could never repay Him, but since we are speaking about children, I would like to share with you one of God's blessings that he did for our son, Michael, when he was about 4 years old and in preschool.

We had a meeting with his teacher, and she told us that he wasn't speaking in class at all and that he would sit in the corner very content by himself and would not intermingle with the other kids. He would hardly answer the teachers and would just keep his head down. She was very concerned about him and wanted to have him tested for various things.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 18:2

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 31 May 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1234

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 18:2

Today is our last Good Word for May and our last bit of advice for the graduating class of 2019.

The old English is thick in this verse. Stated a little more plainly, it says that a fool would rather express his own opinion than hear wise truths from someone else.

Yes, grads are smart. All that knowledge from school is fresh in their minds. They're armed with the latest information on all the latest subjects (some of which weren't even taught a mere five years ago). They're eager to share what they know. Having been lectured to for years and years, they're excited to do some lecturing of their own. They certainly feel qualified.

A Blessed Experience

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 30 May 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 425

A Blessed Experience

In early April, Brother Jeremy Schroder and I were ordained into the ministry in the Fort Worth, Texas, Branch.

As the ordinations began, Brother Jeremy and I had our feet washed, and then the ministry encircled us to pray for God's Spirit and power to be evident in the ordinations. When the brothers stood and encircled us, Brother Paul Liberto was almost directly in front of me, with Brother Juan de la Cruz to his right. As I sat in the chair with my head down, I opened my eyes a little and could tell that the brothers were close together. I didn't necessarily make out shoe types — there were a lot of tears in my eyes — but knew that there wasn't much space between the brothers.

The Voice (Helaman 12)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 29 May 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 317

The Voice (Helaman 12)

Perhaps you are familiar with a TV show called "The Voice" in which vocalists from across the country engage in a singing competition. Each competition begins with singers trying to enter the contest by auditioning for voice coaches who work for the show. Each coach then decides which of the contestants they want to work with to try to help them win the competition. This audition phase is actually called "Blind Auditions" because the coaches don't get to see the contestants; they have to make their decisions not on appearances but purely based on "The Voice."

There is a voice that speaks to us as servants of God. This is THE VOICE — the voice of God. Similar to the scenario described above, we don't get to see the source of the voice. We have to "listen" — whether with our ears, our mind, or our heart — and then make our decisions based on having faith that we have heard the voice of God.

It Was Good

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 28 May 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 374

It Was Good

I don't know about you, but my human mind tends to overcomplicate things that often have no need for over-complication.

Here's one example: I spent a large amount of time planning our son Graham's first birthday party last year — eek, he will be 2 in June! — with the intent of making it a wonderful day for all those who attended, as well as for the birthday boy himself. I won't go into the details, but just know that the new mom in me wanted it to be as close to perfect as I could get it — and I can share that it was a memorable day for our family.

As quickly as the high arrived during the celebration, a few hours later when I was cleaning up, the low sank in. I am embarrassed to admit these were some of the thoughts that went through my mind: "I wonder if everyone had a nice time. Was it fun enough? Maybe I should have had more food options? Perhaps we needed more seating so nobody had to stand? What if someone didn't like the elephant theme?"

Be Transformed

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 27 May 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 351

Be Transformed

For today's Miracle Monday, we're sharing more of a testimony than an experience. A sister in The Church told this story in response to the question, "When in your life did you have to choose between conforming to the world and being transformed by God? What did you learn?"

The sister shared about when she moved away from home for the first time to go to college. She lived in the dorms during her first semester in school, and she soon got to know all the girls who lived in her strip of hallway.

These girls habitually asked her to go out with them in the evenings to have a little fun, and one night, after declining several previous requests, she decided to join them. When they got to their destination, our sister felt so uncomfortable and out of place that she left and went back to the dorms. She wanted to be friendly with her fellow students, but she realized that she didn't want to do the things that they were doing.

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