Big Windshield, Small Rearview Mirror

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 21 July 2020. Posted in Devotional Hits 232

Big Windshield, Small Rearview Mirror

Memories—they can be both a blessing and a curse. There are the wonderful kind like walking down the aisle at your wedding … and the not-so-wonderful kind where you lost a job. Human nature is to think upon the good memories with a smile, but that doesn’t mean we completely forget the bad memories, either. They’re stuck in the depths of our brains—and, if you’re like me, they pop up from time to time when you least want them around.

It isn’t easy to let go of the former things or to stop considering things of old—they are a part of us, after all. But things can become dangerous when our past becomes larger than life, causing us to miss what is right in front of us.

Isaiah said, “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old,” (Isaiah 43:18) to a group of exiled people who could only remember their past. God had a different plan for them, however. He encourages them and says, “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?” (Isaiah 43:19)

The Missing Wedding Ring

Written by Sister Adoni Martinez on Monday, 20 July 2020. Posted in Miracles Hits 269

The Missing Wedding Ring

Today's lost-and-found testimony comes from Sister Adoni Martinez, where she shares an experience about misplacing something most precious.

I often take my wedding ring off and put it in my back pocket when I am doing various chores around the house. On this particular day, I had some chores to do, so I took my ring off like I always do and put it in my back pocket — or at least I thought I did.

After finishing my chores, I ran to the store and came right back home. Later that day, I realized I didn't have my ring on and reached into my back pocket ... but it wasn't there.

I searched the house and then started to panic. I searched the house again, all the rooms, the bathroom, kitchen, couch, under the couch, my car. I called the store, drove back to the store, retraced my steps. My ring was nowhere to be found.

Spread the Good Word: John 8:36

Written by Jerry Valenti on Friday, 17 July 2020. Posted in The Good Word Hits 299

Spread the Good Word: John 8:36

Good Word Friday theme: Freedom and liberty

Today's verse reminds us that true freedom can only be found in Jesus Christ.

Freedom is an incredible gift. In the U.S., we enjoy many freedoms that people in other countries can only dream about. Yet, the freedom that Jesus offers is available to anyone — even people living in dictatorships, even people living in extreme poverty, even people living with disease, even people living in slavery right now.

The Widow With Two Coins: Courageous

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Thursday, 16 July 2020. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 274

The Widow With Two Coins: Courageous

This article is another installment in Sister Alena X. Ricci's series on the women of the Bible.

According to Google, there are 23,145 verses in the Bible alone. Out of these 23,145 verses, exactly eight of them are dedicated to this woman. And all eight of them are pointed and impactful.

I want to compare the widow's story with the familiar story of Peter walking on water. I think a lot of the rhetoric and dialogue around his story is one of courage and doubt. But a lot of times, when we point to courage, we point to Peter taking that initial step on the water. And that was absolutely courageous, I have serious doubts I would have put my leg out of the boat.

We associate this action with courage because it is visible and it is obvious. But most of the time, courage is more about those small acts that few notice (or no one notices) that make some sort of serious impact.

And that’s this woman.

Believing Is Seeing (Ether 12)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 15 July 2020. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 283

Believing Is Seeing (Ether 12)

In Ether 12, the man named Ether finally appears. In addition to being the writer of the Jaredite record, Ether is a prophet of the Lord who "could not be restrained because of the Spirit of the Lord which was in him" (verse 2). Ether exhorts the people to have faith in God. He prophesies "great and marvelous things unto the people, which they did not believe because they saw them not" (verse 5). People who feel this way today — that they won't believe in something they can't see — might express this feeling by saying, "seeing is believing."

As Moroni, the son of Mormon, is adding Ether's record to the plates that contain the manuscript of the full Book of Mormon, he comments on this philosophy of "seeing is believing," pointing out (similar to Hebrews 11:1) that "faith is things which are hoped for and not seen" (verse 6). In other words, "seeing is believing" is the exact opposite of faith. Moroni then lists several examples of faith from the Book of Mormon, showing how the people first had to believe, and then they saw God move in a visible way:

A City to Settle In

Written by Brother Jared Scolaro on Tuesday, 14 July 2020. Posted in Devotional Hits 319

A City to Settle In

Just over a year ago, I felt lost. I realized that I wasn't living the life promised to me by TV commercials and music videos; I was overwhelmed by a job that I didn’t love; I didn’t have much of a social life, and I could have stood to gain a few pounds at the gym.

It was time for a change, so I prayerfully asked God to direct me as I transitioned into a new career, sought opportunities to develop new friendships, and started establishing healthy habits.

A Life-Changing Lesson from a Lost Set of Keys

Written by Brother Larry Watson on Monday, 13 July 2020. Posted in Miracles Hits 322

A Life-Changing Lesson from a Lost Set of Keys

Today's Miracle Monday is the first in our lost-and-found theme. Today, Brother Larry Watson shares a life lesson that he learned when he lost his keys.

I had recently moved to the Navajo Reservation after having accepted my first full-time teaching position at a nearby school. Young and single, I was full of idealism about my new profession and my recent calling into the ministry. But I had a problem. Well … actually it just seemed like a minor irritation at first, but it soon blossomed into what seemed like a major crisis — to me, anyway.

I couldn’t find my keys.

When they first turned up missing, it was no more than a little annoyance. I just misplaced them, I thought, and they’ll turn up by the end of the day. But they didn’t. It wouldn’t have been so bad, but it meant that I couldn’t use my car, lock my house, get my mail, unlock my classroom door ... well, you get the idea. It just didn’t make sense to me. Doesn’t this only happen to old folks after they begin to lose their memory? Not to me — I was still in my mid-twenties!

The POWER of Together

Written by Sister Charity Lombardo on Friday, 10 July 2020. Posted in Special Series Hits 340

The POWER of Together

Today's article, by Sister Charity Lombardo, is the last installment of the GMBA Camp In series. Be sure to check the calendar below for today's closing event.

If I filled a backpack with my heaviest burdens, would you carry it around for me?

For a friend?

Or a family member?

How about a stranger?

This was the theme of the GMBA seminar class where I gave my life to the Lord.

I was 13 and knew nothing about most things. But after this class, one thing I knew for sure: I did NOT want to do life alone.

For me to tell you this story, we have to travel back in time 15 years.

The Mighty POWER of Prayer

Written by Brother Paul A. Palmeri on Thursday, 09 July 2020. Posted in Special Series Hits 369

The Mighty POWER of Prayer
Today's article, by Brother Paul A. Palmeri, with significant contributions from Bro. Leonard A. Lovalvo, is part of the GMBA Camp In. Be sure to check the calendar below for today's events.

The year was 1970. I was 5 years old and attending my second GMBA Campout (with the 1968 event in Nauvoo, Illinois, being my first). At the time, a lot of adults and young people were very enthusiastic about recreation. In fact, the softball and volleyball events, as well as the horseshoe tosses, drew large crowds. In short, adult rec was a big deal at the early GMBA Campouts.

At that Campout in Canfield, Ohio, I witnessed the demonstration of the Power of God during an adult rec softball game that I still remember 50 years later!

God's POWER to Heal

Written by Brother Ricky Scaglione on Wednesday, 08 July 2020. Posted in Special Series Hits 1139

God's POWER to Heal

Today's article, by Brother Ricky Scaglione, is part of the GMBA Camp In. Be sure to check the calendar below for today's events.

To me, there is no easier way to recognize the power of God than to see a physical healing. I am blessed enough to not only have experienced a physical healing, but also one that coincided with my calling to baptism.

It all started on Thanksgiving 1999, playing football with family. I may have been small back then — my nickname was Sticky Ricky because I was stick-thin — but I was fearless when it came to sports. That backfired when I tried to tackle a cousin several times my size and ended up on the bottom of quite a large pile. Imagine one of those cartoon squashings, where the person at the bottom of a heavy load leaves an imprint in the ground … that was me. I was taken to the hospital and was eventually diagnosed with torn cartilage between my ribs.

This injury changed my life. I was in pain almost constantly. I was put on round-the-clock medication that precluded me from being able to attend public school. I physically could not sit down. This lasted for over eight months. I was anointed several times but never found any relief.

The POWER of Letting God In

Written by Sister Christine Martorana on Tuesday, 07 July 2020. Posted in Special Series Hits 333

The POWER of Letting God In

Today's article, by Sister Christine Martorana, is part of the GMBA Camp In. Be sure to check the calendar below for today's events.

When I was in my early 20s, I struggled with an eating disorder, low self-esteem, and anxiety. For anyone who has experienced even just one of these things, you understand how debilitating it can be. You understand that deep-rooted feeling of never being good enough, the constant feelings of doubt and worry, the struggle to put on a good show — to look stable and secure when you are really feeling fragile and broken.

At least that’s how it felt for me.

I knew I needed help, and so I talked to my parents, and they helped me find a therapist. I started seeing her on a regular basis, and she introduced me to some really helpful techniques like mindfulness training and journaling. In my meetings with her, I started talking out loud about my issues for the first time, and I made some really good progress during these therapy sessions. Looking back, I am thankful that I was able to have counseling and that my parents were supportive during this process. Still, despite the positive steps I took, I felt unable to fully overcome my problems.

The POWER of Camp (at Any Age)

Written by Sister Stefanie Arcuri on Monday, 06 July 2020. Posted in Special Series Hits 528

The POWER of Camp (at Any Age)

Today's article, by Sister Stefanie Arcuri, is part of the GMBA Camp In. Be sure to check the calendar below for today's events.

I was born and raised in The Church of Jesus Christ and started attending GMBA Camps as a baby. I am 31 years old, and I have been to about 26 GMBA Camps. There are so many blessings that came from all of those Camps.

As a child, I remember the kids’ choir (I still sing some of those songs to my kids) and games and making friends. As a teenager, GMBA Camp was a place where I built friendships with people from all over the country, felt the Spirit of God for the first time, and where I was baptized.

GMBA Camp was held in Saginaw, Michigan, in 2002, and it was Wednesday morning in seminar. I felt God calling me that day and had the elders lay hands on me, asking the Lord for confirmation of what I felt. The minister who was praying for me said he could physically feel the Spirit of God in me as he lay his hands on my head. I was baptized the next morning by my grandfather. For the following few years, I used Camp as a rejuvenation for the year to come until the next Camp.

The POWER of 'In'

Written by GMBA Officers on Saturday, 04 July 2020. Posted in Special Series Hits 266

The POWER of 'In'

Today is the official start of the 2020 GMBA Camp In! Since we cannot have our annual in-person campout this summer, the GMBA has arranged a week full of online events that the young people can attend while homebound. (Scroll to the bottom of this post for a calendar of events.) That includes daily blog articles from guest writers that touch on the camp's theme: The Power of God.

Today's welcome article comes to you from the GMBA Officers, Brothers Jim Lambert, Lucas Martorana and Jason Monaghan.

“...for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10)

When you think of GMBA Campout, there are many things that may come in your mind: maybe it’s the excitement and anticipation of making travel plans or filling out the registration form, writing down your roommate requests. Maybe it’s that feeling of arriving on campus and following the “GMBA Campout” signs to the check-in location. Maybe your mind jumps to the moments of greeting and meeting brothers and sisters that you haven’t seen in years, while having suitcases and bags in both your arms. Maybe it’s the moment in your seminar class when walls begin to crumble, the feeling of being part of the GMBA choir, or the late-night conversations you have in the hallways outside of your room.

Spread the Good Word: 2 Corinthians 3:17

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 03 July 2020. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1078

Spread the Good Word: 2 Corinthians 3:17

Good Word Friday theme: Freedom and liberty

It's the first Friday in July, and we're kicking off a new theme for Good Word Friday: freedom and liberty. Tomorrow, as a matter of fact, we celebrate Independence Day. Two-hundred and forty-four years ago, the American colonies declared independence from Great Britain. The members of the Continental Congress had no idea that those 13 colonies had the potential to one day become the largest, most powerful, and most prosperous nation on the face of the earth.

We encourage you to think back on your own personal independence day — the day that you declared your independence from satan and the power he held over your eternal soul. You swapped that tyrannical ruler for a loving, merciful Father, and — oh, what joy!

In a Room Without Toys

Written by Brother Richard Lowman on Thursday, 02 July 2020. Posted in Devotional Hits 353

In a Room Without Toys

As I write this on Mar. 31, 2020, life has suddenly changed in many major ways. The coronavirus is all over every news outlet and is all the talk.

Some things that have changed in life are:

  • Gina is homeschooling the kids. This is a BIG change.
  • I used to travel extensively for my job, and now I work from home.
  • We have not worshipped with our branch as we normally do.

Ever complained about your job? I have, and now I am thankful to still have a job and pray each and every day that it will last.

Ever complained about the church service going past an allotted time? I am guilty as well. Ever skip church to go to a sporting event?

Ever worshipped athletes, actors, fame?

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