Immediately Delivered

Written by Sister Cindy Henderson on Monday, 20 February 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 346

Immediately Delivered

Today's Miracle Monday was submitted by Sister Cindy Henderson, and it highlights the power of prayer and God's healing touch.

Have you ever been immediately delivered from a physical affliction? Today, I share a blessing times three. Back in 2000, I was in the chemotherapy phase of treatment for breast cancer. A few months into the treatments, I found myself getting weaker, lacking energy, and extremely fatigued. My husband had carefully altered his work schedule so that I was not left alone for any long periods.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Peter 5:7

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 17 February 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 320

Spread the Good Word: 1 Peter 5:7

Today's Good Word reminds us that God is always there to shoulder our burdens. The adjacent verses in 1 Peter 5 encourage us to be humble, sober, and vigilant. We don't have to do this in our own strength. God gives us what we need to keep His commandments — what a comfort!

Doing Battle Against Spiritual Starvation

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 16 February 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 367

Doing Battle Against Spiritual Starvation

Have you ever gone so long without reading scripture, praying, fasting, attending church, or [insert your own] that you just "got used to it" after a while? At first, you felt like something was missing — maybe you even felt guilty for not doing whatever it was — but then it became normal? After enough time passed, you didn't even miss it.

I think we've all experienced this. We think, "I can't remember the last time I read scripture (or other spiritual thing)."

Redefining Marriage (Jacob 2)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 15 February 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 387

Redefining Marriage (Jacob 2)

Polygamy — the practice of being married to more than one person at the same time — is something that was practiced and even encouraged by a particular church in the 1800s. Since this teaching is not found in the Bible, many people assume that the Book of Mormon, which is also used by that particular church, must be the book that teaches that polygamy is acceptable. Since The Church of Jesus Christ also uses the Book of Mormon, we want to make sure to set the record straight on this matter.

In reality, Jacob 2 is the only chapter in the Book of Mormon that discusses this subject, and the instruction is clearly opposed to this practice: “Hearken to the word of the Lord: For there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife” (Jacob 2:27).

Love, Oh, What Love

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 14 February 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 322

Love, Oh, What Love

Happy Valentine's Day — the "day of love." Although many probably roll their eyes at this made-up holiday that seems to only benefit card stores, florists, and candy shops, love is arguably the most important thing in our lives. Yes, we need food, clothing, and shelter, but love is that transcending value that is vitally important to us, both naturally and spiritually.

Love takes several forms, including romantic love, brotherly/friendship-type love of mankind, and love of family. Have you ever thought about living without love, any kind of it? What would life be like?

Oh, Well!

Written by Sister Marie Fallavollitti on Monday, 13 February 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 394

Oh, Well!

Today, we're bringing you another dream-themed Miracle Monday, this time from Sister Marie (Kimmel) Fallavollitti. Enjoy!

My son, Joseph, was about 3 years old and liked to play outside in an area of our backyard where the ground had a deep indentation. For some time, this troubled me, but he especially liked playing with a little shovel and dump truck on this area, so I ignored my concern.

Spread the Good Word: John 15:1-2

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 10 February 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 320

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 317

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 384

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 267

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 311

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 275

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 303

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 367

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 282

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.

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