The 2 A.M. Healing

Written by Sister Cummins on Monday, 04 November 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 670

The 2 A.M. Healing

Today's Miracle Monday is a healing from way back in 1880. This is the story of Sister Cummins, who lived near Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, as retold in the September 1951 issue of The Gospel News.

My son took sick with what the Dr. called Black Diphtheria. One night he got so bad, I had to prop him up in a rocking chair so he could breathe. I ran and called my husband and said go quick for Bro. Myers. Jimmie is choking to death.

This was two o'clock in the morning. He started for Bro. Myers who lived eight miles from Mt. Pleasant up in the mountains; and on his way he met Bro. Myers and Bro. Brown. Brother Myers had to pass Bro. Brown's home. He stopped and awoke him and said: Come on, we are wanted at the Cummins home.

Spread the Good Word: Acts 4:31

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 01 November 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 596

Spread the Good Word: Acts 4:31

Today, we're starting a new theme for Good Word Friday. This month's theme is "Boldness."

First, let's define boldness. It means fearless and confident (not necessarily arrogant and impetuous). God wants a measure of boldness from us as His followers, and it's our goal to better understand this.

We're kicking things off with Acts 4:31. In this chapter, the apostles have just gone head to head with the high priest and other Jewish elders. (Eek!)

These religious leaders were upset with the apostles because the apostles were behaving with boldness for Christ. They were fearlessly and confidently proclaiming Jesus as Savior and healing people in Jesus' name. Verse 13 says that the boldness of these uneducated, common men astonished the councilmen.

Fill Your Mind

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 31 October 2019. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 559

Fill Your Mind

It's Halloween, and I’m filled with childhood memories of how much fun it was getting candy as a child. I couldn’t wait to get home and see what I wanted to eat first — ha ha! Now that I have three children of my own, it's even more fun seeing things through their eyes.

Halloween is about dressing up in fun, silly costumes and filling candy bags full of things that will cause a cavity or two. We walk with our children from house to house and let them fill their bags with goodies.

Halloween can also invite evil into our midst. Our children need to know not only right from wrong, but right from "almost right." We know they are filling their bags with candy, but what are they (and we) filling our minds with?

The Blessing of Little Children (3 Nephi 17)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 30 October 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 654

The Blessing of Little Children (3 Nephi 17)

Babies and little children are innocent in the sight of God. They have no sin and therefore have no need for repentance or baptism while they are in that innocent state. Later, when they reach an age of understanding and are able to comprehend sin and the commitment associated with being baptized, they are then able to consider taking that step and giving their lives to the Lord.

For children who have not yet reached an age of understanding, The Church of Jesus Christ offers the opportunity for a baby or little child to be "blessed" by a minister of The Church. This blessing consists of a prayer that is offered by the minister, asking God to watch over that child until he or she is old enough to be capable of making his or her own decision about serving God.

The process used for the blessing of children is based on the following scripture:

"Jesus…said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them." (Mark 10:14,16)

Zero Degrees of Separation

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 29 October 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 574

Zero Degrees of Separation

Today's article by Sister Erin Light discusses Romans 8:35-39, which famously asks, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?"

In this passage, the Apostle Paul is instructing the Roman believers about the glories of Christ, the prophecy about pending persecution and hardship, and exhorting them not to lose their faith. Most importantly, these wonderful five verses are a reaffirmation of why God's love is so profound; nothing can separate us from the Love of God.

Let's think about this for a bit. Who could attempt to separate us from the love of Christ? This scripture is broken down into mainly three components:

How Wonderful to Be on God's Side

Written by Sister Vicky Calabrese on Monday, 28 October 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 912

How Wonderful to Be on God's Side

Today's Miracle Monday is from the pages of the March 1951 issue of The Gospel News, and it records the testimony of Sister Vicky Calabrese.

Bro. Editor: I'm writing today as I should have done long ago, to thank all the brothers and sisters that remembered me in their prayers, and sent me such beautiful and encouraging cards.

Spread the Good Word: Matthew 13:23

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 25 October 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 516

Spread the Good Word: Matthew 13:23

Today is the last Friday in October, and we're presenting the last scripture related to our theme Fruitful. This scripture comes from Christ's parable of the sower.

A sower scattered seed (the Word of God) onto various types of ground (people):

  • The wayside
  • Stony places
  • Thorns
  • Good ground

Get Out of Bed

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 24 October 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 506

Get Out of Bed

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

You may have heard that my job consists of walking with people in a nursing home. However, before you can walk, you've got to get out of bed, and sometimes the old-timers do not want to get up.

Unfortunately, as we age, we decline at an ever-increasing rate, and too much bed can destroy our bodies. Often, the person has just had a surgery or some long hospital stay, and getting out of bed can hurt.

10 Ways Our Lives Would be Different If We Were Unbelievers (3 Nephi 16)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 23 October 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 406

10 Ways Our Lives Would be Different If We Were Unbelievers (3 Nephi 16)

In 3 Nephi 16, Jesus describes to the Nephites some of the consequences that will come about as a result of the unbelief of the House of Israel (of which the Nephites are a part). Specifically, He mentions the following:

  • The House of Israel "shall be scattered forth upon the face of the earth because of their unbelief" (verse 4). History shows that this did occur, and the House of Israel remains in a scattered state as of today, even as we look forward to the time when they will be gathered together again.
  • "In the latter day shall the truth come unto the Gentiles, that the fulness of these things shall be made known unto them" (verse 7). Because of the unbelief of Israel, God turned to the Gentiles in the bringing forth of the Book of Mormon, and He continues to use them today to share the gospel with the House of Israel.

Jesus adds, however, that after God has allowed the Gentiles to be used to smite some of the House of Israel (such as the Native Americans), if the Gentiles then become unbelievers, He will use the House of Israel to "tread them down" (verse 15). Without dwelling too much on what is meant by being "tread down," the tone of this prophecy makes me glad I'm not an unbeliever.

A Case for Civility

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 22 October 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 500

A Case for Civility

When I (finally) became a mother, I was surprised to learn that certain parenting topics were super-duper controversial. Here are just a few examples:

  • Breastmilk vs. formula
  • Cry it out or rock to sleep?
  • Stay at home vs. working parent
  • To spank or not to spank?
  • Vaccinations: Harmful or helpful?

When it comes to raising kids, there are thousands of little camps of opinion, and when we join one, we fiercely defend it. We view those in opposing camps with suspicion.

Three Days Before My Wedding

Written by Sister Leanna (Valenti) Rozzelle on Monday, 21 October 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 548

Three Days Before My Wedding

For Miracle Monday, we're sharing an experience sent by Sister Leanna (Valenti) Rozzelle. Hold on tight; it's a thriller.

It was September 18, 2019 — just three days before my wedding. I set off for a quick trip to the grocery store. As I attempted to turn left into the store's parking lot, I was hit by an oncoming car. The next thing I knew, my windshield and windows were shattered, both airbags deployed, and I found myself in the passenger seat of my vehicle. When I saw the vehicle that hit me, my legs almost gave out from under me. It was a huge truck. I knew right away that God had protected me.

Spread the Good Word: Alma 32:41

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 18 October 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 456

Spread the Good Word: Alma 32:41

We're continuing our Good Word theme of Fruitful. Today's verse is from the famous chapter in Alma that compares the word of God to a seed. When we nourish the seed, it takes root and grows. Then, it bears fruit. (Easy, right?)

What does it mean to nourish the word of God? This verse gives us a clue. It says "if ye will nourish the word by your faith…" What does it mean to nourish the word of God with faith?

Have you ever read something — let's say, a news article — and you decided ahead of time that what you were about to read was hogwash? Your faith in the information affects how you understand it.

Trivia: The Early Days of the Restoration

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 17 October 2019. Posted in Trivia/Games Hits 632

Trivia: The Early Days of the Restoration

Recently, I started teaching lessons about the early days of the restoration, using Brother V. J. Lovalvo’s book, “It is Written Truth Shall Spring Out Of The Earth.” Brother V. J., for those who may not know of him, was an apostle in The Church and passed away several years ago. He wrote this book using historical records, personal testimonies and letters, church literature, and scripture to describe the events from the establishment of The Church by Jesus to the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ as we know it today.

Our lessons are concentrating on the latter part of the book and the restoration. There are many things I’m learning as I prepare each lesson that I don’t remember hearing before. I felt some of the facts would be great review questions. See how many you know already and how many are new to you.

Sometimes It Is All About You (3 Nephi 15)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 16 October 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 907

Sometimes It Is All About You (3 Nephi 15)

You sometimes encounter people who are completely wrapped up in themselves. Whatever happens, their first thought is, "How does this affect me?" For example, you fall and break your leg, and the other person says, "Oh no, now I'm going to have to take you to the hospital and we're going to be there for hours and I had so much I wanted to get done tonight" — and meanwhile you're lying on the ground, writhing in pain. Or, you come home and tell your family you've lost your job, and your teenager says, "You're still buying me a new cell phone, aren't you?"

If you want to show off your vocabulary, you could call this type of person a narcissist. Or, the phrase that's often used today is, "I guess it's all about you."

A Matter of Minimalism

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 15 October 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 497

A Matter of Minimalism

One of the latest trends in society today is minimalism. The idea is that you live with only the necessities and abandon all the rest. Whether it’s clearing the clutter because it doesn’t “spark joy” or moving to a tiny house, it seems there’s always room to pare down and take the “less is more” approach.

After nine months of prayers and interviews, God provided a new job for me at a small local advertising agency. Accepting this position will be a shift for our family budget (hello minimalism!), but it will also provide more time together as a family (a big win!). Adjusting to this focus-on-frugal lifestyle will be a true lesson in trusting His plan and timing, as well as reminding ourselves that He takes care of the birds and will certainly take care of us, too.

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