Amateur or Professional? (Alma 1)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 29 November 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 473

Amateur or Professional? (Alma 1)

In Alma 1, a man named Nehor goes about, challenging the way the church operates. In particular, he promotes the concept of a paid ministry, “declaring unto the people that every priest and teacher ought to become popular; and they ought not to labor with their hands, but that they ought to be supported by the people.” (Alma 1:3) Apparently, his words are quite persuasive, as people begin to give him money, and he becomes quite wealthy.

The concept of a minister becoming wealthy with money collected from people who think they are donating to God is quite distasteful. It’s in fact one of the things that has made people cynical when it comes to organized religion, as they think that every minister is in it for the money and is cheating the poor people in the congregation.

Where a Grateful Heart Comes From

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 378

Where a Grateful Heart Comes From

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

My job is to work with people in a nursing home, and in doing so I get to meet many different people of many different cultures, nationalities, and ages, and even with many different illnesses or injuries that brought them into the nursing home.

You know the type of people I like to work with the least? I don’t like working with ungrateful people.

She Came from Heaven by Way of China

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Monday, 27 November 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 435

She Came from Heaven by Way of China

Since November is National Adoption Month, for today's Miracle Monday, we're sharing Sister Linda Scolaro's amazing adoption journey she traveled with the Lord’s intervention.

One day, I prayed that God would grant us a child, and I had no idea the amazing journey and plan that God had in store for us. I prayed this prayer many times. However, this time I was driving on the Garden State Parkway. As I finished my prayer, I looked up in the sky on a beautiful sunny day in August, and I saw a vision.

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 5:20

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 24 November 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 649

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 5:20

We hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with your family and loved ones! 

As you're picking at leftover pumpkin pie and eating "just one more" of Aunt Marie's snowball cookies, think of today's Good Word. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 23 November 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 362

Happy Thanksgiving!

Since today is Thanksgiving, in many households, family and friends will gather together to enjoy a traditional meal. Although I hate being put on the spot, I love it when we go around the table to share one thing we are most thankful for. I enjoy hearing everyone’s answers, especially the kids because their answers are always so innocent.

Since I don’t have access to a lot of kids, I turned to the Huffington Post for what kids have said they are grateful for. Here are some of my favorites:

Majority Rules (Mosiah 29)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 22 November 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 457

Majority Rules (Mosiah 29)

"Majority rules" is a simple concept. It’s when you make a decision by having everyone vote on some question and then implement whichever option gets the most votes. It’s how the U.S. government is designed to operate. The majority of voters select elected officials, and the majority of those elected officials enact laws and policies. The majority makes the rules.

In Mosiah 29, King Mosiah realizes that none of his sons have a desire to follow him as king (since they’re now much more interested in doing missionary work for the Lord) so he puts into place a new form of government in which judges govern the people. These judges will be elected by “the voice of the people” (majority rules).

E-M-P-W-R-D

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 21 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 338

E-M-P-W-R-D

While waiting at a traffic light, I noticed the license plate of the car in front of me had the letters: E-M-P-W-R-D. The Reading Teacher in me immediately decoded these letters to mean “empowered.” Then, I noticed a familiar image on the license plate that gave new meaning to this word, a handicapped symbol. Instantly, my views changed. I thought this individual is clearly displaying a growth mindset demonstrating that whatever handicap he or she may have, it is not going to create a feeling of being disempowered.

A Thanksgiving Gift

Written by Sister Ruth Gehly on Monday, 20 November 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 376

A Thanksgiving Gift

For today's Miracle Monday, we're sharing a sweet testimony that Sister Ruth Gehly experienced last year around this time.

Without a doubt, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Gathering with family to share one of my favorite meals means the world to me. There is just so much to be thankful for, especially when surrounded by the love of family.

Anticipating the arrival of our family on Thanksgiving morning of 2016, I awoke very early. Desiring to be close to the Lord and to read scriptures of praise, I picked up my mom’s Bible and began leafing through the inspirational words of King David.

Spread the Good Word: 3 Nephi 18:24

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 17 November 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 766

Spread the Good Word: 3 Nephi 18:24

Today's Good Word reminds us of so many important things.

First, We've got to hold up the light. If yours is hidden under a bushel, then ... well ... No! Like the kids shout when they sing the song. 

God is Not Arrogant

Written by An Original Atlantic Coast Member on Thursday, 16 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 304

God is Not Arrogant

Today's article is Part 2 in a series about meekness written by an Original Atlantic Coast Member.

Arrogant: Having an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or abilities

Is God arrogant? Of course not! His importance or abilities can never be exaggerated. When He tells us to put Him above all things and people, there is a deep and purposeful reason for it.

Being Missionary-Minded (Mosiah 28)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 15 November 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 332

Being Missionary-Minded (Mosiah 28)

Having been converted to Christ in the previous chapter, the four sons of Mosiah express a desire to do missionary work in Mosiah 28. Their choice of preaching the gospel to the Lamanite people is somewhat surprising though, considering that:

  • Their lives will be in danger. (The Lamanites hate the Nephites.)
  • They will have virtually no credibility. (Why would the Lamanites even listen to them?)
  • Their likelihood of success will be extremely slim. (The Lamanites are not the type of people who will look to God under any circumstances.)

On the other hand:

  • They won’t be greeted with a response of “We already have a church.”
  • They recognize that they themselves were vile sinners and God was merciful to them.
  • They consider the Lamanites their brethren, so they would love to see their lives changed by knowing the Lord.

The Importance of Routine

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 14 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 350

The Importance of Routine

It’s no secret that I’m a strict routine follower. I’ve written before about my type-A personality and planning to a fault. I often wonder how I’d operate without my calendar close at hand. And don’t get me started on list-making — friends chuckle when they see the pleasure I find in rewriting them and crossing things off the endless to-dos.

As a new mom, it’s more important than ever that I abide by a routine. We’re more likely to get a good night’s rest if we keep things exactly as we did the night before: playtime, dimming the lights in the house, bath time, bottle before bed, extra cozy pajamas and cuddles. The routine helps our son fall asleep at a normal hour and assures us he gets the rest he needs.

Mi Hombre, Mi Nombre

Written by Sister Mary Ann Heaps on Monday, 13 November 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 885

Mi Hombre, Mi Nombre

Today, we're taking a break from Miracle Monday to bring you a testimony from Sister Mary Ann Heaps. Enjoy!

When I was living in Guatemala, I had a routine of stopping at the same bakery every day to purchase bread and juice. Every day, I would see a street man walking toward the bakery, and many times he would sit on the curb, never saying a word. He didn’t understand when you spoke to him but would just smile, not recognizing anybody. Not knowing anything about this poor, badly dressed man in rags and torn shoes, carrying a cloth bag, I referred to him as "mi hombre" (my man).

Spread the Good Word: 1 Chronicles 16:11

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 10 November 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 4354

Spread the Good Word: 1 Chronicles 16:11

Have you ever envisioned an imaginary line. On one side of the line is "good" and on the other side is "evil." As long as you stay on the "good" side, you're good with God. If you cross that line into "evil" territory, then you're not. 

Have you ever tried to get as close to the line as possible without crossing it? Tried to see how much bad behavior you can get away with and still be called a Christian? 

General Church Conference: More Than Just a Business Meeting

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 09 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 333

General Church Conference: More Than Just a Business Meeting

Every October, a meeting of the general priesthood of The Church, consisting of the elders and teachers, convenes at the World Conference Center in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The general session is held on Friday and Saturday, with committee and quorum meetings starting as early as the prior Monday. As I write this, I’m on a plane heading there now with great anticipation. Some might wonder why I’m looking forward to a business meeting so much. But I have to tell you, this weekend is not just a business meeting.

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