Spread the Good Word: Alma 34:38

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 23 November 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 283

Spread the Good Word: Alma 34:38

We hope that yesterday you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with those closest to you. Chances are good that, at some point, you reflected on all the things you're thankful for in life. Chances are good that those reflections made you feel happy and content.

Do you need more of that happiness and contentment every day of the year and not just on Thanksgiving? If you do, then try to "live in thanksgiving daily" as today's Good Word encourages us to do.

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 22 November 2018. Posted in Special Series, Holidays Hits 299

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours on this day when we celebrate everything God has done for us!

To continue with our Christmas Playlist series that we kicked off earlier this week, Brother P. is sharing why he thinks that "O Come All Ye Faithful" fits the bill today.

Strip the Enemy of His Power (Alma 48)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 21 November 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 285

Strip the Enemy of His Power (Alma 48)

Alma 48 includes a fairly detailed description of the character of Moroni, the leader of the Nephite army. The description concludes with this powerful statement:

"If all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men." (Alma 48:17)

Since Moroni is held up as a model servant of God, it would certainly be wise to examine his traits more closely to see how we are or might be similar to him such that we can be part of the effort to strip the enemy of his power.

It's Fa La La La La Time!

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 20 November 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 291

It's Fa La La La La Time!

Actually, it's not quite fa la la la la time just yet. Thanksgiving Day is the traditional start of the holiday season. Many of you have been anxiously awaiting Thanksgiving Day for one very specific reason. You're not exactly anticipating the turkey dinner or even the pie. You're not pining away for a football-watching marathon.

What you've been looking forward to is the nonstop Christmas music on the radio. (We all know who you are.)

To celebrate the start of the (early) holiday season — and 24/7 caroling on the airwaves — we're kicking off our 2018 Christmas Playlist series. Over the next few weeks leading up to Christmas, you'll read about the Christmas songs, traditional and contemporary, that our columnists hold dear to their hearts.

Miracle From the L.A. Fires

Written by Sister Erin Light on Monday, 19 November 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 417

Miracle From the L.A. Fires

Today's Miracle Monday is told by Sister Erin Light. She's the director of a memory care facility in Southern California. The healthcare company has several locations, and one just happens to be where the wildfires are burning in Los Angeles. Here's her tale of God's protection.

The afternoon of Thursday, November 8, I got word that we needed to assist in an evacuation of our Calabasas community in north L.A. I was the only administrator who went to support the other community administrator in Calabasas, along with many drivers and buses to transport residents to other communities.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Chronicles 29:13

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 16 November 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 331

Spread the Good Word: 1 Chronicles 29:13

Have you ever thanked someone from The Church for something? Many times, instead of saying, "You're welcome" or "My pleasure," the person says, "Thank God." That's because we sometimes can't in good conscience accept thanks when we know we are not the ones who did the real work or inspired the work in the first place — it was God. We then direct the person's gratitude to one who is worthy of it.

Genie in a Bottle

Written by Brother Richard Lowman on Thursday, 15 November 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 320

Genie in a Bottle

I find it interesting that we — and I really mean me — treat the Lord like a genie in a bottle sometimes. We go through a trial, and we want the Lord to immediately “fix it” and take the pain or discomfort away. Lately, I've had a pity party for myself. We've had some adversity. Here are some examples:

My wife, Gina, and I have started hosting a “Pasta and Passage” every other Sunday in our home after church service. We eat spaghetti and then study The Book of Mormon, chapter by chapter. The attendance has been pretty good, between 20 to 25 people regularly. I think it no coincidence that on three of these Sundays we've had our upstairs air conditioning go out. The A/C hasn’t gone out any other time, and on the Monday or Tuesday of the following week, the A/C has been repaired. With the A/C out, the upstairs temperature climbs to 90 degrees, and it makes it hard for the kids to go into the playroom so the adults can study. Coincidence? No. Satanic attack? Yes. Satan would've liked us to cancel. Cancel often enough, and people will lose interest.

Poison Control (Alma 47)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 14 November 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 300

Poison Control (Alma 47)

Alma 47 tells the story of a wicked and cunning man named Amalickiah who plots (successfully) to eventually become king of the Lamanites. The first part of his plot is to gain control of the Lamanite army. Having a smaller army already under his control, Amalickiah agrees to turn over his army to Lehonti, the Lamanite general, as long as Lehonti agrees to make Amalickiah the second in command of the entire army. The next step of this wicked man is obvious:

"Amalickiah caused that one of his servants should administer poison by degrees to Lehonti, that he died. Now, when Lehonti was dead, the Lamanites appointed Amalickiah to be their leader and their chief commander." (Alma 47:18-19)

It is not mentioned what type of poison was used for this murder, but clearly the people involved knew what they were doing as they administered the poison very carefully, little by little, until it had its desired effect.

Cane Pride

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 13 November 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 319

Cane Pride

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

In the branch of The Church of Jesus Christ where I belong, we have a brother who calls his walking cane “Pride.” I am not exactly sure of his reasoning.

Maybe his pride is lost because he uses the cane now? Maybe it keeps him from using the walker, which could be a source of pride? Maybe “pride goeth before a fall.” (I guess I should have asked him.)

The Watermelon Offering

Written by Sister Marie McGuire on Monday, 12 November 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 282

The Watermelon Offering

If winter weather is getting you down, today's experience from Sister Marie McGuire will take you back to summertime.

During the summer of 1963, I was downstairs doing laundry, and my son Mickey began to question me about something that was on his mind. He said, "Mom, in Church we are taught that God created the heavens and all living things on earth. Then He created man in His own image. In school, we are taught about a big bang creation theory. We are taught the theory of evolution of man from the apes. How do I know which creation story is true? If I put God's creation on the test in school, then I get it wrong. I just want to know what is the real truth.”

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 69:30

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 09 November 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 312

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 69:30

Today, let's thank God for the gift of music! Praising God with a song is one of the most joyful ways to express our thanks. Whether we sing with all the breath our lungs can hold or we hum quietly to ourselves, whether we approach it with laughter or solemnity, whether we possess great skill or none at all, music can often express what our mouths otherwise would not or could not utter.

Joy in Service

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 08 November 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 326

Joy in Service

Today I'm bringing you my last scripture reading plan of 2018. Remember waaaay back at the beginning of 2018 when I promised that each of my subsequent articles for the year would contain a reading plan? The purpose was to keep myself personally accountable to reading scripture because I'd been very inconsistent with it.

The topic of today's reading plan is service. I found scriptures that spotlight many different angles of service, but for this article, I'm going to focus on just one of them: joy in service.

Raise Up the Standard (Alma 46)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 07 November 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 329

Raise Up the Standard (Alma 46)

STANDARD
1: a conspicuous object (such as a banner) carried at the top of a pole and used to mark a rallying point, especially in battle
2: something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model or example
3: substantially uniform
4: having recognized and permanent value

In Alma 46, Moroni, the leader of the Nephite army, sets up a standard to rally the Nephite people around some common causes. He creates the flag or banner by ripping up his coat and writing the message on a piece of it. Here is the message:

"In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives and our children" (Alma 46:12)

The Gift of Sight

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 06 November 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 286

The Gift of Sight

For the past seven years, I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer through my company’s philanthropic efforts at community vision screenings around Cincinnati. Our teams visit various schools around the city and check elementary children’s eyesight to determine if they need glasses. It’s a wonderful day spent away from my desk. Instead of writing, I’m helping to potentially give the gift of sight to a young child.

When each child walks through the door, we take the exam sheet and explain the vision screening test we’re about to do with them. They cover one eye and read the letters on the eye chart we point to. We record the score and repeat the process on the other eye.

Each child varies in what he or she can see — some read the letters without a single mistake; others pause and question if what they saw was correct. And some, unfortunately, have such a difficult time seeing the letters that they simply give up, and we move along to the next portion of the screening.

Getting Along With That Difficult Relative

Written by Brother Gerald Benyola on Monday, 05 November 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 329

Getting Along With That Difficult Relative

Today's Miracle Monday is a story about the challenges of family relationships. Thank you to Brother Gerald Benyola for sharing this one.

As a young man, I was blessed to find a wife to share my life with (Rose Pontillo) and also accepted the family that had loved and raised her. There was a time when my in-laws lived with us. We all sat down and agreed, with a clear understanding, as to what I expected of them living in our home. Thank God for my wife’s patience as to not involve me in the daily interaction of their relationship. My father-in-law was a gem.

But one of my challenges was my mother-in-law, Sister Fina Pontillo.

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