The Red Pen Disaster

Written by Brother Tim Scolaro on Monday, 06 June 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 1780

The Red Pen Disaster

Today, we're kicking off our June theme, kids and children, with this sweet story submitted by Brother Tim Scolaro. Enjoy!

When I was 3 years old and things were relatively tight financially for my parents, they had our sofa reupholstered with a fabric that had a texture with raised loops and grooves running in a grid between the raised areas. I somehow got my hands on a red Bic ballpoint pen and discovered that I could run it up and down the grooves and leave a streak of red ink in the recessed grooves, which seemed really cool to a 3-year-old.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Kings 8:27

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 03 June 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1576

Spread the Good Word: 1 Kings 8:27

Today's Good Word reveals how infinite God is. Whatever the heaven of heavens is — God's actual dwelling versus the firmament He created for us, maybe? — God is bigger. We have no ability to conceptualize a being that is larger than the space He occupies. True, we serve a big God. He is big enough to handle your problems and needs, so bring them to Him this weekend — and always. 

The Instrument of Prayer

Written by B. David Nolfi on Thursday, 02 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1943

The Instrument of Prayer

Is it an obligation? Is it an opportunity? Is it a compulsion? Is it a duty? Is it a habit? Is it a burden? Is it a plea? Is it a joy?

To commune with the Lord, we need to pray. Our prayers take many forms. Since most of us are blessed with frequent meals, we offer thanks and blessing over our food, often a simple prayer. Go without a full meal for a week, and the prayer of thanks and blessing takes on a different perspective; deeper gratitude and value! Circumstance often determines how loud we knock.

The Choice Seer (2 Nephi 3)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 01 June 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2365

The Choice Seer (2 Nephi 3)

A key belief of The Church of Jesus Christ is that a man will come forth in the future who will play an important role in The Church’s mission among the Seed of Joseph and the House of Israel. The title used for this man is the Choice Seer. Most of the information regarding the Choice Seer is contained in 2 Nephi 3.

If you read chapter 3, you’ll see the name Joseph used quite frequently. In fact, almost everybody referenced in the chapter is named Joseph, so here’s a “scorecard” of who each Joseph is:

Kids' Question of the Month – May

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 31 May 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 1745

Kids' Question of the Month – May

The natural world is one of the clearest, most beautiful ways that we can see and experience God in a somewhat tangible way, don't you think? When we witness a wave curl and crash, or we can't look away from the flicker at the end of a wick, or we're stunned into silence by a peacock crossing our path — this actually happened to me a couple of weeks ago! — the ho-hum brushes up, even just for a moment, against hoo-whee-wow.

Book of Dreams

Written by Sister Cindy Bright and Sister Terri Nath on Monday, 30 May 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 1745

Book of Dreams

Happy Memorial Day! For today's Miracle Monday, we'd like to share two testimonies of the restoration — it's been a while since we've done this! Our first call for these testimonies inspired two sisters to remember dreams that they had many years ago. We hope you enjoy reading them!

Spread the Good Word: Alma 46:12 {Plus #saycheesetcojc}

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 27 May 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1491

Spread the Good Word: Alma 46:12 {Plus #saycheesetcojc}

We hope today's Good Word gets your Memorial Day weekend started on the right foot by reminding you of a long-ago memorial that brave soldiers believed was worth fighting for. Today, we see that God, religion, freedom, peace, and family are all under attack like we've never seen before. Let's raise the banner; let's speak up; let's be faithful in preserving the things most dear to us, following the example of those who have gone before us. 

Entering the War Room

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 26 May 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1620

Entering the War Room

Have you seen the movie “War Room”? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it! Talk about an eye-opening, heart-touching reminder on the power of prayer!

I needed to see that movie because I needed a boost in my prayer life. Not that it wasn’t up to par or anything, but once in a while, I just need a little push — a push to remind me that God can do anything, a push to remind me there is power in prayer, a push to remind me that God hears each and every one.

I’m fighting a battle. You are fighting a battle. We are all fighting some kind of battle — and you know what? We are at war! Spiritual war.

We Need Opposition (2 Nephi 2)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 25 May 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1918

We Need Opposition (2 Nephi 2)

In 2 Nephi 2, Lehi shares his insights on the weather in Southern California, arranged marriages and winning a major sports championship. What? You say you didn’t see any of those insights in this chapter? Let’s take them one by one.

Say Cheese, TCOJC!

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 24 May 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 2236

Say Cheese, TCOJC!

A picture is worth a thousand words, and people across the globe took over 1 trillion photos in 2015, estimates Mylio.com in its online magazine. (If 1 billion people take three photos per day, then that's 1 trillion-plus photos per year.) Four-by-six prints of all those photos laid side by side would reach from the earth to the moon … and back.

And those pictures aren't in private albums like they would've been before the digital age. They're online for all to see because it's effortless to share them. Of course, we see the not-so-great pictures, hastily snapped, thoughtlessly posted. You know the ones I mean. But then there are the wonderful ones … the ones that reflect …

The Faithful Fly for Free

Written by Sister KarenJo Pandone on Monday, 23 May 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 1706

The Faithful Fly for Free

For today's Miracle Monday, we're sharing a travel-related experience from Sister KarenJo Pandone. Enjoy!

My husband, Michael, and I recently went to Calgary, Alberta in an effort to share the Gospel with the Native Americans in that area. We had a wonderful week with the Turley family and in all the meetings that we had with the various native groups. Early on Monday morning, the time came to leave, and Brother Rob and Sis Brenda formed a circle with us and asked the Lord to protect our travels home.

When I completed the online check-in for our flights the day before, the airline asked if we would be willing to give up our seats should the need arise. I said yes, which I've done many times before, but the airlines had never actually taken me up on this offer. I told Michael about it and excitedly said, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could actually get vouchers for our next trip to Calgary this year?" Times are not easy and the NAOC budget, like all other budgets, has been drastically cut.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 100:3

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 20 May 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1398

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 100:3

Today's Good Word reminds us of who we are — God's sheep, His followers, His beloved, protected flock. There are a million voices out there telling you the opposite. They are telling you that, instead of being one of God's sheep, you are actually God, the one in charge, the boss. 

Getting Real Answers

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 19 May 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1799

Getting Real Answers

“Mom, I can’t figure out this math problem!” lamented my daughter. It was a very advanced math problem, and due to my limited right-brain function, though I tried, I was not of much help. Then, I remembered the man at the phone store said, “You can ask SIRI anything!” as he handed me my new iPhone.

“Let’s ask SIRI,” I responded. My daughter excitedly said, “Hey, SIRI! Can you help me with my homework?” SIRI replied in a firm, somewhat sarcastic tone, “No, I cannot, and I do not sign permission slips either!”

Never Give Up on Someone You Love (2 Nephi 1)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 18 May 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1711

Never Give Up on Someone You Love (2 Nephi 1)

As 2 Nephi begins, Lehi is on his deathbed, and he shares some final words of wisdom with various members of his family as recorded in chapters 1-4. In chapter 1, he speaks primarily to Laman and Lemuel, his oldest sons, who'd given the family the hardest time as they traveled in the wilderness and had never really accepted the Lord into their lives. Here’s a summary of the points Lehi makes as he pleads with his sons:

  • Shake off the chains that bind you (verses 13, 23)
  • Soften your hardened hearts (verse 17)
  • Keep the commandments of God (verses 16, 20)
  • Do the above to avoid eternal destruction (verse 22)
  • Ultimately, the will of God will be done (verse 19)

Go Ahead and Indulge — Or Not

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 17 May 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1814

Go Ahead and Indulge — Or Not

This article is part of Sister Michelle Watson's deep dive into the concept of "deny yourself" (Mt. 16:24, Mk. 8:34, Lu. 9:23, 3 Ne. 12:30). Today's sub-theme is self-indulgence.

Ice cream. A manicure. A morning on the fairway. Sleeping in. We each imagine something different when we hear the word "indulgence." In our society, "indulge" has a positive connotation. There are millions of voices beckoning us to it, enumerating the reasons why we deserve it, inflating its importance to such a degree that we consider it an unalienable right.

Self-indulgence is antithetical to self-denial, so does that make it unequivocally bad? Is it OK to indulge a little?

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