Bumps, Bruises, and Blessings

Written by Brother Jim Sgro on Monday, 16 May 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 1781

Bumps, Bruises, and Blessings

For today's Miracle Monday, we're sharing a testimony from Brother Jim Sgro. Enjoy!

When my son, Jimmy, was a young boy, he had an accident falling off his skateboard. He hit his head very hard and passed out. That night, when I got home from work, my wife, Lynda, told me what had happened. Jimmy had a small bump on his head, so I anointed him, and everything seemed to be all right.

The next day, I went to work and, during the day, Lynda called me and told me that the bump on Jimmy's head had gotten bigger and that she was going to take him to the emergency room. I told her that I would meet her at the hospital.

Spread the Good Word: 1 John 4:18

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 13 May 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1412

Spread the Good Word: 1 John 4:18

There's nothing to fear about Friday the 13th after reading a Good Word like today's. As fallen humans living in a fallen world, we can only experience a "fallen" type of love with each other on Earth. People are always going to disappoint us — and even scare us sometimes. It's only when we reach out to the Lord that we can experience perfect love, the kind that casts out fear.

In the Garden

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Thursday, 12 May 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1587

In the Garden

Spring is here, and it opened with the celebration of Easter a few weeks ago. It's a time that I look forward to, filled with renewal and re-birth. As my mind focuses on the Lord and His sacrifice, my thoughts bring me to the time He spent in the Garden of Gethsemane. I remember a message from some years ago given by a visiting Elder at our branch one Wednesday evening just before Easter.

The brother spoke of Christ’s time in the Garden of Gethsemane and rehearsed all that the Lord suffered as He wrestled with what He was called to do. At one point, the brother said, “We are no different. We will all spend time in the Garden.”

I remember hearing those words, struck with the weight of what was said and what the words meant. It overwhelmed me.

A Marvelous Work (1 Nephi 22)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 11 May 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1717

A Marvelous Work (1 Nephi 22)

MARVELOUS (adjective)

  • Extraordinary
  • Awesome
  • Causing great wonder
  • Extremely good or pleasing

In 1 Nephi 22:8-9, Nephi tells his brothers,

"And after our seed is scattered the Lord God will proceed to do a marvelous work among the Gentiles, which shall be of great worth unto our seed; wherefore, it is likened unto their being nourished by the Gentiles and being carried in their arms and upon their shoulders.

And it shall also be of worth unto the Gentiles; and not only unto the Gentiles but unto all the house of Israel, unto the making known of the covenants of the Father of heaven unto Abraham, saying: In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed."

A Positive “But”

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 10 May 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1341

A Positive “But”

BUT (conjunction)

  • Except for the fact
  • THAT – used after a negative
  • If not; unless
  • On the contrary

If you’re like me, you often infuse your daily speak with that sneaky three-letter word.

“I’d love to read the Scriptures tonight, but I need to finish my mountain of laundry first.”

“I should probably give Sister So-and-So a call after her surgery, but she probably will get calls from others and mine won’t matter.”

“I’ll get anointed for the pain in my back, but I’m sure ibuprofen will do the trick just as well.”

No Storm Is Stronger Than the Savior

Written by Sister Karen Pezzenti, Sister Donna Bogle, Sister Carmela Gray on Monday, 09 May 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 1764

No Storm Is Stronger Than the Savior

Spring may be here, but that doesn't necessarily mean that wacky weather is behind you. If you're still experiencing the odd snowstorm or crazy downpour, here are the last of our weather-related Miracle Mondays to encourage you!

Submitted by Sister Karen Pezzenti

Youngstown, Ohio had one of its worst winter blizzards in 1978. One day, after the snow wouldn’t stop falling and the wind wouldn’t stop blowing, I left the hospital in Salem, where I worked, and began my drive home, which was full of winding country roads without any streetlights.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Peter 5:7

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 06 May 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1429

Spread the Good Word: 1 Peter 5:7

If you're feeling like you're "on the outs" with God ... like you've fallen off His radar, like He's pressed pause on your prayers, like you don't matter to Him ... then let today's Good Word be a reminder that He cares about your cares.

I Can Do All Things

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 05 May 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1588

I Can Do All Things

Philippians 4:13 says that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. And I have to say, I believe it, but do I truly use the fullness of the meaning in my life?

I work at an assisted living center where all the residents have memory impairments. They are not going home, and they have lost a lot of their independence. They are no longer driving, preparing food, or taking care of their children. Many can't even remember my name day after day. And yet, every day I learn something new about life from these people whom I have grown to love.

Zion – Israel's Gathering Place (1 Nephi 21)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 04 May 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1762

Zion – Israel's Gathering Place (1 Nephi 21)

1 Nephi 21 includes the Book of Mormon's first descriptions of a place and time period known as "Zion." Although there is much that can be written about Zion — and perhaps will be in future blog articles — this particular article focuses on Zion as Israel's gathering place, as described in chapter 21.

Scattering of Israel

The story of Zion begins with the descendants of Jacob (a.k.a. Israel), also known as the "House of Israel." The House of Israel were God's "chosen people," but due to their unbelief (especially in Christ), they found themselves scattered throughout the world. Even today, we only know of two of the twelve "tribes" of Israel (Judah and Joseph); the whereabouts of the other 10 are still unknown.

Going Toward the Light

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 03 May 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1520

Going Toward the Light

Not long ago, I had the opportunity to meet with some leaders in Washington D.C. One individual we met was an older man from Ghana, someone with a lot of global power and ability in his job.

He told us that when he was a child he would walk to the airport for two hours every night.

“Why do you think I did that?” he asked.

We all looked around at each other, none of us wanting to say the wrong thing.

A Drive to Remember

Written by Sister Cindy Henderson on Monday, 02 May 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 1881

A Drive to Remember

For today's Miracle Monday, we're sharing a weather-related testimony from Sister Cindy Henderson.

When our family arrived one Sunday morning in Muncey, Canada, the saints there were surprised that we planned on staying for the service due to a snowstorm that had started. During Sunday school and the morning service, the snow increased.

After a quick lunch with the brothers and sisters — and a prayer for the journey — Brothers Pete Capone Sr. and John Buffa Sr. got in one car, and Brother Larry, our children, and I got in our car, and we headed home. For a short while, our cars followed one another, but then we each turned on the snow-covered highways toward our separate destinations.

Spread the Good Word: Luke 6:21

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 29 April 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1510

Spread the Good Word: Luke 6:21

We pray that today's good word gives you comfort if you're weeping or hungering for something lost or out of reach. Know that better times are always ahead for those who believe in Jesus Christ — the life to come where toil and sorrow are no more. 

Kids' Question of the Month – April

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 28 April 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 1912

Kids' Question of the Month – April

This month, we asked our kids a very simple question: How long do you think it would take a grown-up to read all the way through the Bible and Book of Mormon?

We were wondering how different a child's perception of time is from an adult's. Also…how much confidence do they have in us as spiritual speed readers?

Here are some replies from the 6 to 10 year-olds in Columbus, OH who pondered how long it would take their mothers to read both books.

The Poverty of Pride

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 27 April 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 2007

The Poverty of Pride

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 pride.

We all know that pride, in general, is bad. But after digging a little deeper in my quest, I'm convinced that pride is the sworn enemy of self-denial. When I'm puffy-proud, I'm not in any frame of mind to put myself second.

I realized that pride is a Pandora's box, so to speak. After studying up on this, I was shocked to learn how many other evils pride leads to. Here's just a sampling of what I found:

Pay It Forward Day Is April 28

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 26 April 2016. Posted in Holidays Hits 2273

Pay It Forward Day Is April 28

One Friday morning, after a long, challenging week, I ordered a cup of coffee at a drive-through. When I attempted to pay, the cashier said, “The car in front of you took care of it.” Tears came to my eyes. I can’t tell you how much of a boost (better than caffeine) that was for me. This kind gesture lifted my spirits immensely and carried me through the day.

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