No, Jack (or No, Rich)

Written by Brother Rich on Tuesday, 11 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1912

No, Jack (or No, Rich)

A couple of weeks ago, I heard a reference to the book, "No, David!" If you have kids, or if you work with them, you've probably heard of it. It's a story about a little boy who gets into everything and how his mom corrects him all the time. I thought about how I do that with my 15-month-old Jack. Whether he is trying to eat the dog food, stand on the furniture, or unplug things from outlets, I seem to say, "No, Jack," quite a bit.

I was at a church meeting the other day, and someone asked how Jack was doing. I said he was getting big and that he's becoming very ornery and getting into everything. The person then said to me, "Not much different than us?" I chuckled and agreed with him, but I immediately began to think about that statement in a spiritual sense.

I Came to See You

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Monday, 10 November 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 1590

I Came to See You

Today's loss-related Miracle Monday is from Sister Enza Pusillo. We send special love to all of you who had to say goodbye to your parents earlier than you expected.

When I was 13, my father, Brother Sal Traina, passed away, and it rocked my world. As the oldest of his four daughters, I was also the most like him; we shared a love of books, history and the written word. He was my confidant, my friend, and I was lost and overwhelmed after he was gone.

Who would sit at the kitchen table and help me with my math? Who would ask me what book I was reading or answer my questions about anything and everything that made me curious?

Spread the Good Word: Philippians 4:8

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 07 November 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1191

Spread the Good Word: Philippians 4:8

Today, we're featuring the favorite scripture of Sister Barbara Andruccioli. Thanks so much for sharing, Sister Barbara!

Gospel Lesson: Your Stone Is Your Testimony

Written by Brother Ben Hemmings on Thursday, 06 November 2014. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1914

Gospel Lesson: Your Stone Is Your Testimony

Today's Reading: Helaman 5:12 (see below)

"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall." – Helaman 5:12

Cleaning Out My Closet

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Wednesday, 05 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2039

Cleaning Out My Closet

Working for a retail company has taught me a lot about fashion. For instance, it's OK to mix stripes and floral patterns. White jeans are allowed after Labor Day. And, most importantly, everyone needs a nice pair of sunglasses.

Learning so much about the fashion industry has piqued my interest in my own sense of style — from what looks best on me to taking risks with a new color choice.

In the midst of all this learning, I stumbled upon a new concept called capsule wardrobing.

The Older Generation: My Gems in the Gospel

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 04 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2158

The Older Generation: My Gems in the Gospel

"And I command you to take it upon you to counsel with your elder brothers in your undertakings; for behold, thou art in thy youth, and ye stand in need to be nourished by your brothers. And give heed to their counsel." — Alma 39:10

As I finish my final semester in my Gerontology graduate school program, I have had some time to reflect on my life and appreciate the counsel of the older brothers and sisters who provided for me in my time of need. These beautiful, loving saints were my solid foundation. While I studied, they prayed all semester long. While I looked for a job, they prayed every week until I received. While I packed for GMBA Camp, they prayed for a safe flight.

The following is a short collection of a long list of blessings I've received from the older generation. Sure, I am a young person, and I have all the energy in the world, but without the support of my brothers and sisters, I would not be where I am today. They are the wisdom of Solomon, the patience of Job, and the constant reminder of God's promises to the righteous.

Losing a Child

Written by Sister Dienna Rogers on Monday, 03 November 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 1908

Losing a Child

Today, we're kicking off our November theme: death. Since we serve an awesome God, the experiences we'll share are more uplifting than not. Today's submission is from Sister Dienna Rogers.

I have known many people who have lost children at all ages, but I never fully understood the dramatic and profound impact of the grief they went through until I experienced it myself.

It is a feeling I don't even wish on my worst enemy.

Remind Me Who I Am

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Friday, 31 October 2014. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 2878

Remind Me Who I Am

Last night, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" was on TV, and it reminded me of a beautiful conversation I saw unfold on Facebook a while back. One of my friends posted the following on her brother's timeline:

Friend: I think about all the stuff you and (other brother) are doing and I hear this little voice in my head that says..."I got a rock."

Brother: Huh? What do you mean?

Friend: You know, from Charlie Brown when everyone is showing all the good candy they got and Charlie opens his bag and says..."I got a rock."

Gospel Lesson: Don't Smite Twice

Written by Brother Ben Hemmings on Thursday, 30 October 2014. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2213

Gospel Lesson: Don't Smite Twice

Today's reading: Exodus 17:1-6 and Numbers 20:2-13

"Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders in Israel." – Exodus 17:6

About 60 percent of the human body is water. Humans must maintain this percentage in order to survive. After leaving Egypt, the Israelites were having difficulty trusting that God would provide for their needs. By the 17th chapter of Exodus, they were chiding Moses for their lack of water, murmuring against him. Moses, as their leader, went to God for direction. The Lord instructed him to go before the people and strike a rock with his staff. God wanted to use this as an example and provide water for the people.

God's Ways vs. My Ways

Written by Sister Jill Kovacic on Wednesday, 29 October 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1384

God's Ways vs. My Ways

Have you ever asked the question "What am I doing?" Am I following my ways, maybe just taking up space, not truly listening? Or am I walking in the ways of God?

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). So, what does that say about my ways? I believe Jesus' ways trump my ways.

Abinadi quotes Isaiah in Mosiah 14:6: "All we, like sheep, have gone astray." Where have I strayed from God? The answer is clear. If my ways go against the teachings and preaching of Jesus, then the answer is a definite yes, I've strayed.

Do I place everything in my life over the things of God? To be fully a part of God's House, I must be a full participating part.

Are You in the Know?

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Tuesday, 28 October 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1987

Are You in the Know?

Here are series of questions. Let's see how many you can relate to.

  • Do you sometimes find yourself tempted to bend with the social winds of the day?
  • Do you sometimes find yourself wondering why so many U.S. states are supporting same-sex marriage or why more aren't?
  • Do you find that you're influenced by a lot of "trending" concepts and ideals that, not so long ago, were unaccepted by society?
  • Do you find yourself being more tolerant because socially it's the right thing to do?
  • Do you find yourself consumed with so many activities and tasks in your busy life that you have less and less time to read the Word of God, pray, or meditate on the blessings of God or even attend Church?

That Girl in the Photo

Written by Sister Tracey Cuerrier on Monday, 27 October 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 1770

That Girl in the Photo

Today is our last marriage-related Miracle Monday. Thank you to everyone who contributed their stories! Today we're hearing from Sister Tracey Cuerrier.

AJ was not yet a member of the church and attending the Windsor Ontario branch when he started praying that the Lord would provide him with a wife. Even though he wasn't a member, he had certain criteria in his request for a wife. She had to either be attending church or be a member — he wanted to be equally yoked.

In his prayers, he made a promise to the Lord that whatever woman God provided he would marry, and if he was to remain single that the Lord would give him strength to serve Him alone.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Nephi 1:1

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 24 October 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1675

Spread the Good Word: 1 Nephi 1:1

Today's Good Word is the favorite scripture of Brother Michael R. McGuire from the Dedham, Massachusetts Mission. He says:

I found myself many times over and over thanking God for my parents, who raised me under the sound of the Gospel in The Church of Jesus Christ, teaching me of God, the Scriptures in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, prayer, and bringing me to Church. You know that I enjoyed it and looked forward to learning about the Restoration and going to Church. So therefore I can proudly say as Nephi did, "Having been born of goodly parents."

Thanks for sharing, Brother Michael!

Gospel Lesson: Casting the First Stone

Written by Brother Ben Hemmings on Thursday, 23 October 2014. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 3529

Gospel Lesson: Casting the First Stone

If you're just joining us for Gospel Lessons, here's the first in this five-part series.

Today's reading: John 8:1-11

"He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." – John 8:7

This week's Bible passage depicts one of the many times when the scribes and Pharisees tried to discredit Jesus, but the outcome paints a beautiful portrait of God's grace and mercy.

One morning, as Jesus was teaching in the temple, the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman who was caught in adultery, a sin punishable by death under the Law of Moses. The scribes and Pharisees weren't trying to hold this woman accountable to the law as much as they were trying to trap Jesus in His teachings.

I Heart My Scripture Study Sheet

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 22 October 2014. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2865

I Heart My Scripture Study Sheet

I'm definitely a geek, and my scripture study sheet is probably one of the nerdiest things about me.

When I was in my late teens early 20s, I'd already read through the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and I was ready to kick things up a notch. I wanted to stop reading and start studying.

But I didn't know how.

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