Kissing the Ground

Written by Brother Armand Genaro on Tuesday, 24 June 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 2183

Kissing the Ground

Today we're dipping into our archives and sharing one of the military miracles from a few months back. Submitted by his daughter, Sister Barbara Genaro Nuzzi, this is the incredible story of Brother Armand Genaro. It's a little long but worth every word.

On August 17, 1941, nine young people from the Niles Branch dedicated their hearts to the Lord in baptism. The entrance of the United States into the war in December of that year soon overshadowed the joy of this day. Of the five brothers baptized, four of them were drafted, one of which was Armand Genaro.

Celestial Companions

Written by Brother Jim Sgro on Monday, 23 June 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 1408

Celestial Companions

Today's angel-themed Miracle Monday is from Brother Jim Sgro. If you have a testimony or miracle to share, please don't be shy!

Hebrews 1:14 tells us "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?"

Two months before Brother Joe Lovalvo passed away, I had the opportunity to visit with him for four days. He was in assisted living, and during the course of my visit, we would walk and talk. We would go from his apartment to an outside area and around the complex.

Spread the Good Word: Exodus 14:14

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 20 June 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1349

Spread the Good Word: Exodus 14:14

Are you allowing the Lord to fight your battles? How's it going "holding your peace"? Forward this to someone who is between an army and an ocean today.

 

Burying My Sword

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 19 June 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 3065

Burying My Sword

The other day, I re-read the story of the Anti-Nephi Lehis (great name!), and one of the morals really hit me.

The Anti-Nephi-Lehis were originally Lamanites (wicked guys). The freshly converted four sons of Mosiah embarked on an epic missionary trip to convert them.

Some of the Lamanites believed the gospel, and their change of heart was so huge that they decided to change their name to the Anti-Nephi-Lehis (Alma 23:17). In scripture, it's common for a name change to serve as a symbol for a dramatic conversion (Abram/Abraham, Jacob/Israel, Saul/Paul, Simon/Peter).

And, boy, was it dramatic.

Following up on Love

Written by Sister Stefanie on Wednesday, 18 June 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1338

Following up on Love

I want to write a follow-up to a blog post I had written a few weeks ago. It was about loving my neighbor and how I needed to be more like Christ and show my love even when it's not being reciprocated.

(I also want to thank those who commented on the post for your prayers! All prayers are much appreciated!)

The day after I submitted the article, which was probably two or so weeks before it was published, I was mowing my front lawn. I saw a car coming towards me. I normally give a quick wave or smile to cars in my neighborhood, just to be friendly, even though I have no idea whose car it is. (Since I live in Colorado, where most people are pretty friendly, I'm trying to rid myself of my east coast attitude.)

Unapologetically Wild

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 17 June 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1392

Unapologetically Wild

"I've discovered that there is definitely something wild in the heart of God."

I had been reading one of the many books on my summer reading list, when my eyes attached themselves to that particular line.

What in the world was this supposed to mean?

I mean, really: there can't be anything "wild" about God, because He is a God of order.

Right?

Right By Her Side

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Monday, 16 June 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 2032

Right By Her Side

Today's angel-themed Miracle Monday is the testimony of Sister Ida Verducci from the Niles Ohio Branch. Special thanks to Brother Frank Natoli for sharing this one. If you haven't submitted your story yet, please share with us!

Sister Ida, who has been called home to her reward, related the following experience to me over 30 years ago when she was in her late 70s or early 80s. But before I share her testimony, a little background and perspective might help...

Summer Reading Challenge Discussion Forum — And a Prize Winner!

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 13 June 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 2939

Summer Reading Challenge Discussion Forum — And a Prize Winner!

We officially have 50+ people participating in the Summer Reading Challenge! We're so pleased that you've signed up. (So pleased, in fact, that we have a little surprise for you at the end of this post.) We also suspect there may be more of you who are participating but haven't officially emailed to tell us.

Last year, we dedicated a space where readers could discuss the assigned scriptures. We've decided to dedicate this post for that purpose this year. It's not super fancy, but please consider this blog post your official spot for comments and discussion about the passages you're reading.

Runnin' on Empty

Written by Brother Jonathan Scolaro on Thursday, 12 June 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 2066

Runnin' on Empty

I still remember the incident with a small pang of regret. It was one of those, "God, can I please have a do-over?" moments.

We were standing in a circle holding hands at a Vacation Bible School. The electricity was out. There was no way we could proceed with VBS unless God turned the lights back on. A group of teenagers had bravely asked me to say a prayer asking God for help. "Yeah, but what if I say the prayer and nothing happens?" I thought to myself. I mumbled a few feeble words and that was that. Not very inspiring. Fortunately, in the next room, the rest of the kids were praying with a bit more confidence and, moments later, the electricity returned, praise God.

The electricity was back, but I felt like I'd missed an opportunity. I told myself that next time I'd have a bit more courage.

The Life-Saving Station: A Cautionary Tale

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 11 June 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1606

The Life-Saving Station: A Cautionary Tale

This is an old story that I read a few years back. Warning: It may make you uncomfortable. It's not my intention to be negative, but I think this story brings out some interesting points — not so much about the church — but about our human nature as people. Check out the questions for reflection at the end.

On a dangerous sea coast where shipwrecks often occur, there was once a crude little life-saving station. The building was just a hut, and there was only one boat, but the few devoted members kept a constant watch over the sea and with no thought for themselves went out day and night tirelessly searching for the lost.

Trust

Written by Brother Marcus Natoli on Tuesday, 10 June 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1620

Trust

I'm a fan of conditional statements, and maybe the Lord is, too. So, here's one I have witnessed and personally experienced that affirms the precision of the Word of God: If you wholly trust in Christ with all your heart, then He will direct you through your life. It is not a "boulevard of broken dreams," nor is it a do-it-yourself life. It is an avenue of divine visions. It is a road lined with golden bars undivided from Christ's promises, where every step we take is nestled in His path.

Solomon wrote in Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Angels Among Us

Written by Sister Natalie Pezzenti on Monday, 09 June 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 1557

Angels Among Us

Today we're kicking off our angel-themed Miracle Mondays! The first article is submitted by Sister Natalie Pezzenti. We really need more testimonies for this month's theme. If you have an experience that's related to angels in any way, please share it with us!

During my last quarter at college, I struggled with horrible bouts of anxiety and panic attacks. They consumed me on a daily basis and I was living in a constant state of fear and worry. Never knowing when one would strike, I felt alone and frightened.

My doctor at home suggested I try some medication when I felt an attack coming on. I had never needed anything like it previously, so I was quite hesitant. The doctor assured me that sometimes you have to try a few different medications before you find one that does the trick and eases your anxiety. This was the first of those medications I decided to try.

Spread the Good Word: Ether 12:6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 06 June 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1411

Spread the Good Word: Ether 12:6

Here is a reminder about faith. Do you know someone who needs to hear this today?

As Bob Is My Witless

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Thursday, 05 June 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2235

As Bob Is My Witless

The title of this article is a phrase that I used to hear in a children's show that my daughters watched years ago. Of course, it was an intentionally garbled version of "As God is my witness," a phrase commonly used by someone who is trying to emphasize that they are telling the truth. The phrase actually does appear in the Bible — the Apostle Paul uses it at the beginning of his letter to the Romans as he wants them to believe that he really is praying for them often (Romans 1:9).

Generation Gap Interview: Brother Joseph Draskovich and Logan Ali

Written by Sister Vicki Ali and Logan Ali on Wednesday, 04 June 2014. Posted in Generation Gap Interviews Hits 2131

Generation Gap Interview: Brother Joseph Draskovich and Logan Ali

My father, Joseph Draskovich, did not know The Church of Jesus Christ until he was 12 years old. His grandfather (Joseph Draskovich Sr.) was an immigrant from Croatia who did not drive. One day, as Joseph walked home after getting food for his family, Brother Fred Fair of Greensburg gave him a ride and told him about the church.

My great-grandfather eventually joined the church and shared the gospel with his daughter-in-law, Sister Anna Draskovich. She became a faithful member and taught my father and his five siblings about God. My son Logan interviewed my dad once for a Sunday school project and this is one of the things he took notes on from that kitchen table interview.

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