My Father, My Physician

Written by Sister Rebecca Martorana on Monday, 15 February 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 1748

My Father, My Physician

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony of God's loving care submitted by Sister Rebecca Martorana.

Recently my throat was hurting and I wasn’t feeling well. After several days of suffering, I went to the doctor, who told me that he needed to take a throat culture to see if I had strep throat. I must admit that I instantly turned into a 5 year old, as taking a throat culture has always been difficult for me. We’ll, I struggled through him getting a swab of my throat, and the test came back negative for strep throat. He said it just must be a cold.

Spread the Good Word: Matthew 10:39

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 12 February 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1581

Spread the Good Word: Matthew 10:39

We pray that today's Good Word brings the pieces of your life into focus. Have a wonderful weekend celebrating the ones you love on the 14th.  

Defining Denial

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 11 February 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 2416

Defining Denial

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).

In wild excitement for a study abroad program in Florence, Italy, the summer of my freshman year of college, I read "The Agony and the Ecstasy" by Irving Stone. It's a biographical fiction about Michelangelo, and I remember the passages that describe his approach to sculpting. He'd look at a block of marble and think, "OK, the finished sculpture is in there somewhere. I just need to chisel away anything that is NOT my masterpiece."

It's kind of the same with definitions. When a word has a complex meaning, sometimes the first step in defining it is to describe what it's NOT. Self-denial certainly qualifies as complex, so I'm taking the "chisel away" approach.

God Bless America (1 Nephi 13)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 10 February 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1748

God Bless America (1 Nephi 13)

It was early March, 1776. The British General decided to attack the Americans at night. His troops were all ready. But the battle never happened. God had intervened!

During the previous day, the weather had been very pleasant; it was even abnormally warm. But by nightfall a storm raged. Hail mixed with snow and sleet, and the wind blew with almost hurricane force. Windows were smashed and fences were blown over. One American lieutenant called it the worst storm that he was ever exposed to.

The next morning, the wind continued to blow, and the snow and sleet changed over to a driving rain. The British general had no choice. He could not fight in those conditions. So instead, the entire British army evacuated the city of Boston without a fight. If it wasn't for that blizzard, American history could have been very different.

Adapting to Endless Consistency

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 09 February 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1945

Adapting to Endless Consistency

In my one class, we’ve begun our talk of justice and equality with the general nature of humanity. Our professor asked us to list qualities of the human race, and he wrote them on the board as we gave our ideas.

One of the qualities was “constantly evolving.”

The word “evolution” can be a little controversial, so let me change that to “constantly adapting.”

The Case of the Missing Fitbit

Written by Sister Ruth Batson on Monday, 08 February 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 2046

The Case of the Missing Fitbit

Today's Miracle Monday is from Sister Ruth Batson, and this remarkable lost-and-found testimony reminds us of how God lovingly takes care of even the smallest things in our lives — if we ask Him to!

Alma 34 teaches us to pray for ALL things. I learned what that truly meant after an experience that God gave me recently, and I would like to share it with you.

My daughters bought me a Fitbit for my birthday, and I wore it every day. I came home from work one day and realized that I didn’t have it on.

Spread the Good Word: Matt. 16:24

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 05 February 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1920

Spread the Good Word: Matt. 16:24

Today's Good Word is inspired by Tuesday's post. What verse are you going to try and memorize this week? Or, maybe the question should be "How long has it been since you actually memorized a verse?" If your answer is "Sunday school when I was 10," then make this image the lock screen on your phone, work at it all week, and try saying it by heart next Friday. Your Power of a Pair partner can quiz you on it. 

What Is the Book of Mormon?

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 04 February 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2431

What Is the Book of Mormon?

What is it? How was it written? Why is it the Word of God?

These are questions you’ve probably asked in the past or may still ask. It's likely you've been asked them many, many times. To craft some clear, basic answers, we're taking a cue from the Gospel News and giving you 5 Amazing Facts about the Book of Mormon:

Spoiler Alert! (1 Nephi 12)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 03 February 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 2169

Spoiler Alert! (1 Nephi 12)

Spoiler Alert! Annalise was shot by Wes.
Spoiler Alert! CeCe is "A."
Spoiler Alert! Glenn wasn't the one attacked by the zombies.

If you're a fan of any of the TV shows associated with the above, you'll recognize these tidbits of information that would have spoiled the ending of a segment of the show had they been revealed to you prior to arriving at that particular ending. When these bits of information are included in articles that appear online especially, they are generally preceded with the warning of "Spoiler Alert!" so that you know that if you continue reading, you may read something that will give away the ending.

A "Spoiler Alert!" should be issued in 1 Nephi 12 as the ending of The Book of Mormon is revealed to Nephi (and thus to you).

Two Words You Never Hear Together

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 02 February 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 2041

Two Words You Never Hear Together

When was the last time you saw a billboard, magazine ad, pop-up, or commercial that told you to "deny yourself"?

Never?

OK, well, how about TV personalities, celebrities, government officials, policy-makers, professors, and other intellectuals? Who is saying, "Deny yourself"?

… crickets …

We live in a society where the media tells us, "Indulge yourself," and voices from the podium declare, "Affirm yourself."

Yet, 2,000+ years ago, Jesus Christ told His disciples and followers, "Deny yourselves."

Tips for a Powerful Pair-up

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 01 February 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 2532

Tips for a Powerful Pair-up

Today's the big day! Everyone who signed up for the Power of a Pair program will receive an email at some point today with the name and email address of a study buddy.

After the initial pair-up, the rest of the relationship is up to you. If you're nervous-excited about reaching out to someone you don't know, then here are some tips to help.

Spread the Good Word: Ephesians 1:3

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 29 January 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1452

Spread the Good Word: Ephesians 1:3

Today's Good Word is a reminder to praise God today. As we close the books on the first month of 2016, let's thank the Lord for everything past (bad and good) and everything that's yet to come (bad and good). 

Kids' Question of the Month – January 2016

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 28 January 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 1736

Kids' Question of the Month – January 2016

"I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change"
"Man in the Mirror" (1988)

Kids are keen observers of the world around them. This month we asked, "What changes would you like to see in the world in 2016? And how do you think you could help make it happen?"

The Love of God (1 Nephi 11)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 27 January 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1727

The Love of God (1 Nephi 11)

If you've ever read or learned about Lehi's dream, then you probably know that the tree in the dream represents "The Love of God" as Nephi is told in 1 Nephi 11:22. However, if you read the description of what Nephi is shown as the meaning of the tree, you'll see that he is shown the virgin Mary giving birth to Jesus (verses 15-20) as well as the Lord Himself going forth among the people (verse 24). Putting these together, we see that the love of God has been demonstrated to mankind by Jesus coming into the world and making a way for each of us to inherit eternal life in the kingdom of God.

Jesus Himself said the same thing: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

Memories ... How They Linger ...

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 26 January 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1588

Memories ... How They Linger ...

The brain is a powerful organ — and some may argue the most powerful of all. It reminds us not to touch the hot stove and to look both ways when we cross the street. It’s responsible for our range of emotions and our plethora of thoughts. It’s a pretty big deal.

Our brain, for better or worse, holds hundreds of thousands of memories inside of it. It remembers the time you broke your arm and the time your grandma gave you the best birthday present ever. It remembers the date of your baptism and when you met the love of your life.

And, if you’re a human like me, your brain remembers some not-so-great memories, too.

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