Don't Ever Forget

Written by Brother Paul A. Palmieri on Monday, 14 March 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 1839

Don't Ever Forget

Today's Miracle Monday is by Brother Paul A. Palmieri, who describes an angelic visitor he encountered when he was just a teen. Bonus — it's a restoration testimony too!

I was given this experience many years ago, but it's still relevant today. It was the summer of 1984, and I had finished my sophomore year of college. I had a summer job at a rolling pan mill about 10 minutes from home in Aliquippa. College internships were very limited locally due to the economy.

I was returning from work in mid-summer when, by chance, I saw and picked up a hitchhiker along the side of the road. He was clean looking, and I had no fear when I asked him where he was headed, and he said downtown Aliquippa.

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 9:18

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 11 March 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1858

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 9:18

Today's Good Word reminds us that if we're suffering in this life, it's only temporary. There is great joy to come, and, in the meantime, we can overcome the "shame" of our trials and troubles by realizing that, in suffering, we identify more fully with Jesus Christ our Savior.

Why and How Do We Ordain?

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 10 March 2016. Posted in Why We Do What We Do Hits 3812

Why and How Do We Ordain?

The church is a volunteer organization without a paid ministry. But that doesn't mean we take leadership lightly. Have you ever wondered about the whos, whens, whats, whys, and hows of ordination? Here's a primer.

When Christ set up the church, He set up a physical organization as well as a spiritual one. He started with the original 12 apostles in Israel and with 12 others in America. During His ministry, Christ also called 70 evangelists to go out and spread the Gospel. The church grew, as recorded in Acts and 4 Nephi, and others were ordained to replace those who had passed away. Also, other spiritual offices were created to help support the growing organizations.

The Touch of the Master’s Hand (1 Nephi 17)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 09 March 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1610

The Touch of the Master’s Hand (1 Nephi 17)

In 1 Nephi 17, the journey of Lehi’s family brings them to the border of the Arabian Sea, which they called Irreantum, meaning "many waters." The next part of their journey would be by water, eventually crossing the ocean and making their way to the land of the Americas. However, in order to do that, they would need a ship.

None of the party was experienced in shipbuilding, but the Lord summoned Nephi onto a mountain and told Him, “Thou shalt construct a ship, after the manner which I shall show thee, that I may carry thy people across these waters” (verse 8).

The Book Brings Light

Written by Curtis Roote on Tuesday, 08 March 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 1796

The Book Brings Light

Today, we're sharing another restoration testimony submitted by Curtis Roote. Don't know what we mean by "restoration testimony"? Click here to find out.

This experience is about a dream that my grandfather, Lorne Mandawoub, had of the Book of Mormon. It occurred roughly 12 years ago.

My grandfather was raised being taught that the Bible was truth and the Book of Mormon was not. However, he had a close friend who kept testifying of the Book of Mormon. As time went on, my grandfather decided to ask God if the book was right or not, and he received a dream.

God's AAA (Angelic Automotive Assistance)

Written by Sister LuAnn Carson, Brother Joseph Bogle, Sister Linda Scolaro on Monday, 07 March 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 1858

God's AAA (Angelic Automotive Assistance)

Today we're sharing three short testimonies about angels in disguise. There's another common theme with these — cars! Enjoy.

By Sister LuAnn Carson

When I was very young, my family moved to an Indian reservation in South Dakota to do missionary work. We traveled in an old station wagon for two hours on lonely roads to attend church. One Sunday, when we were leaving church, our car wouldn’t start. After several tries, my father got it started, but it would only lurch forward slowly.

Spread the Good Word: Phil. 4:13

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 04 March 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1603

Spread the Good Word: Phil. 4:13

If you don't have today's Good Word memorized — text and scripture reference — then commit it to memory today! What a great reminder in all areas of life, especially those areas where we're struggling to push through, stay the course, or be patient. We can't do it in our strength, so let's stop trying. Instead, let's ask God for His strength, and when we accomplish the goal, He gets the praise!

Meet the Q12: Apostle Joel Gehly

Written by Brother Joel Gehly on Thursday, 03 March 2016. Posted in Special Series, Church News Hits 4771

Meet the Q12: Apostle Joel Gehly

Today, we're bringing you another Meet the Q12 interview! The objective is to help you get to know our brother apostles both as individuals and as spiritual leaders. Today, we're interviewing Brother Joel Gehly.

What branch or mission do you attend?

Erie Branch, PA (Midwest Region). I grew up in the Fredonia Branch (Penn/Mid-Atlantic Region).

What is your favorite Bible or Book of Mormon verse?

I love the Book of Mormon, and have many favorite verses, but I would say my favorite verse is Revelation 14:6-7. This verse is so important for me, for us, our church, our future. I preach this message of the “everlasting gospel” everywhere.

How to Use a GPS (1 Nephi 16)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 02 March 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2184

How to Use a GPS (1 Nephi 16)

A Global Positioning System receiver (GPS) is a very useful device that has gained widespread use over the past 10 years or so. The purpose of the GPS is simple: It helps you get to where you want to go. Using a GPS is quite easy:

  • Turn on the device.
  • Tell it where you want to go.
  • Follow the instructions it gives you.

Although the device is easy to use, there are a few things you need to do to ensure a successful trip.

Just Breathe

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 01 March 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 2642

Just Breathe

It’s March – the Easter month – the third of the year. January and February have come and gone, and perhaps so have your resolutions. Did you know that just 8 percent of those who make resolutions keep them? Have you found yourself in that small group?

When I decided to make a resolution this year (to take more photos!), I also decided to choose a word for 2016. This word would be the focus of my 366 days and something that I would try to put into practice in big ways and small. It would stay at the forefront of my mind and be my theme and mantra for the year.

Love, Oh, What Love!

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Monday, 29 February 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 3081

Love, Oh, What Love!

For the last day of our love-related theme, we're celebrating the little acts of kindness and compassion that the people of God do for one another. When we put others first and ourselves second, it's a small kind of miracle. Hope this makes your heart leap on Leap Year Day.

Love at its best is a verb. Demonstrated with actions, this kind of love speaks louder than words. Many times it means “showing up.”

I have been blessed to see the love of God in action expressed by the kindness of my brothers and sisters in times of need. Today, I want to tell about three wonderful saints and their compassion that stands as a testimony to God’s goodness working through them.

Spread the Good Word: Matthew 5:8

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 26 February 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2203

Spread the Good Word: Matthew 5:8

We hope today's beattitude helps motivate you to sort out the stuff you want to allow in your heart and the stuff you don't. 

If you missed Tuesday's post, then don't forget to download or update your Bible and Book of Mormon app to the new version and enjoy the enhanced features. (Click for Apple or Android.)

Kids' Question of the Month – February

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 25 February 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 2007

Kids' Question of the Month – February

I've carried this note in my briefcase for years, so it's now tattered and stained. It still brightens any day when I read it because it was a powerful love note left on my pillow by my little boy who witnessed his mom have a really bad day.

Not knowing how to fix things for me, he offered up sweet stress coping techniques, including letting me borrow his prized "slime." For those not familiar with slime, it was a gelatinous concoction sold in plastic containers by toy stores. It served no purpose other than letting it ooze through your fingers, which the elementary age crowd found mesmerizing.

The Fullness of the Gospel (1 Nephi 15)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 24 February 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1914

The Fullness of the Gospel (1 Nephi 15)

While Nephi was being caught up to a high mountain to see his wonderful vision, as recorded in 1 Nephi chapters 11-14, his brothers were in their tent arguing about their father Lehi's dream and what he had said to them regarding future events. Nephi walks in on this argument at the beginning of Chapter 15 and tries to explain to them the meaning of some of the things that Lehi had said.

Among other subjects, Nephi explained the meaning of the metaphor that had been used of an olive tree and branches being grafted into it. He explained that the olive tree represented the House of Israel (all the people who are descendants of Jacob/Israel from the Bible) and that the branches being grafted in represented the Gentiles (everybody else). Specifically, the metaphor referred to a time when the "fullness of the gospel" would come to the Gentiles who would in turn bring it to the House of Israel.

We are living in the period of time that was being described!

Carry the Word with You

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 23 February 2016. Posted in Church News Hits 3150

Carry the Word with You

There are probably certain things you wouldn't consider doing without your cell phone or smartphone … like leave the house. Am I right?

You wouldn't drive without it — it's your GPS.

It sits on your desk at work — and knows all your important phone numbers.

And you make sure to keep it handy whenever you have to wait. Might as well crush some candy at the doctor's office.

My point is that we bring our phones everywhere. Whether our fingers are constantly flying over the touchscreen keyboard or we tuck it away in case of emergency, there are places we just won't go without it.

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