Family Reunions

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 12 August 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2305

Family Reunions

I married into a big Italian family. To be honest, it was a bit of a culture shock for me. The food part was easy to embrace. A big fan of Italian cuisine, I claimed Tiramisu as my favorite dessert and, as a young person, spent time with a beautiful older sister in church learning to make gnocchi from scratch.

Besides food, the other thing that Italians are known to celebrate — family — was a bit overwhelming for me. I was raised in a loving family, but it was a rare occasion to interact with extended family outside of my parents, siblings and grandparents. So as a young wife, I suddenly found myself spending holidays with soooo many people, who were sometimes loud and very affectionate, and I would need to take a step back and retreat to a quiet corner away from all that action.

The Three-Year Miracle

Written by Sister Erin Light on Monday, 11 August 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 1644

The Three-Year Miracle

We hope you enjoyed last week's YIA series! Today, we're bringing you a school-related miracle from Sister Erin Light told timeline-style. Click here to share your school testimonies with us!

January 2010

A new college grad, I received a job offer from a memory lab at UCSD that had no posted openings. In August, I started working full-time doing memory research on veterans at the V.A. Hospital.

Youth in Action Field Journal: Day 5

Written by Sister Taryn Haugh on Friday, 08 August 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 1967

Youth in Action Field Journal: Day 5

Today we're wrapping up our Spartanburg YIA field journals. If you enjoyed this, please leave a comment of encouragement at the bottom of this article for the young people. And another huge shout-out to Sister Alyssa Maddox who stepped up and coordinated this for us by recruiting participants to write for each day. God bless you all!

Friday, July 25, 2014

By Sister Taryn Haugh

Today's Timetable

9 a.m. –2 p.m. Day at Chimney Rock, NC (hiking, shopping, eating, etc.)
3-6 p.m. Break/nap time
6-8 p.m. Vacation Bible School
8-9 p.m. "Together Time" at SONIC

Youth in Action Field Journal: Day 4

Written by Brother Liam Turley on Thursday, 07 August 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 1472

Youth in Action Field Journal: Day 4

Here's the next installment in our special YIA series. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

By Brother Liam Turley

Today's Timetable

9 a.m. Chapel led by Brother Josh Benyola, Dominic Mora, Brother Lucas Ali, and Brother Jacob Goode on the topic "No Man's an Island."
10 a.m. Sing hymns at Skylan Assisted Living
2:15 p.m. Sing at Magnolia Place (retirement home)
4-6 p.m. Break/nap time
6-8 p.m. Vacation Bible School

Youth in Action Field Journal: Day 3

Written by Sister Dayana Cosme on Wednesday, 06 August 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 1369

Youth in Action Field Journal: Day 3

Today, we're continuing with our special series chronicling the adventures of the Spartanburg YIA participants. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

By Sister Dayana Cosme

Today's Timetable

8:30 a.m. Chapel led by Sister Dayana Cosme, Sister Taryn Haugh, and Brother Emilio Alverson on "Making God Your No. 1 Priority"
9:20 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Volunteer at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch at McDonalds
2-3 p.m. Singing at a nursing home
3-6 p.m. Break/nap time
6-8 p.m. Vacation Bible School

Youth in Action Field Journal: Day 2

Written by Sister Kathryn Genaro on Tuesday, 05 August 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 1587

Youth in Action Field Journal: Day 2

Today, we're continuing with our YIA field journals from the Spartanburg tour in July. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

By Sister Kathryn Genaro

Today's Timetable

9 a.m. Morning chapel led by Brother Liam Turley, Brother Jared Stone, Brother Jackson Hamet, and Brother Justin Benyola on finding our strength through God
10 a.m. Singing at a nursing home
12 p.m. Lunch at the Spartanburg Branch
1-3 p.m. Canvassing for VBS
6 p.m. Branch cookout

Spartanburg Youth in Action Field Journal: Day 1

Written by Brother Jake Goode on Monday, 04 August 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 1792

Spartanburg Youth in Action Field Journal: Day 1

This week, we have a very special treat for you! Directly after GMBA Campout, a group of young people traveled to Spartanburg for Youth in Action, where they dedicated the week to community service. The theme was "Make Me a Blessing."

Each day, one of the tour participants kept a field journal, recording tidbits from the trip. This week, we're sharing thoughts, reflections, and humorous anecdotes as told by five different young people. We want to give a big thanks to Sister Alyssa Maddox for coordinating this at our request! She did an awesome job recruiting writers for each day.

So, without further ado...

Monday, July 21, 2014

By Brother Jake Goode

Today's Time Table

9 a.m. Morning chapel led by Sister Kathryn Genaro, Sister Elizabeth Zaccagnini, and Sister Camille Hamet on changing the "Impossible" to "I'm Possible" with God
10 a.m. Singing at Valley Falls Nursing Home
12 p.m. Lunch at the Spartanburg Branch
2 p.m. Singing at Wesley Court Nursing Home

Spread the Good Word: 1 Chronicles 16:31 — and Giveaway Winner!

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 01 August 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1228

Spread the Good Word: 1 Chronicles 16:31 — and Giveaway Winner!

Here is a little reminder that God is in control. Forward it to someone who may need a boost today.

School Miracles for August!

It's Aug. 1, and this month we'd like to feature school-related testimonies and experiences for Miracle Monday. Anything remotely school-related is fair game. From classmates to quizzes and busses to band practice, we want to hear about how God blessed you (or your kids) in school (Kinder through Ph.D.!) Please send us your stories so we can praise God with you. 

Summer Reading Challenge Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone who left comments on the discussion forum! We hope the Reading Challenge has been enriching! 

This week's giveaway winner is...

Jared Scolaro

You get your choice of three lovely gifts.

SRC Prize Collage 3

1. Lion and Lamb note cards

2. Love mini-pillows

3. "Not my home" mug

Don't Forget the Daily Reading Assignments!

Today: Helaman 12-13

Saturday: Helaman 14-16

Sunday: 3 Nephi 1-3

This article has undergone ministry review and approval.

Fifty Harleys and a Funeral

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 31 July 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2204

Fifty Harleys and a Funeral

I remember Brother Chuck S. describing his Harley-Davidson to me. To Brother Chuck, the bike had a distinct personality that he, as the rider, strove to understand.

Brother Chuck had a distinct personality of his own.

A fiercely faithful member of our branch for as long as I can remember, Brother Chuck always rode to church on his hog. If I sat in a pew behind him, I'd see his long ponytail braided neatly down his back, which was always clad in his black leather motorcycle vest, with the words "Sober Pack" emblazoned across the shoulders in orange letters.

Why Jesus Sits

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Wednesday, 30 July 2014. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2385

Why Jesus Sits

Did you ever wonder why Jesus sits at the right hand of God?

The writer to the Hebrews refers to the Day of Atonement when he spoke of "a remembrance again made of sins every year" (Hebrews 10:3). That was the greatest day in the year to a godly Hebrew. It was a time to mourn sin and put it away — for the whole nation of Israel.

But God did not want the sacrifices and offerings of a people whose hearts were far from Him. They had sinned and had "come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). A spotless Lamb was required to be the perfect and only sacrifice.

Turning that Stride into a Strive

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 29 July 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 145321

Turning that Stride into a Strive

Strive (verb): make a tenacious effort to achieve or obtain something; to struggle in opposition

1 Nephi 17:15: "Wherefore, I, Nephi, did strive to keep the commandments of the Lord, and I did exhort my brethren to faithfulness and diligence."

I have been studying the book of 1 Nephi recently, and I was intrigued by the word "strive." It certainly is not a passive word, and I've heard ministers preach about "striving for our faith," but the definition of "striving" didn't really make sense until I examined Nephi's actions.

Somebody Bigger Watching out for Me | Plus, Giveaway Friday!

Written by Sister Rebecca Wilcoxson on Monday, 28 July 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 1769

Somebody Bigger Watching out for Me | Plus, Giveaway Friday!

Sister Rebecca Wilcoxson shares a testimony of God's protection in today's Miracle Monday. We've also got a theme for August! It's school-related miracles. Please share any testimonies or experiences you (or your kids) have had related to school, education, or learning. Also, don't miss out on how you can be part of the next Summer Reading Challenge Giveaway (instructions below).

The spring of 2012, DTE Energy (our local energy company) sent our neighborhood letters that they would be moving all of our electrical posts from one side of the street to another, so we were getting a nice huge electrical post on our side of the street right in our lawn.

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 8:15

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 25 July 2014. Posted in The Good Word, Special Series Hits 2169

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 8:15

We hope you enjoyed Beach Week on the blog. Hopefully you felt warm breezes, scented ocean spray, and powdery soft sand — especially if you are landlocked — and, most importantly, we hope it brought you insight into how we can see God reflected in His creation.

Roadside Showstopper

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 24 July 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 1890

Roadside Showstopper

My husband, Michael, and I were driving along the CA-1 coastal highway on our way to Big Sur when I piped up, "Oh! The sunset! Let's stop and watch it."

Michael pulled the car to the side of the road, which was bordering a picturesque craggy cliff with waves crashing at the bottom and the whole bit. We sat on the grassy ledge to watch the show.

And we weren't alone.

There were maybe a half-dozen other carloads of folks who stopped to witness the sun as it did its graceful dip.

Holy Hurricanes

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Wednesday, 23 July 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 1737

Holy Hurricanes

When I chose "hurricanes" as my topic for this series, I had no idea what I could really say. So I started doing some research, watching videos of recent hurricanes and the damage that they've left behind.

Although watching the actual storm was a little awe-inspiring because of how amazingly frightening they are, what I found most interesting was the destruction after the storm.

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