Kids' Question of the Month – October

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 29 October 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1942

Kids' Question of the Month – October

When I was a little girl, Sister Lucy passed out butterscotch candies to all the kids in church. At region meetings, you'd find a pack of Wrigley's gum in Brother Buzzy's handshake.

Brother Jess and Sister Ruth gave me quarters to buy cheeseburgers after midweek church services, and when I was older, took me to GMBA campouts when my parents could not.

Sister Yolanda taught me how to make gnocchi. These are just a few of my fondest memories of my church family loving me.

Establishing Credibility (1 Nephi 1)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 28 October 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2407

Establishing Credibility (1 Nephi 1)

For the next few months, each Wednesday blog will be based on a chapter from the First Book of Nephi. Each blog will say something about an event or teaching in the chapter and then develop a short lesson we can learn from that chapter. The blog for 1 Nephi Chapter 1 appears below. We hope you enjoy this series!

Most people who have read the Book of Mormon know the first line: “I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents…” However, if you read the rest of the first verse, you find Nephi making several other statements about himself:

  • Taught somewhat in all the learning of my father
  • Seen many afflictions in the course of my days
  • Highly favored of the Lord in all my days
  • Great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God

If You Dread Death, This One's for You

Written by Sister Josie Jasmin on Tuesday, 27 October 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2315

If You Dread Death, This One's for You

We saved a special article that that Sister Josie Jasmin sent to us for this month's Miracle Monday theme, which was "fear." It's about fearing death. If you can relate to this, then read on for a beautiful message of comfort…

When I was a young person, I had a terrible fear of dying even though I was brought up under the sound of the gospel. For some reason, I would visualize being in the ground and submerged with all of this dirt.

I began to pray that the Lord would take this fear from me, and one night I had a dream.

'Fraidy Flick

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 26 October 2015. Posted in Testimonies Hits 2480

'Fraidy Flick

Today is the last of our fear-themed Miracle Mondays. We're concluding with a story from Sister Michelle Watson. We also really need more submissions for November's theme — see below!

The lights dimmed in the movie theater where my husband and I were spending a Friday date night. We were whisked through a series of snappy previews, and then the feature presentation began.

But then something very, very strange happened.

Spread the Good Word: Ephesians 4:32

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 23 October 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1570

Spread the Good Word: Ephesians 4:32

Today's Good Word is a favorite scripture of Sister Teresa Pandone. Do you have a special verse that's given you something to think about lately? Send it to us, and we'll turn it into a spiffy graphic that you can save as your phone's wallpaper or share with a friend.

Playing Second Fiddle

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 22 October 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2419

Playing Second Fiddle

The other day, I was thinking about some wonderful, dear saints who recently stopped attending church because … well … a significant other became their No. 1 priority. How often have I seen an individual stop attending right after getting into a romantic relationship?

In a moment of weakness, I wailed to my husband, "Why do the things of God always have to play second fiddle to sex?!"

I'm embarrassed to even type it. But I did say it.

Victory Over Death in the Book of Mormon

Written by Brother Joshua Gehly on Wednesday, 21 October 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2139

Victory Over Death in the Book of Mormon

Jesus Christ gives us victory over death and hell. Often, we quote New Testament passages to proclaim this victory. The Book of Mormon takes us a step deeper into the original meaning of the Hebrew Old Testament to make the same proclamation as the Apostle Paul. By understanding the source language, we gain a greater understanding of prophecy and appreciation for the ancient authorship of the Book of Mormon text.

"…they never did look upon death with any degree of terror, for their hope and views of Christ and the resurrection; therefore, death was swallowed up to them by the victory of Christ over it." (Alma 27:28)

Being the Woman at the Well

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 20 October 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2481

Being the Woman at the Well

I have always loved the story and character of Queen Esther. I love her attitude of, “I will do it because I have to, and I am not afraid.”

I wish I had that.

But as I dive deeper into the scriptures that I thought I knew so well, I’ve found a woman that I connect to more than I ever thought.

In John 4, we find the story of the adulteress Samaritan woman who meets Jesus at the well. I'd always previously written her off because adultery is not something I relate to.

But she is so much more than just her sin.

Yannel and the Tornado

Written by Sister Megan Garcia on Monday, 19 October 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2001

Yannel and the Tornado

October is all about scares and spooks for some people. Our Miracle Monday theme for this month, which is "fear," isn't meant to freak you out. We're actually hoping the opposite — that it will plant God's peace firmly in your heart. We think that today's story, from Sister Megan Garcia, will do just that.

The sky was dark, wind was whipping through the trees, and the local TV stations had interrupted all regular programming to follow the tornado warning issued for our county. A tornado had touched down about 40 miles from us, and we were in its projected path.

Spread the Good Word: Alma 60:28

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 16 October 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1911

Spread the Good Word: Alma 60:28

This month's Miracle Monday theme is "fear." We've seen — and we will see — that fear can take different forms. Scripture often admonishes us to fear the Lord, and today's Good Word reminds us that we should fear and respect God above all.

Don't Put Your Foot in Your Mouth

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 15 October 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2611

Don't Put Your Foot in Your Mouth

Sometimes I think about my friends or co-workers, and I wonder if they will ever come to Church someday and ask me why I didn't share the Gospel with them sooner. But other times, I stress about sharing the gospel with others.

Who am I kidding? Every new opportunity to explain our church, its teachings, or even to just share my testimony can be riddled with sweat and a mouthful of second-guessed responses.

When Tragedy Strikes

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Wednesday, 14 October 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1723

When Tragedy Strikes

As many of you probably saw in the news, an awful tragedy took place here in the Houston area in late August. For no apparent reason, other than being dressed in uniform, a Harris County Sheriff's deputy was murdered. Folks in the entire area were saddened and shocked.

The Sunday after the shooting, one of the sisters here in the area and I had a Sunday school lesson. I had prepared a topic to discuss, but I always like to ask if there are any questions first. Our sister brought up the incident, noting that hundreds of messages had been left for the grieving family on Facebook and other social media outlets.

Top 10 Takeaways from October Conference 2015

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Tuesday, 13 October 2015. Posted in Church News Hits 2378

Top 10 Takeaways from October Conference 2015

For those who were unable to attend the recent General Church Conference, here is a quick “Top 10” points you may find of interest:

1. We witnessed the ordination of two new Apostles on Sunday, October 11 as Brother Frank Natoli and Brother Paul Aaron Palmieri were ordained into that office. A wonderful vision was witnessed in which several deceased Apostles entered the room to participate in the ordinations.

Fear of Flying

Written by Sister Kim Komjathy on Monday, 12 October 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2360

Fear of Flying

Today's fear-themed Miracle Monday is from Sister Kim Komjathy.

I’ve struggled with worry all my life. As I grew into an adult, my anxiety began to affect my work and personal life. I feel that God directed me to many wonderful counselors and doctors who helped me tremendously throughout the years. I’ve also been extremely blessed to have the support of many brothers and sisters who understand and share my affliction. But the thing I thank God for most of all is the knowledge and understanding of anointing.

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 27:23 (Plus Trivia Answers!)

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 09 October 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1439

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 27:23 (Plus Trivia Answers!)

Today's Good Word reminds us that God is still in the miracle business. Although some argue that miracles were just for certain times in history, we believe they happen around us all the time — big and small. 

Do you have a miracle that you want to praise God for? Please send it to us, and we'll use it for Miracle Monday or feature it on a separate day. We all love hearing about the amazing things that God does. It strengthens our faith — the faith necessary to receive His miracles in our own lives!

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