You Reap What You Sow (2 Nephi 13)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 31 August 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2380

You Reap What You Sow (2 Nephi 13)

I once preached a sermon in which I said that I went to a seed store and bought seeds to plant orange trees. The package said the seeds were for orange trees, and the salesperson confirmed that these seeds would grow nice orange trees. I told the congregation that I was so proud of the oranges that I grew that I brought one to show them. I then reached into my briefcase and held up a banana! As everyone looked at me shaking their heads (or SMH as they say on social media today) I went on to explain that if you plant seeds for a banana tree, that’s what you will get regardless of what anyone else says and how convincing they may sound.

In other words – You Reap What You Sow.

God's Way

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 30 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1856

God's Way

As I traveled to the 2016 GMBA camp, filled with anticipation for the theme, "The Way," I spotted a sign for exit 266 on the Pennsylvania turnpike. I immediately thought of the hymn, "God’s Way" in the Saints Hymnal. My mind always relates numbers to hymn numbers. (You piano players out there know what I mean.) I began to ponder what ideas and topics would be discussed during our chapel, seminars, and worship services.

At the end of camp, I traveled back on the PA turnpike, my family in tow. My husband was driving. Shortly after our departure, we encountered a very bad rainstorm. As we traveled between tunnels and mountains, there was a misty fog that made visibility difficult.

God as Our Guide

Written by Sister Donna Bogle on Monday, 29 August 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 1974

God as Our Guide

Today's Miracle Monday is a sweet story by Sister Donna Bogle. Enjoy!

When turning 18, most young people (and their parents) look forward to choosing a college or university, completing senior projects and pictures, going to prom, and the excitement of impending graduation to name a few. Our family isn't like "most," but we've still seen God's great hand in our lives.

Having an autistic son has presented us with many challenges and countless blessings in our “peculiar” (1 Pe. 2:9) path. When our son turned 18, my husband and I began the process of applying for guardianship so that we can continue to be responsible for him. Unless we petition for guardianship, the law says that he can make decisions for himself regarding his health, safety, and all areas of life. Presently, Jacob isn't capable of doing this.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 3:6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 26 August 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1556

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 3:6

Isn't it interesting how desperate we get for what's on the second sign in today's Good Word graphic — God's direction, His leading, knowing which path to take — yet we're not so keen on doing what's in the first sign — acknowledging Him in all our ways?

Not-So Mysterious Commission

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Thursday, 25 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1825

Not-So Mysterious Commission

When I think about the God I serve, I believe He is pretty straightforward. “Follow my commandments,” He says. “If you do, you will prosper.”

He makes things simple. He doesn’t beat around the bush (He just appears as one on fire from time to time.) He wants His children (that’s us) to stay close to Him and trust in His word.

But there’s still a mysterious way about Him sometimes, isn’t there? There’s a semblance of wondering that we often have. How will it all make sense in the end?

The Peaceful Reign (2 Nephi 12)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 24 August 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1943

The Peaceful Reign (2 Nephi 12)

"We believe in the fulfillment and ultimate establishment of the kingdom of God on the earth while men are still in the flesh. We refer to this period as the “Peaceful Reign.”
– From Article 23 of the Faith & Doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ

Chapters 12 through 24 of 2 Nephi consist of the prophecies contained in Isaiah 2-14. Nephi included these prophecies in his record because he felt they were important for his people to know.

2 Nephi 12 (from Isaiah 2) includes a vivid description of a period of time (still in the future) that we refer to as the Peaceful Reign or Zion. The prophecy states that people “shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks – nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (2 Nephi 12:4).

The Olympians of Scripture

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 23 August 2016. Posted in Devotional, Current Events Hits 3558

The Olympians of Scripture

Are you still watching Olympic replays and highlights even though the games ended last week? We witnessed some remarkable feats at the Summer Olympic games. We've seen plenty of pictures that show the thrill of victory, and some, unfortunately, the agony of defeat.

This got me thinking about what sports some of the people from scripture would have participated in if the Olympics were held in those days. Leave your ideas in the comments below…

Prompted by a Prayer

Written by Brother Anthony Scolaro on Monday, 22 August 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 1781

Prompted by a Prayer

There's no Miracle Monday theme for August, so we're sharing an assortment of experiences that you've sent to us. Today's is from Brother Anthony Scolaro.

About 30 years ago on an early spring weekend, a group of young people from the Great Lakes Area MBA drove up to the Six Nations reservation in Ontario, Canada, about 180 miles away, to visit the mission there. We filled a half-dozen cars, including mine, and left the Detroit area on Saturday morning, planning to stay overnight and return home Sunday after enjoying a time of fellowship and worship.

Spread the Good Word: Ezekiel 36:26

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 19 August 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1907

Spread the Good Word: Ezekiel 36:26

We hope that today's Good Word encourages you, whether you're dealing with your own heart of stone or someone else's. God can place a new spirit in any soul that's willing to accept it. We are always looking for the next new thing, new stuff to replace our old stuff, new strategies to replace the ones that didn't work. When you're at the end of your rope and nothing seems new under the sun, why not try looking past the sun, up to heaven, for that new spirit?

Learning from the Past

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 18 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1845

Learning from the Past

“You can’t change the past. But I daresay, you can learn from it.”

This is a line from "Through the Looking Glass," a movie that I recently saw with my younger daughter, who has always been enamored by the imaginative, whimsical story of Alice in Wonderland. Much to my surprise, "Through the Looking Glass" portrayed some good morals, such as the importance of family and always telling the truth — but most of all, valuing time.

Called as a Witness (2 Nephi 11)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 17 August 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1726

Called as a Witness (2 Nephi 11)

In 2 Nephi 11, Nephi briefly comments on the preceding chapters in which he included the words of his brother Jacob. He points out that since Jacob has also been a witness to the coming Christ, his words are valuable alongside the words of Nephi since the combination of their words is more effective in proving the case of Christ to others. Nephi states, “God sendeth more witnesses, and he proveth all his words” (2 Nephi 11:3).

There are several places in scripture where it states that the testimony of multiple witnesses is more valuable — or even required — as compared to the testimony of a single witness. Along these lines, note the following:

Praying in a Parking Lot

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 16 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1756

Praying in a Parking Lot

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). Today's topic is sacrificing the desire to blend in.

My husband, Michael, tells a lot of humorous stories from his childhood, and one of my favorites involves his middle school art teacher. There was an unfortunate classroom incident concerning a mound of clay that resulted in the frazzled teacher literally shaking Michael till his teeth rattled. When Michael reported the episode at home, Mama Bear turned into a full-on lioness defending her cub.

God Clears the Road to Recovery

Written by Sister Debby Dye on Monday, 15 August 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 2030

God Clears the Road to Recovery

Today's Miracle Monday is the life-changing testimony of Sister Debby Dye.

I found myself sitting alone and miserable in my bedroom. This had become the norm for me over the last few months.

I had moved back with my ex-husband after many conversations about reconciliation. After the first couple of weeks living there, I realized what a big mistake I had made. His promises were empty. All he wanted was a maid and someone to help finance his addiction, which ultimately turned into a relapse for me. Soon, we were always fighting. I was miserable and sick, both physically and at heart.

I'd put God on the back burner and forgotten how to pray.

Spread the Good Word: Acts 3:6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 12 August 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1509

Spread the Good Word: Acts 3:6

We hope that today's Good Word reminds you that the most important thing you have to give someone else is your testimony of Jesus Christ in your life. This wonder-working gift is something that moeny can't buy. 

Don't Be Deceived

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 11 August 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1762

Don't Be Deceived

Throughout the Book of Mormon there are several instances where men with evil intentions deceived many people. All of them were out for power and spoke flattering words to get people to follow them. One such person was Amalickiah. Alma 46 and 47 describe him and what lengths he went to in order to become a king.

First, he started out as the leader of the opposition against the church and standing government of the Nephites. Moroni, the young commander of the Nephite army, saw this and would not stand for it. He created the Title of Liberty and gathered as many as would fight with him to protect the church and the liberty they enjoyed. Amalickiah, seeing that his forces were outnumbered, took whoever would go with him into the wilderness to the land of Nephi. It is here that we see how determined he was to become king.

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