Heavenly Harvest in Burundi

Written by Brother Deo on Monday, 16 November 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 1916

Heavenly Harvest in Burundi

Today's missionary-themed Miracle Monday comes from the mission field — Burundi to be exact. Enjoy this beautiful testimony from Brother Deo in his own words.

I grew rice in one of the valleys of Bujumbura during the summer season, and it was not easy to water it. You know we have two main seasons here in Burundi, the winter, and the summer. The winter is more productive than the summer.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Timothy 6:6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 13 November 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2041

Spread the Good Word: 1 Timothy 6:6

No need to fear Friday the 13th, especially with an encouraging Good Word like today's, which gives us two very important attributes of a joyful, meaningful life: godliness and contentment.

Do you remember the famous verse that comes right after this one? Hint: it's similar to the title of an Academy Award winning 1938 Frank Capra film starring Jimmy Stewart. Post it in the comments if you know it.

Cool in School

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 12 November 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2157

Cool in School

In 2008, I was asked to address the sixth grade class at Glassport Central Elementary on Dr. Seuss Day. This is the poem the Lord gave me.

Cool in School

My pursuit to be
is cool, you see.
To be accepted and admired
by those who I know and who know me!

I Will Go and Do (1 Nephi 3)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 11 November 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2462

I Will Go and Do (1 Nephi 3)

After Lehi and his family had walked for three full days into the wilderness, Lehi informed his sons that the Lord wanted them to return to Jerusalem to retrieve a set of records referred to as the "plates of brass." You can imagine the responses: Wait, what? Are you kidding me? Why didn't you have this dream three days ago?

Only Nephi received the directive in a suitable manner, responding, "I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded."

Nephi's statement has two parts to it – "Go" and "Do." Both are often necessary to be successful in an undertaking.

Playing Defense

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 10 November 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2007

Playing Defense

Have you ever had someone ask you to explain your beliefs or The Church? I've had a few opportunities, and each time there has always been a feeling of excitement. I can't wait to tell all about it.

I remember one of the first times I was asked. I couldn't wait to talk about Christ, The Church, the Book of Mormon, everything. I started to imagine how it was going to go. Everything would be wonderful and maybe, just maybe, this man would come to church. The day came for our lunch discussion, and I just couldn't wait.

They Are in My Hands

Written by Brother Richard Scaglione on Monday, 09 November 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2157

They Are in My Hands

Today's missionary-themed Miracle Monday is an account from Brother Richard Scaglione about a trip to South America. Enjoy!

Brother Frank P. and I made a missionary trip to Colombia and Venezuela from June 3 to 15, 2010. The blessing actually began the week before we left.

On Saturday, May 29, Sister Rose P. had a dream in which she saw the late Apostle Frank Calabrese laying hands on Brother Frank and me. He asked God to be with us on the upcoming trip.

Spread the Good Word: Alma 42:30

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 06 November 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2534

Spread the Good Word: Alma 42:30

Today's Good Word isn't an ear-tickler, but it's a refreshing reminder of how we should view our own sin. Do you have a favorite verse? Send it to us, and we'll turn it into a pretty graphic like this one.

The Lost (Cat) Shall Be Found

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 05 November 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1875

The Lost (Cat) Shall Be Found

I work at a memory care assisted living community. Part of the home-like environment includes a plethora of animals for pet therapy, companionship, and humor. Last week, I felt like I was living in a zoo. All eight of the fluffy, white haired, 12-pound poodle breeds were running amok; the parakeets were chirping incessantly; and one of the miniature horses slipped in the side patio door and was walking down the hallway leaving presents like it owned the place.

Midway through last week's hectic Thursday afternoon, someone dropped off another cat for our community. And not just any cat. A $2,000 orange Persian "grumpy face" cat that wouldn't even get out of its cage for two days.

All In (1 Nephi 2)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 04 November 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2111

All In (1 Nephi 2)

Note: This article is part of a series on 1 Nephi. Click here to read the first article.

I’ve seen the phrase “All In” used in various scenarios. A baseball team that feels it has a good chance to win this year may be willing to sacrifice future young talent in order to go for the championship this year. The team is considered to be “all in” for the year. A card player who feels he has a winning hand may push all his chips into the middle of the table. At that point, he is “all in” for that hand, holding nothing back.

It’s easy to draw parallels to our service to God. The concept of being willing to sacrifice and hold nothing back because we know we have a “winning hand” or that we’re on the “winning team” is something we should all strive for to be effective servants of God.

He Is Enough

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Tuesday, 03 November 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1876

He Is Enough

One of the things I enjoyed most during the 2015 GospelBlog Summer Reading Challenge of the four gospels was rehearsing and going over all the stories and parables found there. I remember learning many of them as a child in Sunday school and VBS, and they are precious.

But there is something about reading them as an adult, taking in the nuances and the depth of meaning that we cannot understand as children.

Remarkable Rigatoni

Written by Sister KarenJo Pandone on Monday, 02 November 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2504

Remarkable Rigatoni

We're kicking off our first missionary-themed Miracle Monday with a testimony from the journal of Brother Joseph Milantoni sent by Sister KarenJo Pandone. She says, "First miracle I ever witnessed personally. I remember standing next to Sister Maness as she turned the pasta in the roaster and I could see that as she turned she prayed. While she prayed I literally saw the roaster fill up to the top with pasta! I couldn't believe my eyes!"

Spread the Good Word: 1 Cor. 3:11

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 30 October 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2259

Spread the Good Word: 1 Cor. 3:11

Today's Good Word reminds us of what we should be standing on: the foundation of our Savior. When trials and troubles come, we can stand strong if our feet are firmly planted in Jesus Christ.

Kids' Question of the Month – October

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 29 October 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1988

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 2465

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 2358

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.

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