Ordained of God (2 Nephi 6)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 22 June 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1812

Ordained of God (2 Nephi 6)

In 2 Nephi 6, Nephi’s brother, Jacob, shares some prophecy regarding the role of the Gentiles in restoring the House of Israel. In order to provide some credibility for his words, Jacob begins with this introduction: “I, Jacob, having been called of God, and ordained after the manner of his holy order, and having been consecrated by my brother Nephi…” (2 Nephi 6:2).

Even as Jacob was ordained into the priesthood at that time, we have people today who occupy ordained offices in The Church of Jesus Christ. These ordained offices are Apostle, Evangelist, Elder, Teacher, Deacon and Deaconess. How is a member of The Church placed in one of these offices? The steps are outlined in Jacob’s statement above.

I Surrender All

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Tuesday, 21 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1827

I Surrender All

“I Surrender All,” three words I know well from the hymn of the same name. Spiritually, I can define surrender as the act of submitting, yielding, acquiescing my will, wants, and desires to the Lord.

We often sing it at baptisms because it's our first act of surrender — but not our last. The reason is simple; He says, “Follow me.”

Since that day when, at 16 years old, I went to the water, I have learned that it's a continual process. To follow Him, I need to trust His plan for my life, surrendering my heart and mind since they rule my actions and thoughts.

Simply put, “Yes, there’s a master plan … it’s just not ours.”

Compassion for Children

Written by IMOC on Monday, 20 June 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 1858

Compassion for Children

Jesus loves the little children … what comes next? … all the children of the world. Today, we're sharing two kid-related miracles that happened in the mission field. Enjoy!

By Brother Deo in Burundi, Africa, told in his own words

There has been a miracle in the church of Burundi: one child was seriously sick. He is three years old and had blood coming from his nose, and pus from his ears. As his mother testifies, the child had done a long time with that sickness, and flies were always flying on and around him.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Cor. 1:26-29

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 17 June 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1724

Spread the Good Word: 1 Cor. 1:26-29

Today's Good Word sheds light on the types of tools God chooses to work with and why He chooses to work with them. If you think you're not "enough" for Him to use you, then watch out; you might be just the raw material He's looking for. 

Life's Lemon Juice

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 16 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1992

Life's Lemon Juice

As I went to get the mail from the cluster of mailboxes in our housing development, I noticed a few young children busily doing something on the corner. One of the little girls ran over to my car, and I waved. She was an adorable little blue-eyed, blonde girl of about 4 years old. I could see that she wanted my attention, but she was too shy to tell me what she wanted.

I drove up to the corner, and, lo and behold, it was what I suspected, a lemonade stand. I always try to support such entrepreneurial efforts.

Follow a Good Example (2 Nephi 5)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 15 June 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1867

Follow a Good Example (2 Nephi 5)

After the death of his father, Lehi, Nephi finds his life threatened by his brothers, Laman and Lemuel. Heeding the warning of the Lord, Nephi takes the members of his family who are supportive of him (hereafter known as Nephites) and separates from Laman and Lemuel and their followers (hereafter known as Lamanites).

After establishing their new home in a different part of the land, the Nephites set to work on a couple of projects:

Trying Too Little

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 14 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1927

Trying Too Little

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 sub-theme is self-justification.

After studying up on self-justification, I realized that a huge portion of scripture is devoted to reinforcing the fact that it's impossible. I can't justify my sinful self to a holy God. Scripture says over and over again that I can't possibly save myself by my good works, no matter how necessary those good works are to my discipleship. My sins require an infinite atonement, which can only be paid by Jesus Christ.

Back in Bible times, Paul had quite a time convincing the Jewish believers that Jesus fulfilled the law. The purpose of the Old Testament law wasn't to test humans and grant eternal life to those who "passed;" it was to show humans that they can never measure up to what it demands. They need a Savior. Here's some proof:

A Pain in the Neck

Written by Sister Donna Amormino on Monday, 13 June 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 2162

A Pain in the Neck

Today's Miracle Monday is a kid-themed testimony submitted by Sister Donna Amormino. Enjoy!

When our daughter, Celeste, was about 5 years old, she had many sore throats. One winter season, she had been sick for about three straight nights with a high temperature. I didn't get much rest. So, on Saturday night, my husband, Brother Eugene, offered to take care of our child so I could get some sleep.

Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 24:13

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 10 June 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1757

Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 24:13

If you're finding it difficult to keep your chin up these days, we hope that this Good Word turns your eyes heavenward. 

Seek Him First And …

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 09 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1779

Seek Him First And …

Almost 20 years ago, my daily scripture reading routine took me through Exodus. The phrase "..the Lord said unto Moses..." is written several times in the book, 36 by my quick search using The Church app for the Bible and Book of Mormon.

I was going through a trial in my life back then and was seeking direction. I read that phrase in one of the chapters and stopped. I prayed, “Lord, I want to hear your voice like Moses did, out loud.” At that moment, all the thought went out of my mind and I audibly said, “Seek first the kingdom of heaven, and all shall be added unto you.” Then my thoughts returned. To this day, I feel that was God talking to me, out loud as I had asked. He gave me the direction I needed, to seek Him first and everything else would be taken care of.

Awake My Soul (2 Nephi 4)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 08 June 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2008

Awake My Soul (2 Nephi 4)

Here’s the scene: You’re at church on Sunday, and you’ve invited several brothers and sisters to come to your house after church. When you arrive home, you’re met with quite a sight — your teenage son and several of his friends have taken over your house! They’ve made quite a mess of things and are currently passed out on sofas, chairs, and the floor. What do you do?

It probably goes something like this: WAKE UP EVERYBODY!! Clean this room right now! And to your son — Don’t ever do this again!

Redefining Forever

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 07 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1846

Redefining Forever

One of the latest issues of National Geographic looks into death and the ability to revive people from the dead, bringing them back into the land of the living.

The article tells a couple stories of people who have come back after some sort of trauma and of other people who did not. But then it asks the question, “How can death, the very essence of forever, be reversible?”

Reading this around Easter, I felt that this question is very powerful and convicting.

The Red Pen Disaster

Written by Brother Tim Scolaro on Monday, 06 June 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 1951

The Red Pen Disaster

Today, we're kicking off our June theme, kids and children, with this sweet story submitted by Brother Tim Scolaro. Enjoy!

When I was 3 years old and things were relatively tight financially for my parents, they had our sofa reupholstered with a fabric that had a texture with raised loops and grooves running in a grid between the raised areas. I somehow got my hands on a red Bic ballpoint pen and discovered that I could run it up and down the grooves and leave a streak of red ink in the recessed grooves, which seemed really cool to a 3-year-old.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Kings 8:27

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 03 June 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1746

Spread the Good Word: 1 Kings 8:27

Today's Good Word reveals how infinite God is. Whatever the heaven of heavens is — God's actual dwelling versus the firmament He created for us, maybe? — God is bigger. We have no ability to conceptualize a being that is larger than the space He occupies. True, we serve a big God. He is big enough to handle your problems and needs, so bring them to Him this weekend — and always. 

The Instrument of Prayer

Written by B. David Nolfi on Thursday, 02 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 2293

The Instrument of Prayer

Is it an obligation? Is it an opportunity? Is it a compulsion? Is it a duty? Is it a habit? Is it a burden? Is it a plea? Is it a joy?

To commune with the Lord, we need to pray. Our prayers take many forms. Since most of us are blessed with frequent meals, we offer thanks and blessing over our food, often a simple prayer. Go without a full meal for a week, and the prayer of thanks and blessing takes on a different perspective; deeper gratitude and value! Circumstance often determines how loud we knock.

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