YOLO, So Be Wise

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 02 June 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2352

YOLO, So Be Wise

On our way home from a recent MBA class, one of my daughters showed us a rock that she painted in class that evening. The words she chose to paint read: "YOLO, so be wise." The lesson in her class was based on the parable of the wise and foolish builder. My husband and I breathed a sigh of relief and said, "Phew, she gets it."

The world interprets this popular saying, "YOLO," as "you only live once." It is the equivalent of "Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow you may die." On the flip side, YOLO, as my daughter interpreted, is the new WWJD, "what would Jesus do?"

Hey, It Works

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Monday, 01 June 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2220

Hey, It Works

Today is our first anointing-related Miracle Monday, and Brother Jerry Valenti submitted this testimony about the first time he ever anointed someone. Enjoy!

I was ordained into the ministry on September 7, 1986. The following weekend was our Area MBA Campout, which my wife Pat and I were planning to attend.

However, Pat had her four wisdom teeth extracted that Tuesday (at 9 a.m. — the receptionist said she was waiting all day to assign that appointment on 9/9 at 9!). Unfortunately, her recovery did not go as expected the next few days.

Spread the Good Word: Alma 32:42 (Plus Trivia Answers!)

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 29 May 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1704

Spread the Good Word: Alma 32:42 (Plus Trivia Answers!)

We hope today's Good Word inspires you to read God's Word with patience and diligence. Send us your favorite scripture, and we'll turn it into a graphic like this one.

From the Mission Field: Oaxaca, Mexico

Written by IMOC on Thursday, 28 May 2015. Posted in Missionary Trips Hits 2628

From the Mission Field: Oaxaca, Mexico

Many of you have probably heard about the missionary effort going on in Oaxaca, Mexico. Today, we're sharing a special testimony (reprinted from the HFF Newsletter Vol. 21, No. 1) and a video from one of the recent trips there. When you get a chance, remember to pray for the mission in Oaxaca as well as the many other missions throughout the world.

Kids' Question of the Month – May

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Wednesday, 27 May 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 2423

Kids' Question of the Month – May

For May, in celebration of mothers, we asked kids, "Why do you think God created mothers?"

Sister Jessie, the teacher in Herndon, VA, sent a very insightful response from Abigail, age 4, who was visiting from Monongahela, PA one Sunday: "God made Mommy so she can run away and then I can call for her."

Sin, Sinner, Sinning: What Do They Imply?

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 26 May 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1711

Sin, Sinner, Sinning: What Do They Imply?

This past semester, I had a professor who was very outspoken in her belief that many cultures have been lost over time due to the spread of Christianity. During one of her "rants," she went on to say how we're all sinners and we all need salvation because we're all bad, not just the convicted criminals of the world.

It got me pretty mad.

Bread of Heaven

Written by Sister Dianne Maddox on Monday, 25 May 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2293

Bread of Heaven

Today is our last communion-related Miracle Monday. A big thank you to Sister Dianne Maddox for sharing this one.

A few months ago on a Sunday morning at our branch in Lake Worth, Florida, another deaconess and I were confused over whose turn it was to bring the bread for communion that day. Neither of us had brought it.

As we stood in the kitchen of the church building, we looked at each other in panic and disbelief. The communion table was supposed to be set within the next 15 minutes. Within a few moments, a brother came into the kitchen and asked us what was wrong. We explained the situation.

Spread the Good Word: Col. 4:5-6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 22 May 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1846

Spread the Good Word: Col. 4:5-6

Today's Good Word comes from Colossians 4. What a great reminder of how we as saints should conduct ourselves! We pray that the Lord blesses your lips with wise, salty words for the world to hear.

Treasure Hunt for Troubled Times

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 21 May 2015. Posted in Trivia/Games Hits 2576

Treasure Hunt for Troubled Times

I saw a cute cartoon the other day with an illustration of a frazzled woman, and the words next to her said, "I'm ready for some blessings that aren't in disguise."

It made me chuckle because I've felt that way many times. So often, the Lord uses trials, struggles, and afflictions to teach me important lessons that I couldn't have learned otherwise and to bless me in ways I couldn't appreciate otherwise.

Are you walking through hard times right now? Are you bombarded by temptations? Weary from croaking out the same prayer year after year? Facing serious consequences for doing the right thing?

Do You Even Lift, Bro?

Written by Brother Andrew DiNardo on Wednesday, 20 May 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2453

Do You Even Lift, Bro?

If patience is a virtue, then it's one of the ones I lack. I can be patient with people, but when it comes to waiting for the things I want, fahgetaboutit! I want things when I want them ... NOW! I guess I have a little Veruca Salt in me. But one of my favorite scriptures talks about being patient — go figure, right?

James 1:2-4 reads "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."

Wait, what? I'm supposed to count it all joy when I fall into divers temptations?

Kasey the Kinderbot

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Tuesday, 19 May 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2345

Kasey the Kinderbot

My daughter Maria has a best friend — her toy robot Kasey the Kinderbot. Many a night in our house is filled with Kasey's beeps and boops and the sound of Maria singing along with Kasey.

I should point out that Maria is autistic and also mentally challenged, so even though she is now a teenager, she is very much like a child, and she still enjoys many of the same toys she's had since she was a small child, many of which — like Kasey — are no longer even sold in stores.

In the summer, Maria's favorite thing to do is to go in our swimming pool. She loves it so much that we have to remember to keep the back door locked or else she'll run outside and jump in the pool, clothes and all. One day last summer, we forgot to lock the door, and when I saw the door standing open, I knew where I would find Maria.

Miracles at the Communion Table

Written by Sister Teri-Lyn Tunno and Sister Lorraine Thomas on Monday, 18 May 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2170

Miracles at the Communion Table

Today, we've got two communion-themed Miracle Mondays for you!

Submitted by Sister Teri-Lyn Tunno on behalf of her branch

Brother Paul Palmieri: I have been a minister since 1967 and have passed communion many times, but on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, I was blessed with a wonderful experience during communion.

Brother John Mark D'Antonio and I were at the communion table enjoying the Spirit of God and feeling His presence. We were talking about the precious blood of Christ, and I went to pick up the crucible of wine. As I went to lift it up, my hand fell back down. I ... could ... not ... lift ... it ... up.

Spread the Good Word: Matt. 5:16 (Plus Quiz Answers!)

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 15 May 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1565

Spread the Good Word: Matt. 5:16 (Plus Quiz Answers!)

We hope that today's Good Word motivates you through the weekend. Let your light shine!

We've also got the answers from last week's trivia!

Why Are You a Missionary?

Written by IMOC on Thursday, 14 May 2015. Posted in Missionary Trips Hits 2644

Why Are You a Missionary?

If you caught our top 10 takeaways from April Conference a few weeks ago, you may remember a reference to the video that the IMOC shared.

(By the way, IMOC = International Missionary Operating Committee. This is the organization that oversees all missionary work outside the U.S.)

The video captures many of The Church's current missionaries on video answering the question, "Why do you continue to be a missionary?"

Seeking Him First in a World that Puts Him Last

Written by Student Support Program on Wednesday, 13 May 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1936

Seeking Him First in a World that Puts Him Last

Reprinted with permission by the Student Support Program. This is from the April 2015 newsletter. These articles are longer than a normal blog, but they're worth it. This one was written by Sister Michelle Watson.

You've heard it a million times. Maybe more. From the pulpit. In Sunday school. From godly mentors. We Christians say it all the time.

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God and..." What comes next? "all these things shall be added unto you." This oft-quoted verse basically means that when you put God first, He provides everything you need. That's a pretty comforting thought considering the fact that most of you have a lot of life ahead of you, and you may be wondering just how it's all going to fall into place: college, career, marriage, etc. Just put God first, and He'll take care of it. Sounds simple enough.

But wait, Bible scholars. Who can tell me what words are missing from the verse I just quoted? Anyone know?

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