The First Sabbath Quiz

Written by Sister Karen Watford on Thursday, 07 May 2015. Posted in Trivia/Games Hits 2970

The First Sabbath Quiz

Today's brainteaser comes from Exodus 16 when the Israelites observed the "first Sabbath" in the wilderness. Take this quiz and see what you remember from this timeless tale. All of the answers are in chapter 16, so happy hunting!

Send us your responses, and we'll publish the answers next Friday!

1. Where is the word "Sabbath" recorded for the first time in the Bible?

2. About two and a half months after the Israelites left Egypt, God gave them food. What did God give them to eat for breakfast and for supper?

The Life Transformation Thing

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 06 May 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2029

The Life Transformation Thing

Today, I'd like to pause my busy life and take a moment for a little self-reflection. For whatever reason, this question has been on my heart the past few weeks: "How confident am I in God's power to transform me?"

In Romans 12:2, Paul urges, "Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God."

Many times, I'm very eager to acknowledge my sin and repent ... but I'm not as eager to make the long-term changes required to overcome a repetitive sinful behavior that's been plaguing me (in other words, allow the Lord to transform a sinful pattern into a godly one).

If You Had Just One Question

Written by Sister Stefanie on Tuesday, 05 May 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2313

If You Had Just One Question

If God had a name what would it be?
And would you call it to His face?
If you were faced with Him in all His glory
What would you ask if you had just one question?

These lyrics are from a song that came out around 20 years ago, and I remember listening to it in middle school. I haven't heard it in a very long time, but for some reason it's been stuck in my head.

His Blood Never Runs Short

Written by Sister Carolyn Griffith on Monday, 04 May 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2197

His Blood Never Runs Short

Today, we're kicking off our Miracle Monday theme for May: communion. Thank you, Sister Carolyn Griffith for sharing this most beautiful testimony!

Our branch, Forest Hills, Florida, was in the process of constructing a new church building. We were meeting in a rented facility, and our space for storing sacrament supplies was very limited.

One particular Sunday, as I was preparing the wine and bread for communion, I realized we didn't have very much wine and felt concerned there would not be enough. I felt if I could fill two full glasses of wine, there probably would be enough for the service. I was able to pour one glass full but the second glass only half.

Spread the Good Word Exodus 3:14 (Plus Quiz Answers)

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 01 May 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1465

Spread the Good Word Exodus 3:14 (Plus Quiz Answers)

Today's Good Word is from Sister Josie Jasmin. She says, "This is one of my favorite verses and it is one of the most power filled verses directly sent from God and touches my heart so intensely with His spirit."

If you share your favorite scripture with us, we'll turn it into a pretty graphic. Just email us with the scripture and a brief explanation of why it's your fav.

Kids' Question of the Month – April (with Video!)

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 30 April 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1948

Kids' Question of the Month – April (with Video!)

When our children were little, my husband and I were invincible to them. There wasn't anything we couldn't do. Intricate hair braiding, face painting, pumpkin carving, advanced train track configurations, lemonade stand and Lego kit building are just a few skills on our parenting résumé. We felt confident in our abilities to keep them safe and warm, bellies full, kissing away fears and boo-boos.

Until that day. The day when one of them scraped a knee or something and I swooped in puckered up and ready, 
only to be bluntly told, "Thanks Mommy, but your kisses don't work. I need a band-aid, please!"

Ka-pow! I'd been dethroned and replaced by a SpongeBob band-aid.

Top 10 Takeaways from April Conference 2015

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 29 April 2015. Posted in Church News Hits 2686

Top 10 Takeaways from April Conference 2015

For those who were unable to attend the recent General Church Conference from April 17 to 19, here are our top 10 takeaways from the weekend.

1. As previously announced, Apostle Isaac Smith has now retired from the Quorum of 12. Brother Ike was given the opportunity to address the Conference on Sunday.

2. The Quorum of 70 Evangelists announced the pending ordination of two new Evangelists, Brother Tom D'Orazio (on May 17) and Brother Ken Lombardo (on May 24).

One Small Miracle After Another

Written by Brother George Katsaras on Tuesday, 28 April 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2143

One Small Miracle After Another

Today's blog was submitted by Brother George Katsaras for the April Miracle Monday theme, and it goes really well with the experiences we shared yesterday. After you read it, we've got a question to ask you at the end.

My life is one small miracle after another. So many times throughout the day, I need to call on the Lord to help me, from finding my keys to getting a parking spot. When I pull into a crowded parking lot, I ask God, and almost immediately someone pulls out right in front of me. This might not be important to others, but when walking is difficult, finding a parking spot near my destination is major!

Everyday Miracles That Matter

Written by Sister Teresa Pandone on Monday, 27 April 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 1762

Everyday Miracles That Matter

Today is our last day of miscellaneous Miracle Mondays, and we're sharing two experiences from Sister Teresa Pandone.

Experience 1

I wear eyeglasses, and sometimes I remove them, hook them on my blouse, and continue with my task.

One day, as I was doing yard work, I did this and continued bending over and picking up weeds and raking the grass in the yard. After some time, I noticed my glasses were not where I placed them. I searched all over and could not find them. I became quite anxious because I need them to read and drive.

As the anxiety accelerated, I began to pray and ask God to please help me locate them. I continued to search the yard again, praying all the while.

Suddenly, I had the thought to look into the barrel where I was placing all of the weeds and trash from the yard. I removed everything that I had put into that barrel, and at the bottom, I found my glasses. I began to thank and praise God for His message to me. God is so good, even in my everyday problems.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 27:4

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 24 April 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2151

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 27:4

Today's Good Word is from Sister Ruth Hill. Here's what she has to say:

The 23rd Psalm is my ultimate favorite because many times it has been my only medication. And this portion of Psalm 27 has become a favorite after I heard it preached by Brother Willie Brown. He preached it with so much power and conviction that it stirred up the desire in me to make this the burning, yearning desire of my heart above all other desires. It's simply beautiful, as so many of God's words are.

Guess Who (or What) Am I?

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 23 April 2015. Posted in Trivia/Games Hits 3395

Guess Who (or What) Am I?

Here's another fun game of Guess Who (or Guess What) from Brother Rich Nath. Send us your best guesses, and we'll post the correct answers a week from tomorrow.

Guess Who 1

  • I'm from the "oldest" part of the Old Testament.
  • I had many sons and daughters, but only three are mentioned by name.
  • My wife made me an offer I should have refused.
  • I had a great place to live but was forced out by the owner.

Who am I? (Hint, look me up in Genesis.)

Is Marriage a Dying Institution? (Part 2)

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Wednesday, 22 April 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2626

Is Marriage a Dying Institution? (Part 2)

We're continuing this article from yesterday, so if you didn't read Part 1, do that real quick, and continue on to today's post for the second half.

Yesterday, we quoted the Quorum of Twelve Apostles citing some sad facts about marriage failure rates. In response, the Quorum encourages us with this advice: "God's standard for marriage calls for pure devotion by each partner. Note how scriptures compare the devotion between marriage partners to the devotion between Jesus Christ and His worshippers. The devotion, the patience, the sacrifice, the love that Christ has shown for each of us are examples that we should follow in our marriages.

The complete love that first brings a couple together is a key element in God's vision of marriage. Sustaining this love cannot be left to chance. It calls for diligent attention. According to God's Word, neither husband nor wife should allow anyone or anything to take any part of that special place in their heart that belongs to their spouse. There is no room for neglect or abuse."

Is Marriage a Dying Institution? (Part 1)

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Tuesday, 21 April 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2273

Is Marriage a Dying Institution? (Part 1)

Recently, I read a short editorial regarding marriage. Sadly, it concluded that marriage was a dying institution. It offered numerous reasons to support this position, primarily centering on these ideas:

1. Marriage is an old concept that doesn't fit with our current generational ideas.

2. We're losing the ability to work at having loving relationships because we prefer instant gratification.

3. Marriages don't last because we expect fairytale endings without any compromise or sacrifice.

4. Marriage (especially when you're in your 20s or 30s) is absolutely ridiculous because it forces a person into a monogamous relationship

He Is Already There

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Monday, 20 April 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2697

He Is Already There

Today's Miracle Monday is from Sister Enza Pusillo. We hope it touches your heart.

As a young woman, just barely 30, I was told that I had a condition called endometriosis. This condition makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to conceive and sometimes carry children to term. Many women require extensive treatment and even surgery in order to do so. They said the older I got, the more difficult it would become.

Now, you have to imagine what news like this meant to me at the time. I was not married — not close to getting married at that point in my life — yet the one thing I had dreamed of and desired more than anything was to be a mother and have children. I had more than my share of fears and questions. So, I put my trust in God.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 80:7 (And Quiz Answers!)

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 17 April 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2065

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 80:7 (And Quiz Answers!)

Today's Good Word depicts such a striking visual image. Just imagine God turning His glorious face toward you! Share your favorite scripture with us, and we'll turn it into a nifty graphic like this one. 

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