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

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 15 May 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1634

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 2753

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 2010

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?

Are You Thirsty?

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Tuesday, 12 May 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2159

Are You Thirsty?

Some years back, on a trip to Italy, we spent a week in Florence visiting my family there. My son was 8 years old at the time. One hot, humid Sunday afternoon, my uncle suggested we take a ride out of town to escape the heat in the city. As we drove the winding roads into the surrounding hills, we enjoyed the beauty and cooler temperatures of the wooded countryside.

At one point, my uncle stopped at a spot where he knew there was a natural spring of water. We spent a few minutes there enjoying the water. After we'd all had our fill, or so I thought, it was time was to leave. Every time we moved toward the car, my son would quickly run back to take another drink.

Well Pleased

Written by Brother Darrell Rossi on Monday, 11 May 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 1729

Well Pleased

Today's Miracle Monday is used by permission of the True Stories Publication Committee, and it's the experience of Brother Darrell Rossi. We actually don't have any more communion-related Miracle Mondays to publish for the rest of the month, so if you have one, please send it in ASAP!

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 41:10

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 08 May 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1950

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 41:10

Today's Good Word is a favorite of Sister Betty D'Orazio and a wonderful promise going into the weekend — not a bad verse for Mondays, either, especially if you have a stressful job. Thank you for sharing, Sister Betty! If you have a favorite verse that you'd like to see turned into a graphic, then please send it to us!

The First Sabbath Quiz

Written by Sister Karen Watford on Thursday, 07 May 2015. Posted in Trivia/Games Hits 3002

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 2045

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 2329

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 2209

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 1474

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 1968

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 2706

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 2154

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 1777

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.

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