Casual or Committed?

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Saturday, 21 March 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2203

Casual or Committed?

Due to a technical glitch with our email provider, you may have missed this article when it published on Wednesday and emailed on Thursday. Just in case, we’re re-posting it today.

The 24th chapter of St. Matthew speaks of events that parallel our day: "wars and rumors of wars... For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places."

This scripture clearly describes the perilous conditions of our day and time. Is the end of time near? Is the triumphant second coming of Jesus Christ at hand? No, not in the least! Both Bible and Book of Mormon prophecy informs us that Zion will come, a glorious age of peace and joy and the love of God in the hearts of humanity; notwithstanding, Jesus Christ cautions us to be ready now for we will witness unprecedented and frightening conditions upon this land if this Gentile nation refuses to repent.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Nephi 3:7 (And Quiz Answers!)

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 20 March 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2875

Spread the Good Word: 1 Nephi 3:7 (And Quiz Answers!)

Today's Good Word is a famous verse from 1 Nephi. How often can you say this in your life?

A Mother’s Desire

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Thursday, 19 March 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2637

A Mother’s Desire

It was a Sunday morning just several weeks after Easter, and I was enjoying the peace and quiet of my home as the rest of my family was sleeping. As I was tidying up my kitchen, I picked up a copy of "The Beacon," a small weekly circulation newspaper, folded in half at the advice column.

As I began to read it, one question was from a mother looking for advice on whether her 12-year-old son — my own son was just shy of his 12th birthday at this time — should engage in a particular extracurricular activity that she and her husband were in disagreement on. Now the activity is not what captured my attention but the response given. The first sentence began like this: "Well it all depends on whether you want your son to be happy."

Casual or Committed?

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Wednesday, 18 March 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2180

Casual or Committed?

The 24th chapter of St. Matthew speaks of events that parallel our day: "wars and rumors of wars... For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places."

This scripture clearly describes the perilous conditions of our day and time. Is the end of time near? Is the triumphant second coming of Jesus Christ at hand? No, not in the least! Both Bible and Book of Mormon prophecy informs us that Zion will come, a glorious age of peace and joy and the love of God in the hearts of humanity; notwithstanding, Jesus Christ cautions us to be ready now for we will witness unprecedented and frightening conditions upon this land if this Gentile nation refuses to repent.

Reflections on Feetwashing

Written by Sister Carmela Gray and Brother Jerry Valenti on Monday, 16 March 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2104

Reflections on Feetwashing

This week, we're bringing you two feet washing miracles. Please enjoy these testimonies from Sister Carmela Gray and Brother Jerry Valenti.

One Sunday, as we sat for feet washing, my sister was washing my feet and praying. (I pray in my mind sometimes.) I was feeling unworthy and opened my eyes. As I did so, I saw that the water in the basin was not clean. I was overwhelmed with the Spirit and closed my eyes, and we were both weeping.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Nephi 4:6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 13 March 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2395

Spread the Good Word: 1 Nephi 4:6

There is nothing scary about Friday the 13th — especially when today's Good Word is as encouraging as 1 Nephi 4:6. The next time you don't know what to do or say in a sticky situation, rely on God's Spirit to guide your actions.

Guess Who: A Fun Game of "Who Am I?"

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 12 March 2015. Posted in Trivia/Games Hits 10605

Guess Who: A Fun Game of

Today's trivia challenge is a good ol' game of Guess Who. I've chosen three people from scripture, one from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, and one from the Book of Mormon. See if you can guess who they are from the three clues below. Have fun!

The Wonderful Watermelon Miracle

Written by Sister Karen Watford on Wednesday, 11 March 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 1921

The Wonderful Watermelon Miracle

During the first spring after we moved here to the Houston area, I began to meet my neighbors as I walked my dogs down our semi-country roads.

One of the first neighbors I met was a woman named Esmeralda who lived a few houses down from me. She was outside with her granddaughter enjoying the pleasant walk to her mailbox. I stopped and introduced myself, and we talked, laughed, and cried together, sharing the blessings of God and of our families. At that time, she was about to undergo chemotherapy, which eventually took her appetite and the ability to keep food down — even water.

Worship: Is It Just Singing?

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 10 March 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2419

Worship: Is It Just Singing?

Admittedly, I'm a horrible singer, and I'm slightly positive that I might be tone deaf.

So when our Sunday school teacher opened with, "We're going to talk about worship," I let out an inner sigh. I know that worship isn't only singing, but I knew where our conversation would end up: music.

But instead, our conversation veered to the question: "Can we effectively worship without the saints of God with us?"

And this got me thinking.

Healed During Feetwashing

Written by Sister Ruth Gehly on Monday, 09 March 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2043

Healed During Feetwashing

Today's feetwashing-related Miracle Monday was sent to us by Sister Ruth Gehly. Enjoy!

A few years ago, my husband Joel and I visited the Perry Mission in Ohio on a day when we would be sharing the ordinance of feet washing.

During our travel time, my thoughts were drawn to a particular evangelist from Perry whose preaching had impacted me as a new convert but who was called home unexpectedly at a young age. I thought about his widow, someone I had always admired, and I was filled with a desire to wash her feet. I also wanted to be open to however the Lord would direct us during our gathering.

Spread the Good Word: Genesis 1:4 (And Quiz Answers)

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 06 March 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2100

Spread the Good Word: Genesis 1:4 (And Quiz Answers)

We hope today's Good Word brings a little light to your day. One of God's first acts of creation was to separate light from darkness, and in the Garden of Eden He established laws that separated good from evil. The Good Lord continues to show us how to separate good from evil today — even as the world insists on seeing more and more gray.

Sins in Bins

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 05 March 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2562

Sins in Bins

You just never know what gospel jewel you're going to take away from an MBA meeting. A month or so ago, I walked away from a midweek service with this gem. It's an experience by Brother Al DeCaro from the San Diego California Branch, which was recorded at October conference in 1972.

It seemed as though I was in our San Diego Branch and all the brothers and sisters were standing in a single file, one behind the other in the middle aisle and Brother Tom Liberto, who is our presiding elder, was standing in front of the sacrament table. Along the back wall of the rostrum were five or six metal containers measuring in size about 3 or 4 feet square.

Raking Leaves and Reading Scripture

Written by Sister Stefanie on Wednesday, 04 March 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2274

Raking Leaves and Reading Scripture

Over the weekend, since the weather was in the 60s, my husband and I decided that it was time to rake up the leaves in our backyard, since we procrastinated doing it in the fall, and I was getting tired of the dog tracking leaves into the house.

Side note: Colorado's weather is absolutely beautiful and definitely not snowy most of the time, like everyone thinks, so you east coasters who are buried deep in the snow might want to consider coming out for a visit and maybe even moving here — we've been fasting and praying about the Lord bringing more brothers and sisters. You can't beat 300 days of sunshine and no humidity!

What's Sunday "Normal" to You?

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 03 March 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2432

What's Sunday

How would you describe the typical Sunday schedule in your branch or mission? I bet many of you would answer, "Sunday school followed by a preaching service."

Some might add that their Sunday continues with lunch at church and an afternoon service. Others might even continue on with an evening meeting or MBA that night. If I asked for times, what might the answers be? Some start early, some maybe a little later. What about where your service is held? The vast majority would probably say, "the church building," but at least a few might say a hotel, school, or community center — or even someone's living room or garage.

Are any of these "normal?" I guess it's all what we're used to.

Washing His Feet

Written by Sister Betty D’Orazio on Monday, 02 March 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 1831

Washing His Feet

Today we're kicking off our March Miracle Mondays, which are all about feet washing. Today's experience is from Sister Betty D'Orazio.

Washing feet is my favorite ordinance. One day while praying and talking to the
Lord, I said, "if only I could have the privilege to wash Your feet as Your disciples
did that day."

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