Nothing to Shrug At

Written by Sister Brianne Gehly on Monday, 08 June 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2387

Nothing to Shrug At

We're continuing our June theme for Miracle Monday: anointing miracles. Today, we're sharing a testimony submitted by Sister Brianne Gehly.

The current job the Lord provided for me (see this blog article for the details) is a very physical job for a "short" woman. Although I may be a little on the short side, I consider myself a healthy and strong person, and I rarely get injured. My daily physical skills include cranking an X-ray machine into the back of a Chevy HHR, lifting heavy patients regularly, holding open doors while pushing and pulling heavy equipment, and dodging elderly people in wheelchairs.

Announcing the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge!

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 05 June 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 2927

Announcing the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge!

It's back again for the third year running — the Summer Reading Challenge.

In 2013, we read the entire Bible in three months. In 2014, we tackled the Book of Mormon. This year, we're doing a 60-day deep dive into the four gospels.

We're starting this Monday, June 8, and we'll wrap up on August 6. We hope the leisurely pace gives you the time to really savor these beautiful scriptures. We've even built in a handful of catch-up days so that you can get back on track if you fall behind.

Memory Verse Mania

Written by Sister Karen Watford on Thursday, 04 June 2015. Posted in Trivia/Games Hits 3147

Memory Verse Mania

There's something to be said for memorizing scripture. Here are 15 commonly quoted verses — do you know the missing words? Check out the image that goes along with this post, and you'll see all the options. The book where the scripture is found is in parentheses to give you a clue. How many can you get right without peeking in your scripture app?

Blogger's Choice: Simply Stubborn

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Wednesday, 03 June 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2461

Blogger's Choice: Simply Stubborn

Today we're bringing you the first post in our Blogger's Choice series. We've asked some of our regular writers to select one of their favorite articles from years past and to tell us why it's on their best-loved list.

Today's Blogger's Choice is from Sister Natalie Shawver. She chose "Simply Stubborn," originally published on Nov. 29, 2012.

She says, "This post is one of my favorites because I'm hopeful it helped readers get a glimpse of how our relationship with the Lord should be — unmoving and unwavering — all with a fun twist on the word "stubborn." As they say, "When the root is deep, there is no reason to fear the wind." I'm thankful I serve a God who is still so stubborn over me — that He keeps me close and reminds me daily to stay just as close to Him."

YOLO, So Be Wise

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 02 June 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2764

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 2453

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 1922

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 3100

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 2689

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 1918

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 2537

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 2067

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 3117

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 2731

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 2646

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.

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