Devotional

Adapting to Endless Consistency

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 09 February 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1976

Adapting to Endless Consistency

In my one class, we’ve begun our talk of justice and equality with the general nature of humanity. Our professor asked us to list qualities of the human race, and he wrote them on the board as we gave our ideas.

One of the qualities was “constantly evolving.”

The word “evolution” can be a little controversial, so let me change that to “constantly adapting.”

Two Words You Never Hear Together

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 02 February 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 2088

Two Words You Never Hear Together

When was the last time you saw a billboard, magazine ad, pop-up, or commercial that told you to "deny yourself"?

Never?

OK, well, how about TV personalities, celebrities, government officials, policy-makers, professors, and other intellectuals? Who is saying, "Deny yourself"?

… crickets …

We live in a society where the media tells us, "Indulge yourself," and voices from the podium declare, "Affirm yourself."

Yet, 2,000+ years ago, Jesus Christ told His disciples and followers, "Deny yourselves."

Memories ... How They Linger ...

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 26 January 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1627

Memories ... How They Linger ...

The brain is a powerful organ — and some may argue the most powerful of all. It reminds us not to touch the hot stove and to look both ways when we cross the street. It’s responsible for our range of emotions and our plethora of thoughts. It’s a pretty big deal.

Our brain, for better or worse, holds hundreds of thousands of memories inside of it. It remembers the time you broke your arm and the time your grandma gave you the best birthday present ever. It remembers the date of your baptism and when you met the love of your life.

And, if you’re a human like me, your brain remembers some not-so-great memories, too.

What's Your Mission Field?

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Tuesday, 19 January 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1950

What's Your Mission Field?

Although I’ve been involved in missionary work since the day I walked out of the waters of baptism — as taught to me by Brother Joe Calabrese — we often think of "missionary work" as going to a foreign land or going to another culture to share the restored gospel and Christ.

Both definitions are correct!

In some circumstances, it can be harder to share your testimony with a neighbor, work colleague, or family member than to travel thousands of miles and teach or preach about Jesus and salvation. Both are needed!

Jesus, Our Superhero!

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 14 January 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 2149

Jesus, Our Superhero!

In reflecting upon this past year’s teaching for our children in the Mesa Branch, AZ, I was reminded of our Vacation Bible School theme, which taught the kids about when Jesus was a kid. It was a powerful theme connecting some basic Bible points, such as Jesus

  • Had a Family
  • Had a Name
  • Went to Church

Many of the adults, including myself, played the role of various shopkeepers, and the kids paid a token to come to our "shop" and learn about events, customs, and daily life in Nazareth. We pretended that we didn’t know Jesus, and we asked the kids the question, “Who is Jesus, and why is everyone talking about Him?”

Own My Calling

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Thursday, 07 January 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 2110

Own My Calling

Today's post was written a few months ago by Sister Alena Ricci when she was studying abroad in Chile. She's back home now with loads of stories and blessings to share!

"I am a free human being" – Jane Eyre

Earthquakes, tsunamis, more embarrassing moments than I can count…

With all of that, today I mark my halfway point in my study abroad program!

And with my halfway point comes more things to be understood.

A couple posts ago, I wrote about the woman at the well, but for some reason, I stopped writing right before the most important part of the entire story (at least, in my opinion).

The Force

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Thursday, 31 December 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2679

The Force

Happy New Year's Eve! We pray that wherever you find yourself this evening that you ring in 2016 with the Lord in your heart. Enjoy today's article!

With the release of the seventh "Star Wars" movie, I thought of a common element throughout each of the films in the franchise … The FORCE.

One of the characters, Obi-Wan Kenobi, describes it like this: “The force is what gives a jedi (the good guys) his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” In the "Star Wars" universe, it is seen as something mystical and cosmic, something that exists everywhere, inside and out.

Some have compared the Force to the Holy Ghost — but let’s not be confused — they are very different.

Christmas Always

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Tuesday, 29 December 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1803

Christmas Always

There is much anticipation as the Christmas celebration approaches. We try our best to keep a balanced perspective, knowing it is the observance commemorating the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

It is difficult to avoid some of the retail madness, yet we trudge through it with an expectation of joy to be shared with family and friends. Each individual family embraces its own tradition, be it food or gift exchange, and we press on with the preparation effort. The expense is sometimes hard to keep within budget as the gift list seems to grow and grow.

The ultimate goal: enjoy that sweet happiness of the moment! To behold the wonder on a child’s face, to embrace a loved one with that perfect gift, to sit and indulge in a feast that satisfies the heartiest of appetites, to share affection and hospitality with family, friends, and sometimes distant acquaintances: What, then, is Christmas?

Making Changes, Making Time

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 03 December 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2126

Making Changes, Making Time

It seems like life is always crazy these days.

Always having something to do, it is rare to have a moment when you can sit on the couch, breathe, and think, "What am I going to do tonight?" Most of the time, the things keeping me running around like a chicken with its head cut off are things I want to do.

Bring It On! … Wait, Nevermind

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 24 November 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2102

Bring It On! … Wait, Nevermind

When I first got baptized, I was like, "Bring on the blessings!"

I couldn't wait for the Lord to bless me with an awesome career, an amazing spouse, loads of gifts and talents and rainbows and smiley faces and … you get the idea.

At 15 years old, I meant well. I knew that following God was the right thing to do. I believed in Jesus Christ and the sacrifice He made for me. I wanted to hitch my wagon to His.

But, I'll admit, my focus was mostly on the blessings. I was primarily focusing on what was in it for me.

Cast Your Burdens

Written by Sister LuAnn Carson on Thursday, 19 November 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2243

Cast Your Burdens

Have you ever gone fishing and had to cast a line? You can't just give it a weak toss or simply drop it at your feet. The act of casting is throwing "in a forceful way."

Psalm 55:22 says to cast our burdens upon the Lord, and Peter says to cast all our care upon Him (1 Pe. 5:7).

Cool in School

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 12 November 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2157

Cool in School

In 2008, I was asked to address the sixth grade class at Glassport Central Elementary on Dr. Seuss Day. This is the poem the Lord gave me.

Cool in School

My pursuit to be
is cool, you see.
To be accepted and admired
by those who I know and who know me!

Playing Defense

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 10 November 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2008

Playing Defense

Have you ever had someone ask you to explain your beliefs or The Church? I've had a few opportunities, and each time there has always been a feeling of excitement. I can't wait to tell all about it.

I remember one of the first times I was asked. I couldn't wait to talk about Christ, The Church, the Book of Mormon, everything. I started to imagine how it was going to go. Everything would be wonderful and maybe, just maybe, this man would come to church. The day came for our lunch discussion, and I just couldn't wait.

The Lost (Cat) Shall Be Found

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 05 November 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1875

The Lost (Cat) Shall Be Found

I work at a memory care assisted living community. Part of the home-like environment includes a plethora of animals for pet therapy, companionship, and humor. Last week, I felt like I was living in a zoo. All eight of the fluffy, white haired, 12-pound poodle breeds were running amok; the parakeets were chirping incessantly; and one of the miniature horses slipped in the side patio door and was walking down the hallway leaving presents like it owned the place.

Midway through last week's hectic Thursday afternoon, someone dropped off another cat for our community. And not just any cat. A $2,000 orange Persian "grumpy face" cat that wouldn't even get out of its cage for two days.

He Is Enough

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Tuesday, 03 November 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1876

He Is Enough

One of the things I enjoyed most during the 2015 GospelBlog Summer Reading Challenge of the four gospels was rehearsing and going over all the stories and parables found there. I remember learning many of them as a child in Sunday school and VBS, and they are precious.

But there is something about reading them as an adult, taking in the nuances and the depth of meaning that we cannot understand as children.

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