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Is Marriage a Dying Institution? (Part 1)

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Tuesday, 21 April 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2202

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

Now Is Our Time

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Wednesday, 15 April 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1997

Now Is Our Time

The conversion of the Sons of Mosiah was so profound that their heart's desire was to labor to bring souls to Jesus Christ. "And thus they were instruments in the hands of God in bringing many to the knowledge of the truth, yea, to the knowledge of their Redeemer."

Their desire was so great that they were inspired to go among the Lamanites who hated the Nephites. With their father King Mosiah's permission, they undertook a great missionary outreach. "And assuredly it was great, for they had undertaken to preach the word of God to a wild and a hardened and a ferocious people; a people who delighted in murdering the Nephites, and robbing and plundering them; and their hearts were set upon riches, or upon gold and silver, and precious stones; yet they sought to obtain these things by murdering and plundering, that they might not labor for them with their own hands."

Hello … Anybody There?

Written by Sister Stefanie on Wednesday, 08 April 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2239

Hello … Anybody There?

I don't normally put myself out there in these blog posts, but I have been feeling really disconnected lately, and if I am feeling this way, then I wonder how many others have been in my shoes or are currently feeling this way.

Over the weekend, we went on a road trip, so I had a good amount of time to think while driving. I started questioning why I'd been feeling so exhausted and disconnected lately.

I am a go-getter, so I like identifying a problem and immediately coming up with a solution on how to fix it. It dawned on me that my relationship with God is not where it should be.

What I Learned From Hip-Hop Class

Written by Brother Jared Scolaro on Tuesday, 07 April 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2216

What I Learned From Hip-Hop Class

By the end of my second semester of college, my brain was fried and I realized I needed to take some fun classes to keep me sane. I asked my friend Shreya what to do, and she recommended I take the hip-hop dance class that she was in.

It sounded like a blast, but I was pretty sure God wouldn't want me to take a class centered around a genre of music known for profanity and, um, let's just say "ungodly behavior." I dismissed the idea.

The Uncontrollable Spirit of God

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Wednesday, 25 March 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2574

The Uncontrollable Spirit of God

The working of God's Spirit has been a mystery to man since the time of Christ. God's Word tells us its very nature is contrary to our flesh (Galatians 5:17) and that, "the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (1 Corinthians 2:14).

It is not surprising, then, to read of many who did not understand the Spirit for what it was, how it worked, or from where it came. Even Simon, who when witnessing Peter and John bestow God's Spirit, thought he could rightly purchase its power from them. Yet it was boldly declared that he had "...neither part nor lot in [the] matter" (Acts 8:21).

Casual or Committed?

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Saturday, 21 March 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2146

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.

A Mother’s Desire

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Thursday, 19 March 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2554

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 2097

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.

Worship: Is It Just Singing?

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 10 March 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2331

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.

Raking Leaves and Reading Scripture

Written by Sister Stefanie on Wednesday, 04 March 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2201

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 2355

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.

To Whom Do You Belong?

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Tuesday, 24 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2436

To Whom Do You Belong?

When my son was a little boy, I used to play a game with him. I would say, "Who are you, little boy, and what are you doing here in my house? Who do you belong to?"

At this point, I would begin to list off people we knew, our neighbors, friends, etc., and he would laugh and squeal and reply, "No mommy," each time. After going through four or five people, I would stop and say, "Oh, I know! You are my little boy, and mommy loves you very much, and you belong here."

How Excellent

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 19 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2368

How Excellent

Do you remember the first time you won an award at school? Or a gleaming trophy for playing sports? Or a bright blue ribbon at an art show? Maybe you've earned a certificate or plaque at work.

It feels good to excel. Our society promotes it, and there's a lot of competition to excel in academics and the workplace, everyone trying to get promoted, catch the coach's attention, stand out among other scholarship applicants, or win a client's approval.

There are plenty of people who excelled in scripture, too.

Do I Need to Detox?

Written by Sister Stefanie on Wednesday, 11 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1694

Do I Need to Detox?

I'm doing a detox with some of my clients. The purpose is to clean all the toxins from our bodies to help our liver and digestion system work at their best. We have to eliminate certain addictive and inflammatory foods. The dietician in charge gave us a list of the types of foods we can eat and a list of foods we can't have. We have a Facebook support group to encourage each other throughout the three weeks we are doing it.

It's been hard trying to find appropriate foods that we are allowed to eat, and it's requiring a lot of prep and cooking time so that my husband and I eat enough during the day.

Humble Abode

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 10 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1823

Humble Abode

My husband and I are in the process of looking for our first home. It can be daunting for a type-A personality like mine. So much is up in the air and left to wondering — what can we afford? How many bedrooms will we have? What school district will we be in? Will it have a front porch or finished basement?

When it comes to our first humble abode, I am certain that wherever (and however big or small) it is will feel like home to us. We'll paint the walls the colors we like; we'll host our first holiday meal with family and friends; we'll make thousands of memories inside those four walls.

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