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Blogger's Choice: Worry Is a Sin

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 10 June 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2359

Blogger's Choice: Worry Is a Sin

Today's Blogger's Choice spotlight is from Sister Michelle Watson. She chose her article "Worry Is a Sin," originally published on May 10, 2012.

She says, "This is one of my favorite articles because it just rings so true for me. There are so many things that I do — like worrying — that I don't consider a big deal, but they undermine my faith in God. I need to look at things like worry with fresh eyes and a godly perspective so that I don't let them get the best of me."

When Our Consistency Gets Crushed

Written by Sister Stefanie on Tuesday, 09 June 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1868

When Our Consistency Gets Crushed

As a personal trainer, I see a lot of people who stick to an exercise routine consistently for a period of time and see great results, but then something happens — they go on vacation, family comes into town, they get sick — and they fall off the wagon.

Exercise is pushed to the bottom of the to-do list, which usually means it doesn't happen. The longer they're off their routine, the harder it is to get back to that same level of consistency. Soon, if they aren't careful, they lose a lot of what they gained. Certain exercises that were almost easy before are now very difficult, which can be discouraging.

Blogger's Choice: Simply Stubborn

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Wednesday, 03 June 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2265

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 2410

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?"

Sin, Sinner, Sinning: What Do They Imply?

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 26 May 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1757

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.

Do You Even Lift, Bro?

Written by Brother Andrew DiNardo on Wednesday, 20 May 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2542

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?

Seeking Him First in a World that Puts Him Last

Written by Student Support Program on Wednesday, 13 May 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1989

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 2147

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.

The Life Transformation Thing

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 06 May 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2029

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 2312

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.

Is Marriage a Dying Institution? (Part 2)

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Wednesday, 22 April 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2626

Is Marriage a Dying Institution? (Part 2)

We're continuing this article from yesterday, so if you didn't read Part 1, do that real quick, and continue on to today's post for the second half.

Yesterday, we quoted the Quorum of Twelve Apostles citing some sad facts about marriage failure rates. In response, the Quorum encourages us with this advice: "God's standard for marriage calls for pure devotion by each partner. Note how scriptures compare the devotion between marriage partners to the devotion between Jesus Christ and His worshippers. The devotion, the patience, the sacrifice, the love that Christ has shown for each of us are examples that we should follow in our marriages.

The complete love that first brings a couple together is a key element in God's vision of marriage. Sustaining this love cannot be left to chance. It calls for diligent attention. According to God's Word, neither husband nor wife should allow anyone or anything to take any part of that special place in their heart that belongs to their spouse. There is no room for neglect or abuse."

Is Marriage a Dying Institution? (Part 1)

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Tuesday, 21 April 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2273

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 2043

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 2282

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 2277

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.

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