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Making Changes, Making Time

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 03 December 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2308

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 2313

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 2432

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 2358

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 2170

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 2056

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 2054

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.

Playing Second Fiddle

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 22 October 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2658

Playing Second Fiddle

The other day, I was thinking about some wonderful, dear saints who recently stopped attending church because … well … a significant other became their No. 1 priority. How often have I seen an individual stop attending right after getting into a romantic relationship?

In a moment of weakness, I wailed to my husband, "Why do the things of God always have to play second fiddle to sex?!"

I'm embarrassed to even type it. But I did say it.

Being the Woman at the Well

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 20 October 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2738

Being the Woman at the Well

I have always loved the story and character of Queen Esther. I love her attitude of, “I will do it because I have to, and I am not afraid.”

I wish I had that.

But as I dive deeper into the scriptures that I thought I knew so well, I’ve found a woman that I connect to more than I ever thought.

In John 4, we find the story of the adulteress Samaritan woman who meets Jesus at the well. I'd always previously written her off because adultery is not something I relate to.

But she is so much more than just her sin.

Don't Put Your Foot in Your Mouth

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 15 October 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2881

Don't Put Your Foot in Your Mouth

Sometimes I think about my friends or co-workers, and I wonder if they will ever come to Church someday and ask me why I didn't share the Gospel with them sooner. But other times, I stress about sharing the gospel with others.

Who am I kidding? Every new opportunity to explain our church, its teachings, or even to just share my testimony can be riddled with sweat and a mouthful of second-guessed responses.

When Tragedy Strikes

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Wednesday, 14 October 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1955

When Tragedy Strikes

As many of you probably saw in the news, an awful tragedy took place here in the Houston area in late August. For no apparent reason, other than being dressed in uniform, a Harris County Sheriff's deputy was murdered. Folks in the entire area were saddened and shocked.

The Sunday after the shooting, one of the sisters here in the area and I had a Sunday school lesson. I had prepared a topic to discuss, but I always like to ask if there are any questions first. Our sister brought up the incident, noting that hundreds of messages had been left for the grieving family on Facebook and other social media outlets.

God Works in Mysterious Ways

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 07 October 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2451

God Works in Mysterious Ways

Do you remember when Jesus told His disciples, "What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter" (John 13:7)? Do you remember what Jesus was doing at the time?

He was washing His disciples' feet. How strange for their leader to bow before them and perform a chore normally given to the lowest household servant. It must've been truly mysterious to the disciples at the time.

A Non-Conforming Transformer: Autobots, Roll Out!

Written by Brother Andrew DiNardo on Tuesday, 06 October 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2159

A Non-Conforming Transformer: Autobots, Roll Out!

More and more, I seem to hear people justify their actions by "Well so-and-so does it" — or some variation of that. If I walked in the darkness of the world, that might be perfectly fine.

But I've found the way, the truth, and the life through Jesus Christ. I can't weigh my actions against someone else also living in the flesh, no matter how much of a saint they are. The standard upon which I should base my actions and decisions is Jesus Christ. He set the example.

It's an easy trap to fall into, though.

You Are Free. You Just Don't Know It

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 29 September 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2399

You Are Free. You Just Don't Know It

Today's blog comes all the way from Santiago, Chile, where our resident blogger Sister Alena Ricci has been studying for the past few months.

“You are free, you just don’t know it yet.” – "Redeeming Love," Francine Rivers

I can truly say that I love this city and these people. Both are truly a wonder to me. Today we had the opportunity to visit the oldest and biggest cathedral in Santiago, and it was awe-inspiring. It’s plated in gold and bronze everywhere and when we walked inside, there were people praying while tourists (me) walked around taking pictures of them talking to God.

Be Addicted to Your Calling

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Thursday, 24 September 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2226

Be Addicted to Your Calling

Each summer at my office we have the opportunity to attend educational sessions about our professional development. This year, I decided to attend one entitled “Gen Y: Making Your Way as a Millennial.” The speaker had been with our company for more than a decade and shared his experience climbing the corporate ladder to us 20-30somethings.

As I was listening to him speak, I was struck by one specific comment he made: “Be addicted to your calling.” Although he was speaking of our natural calling (albeit teacher, nurse or writer — like me), I felt as if the Lord was speaking right to me in that class, and I jotted it down in my notebook immediately (future GospelBlog post perhaps?).

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