Devotional

The Power of One

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 01 July 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1705

The Power of One

As of 2012, the truth is that there are 143 million orphaned children and 11 million who die from preventable diseases or who starve to death. There are far more than the estimated 8.5 million children who work as child slaves, prostitutes, and in other such conditions. And there are 2.3 million who live with HIV.

These numbers add up to approximately 164.8 million children with greater needs than any of mine.*

Burying My Sword

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 19 June 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 3547

Burying My Sword

The other day, I re-read the story of the Anti-Nephi Lehis (great name!), and one of the morals really hit me.

The Anti-Nephi-Lehis were originally Lamanites (wicked guys). The freshly converted four sons of Mosiah embarked on an epic missionary trip to convert them.

Some of the Lamanites believed the gospel, and their change of heart was so huge that they decided to change their name to the Anti-Nephi-Lehis (Alma 23:17). In scripture, it's common for a name change to serve as a symbol for a dramatic conversion (Abram/Abraham, Jacob/Israel, Saul/Paul, Simon/Peter).

And, boy, was it dramatic.

Following up on Love

Written by Sister Stefanie on Wednesday, 18 June 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1698

Following up on Love

I want to write a follow-up to a blog post I had written a few weeks ago. It was about loving my neighbor and how I needed to be more like Christ and show my love even when it's not being reciprocated.

(I also want to thank those who commented on the post for your prayers! All prayers are much appreciated!)

The day after I submitted the article, which was probably two or so weeks before it was published, I was mowing my front lawn. I saw a car coming towards me. I normally give a quick wave or smile to cars in my neighborhood, just to be friendly, even though I have no idea whose car it is. (Since I live in Colorado, where most people are pretty friendly, I'm trying to rid myself of my east coast attitude.)

Unapologetically Wild

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 17 June 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1641

Unapologetically Wild

"I've discovered that there is definitely something wild in the heart of God."

I had been reading one of the many books on my summer reading list, when my eyes attached themselves to that particular line.

What in the world was this supposed to mean?

I mean, really: there can't be anything "wild" about God, because He is a God of order.

Right?

The Life-Saving Station: A Cautionary Tale

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 11 June 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1947

The Life-Saving Station: A Cautionary Tale

This is an old story that I read a few years back. Warning: It may make you uncomfortable. It's not my intention to be negative, but I think this story brings out some interesting points — not so much about the church — but about our human nature as people. Check out the questions for reflection at the end.

On a dangerous sea coast where shipwrecks often occur, there was once a crude little life-saving station. The building was just a hut, and there was only one boat, but the few devoted members kept a constant watch over the sea and with no thought for themselves went out day and night tirelessly searching for the lost.

Trust

Written by Brother Marcus Natoli on Tuesday, 10 June 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1945

Trust

I'm a fan of conditional statements, and maybe the Lord is, too. So, here's one I have witnessed and personally experienced that affirms the precision of the Word of God: If you wholly trust in Christ with all your heart, then He will direct you through your life. It is not a "boulevard of broken dreams," nor is it a do-it-yourself life. It is an avenue of divine visions. It is a road lined with golden bars undivided from Christ's promises, where every step we take is nestled in His path.

Solomon wrote in Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

As Bob Is My Witless

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Thursday, 05 June 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2622

As Bob Is My Witless

The title of this article is a phrase that I used to hear in a children's show that my daughters watched years ago. Of course, it was an intentionally garbled version of "As God is my witness," a phrase commonly used by someone who is trying to emphasize that they are telling the truth. The phrase actually does appear in the Bible — the Apostle Paul uses it at the beginning of his letter to the Romans as he wants them to believe that he really is praying for them often (Romans 1:9).

Dangerous

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 03 June 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1759

Dangerous

I read a book about the trials of women who have lived through and triumphed over addiction, abandonment, and abuse, and the author makes a really strong point.

The book says that all those who stand for Jesus are dangerous.

I'm not sure about you, but I've never thought of myself as "dangerous." I'm barely above five foot, and I'm pretty sure no one would ever perceive me as a threat.

But there's a word that is used simultaneously with dangerous, and it is risk.

Love Thy Neighbor — Even the Ones Who Live Next Door

Written by Sister Stefanie on Thursday, 29 May 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2219

Love Thy Neighbor — Even the Ones Who Live Next Door

We had a Sunday school lesson recently about the importance of loving our neighbor, which got me thinking. Do I really love my "neighbors" as I love myself? Can my neighbors tell that I'm a servant of the Lord by how I act?

We bought our house a year and a half ago. When we first moved in, most of our neighbors in the surrounding houses stopped by to talk to us, feeling us out and getting our back story. Then, we'd waved to each other whenever we passed by. When we got our dog, we started seeing a lot more of our neighbors on a regular basis since we walk him a couple times a day.

Just Doing My (Jury) Duty

Written by Sister Michelle Watson and Brother Jerry Valenti on Tuesday, 27 May 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2521

Just Doing My (Jury) Duty

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on judging. Shortly after writing it, I was summoned to the Hall of Justice in downtown San Diego for jury duty. Long story short, I got picked as a juror on a two-week civil trial. Needless to say, I got my fill of "judging" during my stint in the box.

The case was a lawsuit involving a car accident, so we had to decide who was at fault and assign monetary compensation. When the 12 of us entered the jury room and began deliberating, it was easy to decide who was at fault (the evidence was pretty clear), but agreeing on how much money to award for pain and suffering was excruciating.

Obey the Little Things First

Written by Brother Michael McGuire on Tuesday, 20 May 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1923

Obey the Little Things First

I was reading Brother Ishmael D'Amico's pamphlet titled "My Testimony," and one interesting incident really stuck out in my mind. I wish to relate it to you, quoting from his pamphlet.

In the beginning of August 1919, a friend of mine gave me a Bible. He said, "I know you like these crazy church people, so here is a Bible to make you crazy too." I must say that I was anxious to read it.

Don't Drive Blindfolded in Alabama

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Tuesday, 13 May 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 3000

Don't Drive Blindfolded in Alabama

I recently heard about a car accident in which a driver ran a red light because he was texting. He collided with another vehicle and injured the passengers. Whenever we hear about something like this, we generally shake our heads, not only at the recklessness involved but also because it happens to be against the law in most states to text while you're driving.

Not a Morning Person

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 08 May 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2369

Not a Morning Person

I am not a morning person, but rather one of those people described as "Instant human. Just add coffee." Before my initial java intake level reaches the bottom line shown in this photo, I consider the phrase "Good morning" an oxymoron.

Good news. I do not stay in this negative state long. I perk up, but it is a slow, unwinding process that cannot be rushed for people wired like me. So against my very nature, I get up an hour before I need to get ready for work, as every fiber of my being cries to stay in bed until the last possible second.

Four Steps to Forgiveness

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 06 May 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1883

Four Steps to Forgiveness

"Mommmm! Tommy cut all my doll's hair off!"

"Tommy! That's not nice! Say you're sorry."

(Giggling and mischievous) "Sorry."

"Mom, he's NOT sorry."

"Tommy, say you're sorry again — and mean it."

To Judge or Not to Judge?

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 01 May 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 3312

To Judge or Not to Judge?

My husband watches as I get another piece of dark chocolate out of the freezer. "Don't judge me," I say with a smile as I nibble on the corner.

Saying "don't judge" is really popular right now in a casual, slangy sort of way, but what does it really mean? What does scripture say about judgment? Most importantly, is judging someone right or wrong?

What do you think?

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