Devotional

Thankful for What??

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Wednesday, 13 August 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1693

Thankful for What??

We recently had our feetwashing service, and it left me stunned.

Normally, I try not to listen to the prayer of the person washing my feet because that's between them and God. However, this past week, I couldn't stop listening.

"Thank You for this opportunity that I have to wash her feet."

Those were the words out of this sister's mouth as she cried and washed my feet.

Why?

Why would this sister, who has been in the Gospel for years and who has known me since I was a baby, be thankful to literally wash my feet?

Family Reunions

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 12 August 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2611

Family Reunions

I married into a big Italian family. To be honest, it was a bit of a culture shock for me. The food part was easy to embrace. A big fan of Italian cuisine, I claimed Tiramisu as my favorite dessert and, as a young person, spent time with a beautiful older sister in church learning to make gnocchi from scratch.

Besides food, the other thing that Italians are known to celebrate — family — was a bit overwhelming for me. I was raised in a loving family, but it was a rare occasion to interact with extended family outside of my parents, siblings and grandparents. So as a young wife, I suddenly found myself spending holidays with soooo many people, who were sometimes loud and very affectionate, and I would need to take a step back and retreat to a quiet corner away from all that action.

Fifty Harleys and a Funeral

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 31 July 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2537

Fifty Harleys and a Funeral

I remember Brother Chuck S. describing his Harley-Davidson to me. To Brother Chuck, the bike had a distinct personality that he, as the rider, strove to understand.

Brother Chuck had a distinct personality of his own.

A fiercely faithful member of our branch for as long as I can remember, Brother Chuck always rode to church on his hog. If I sat in a pew behind him, I'd see his long ponytail braided neatly down his back, which was always clad in his black leather motorcycle vest, with the words "Sober Pack" emblazoned across the shoulders in orange letters.

Turning that Stride into a Strive

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 29 July 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 146119

Turning that Stride into a Strive

Strive (verb): make a tenacious effort to achieve or obtain something; to struggle in opposition

1 Nephi 17:15: "Wherefore, I, Nephi, did strive to keep the commandments of the Lord, and I did exhort my brethren to faithfulness and diligence."

I have been studying the book of 1 Nephi recently, and I was intrigued by the word "strive." It certainly is not a passive word, and I've heard ministers preach about "striving for our faith," but the definition of "striving" didn't really make sense until I examined Nephi's actions.

Childlike Faith

Written by Sister Christina Paxon on Thursday, 17 July 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1882

Childlike Faith

I was riding my bike a few mornings ago listening to the soundtrack from "Frozen" because that's the only album I was able to get to play thru my app for some reason. I do love the movie and the songs, but I wouldn't normally listen to them for a workout.

Live Fearlessly

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Wednesday, 16 July 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2215

Live Fearlessly

While going through the book of Isaiah, I've realized that there are so many verses that have made me see things differently in my world today.

One of my favorite chapters is Isaiah 52 because the message of the chapter to me is "Leave Your Captivity."

What are we held captive by?

What keeps us back?

What inhibits us from living a free life?

Fix My Eyes

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 15 July 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1947

Fix My Eyes

Recently, I took my daughter and a couple of close friends out to celebrate her thirteenth birthday. Both girls arrived with their cell phones Velcroed to their hands. As pizza was served, they did not even notice because they were constantly interacting with texts on their phones rather than with each other. In the meantime, my daughter decided to read the menu and explore other offerings.

She would have probably joined them in "texting world;" however, her phone does not have texting capability due to our parental judgment. In any case, one of the girls commented, "I cannot even eat because I keep receiving texts."

What Does the Gospel Sound Like?

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 10 July 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 3067

What Does the Gospel Sound Like?

It happens every year. As our family vacation week approaches, I assemble a playlist of perfect beach music. Inevitably, I never seem to reach for my earbuds as I drag my chair toward the water's edge. Am I leery of sand or water damaging my device? Truth is, I am utterly mesmerized by the sound of the ocean.

Suddenly that great music list pales in comparison to the majestic orchestra in front of me. For me, the sound of waves crashing on the shore is one of the most relaxing sounds on earth.

Why Go to Church?

Written by Brother Rich on Wednesday, 09 July 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2589

Why Go to Church?

Why go to church? That's a loaded question, isn't it?

Depending on who I ask, I get a wide swath of opinions.

A few weeks ago, an article was posted on the Gospel Blog about the life-saving station. I think it is safe to say anyone who read the story knows that the life-saving station is a metaphor for a church. With that said, if I ask the people in that story why they went to the station, I would get many answers.

Give Life or Drain It

Written by Brother Andrew DiNardo on Tuesday, 08 July 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2393

Give Life or Drain It

Have you ever been driving down the highway and someone cuts you off and you just want to give them the "What are you doing?!" hand flip? Have you ever been at work, home, or church and wanted to share a juicy piece of gossip? Have you ever left somebody out of the group because they didn't quite fit in?

I know that I'm not the only one who struggles with these daily encounters. I strive to be the hands and feet of God in all things, but I'd be lying if I said that I don't come up short in fulfilling that role.

How Do You Spell Love?

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 03 July 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2069

How Do You Spell Love?

Recently, I heard a minister deliver a sermon, and he said something that I've heard him say many times before, and no matter how often I hear this saying, it still rings true. He asked, "How does a child spell love?"

The answer: T-I-M-E.

When we give children time, it shows that we care enough about them to set aside our many important "adult" tasks. It's one way that we can demonstrate that they are a priority in our lives. It also communicates that we enjoy their company and actually like being around them — there are plenty of kids who I like hanging out with, even though I'm nearly a quarter of a century older than them.

When You Can't Sleep

Written by Sister Stefanie on Wednesday, 02 July 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 4180

When You Can't Sleep

I woke up at 3 a.m. this morning for some reason and couldn't go back to sleep. I tend to be a worrier, so, of course, I immediately start thinking there's a reason I'd woken up — because something is wrong.

I calculated what time it was on the East Coast and figured it's too early to hear if something actually is wrong over there. Now my heart was pounding, and I was a wreck, and there was no way I could even think about falling asleep. So, I decided to scroll through my Facebook feed, check my email, read the daily blog, and read my news feeds.

The Power of One

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 01 July 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1817

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 3767

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 1866

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.)

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