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Making Room

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Thursday, 29 December 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 381

Making Room

“And it mattereth not to me that I am particular to give a full account of all the things of my father, for they cannot be written upon these plates, for I desire the room that I may write of the things of God.” (1 Nephi 6:3)

Nephi, being entrusted and commanded by the Lord to keep a record of his proceedings, labored diligently that the space allotted to him might be filled with the things of God. A few verses later, he expresses the reach of this priority as he commands his seed also that they “shall not occupy these plates with things which are not of worth unto the children of men” (1 Nephi 6:6).

With 2017 just days away, these passages struck me as I contemplated my transition into a new year. Beyond the resolution clichés that surround us, there is greater depth to contemplate as members of the Gospel. It is well placed that we survey our life and heart in the sight of God, often leaving us filled with gratitude for Him and a renewed desire to serve Him in spirit and truth.

The No. 1 Reason Why People Visit a Nursing Home

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 27 December 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 348

The No. 1 Reason Why People Visit a Nursing Home

Just a reminder, today's article is part of Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home." Because he's sharing stories from his workplace, a nursing home, it's better to keep personal details vague. We hope you enjoy reading the spiritual takeaways inspired by his job as a physical therapist.

I hope you had an awesome Christmas! We laborers in the nursing home get to see the best come out of people during Christmas. Several local churches bring gifts to the residents; some sing Christmas carols; some deliver greeting cards handmade by their children; then we see more church services, more visitors etc…

But I bet you can’t guess what brings out more folks to our nursing home than even Christmas.

Going the Distance

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 08 December 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 627

Going the Distance

I am a distance runner. I have built up the endurance so that I can just turn my brain off and run for miles. When I enter a long distance race, I know that I’m in it for the long haul, so I can’t push as hard as I can go out the starting gate; otherwise, I'll quickly lose steam. I need to pace myself.

The same should be true for my walk with the Lord. When I enter into that covenant with the Lord, I'm in it for the long haul — the rest of my life — until I (hopefully) meet Him face to face when my time on earth is up.

Building a Strong Foundation

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 01 December 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 547

Building a Strong Foundation

As a young girl growing up, I was always fascinated with makeup. I loved watching my mom apply hers, and I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to wear it. Now that I’m a grown woman, I still love makeup. I recently realized, while applying my makeup, how important it is to have a good foundation for my skin. Foundation is applied before putting on any other makeup. It’s what gives me a solid “foundation” before adding more cosmetics to my skin.

Using a good foundation on my skin is important if I want a nice result … but laying a good foundation for my life is much more important. God was, is, and always will be the foundation of my marriage, my family, and my life. When my foundation is strong, there is nothing to fear. There will be ups and downs, good times and bad times, but with God as my foundation, I will not be moved.

What Are You Holding on To?

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Tuesday, 15 November 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 467

What Are You Holding on To?

Over the summer, I along with another sister took the opportunity to visit with a dear sister who was very ill and has since gone home to be with the Lord. In preparation, I went to a nearby farmer's market where they sell fresh cut field flowers that are very prettily arranged in a mason jar.

As many women reading this already know, putting anything in a mason jar makes it special, and knowing I had a ton of jars at home, I picked out the brightest, prettiest blooms to take to her.

Once home, I went to my kitchen and pulled out a nice jar that had a handle, one that could also be used for drinking. I arranged and cut the flowers to look like what I had seen, and it turned out perfect. Plus, the handle made it easy to pick up and move.

Lessons from the Nursing Home: What Do You Identify With?

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 08 November 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 436

Lessons from the Nursing Home: What Do You Identify With?

Since today is Election Day, I guess we no longer have to listen to the mud-slinging, empty-promise-making, and amazingly expensive ads for the candidates (well, at least until next time).

I believe it's been a month since I wrote a blog, and if you have a way better memory than mine, you will remember that I introduced myself as a brother who works in a nursing home. As such, I have the opportunity to meet a lot of people who have already lived most of their lives, have had careers and families, traveled the world, or maybe never gone anywhere but stayed on the farm.

Setting a Strong Example

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 01 November 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 514

Setting a Strong Example

One of my favorite chapters in scripture is Proverbs 31, that of the virtuous woman. Since I was a teenager, I've had a desire to be similar to that woman Solomon talks about.

Each verse in the chapter lists task after task that the virtuous woman does, from taking care of her children and husband to helping out the poor and those in need, not to mention making and selling fine linens, speaking with wisdom and kindness, and having strength and honor for her clothing.

Tough Love

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 27 October 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 554

Tough Love

Within the Book of Mormon, Alma, the son of Alma, had three sons: Helaman, Shiblon, and Corianton. Alma’s sons were all ministers, and Corianton was the youngest.

Alma set out on a very important missionary outreach to reconcile the Zoramites to the Gospel. A group of ministers accompanied Alma, including his sons Shiblon and Corianton. The account of this outreach effort is recorded in Alma 31 to 35 – great reading!

The Confidence to Do God's Will

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 20 October 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 522

The Confidence to Do God's Will

A little over a year ago, I began contemplating going back to school but really didn’t want to. I came to a crossroads with work and asked for prayer at the 2015 October conference. When I left, a few of the brothers who prayed for me offered to fast and pray with me that God would reveal His will.

During the week I set aside to fast and pray, I was inspired to seek a certification rather than go for a graduate degree. A few days after deciding this, one of the brothers praying with me felt to relate an experience he had while laying hands on me at conference. I felt the experience confirmed what I had been inspired to do.

Thank You or Thank God?

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Tuesday, 18 October 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 688

Thank You or Thank God?

Who doesn’t like being described as good? It is a compliment, an acknowledgement of value and worth, something to our credit, a source of pride.

As a young woman, I found accepting compliments awkward and would find myself dismissing or explaining them away till it was pointed out to me that the proper or “polite” response is a simple thank you.

With the passing of time, I began to find myself feeling awkward again; saying “thank you” did not feel right. There was disquiet in my soul. You see, I felt convicted after reading James 4:17, "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."

The Chemistry of Salvation

Written by Brother Chris Gehly on Thursday, 13 October 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 624

The Chemistry of Salvation

I’ve always been a bit of a mad scientist. The urge to figure out exactly the way things work is simply part of my DNA. So, as a boy, it was no surprise to find me nose deep in a book, the computer, or the lawnmower (sorry, Dad) trying to figure out what makes things tick.

It seemed logical to want to dive down to the atomic level when I chose my profession. Now I get paid to mix chemicals together and see what happens. Still, let’s just say that there are days when I wake up with more hair on my arms than others.

Lessons From the Nursing Home: Thomas the Praise Walker

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 11 October 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 554

Lessons From the Nursing Home: Thomas the Praise Walker

Today is the first article in a series by Brother P. — mysterious pseudonym used on purpose. That's because over the next few months he's going to share stories from his workplace, a nursing home. So, he'll use all sorts of aliases to protect the innocent, so to speak. We hope you enjoy reading about the spiritual insights and takeaways that Brother P. gets from this unlikely source.

Let me introduce myself. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ. I also work in a nursing home. My job mostly is comprised of "walking" residents around the nursing home to help them regain their mobility. I feel honored that I get to spend my days with folks who have a decade — or two or four or more — on me. Since I spend a lot of time with certain residents, the physicians, nurses, or administrators occasionally ask me questions regarding the resident’s cognition.

Faith and Fitness

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 04 October 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 620

Faith and Fitness

For her next few articles, Sister Stefanie is going to focus on fitness and how it can relate to faith. Believe it or not, there are many parallels between physical health and spiritual health, and that’s what Sister Stefanie is going to explore in the coming weeks.

I am a personal trainer. My job, passion, and hobbies revolve around fitness and living a healthy life. Here's a common verse that shows being healthy is pleasing to God:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Having Confidence in Christ

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 29 September 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 669

Having Confidence in Christ

“For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.” Proverbs 3:26

When I look up the word “confidence” in the dictionary, it means “faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way.” A big part of society sends the message that confidence is found only in ourselves. I know that is not true. My confidence should be found in the Lord.

Proverbs 3:26 says that the Lord will be our confidence. How powerful! I know that I shouldn't have more confidence in myself than the Lord. That’s when pride can sneak in — and sin is right behind it.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 22 September 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 562

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Like me, you’ve probably been there before — kneeling before God at a crossroads in life asking whether or not you should make a move. It could be any type of move: a new house, a new town, a new state, a new job, or all the above. Regardless, I want God to be the centerpiece of the move. I don’t want to do something that’s against His will because I know His will is what's best for me.

At the same time, my own thoughts and feelings are creating a bias in one direction or another. Maybe I’m really excited about a new job opportunity and can’t see any negatives at all about moving. Or, maybe I’m fearful of moving out on my own for the first time and would rather keep the status quo. When I go to God in prayer about the situation, I need to try and stay levelheaded, as that’s when I’ll hear the Holy Ghost speak to me.

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