Devotional

Learning from the Past

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 18 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 690

Learning from the Past

“You can’t change the past. But I daresay, you can learn from it.”

This is a line from "Through the Looking Glass," a movie that I recently saw with my younger daughter, who has always been enamored by the imaginative, whimsical story of Alice in Wonderland. Much to my surprise, "Through the Looking Glass" portrayed some good morals, such as the importance of family and always telling the truth — but most of all, valuing time.

Praying in a Parking Lot

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 16 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 724

Praying in a Parking Lot

This article is part of Sister Michelle Watson's deep dive into the concept of "deny yourself" (Mt. 16:24, Mk. 8:34, Lu. 9:23, 3 Ne. 12:30). Today's topic is sacrificing the desire to blend in.

My husband, Michael, tells a lot of humorous stories from his childhood, and one of my favorites involves his middle school art teacher. There was an unfortunate classroom incident concerning a mound of clay that resulted in the frazzled teacher literally shaking Michael till his teeth rattled. When Michael reported the episode at home, Mama Bear turned into a full-on lioness defending her cub.

Planted Deep

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 09 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 741

Planted Deep

Have you ever sat in church, singing a song that you've sung so many times that you've memorized all the words, and realized that you never really read them before? Today, for whatever reason, you actually read the words as you sing and let them sink in. That happened to me last Sunday with No. 65 in the Songs of Zion, "He Planted Me Deep."

I've heard that song at least a hundred times in my life, and I know all the words, but I either never really let them sink in before, or maybe it was just my time to fully understand the depth of what the song is about.

My BAE

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 04 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 768

My BAE

Have you ever heard of the term BAE? It is a widely used term by many of our tweens and teens. I am privy to this information because I am a parent of 12-year-old and 15-year-old girls.

The first time I head my daughters use this term, I asked them, “What does BAE mean?” Of course, they rolled their eyes in disgust because I was so out of touch, uncool, etc. Then, they explained BAE stands for Before Anyone Else.

Unction

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Tuesday, 02 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 628

Unction

For those who have received the call to be baptized, it is an unforgettable experience. The call is a struggle of personal remorse and guilt for past sins with an overwhelming joy inviting us to ask for baptism. It is unmistakably a great emotional upheaval, a heart-wrenching roller coaster ride that leaves the individual with an unforgettable Divine Encounter that serves as a testimony for the remainder of one’s life.

Why Does Denying Myself Matter?

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 28 July 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 715

Why Does Denying Myself Matter?

This article is part of Sister Michelle Watson's deep dive into the concept of "deny yourself" (Mt. 16:24, Mk. 8:34, Lu. 9:23, 3 Ne. 12:30). Today, she's taking a look at what's at stake.

It's been roughly a half-year since I've been pondering "deny yourself." I've attempted to define it, and I've studied up on how subjects like self-indulgence, self-justification, pride, and submission intersect with self-denial. Now, I'm ready to ask, why does denying myself matter, and what's at stake if I don't?

Particularly, is my soul's salvation in jeopardy?

The B-I-B-L-E and Our Kids

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 26 July 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 756

The B-I-B-L-E and Our Kids

I was recently at the store, and when I went inside to grab a cart, a woman and her 5-year-old daughter were putting one back. I smiled at them as I picked out a cart, and the little girl started to sing. I was touched as she proudly sang these words, loud and clear:

The B-I-B-L-E!
Yes, that’s the book for me!
I stand alone on the Word of God!
The B-I-B-L-E!

It touched my heart. The mother immediately looked over at me, and I could tell she was wondering what my reaction would be. It's sad that so many are offended by God’s name these days — but not me. I smiled big and told that little girl how good she sang and that it’s a beautiful song to hear. The mother smiled big at me, and we totally had a “moment” where she knew that I loved God, and I knew that she did, too.

Finish Strong

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 19 July 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 735

Finish Strong

My daughter joined the school cross-country team this year, and one thing her coach would always say either in person or email is “Finish Strong!” Those words are easy to say, but in the heat of the moment, not always easy to execute.

My daughter learned a lot about endurance and perseverance in this sport; however, I think the most important thing she learned was pacing. The coach taught the team how to effectively pace themselves. She didn’t want everyone to run like a shotgun at the beginning of the race, quickly lose steam, and lag behind at the finish line. In pacing, the runners learned when to store up energy and when to use that energy to build momentum and ultimately finish strong.

Personal Freedom vs. Personal Savior

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 14 July 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1479

Personal Freedom vs. Personal Savior

This article is part of Sister Michelle Watson's deep dive into the concept of "deny yourself" (Mt. 16:24, Mk. 8:34, Lu. 9:23, 3 Ne. 12:30).

If there's one value that Americans cherish above all others, then I'm going to say it's freedom. The pilgrims arrived here in search of religious freedom, and our founding fathers broke from Britain because they wanted political, social, and economic freedom. For decades, individual Americans have enjoyed the freedom to pursue any life path they choose.

The Early Bird Special

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 12 July 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1059

The Early Bird Special

Beep, beep, beep, beep! Bee-wop! Bee-wop! Bee-wop! Bee-wop! Cheep, cheep cheep, cheepcheepcheep!

That is the sound of a 3-ounce, fluffy black bird who has been sitting on the roof outside my window mimicking car alarms for an hour starting at 5:30 a.m. every morning since the end of April.

I'm writing this in June.

My Buckler

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Wednesday, 29 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1209

My Buckler

We are pausing our study of 2 Nephi this week, but keep an eye out for chapter 7 after the GMBA Campout.

“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shall thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” Psalm 91:4.

As I read this verse one morning, I had no idea what an impact it would have on what transpired that day.

God Isn't a Glacier

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 28 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 762

God Isn't a Glacier

My husband and I recently had the opportunity to vacation in Iceland. I can't even tell you how many people asked us, "Why would you want to go there?" I wanted to see the Northern Lights and climb glaciers.

While hiking nearly to the top of a glacier, close to the top of the world, my breath was taken away. Our pictures, like the one in this post, don't do the beauty justice. I couldn't help but thank God for creating such an amazing place and allowing us to experience it.

Confidence in the Lord (Part 1)

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 23 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 781

Confidence in the Lord (Part 1)

“And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save He shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which He commandeth them.” 1 Nephi 3:7.

This verse is from a passage of scripture in which God instructs Lehi to send his sons back to Jerusalem to get the plates of brass (the record of the Jews and a genealogy of Lehi’s forefathers) so that they would have the law and commandments in the Promised Land.

I Surrender All

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Tuesday, 21 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 854

I Surrender All

“I Surrender All,” three words I know well from the hymn of the same name. Spiritually, I can define surrender as the act of submitting, yielding, acquiescing my will, wants, and desires to the Lord.

We often sing it at baptisms because it's our first act of surrender — but not our last. The reason is simple; He says, “Follow me.”

Since that day when, at 16 years old, I went to the water, I have learned that it's a continual process. To follow Him, I need to trust His plan for my life, surrendering my heart and mind since they rule my actions and thoughts.

Simply put, “Yes, there’s a master plan … it’s just not ours.”

Life's Lemon Juice

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 16 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 944

Life's Lemon Juice

As I went to get the mail from the cluster of mailboxes in our housing development, I noticed a few young children busily doing something on the corner. One of the little girls ran over to my car, and I waved. She was an adorable little blue-eyed, blonde girl of about 4 years old. I could see that she wanted my attention, but she was too shy to tell me what she wanted.

I drove up to the corner, and, lo and behold, it was what I suspected, a lemonade stand. I always try to support such entrepreneurial efforts.

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