Devotional

Four Steps to Forgiveness

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 17 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 587

Four Steps to Forgiveness

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to forgiveness. We hope this theme resonates with you as we start a new year. Today's article was originally published on May 6, 2014.

"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."

(With eyes rolled and arms crossed) "Sorry, Alice."

"Alice, now you accept his apology."

(With gritted teeth and evil eye) "I accept, I guess."

"Now you two play nice. I don't want to hear any more fighting."

Does this scenario sound familiar?

Divine Forgiveness

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 16 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 626

Divine Forgiveness

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to forgiveness. We hope this theme resonates with you as we start a new year. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 22, 2014.

"A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh." (Ezekiel: 36:36)

In yesterday's blog post, we saw how this verse epitomizes what happened to a man's heart when he prayed for the ability to forgive a person who caused immeasurable pain in his life.

The S-Diet

Written by Sister Betty D’Orazio on Thursday, 11 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 574

The S-Diet

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to the New Year — new beginnings, fresh starts. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 21, 2015.

"Dieting" is the key word today, along with "better nutrition," "watch the fats," "lowering our cholesterol," and "exercise." This is very good advice for healthier living. And we need to keep this in check. But I would like to talk about a different diet, one that is also necessary for a healthy and long life.

This is our spiritual diet, or S-diet.

Spiritually Rotated New Year’s Resolutions

Written by Sister Erin Light on Wednesday, 10 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 591

Spiritually Rotated New Year’s Resolutions

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to the New Year — new beginnings, fresh starts. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 2, 2013.

I am not a mechanic. So when I took my car to the automobile shop to get new tires, I assumed they would do everything correctly. But my father is a fantastic mechanic, and he came with me to get new tires because he assumes there’s a good chance the mechanics’ work won’t be up to his standards.

So when my car was finished in the shop, it was time for the real inspection to begin. As Dad walked around my Honda to check the new tires, he immediately pointed to the front left tire and said, “That was put on backwards,” and then he pointed to the back left tire and said, “That’s not balanced correctly.” So the mechanics got back to work and fixed their errors.

Out With the Old and in With the New

Written by Sister Christina Miller on Tuesday, 09 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 587

Out With the Old and in With the New

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to the New Year — new beginnings, fresh starts. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 10, 2013.

My husband decided to clean out our basement. In doing so, he noticed many items we no longer used that were just taking up space, causing clutter. A lot of it was old clothing that we used to wear at one point in our younger days, worn out shoes that no longer fit, furniture that no longer had its shine, and our children’s baby items and toys they eventually outgrew. Some of our belongings brought back precious memories, and some brought back “not so pleasant” thoughts.

A Fresh Start — But Not Just for Me

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 08 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 573

A Fresh Start — But Not Just for Me

As our Gospel Blog writers enjoy a few weeks of well-deserved vacation, we’re going to devote the next three weeks to some articles from our archives which focus on three different themes. This week’s articles will focus on the New Year, next week’s articles will be on forgiveness, and the following week will be about prayer. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 8, 2014.

At New Year's, we often evaluate ourselves based on how many pounds we weigh, how much money we make, our marital status, or the possessions we own. What if our biggest priority was to evaluate ourselves based on our relationships with other people?

In 3 Nephi 11:30, Jesus says, "Behold, this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men with anger, one against another; but this is my doctrine, that such things should be done away."

He Loves Us

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 04 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 715

He Loves Us

Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends

Greetings in the love of Jesus Christ. I recently posted an article titled "A Loose Society." Within the article, and in previous postings, I have identified some of the terrible, sinful conditions that exist in our society and throughout the world. In so doing, I have failed to identify and to proclaim the most important aspect of my writings. (Please forgive me.) That proclamation is that JESUS CHRIST LOVES US!

Please God First, Not Other People

Written by An Original Atlantic Coast Member on Thursday, 28 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 729

Please God First, Not Other People

Today's article is Part 4 in a series about meekness written by an Original Atlantic Coast Member.

Many people seem to be overly concerned about how they "look" to others. This should actually be our least concern. Our major concern instead should be how we "look" to God.

He is the only one who knows our deepest being — our heart and soul — so therefore, He also knows our true intentions.

One Size Fits All

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 26 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 676

One Size Fits All

I have to admit that I’m not a fan of shopping for clothes. It can be easier to shop for my children, but when they are in between sizes, the task can still be quite daunting. Jean shopping for myself?! Yeah, that’s real fun … either the waist is too big but the jeans fit perfectly, the jeans are too tight but the waist is perfect, or they are too long on me. It’s a guessing game that I don’t like to play. Just point me in the right direction where I can find yoga pants and let's call it a day. Haha!

Christmas Always

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 21 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 595

Christmas Always

There is much anticipation as the Christmas celebration approaches. We try our best to keep a balanced perspective, knowing it is the observance commemorating the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

It is difficult to avoid some of the retail madness, yet we trudge through it with an expectation of joy to be shared with family and friends. Each individual family embraces its own tradition, be it food or gift exchange. We press on with the preparation effort. The expense is sometimes hard to keep within budget as the gift list seems to grow and grow.

What I Really Want for Christmas Is...

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Tuesday, 19 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 600

What I Really Want for Christmas Is...

With Christmas right around the corner, I've been thinking about what I actually want for gifts this year. At first, I thoguht of easy things like new cute boots or maybe more film for my polaroid camera. Thinking on another level, money for traveling over the summer is an obvious thing to ask for. However, keeping to what Christmas is really about, what I want can be summed up in one word: love.

Christmas, from its foundation, has always been about love. God sent His only Son to earth as a baby so He'd eventually grow up to sacrifice Himself to take away the sins of the world. He did all of this because His love for us is incomprehensible. I can’t think of a better gift of love than that.

Simple Sentiments Instead of Seasonal Slogans

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Thursday, 14 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 657

Simple Sentiments Instead of Seasonal Slogans

When it comes to the holidays, there are hundreds of songs and sayings that seem to get stuck in our heads. You know the kind: “Don’t get your tinsel in a tassel,” and “Merry everything!”

What if, instead of getting caught up in the retail world’s slogans and watered-down approach to the Christmas season, we focused our attention and thoughts on the things above?

One of my favorite songs is “I Pray on Christmas.” The lyrics are simple:

Lessons I Learned From a Bad Dude

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 12 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 638

Lessons I Learned From a Bad Dude

Today's article is another installment in Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home."

We had this guy in the nursing home, and he was the meanest, nastiest, rudest, most demanding, inappropriate, complaining, and argumentative guy you could find.

Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that I am the guy that I'm talking about. I'm not, so you can quit thinking that. He's a real person.

A Loose Society

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 07 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 775

A Loose Society

Consider well that the intimate joy of love that God intended husband and wife to share is an ingredient that helps hold the marriage together. Any intimate contact outside of the bonds of marriage between a man and a woman is sin, be it fornication or adultery.

It was the sexual revolution of the '60s and '70s that lowered the moral standards of our nation: no-fault divorce, casual sex, abortion, pornography... The populace began its tolerance of the many moral violations — a little leaven leavens the whole lump — and from tolerance to acceptance and from acceptance to protection by the law of the land. Such a debased condition brings humanity into the depths of human defilement. Aberrant lifestyles are looked upon with praise and protection. There are no shades of grey in the Word of God.

Righteous Anger

Written by An Original Atlantic Coast Member on Tuesday, 05 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 710

Righteous Anger

Today's article is Part 3 in a series about meekness written by an Original Atlantic Coast Member.

Being vengeful is really the negative part of having anger. We're all human and therefore subject to human emotions. So, in certain circumstances, it's natural to feel anger. In many cases, it ends up being "righteous anger," typically in a situation where someone or something is doing harm to others. Therefore, having some anger over these unjust things is not a sin. Even Christ Himself got angry at the unholy money changers in the Holy Temple.

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