The Lord Will Hear

Written by Sister Edna Calabrese on Monday, 24 June 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 102

The Lord Will Hear

Today's Miracle Monday comes to us from Sister Edna Calabrese.

After reading Sister Lori Kimmel’s wonderful testimony, one of our family's miracles that happened in the early 1980s quickly came to my mind.

One winter’s evening, we were headed to church on Wednesday night.

The roads were really bad. Joel was driving and our first-born, Linda, was in the back seat. Joel was driving slow and steady.

Spread the Good Word: Alma 1:26

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 21 June 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 195

Spread the Good Word: Alma 1:26

Have you ever heard a minister say in a sermon, "I'm preaching to myself"? Have you ever heard a teacher present a lesson and say something like, "I'm standing here teaching, but I'm not pretending to have this all figured out"?

Today's Good Word reminds us that this is a great perspective to keep.

Even those who God has called to preach and teach are continually learning and growing. (They aren't perfect.) God has blessed some with great understanding and wisdom. Others are gifted with the ability to convey knowledge to others. But…

You Exhausted?

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 20 June 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 208

You Exhausted?

It has been a day for me already, and it’s only morning still.

I feel like everyone’s been demanding of me — my daughter, the dog, clients, friends... It’s very possible that I am feeling this way because my 11-month-old didn’t sleep well last night and I am exhausted. I’ve already had a couple cups of coffee, but it hasn’t helped to shake my fuzzy head.

While thinking about how drained I am, my thoughts went to Jesus. And, honestly, I don’t know why, but I’ve never considered this before. How did Jesus feel during his three-year ministry?

He had to be exhausted!

God May Prolong Your Days — But Don't Depend on That (Helaman 15)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 19 June 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 177

God May Prolong Your Days — But Don't Depend on That (Helaman 15)

In Helaman 15, Samuel the Lamanite continues to preach repentance to the Nephites. He points out that the Lamanites, who have historically opposed the things of God, are now in God's good graces, as they have repented and are now keeping His commandments. He states several times that God "prolonged the days" of the Lamanites in order to allow them enough time for this to occur.

In this particular case, he meant that God prolonged their existence as a class of people in order to fulfill His promises — see Alma 9:16. This prolonging continues to this day, as we await the fulfillment of God's promises to Israel.

Stand on the Truth

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 18 June 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 179

Stand on the Truth

When I was baptized at 14 years old, my dad gave me my own Faith and Doctrine book. My dad was never much of a writer; in fact, he always wrote in all capital letters when he did. (Haha.) It was a little joke we shared.

When it was my and my sister’s birthdays, my mom would write in our cards, and my dad would sign his name. So, when he gave me the Faith and Doctrine book and wrote something in it to me, it really meant a lot. It means a lot now, especially since he passed away 12 years ago this month.

I have run my fingers over the words that he wrote over and over throughout the years. His inscription was so simple but very powerful.

50 Years of Sharing the Message

Written by Brother George A. Kovacic on Monday, 17 June 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 179

50 Years of Sharing the Message

Today's Miracle Monday takes the form of a testimony. Brother George A. Kovacic shares his experiences serving as a missionary to Oklahoma.

It was a hot summer day, and I was a teenager, newly baptized, handing out leaflets with a very unusual message for most of the people I was giving them to. It was the summer of 1969, and I was in Anadarko, Oklahoma, with my grandfather, Evangelist Timothy Dominic Bucci.

We were going through the camp at the Indian Exposition sharing the message of the coming American Indian Moses. For me at the time, it was a sight to see — thousands of native people camped out for days on end.

Spread the Good Word: Mormon 9:31

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 14 June 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 221

Spread the Good Word: Mormon 9:31

Today, we're continuing our Good Word theme of "learning," and this verse highlights the value of learning vicariously through other people's mistakes and flaws.

Recently, I heard a sister say something in church that shows remarkable maturity. This sister made a lot of mistakes and engaged in quite a bit of sin before giving her life to the Lord.

She said, "I used to tell people, 'I don't regret any of the things I did back then because I learned from those mistakes.' But now, I've changed my mind. I am so, so sorry for the things that I did, and I wish I'd never done them. I could've learned to follow God without making so many mistakes. In fact, my life would've gone so much better if I'd made better choices."

The Lonely Generation

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 13 June 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 290

The Lonely Generation

Do you often feel lonely or isolated?

Even when you're surrounded by others?

It's possible that half of the people reading this article will respond, "Yes," according to a 2018 Cigna survey, which found that 46 percent of the 20k U.S. respondents reported sometimes or always feeling alone.

The survey came to a few other conclusions:

Sign Language (Helaman 14)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 12 June 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 235

Sign Language (Helaman 14)

A popular method of communicating with people who are deaf or hard of hearing is through a system known as sign language. In this language, words or expressions are represented by specific hand gestures, known as signs. When people learn what the various signs mean, they can then receive messages from other people who know the signs. This communication system allows someone who would otherwise not be in a position to receive communications — whether because of deafness, or being across a crowded room, or for whatever reason — to still be able to receive messages from others.

In Helaman 14, Samuel the Lamanite speaks to the Nephite people in the land of the Americas about the coming of Jesus Christ. Whereas the people living in and around Jerusalem will be in a position to witness the various events in the life of Christ — His birth, His miracles, His preaching, His death and resurrection — the Nephite people on the other side of the world will not be in a position to witness any of it.

What to Worry About

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 11 June 2019. Posted in Special Series Hits 188

What to Worry About

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

Often while walking people in the nursing home — that is my job, you know — the person with whom I am walking will share with me their worries. And they will worry about everything.

They worry about having to be in the nursing home for a few weeks following their most recent surgery; they worry about that surgery; they worry about their animals at home or their kids or grandkids at home; they worry about the weather, Christmas coming, you name it.

They worry about, well, everything.

Spared from the Cliff

Written by Sister Lori Kimmel on Monday, 10 June 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 204

Spared from the Cliff

Today's Miracle Monday comes to us from Sister Lori Kimmel, and it shows how our kids are in God's hands — even when they've grown into adults.

As I reflect on Miracle Monday, I can’t help but recall how God blessed me by sparing my son, Ryan.

In 2006, I told Ryan that I would take him anywhere he wanted to go after his high school graduation. He chose Israel because he wanted to touch base with those family roots. As we have family there, I agreed.

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 9:29

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 07 June 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 230

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 9:29

Today, we're kicking off a new theme. For the next month, we're bringing you scriptures on the topic of "learning."

Education is a gift from God. And with great education comes great responsibility, whether your knowledge comes from the classroom or the classroom of life.

Sometimes, though, we learn things that are contrary to God's Word. Take a second and think of a few examples of things that the world teaches that go against what we read in scripture; it won't be difficult.

A College Conundrum: Advice for Grads

Written by Sister Zarella Scolaro on Thursday, 06 June 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 325

A College Conundrum: Advice for Grads

A longer version of today's article by Sister Zarella Scolaro was originally published in the Student Support Newsletter in September 2014.

It's summer! And if you're one of the graduating seniors of the class of 2019, then you're answering the inevitable questions, "So, where are you going to college?" or, "What are your post-graduation plans?" time and time again. It can be very hard when you, yourself, have yet to figure out "Where does God want me to be?"

When I was a high school senior, my struggle began when I got acceptance letters from the University of California, Irvine, which is about 15 minutes from the Irvine Branch of The Church and the University of California, Berkeley, which is roughly two hours from the nearest branch.

A Righteous Man's Reward (Helaman 13)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 05 June 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 207

A Righteous Man's Reward (Helaman 13)

In Matthew 10, Jesus gives His twelve apostles instructions regarding going out into the various cities to share His gospel. He tells them to preach, heal the sick, cast out devils, etc. He also tells them to stay in the homes of whichever families would be willing to receive them, commenting that such hospitable families would receive "a righteous man's reward" (Matthew 10:41).

What is a righteous man's reward? And why should people who may or may not be righteous receive it? As used here, a righteous man's reward would consist of any God-given benefit realized by others — righteous or not — as a result of being in close proximity to the servant of God.

For example, in the scripture above, suppose a natural disaster would have hit one of the cities and God allowed it to miss the house where His disciple was staying. The entire household would then benefit from this intervention intended to preserve the righteous man — they would all have received the righteous man's reward.

Date God

Written by Sister Charity Lombardo on Tuesday, 04 June 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 286

Date God

Every day for the past month, I’ve tried to write this blog. And every day I couldn’t do it. (Thanks for bearing with me, Sister Michelle.) See, a month ago I decided to write about a very personal topic, one that’s a little taboo for our blog. One that I knew God was telling me to write about but that I just couldn’t seem to approach. ‘Cause it meant I had be vulnerable, and honestly, I feared that you all would make fun of me. But then I remembered who I’m talking to. And suddenly it came pouring out.

Dating. It’s about dating.

Because right now, in this new late-twenties chapter of my life (I say reluctantly), dating is hard. Especially when you’re looking for the real deal. Especially in New York. Especially in 2019.

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