Long Lost ... Again

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Monday, 24 April 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 136

Long Lost ... Again

For our lost-and-found theme, we're republishing a Miracle Monday from Jan. 25, 2016 by Sister Linda Scolaro.

It was Christmas Eve, and my husband and I were busy dividing and conquering, running errands, doing last-minute grocery shopping and spending a lot of time cooking for our Christmas dinner.

First, my husband misplaced his wedding band and college ring. He calmly said, “It will turn up.” At the end of the evening, I emptied my pockets, and my wedding band was gone as well. I slept uneasily, but I resolved that I would look for the ring after all of our Christmas festivities were over.

Missionary Spotlight: Trip to Ecuador

Written by Q70 Communication Team on Friday, 21 April 2017. Posted in Missionary Trips Hits 269

Missionary Spotlight: Trip to Ecuador

Did you know that 14 years ago Brother Richard Christman made a trip to Quito, Ecuador, and we now have a mission of eight members? That’s how news of the Restored Gospel spreads.

Recently, Brothers Ken Lombardo and Noah Comacho traveled to Quito to do the usual “missionary things” that you would expect to hear about. They held services, met with various people interested in hearing about the Gospel, anointed the sick, blessed two babies, counseled someone who asked for baptism, bought a microwave for the mission and a computer so the saints can have meetings via Skype.

Fruitful Women: The Faith of Mary and Martha

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 20 April 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 187

Fruitful Women: The Faith of Mary and Martha

In continuation of my Fruitful Women Series, where women of scripture have been aligned with a fruit of the spirit that they demonstrate, today’s fruit of the spirit is faith. Faith applies to many women described in scripture; however, I have chosen Mary and Martha, and here is why.

As the story goes, Mary and Martha’s brother, Lazarus, died. As to be expected, they were grieving the loss of their brother. As soon as Martha heard that Christ was nearby, she ran to greet him. She had a dialogue with Christ, but something important that Martha says is found in John 11:21-22:

"Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.”

The Words of Mormon

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 19 April 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 189

The Words of Mormon

OK, who is Mormon and why do we care about his words?

Is Mormon the founder of the Mormon church? No, he’s not.

Is he the author of the Book of Mormon? Well, sort of, but not exactly.

Mormon is best described as the historian of his time, the keeper of all the various books and writings of men like Lehi, Nephi, Mosiah, Alma, etc.

The Bible Says You Don't Have to Exercise

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 18 April 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 227

The Bible Says You Don't Have to Exercise

People can find scripture to support their views on just about anything, regardless of what it is. There are scriptures that suggest it's OK to have more than one wife, you can drink and be merry, or you can kill someone for their wrongdoing. These verses are often taken out of context, or the laws changed after Jesus came.

1 Timothy 4:8 is one of these verses. Those people who hate exercise and simply don’t want to do it can rightfully say that the Bible states that we "don’t have to" exercise. "For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come."

The Tale of the Errant Earring

Written by Sister Alicia Draskovich on Monday, 17 April 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 346

The Tale of the Errant Earring

Today's lost-and-found Miracle Monday is a real gem submitted by Sister Alicia Draskovich.

I was taking off my diamond stud earrings one evening in my bedroom next to my jewelry box. I lost my grip on one, and it fell to the floor. I immediately got down and began hunting for it. Since I have fairly thick, shaggy carpet it was not an easy task. I scoured the entire area, got down on my hands and knees, and ran my fingers through the carpet, hoping it would pop up. I could not find it anywhere.

Happy Easter Sunday!

Written by GospelBlog on Sunday, 16 April 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 185

Happy Easter Sunday!

He arose! May the following words of truth fall sweetly upon your ears this morning. 

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. ... Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them. – Genesis 3:7, 21

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. – Luke 4:18-19

This article has undergone ministry review and approval.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 18:6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 14 April 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 203

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 18:6

Anyone who has called and cried to God has probably, at one point or another, felt like their pleas fell on deaf ears. Sometimes it seems like our prayers never float higher than the ceiling. But this Psalm reminds us that our prayers come before Him ... even into His ears.

I Wish I Knew God

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 13 April 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 194

I Wish I Knew God

I recently had a friend of mine tell me that she “wished she knew God the way I did.” It made me think about how I never want to take my spiritual relationship for granted. I call out to Him and know He hears me. He gives me peace that can never be compared to anything the world offers. I pray to Him and feel like I’m having a conversation with the Lord. I don’t feel like I’m just saying “words”… I feel a connection with God that runs deep into my soul.

God was always a part of our home when I was growing up. I can’t imagine my life without Him. I don’t ever want to take Him for granted, and I’m so thankful that He’s always there for me.

The Book of You (Omni)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 12 April 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 202

The Book of You (Omni)

The Book of Omni (similar to the preceding books of Enos and Jarom) consists of only a single chapter. However, the title of this book is actually misleading. Omni, the son of Jarom, refers to himself as a wicked man with no relationship with God and, as a result, adds only three verses to the record before passing it on to his son, Amaron.

Amaron, also with nothing to say regarding a relationship with God, adds a mere five verses and passes the record to his brother Chemish, who wins the prize for the shortest “book,” writing just a single verse — and using that verse to call out his brother for waiting to write his part until the day he passed the record over!

Embrace the Peculiarity

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 11 April 2017. Posted in Special Series Hits 239

Embrace the Peculiarity

This article is Part 6 of Sister Natalie Shawver's series “Born and Raised”…Or Not.

Sister Wendy Giannetti was only 17 years old when she first walked into The Church of Jesus Christ. Sister Brianne Gehly? A year younger. Brothers Bob Batson and Frank Natoli were 18 and 19, respectively.

Although these handful of saints met our beloved gem in their teens, we hear of others meeting the church at any age — there’s no wrong time to learn about the Gospel.

Recovered Records

Written by Sister Cindy Henderson on Monday, 10 April 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 452

Recovered Records

Today's lost-and-found Miracle Monday comes from Sister Cindy Henderson. She shares what happened when her Book of Mormon went missing.

Over the years, when I've misplaced or lost various items, I’ve learned to stop what I’m doing and kneel and ask God to direct my mind to walk to the area where the item was set down. He has helped me quickly find keys, important papers, and other things that were not in their usual place.

I'm in the habit of leaving my scriptures in a book bag when I’m done reading. Recently, I placed my Book of Mormon on the end table in our family room. I decided to pick it up when a visitor came to buy some of my school resources. My fear was that this book would accidentally get packed up with the boxes of books she was purchasing. (I’d had several books on display in my family room for her to browse at her leisure, so anything non-school related got moved to another room.)

Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 18:8 (Plus a Bonus!)

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 07 April 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 299

Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 18:8 (Plus a Bonus!)

Are you weighed down by a burden right now? If so, then we hope you remember that you don't have to carry it alone. God is ready and willing to make heavy burdens light. How? The church! When Jesus instituted the church, He intended it to serve many purposes, and one of those is as a support group of sorts. He commanded His followers to be His ambassadors on earth, and that means helping one another as Christ helps us. 

Musings on Palm Sunday

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 06 April 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 222

Musings on Palm Sunday

This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday, generally celebrated by the Christian world as the day Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem as described in Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 19, and John 12. This was also just a few days before He was crucified.

When Jesus entered the city, many came and shouted, “Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord!” They took branches of palm trees (hence the name Palm Sunday) and laid them before Him to create a “red carpet” of sorts for the King. It’s amazing how just a few days later many of the Jews, not all and probably not many (if any) of those celebrating here, were found chanting, “Crucify him!” to the Jewish leadership and Pilate.

How to Be Exceedingly Rich (Jarom)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 05 April 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 189

How to Be Exceedingly Rich (Jarom)

Similar to the Book of Enos, the Book of Jarom is also only a single chapter as Jarom, the son of Enos, continues the Nephite record. Jarom records that during his lifetime the Nephite people “became exceeding rich in gold, and in silver, and in precious things” (verse 8) in accordance with the word of the Lord which had said, “Inasmuch as ye will keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land” (verse 9).

If you read the entire Book of Mormon, you find that there are many occasions when the Nephite people become prosperous as a result of keeping the commandments of God. However, on almost all of these occasions, what follows the period of prosperity is an attitude of pride such that the Nephites drift away from God and are no longer prosperous in the land. Eventually, they get themselves right with God and become prosperous again, only to be lifted up in pride again, turning away from God again. The cycle repeats itself over and over again.

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