A Thanksgiving Gift

Written by Sister Ruth Gehly on Monday, 20 November 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 165

A Thanksgiving Gift

For today's Miracle Monday, we're sharing a sweet testimony that Sister Ruth Gehly experienced last year around this time.

Without a doubt, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Gathering with family to share one of my favorite meals means the world to me. There is just so much to be thankful for, especially when surrounded by the love of family.

Anticipating the arrival of our family on Thanksgiving morning of 2016, I awoke very early. Desiring to be close to the Lord and to read scriptures of praise, I picked up my mom’s Bible and began leafing through the inspirational words of King David.

Spread the Good Word: 3 Nephi 18:24

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 17 November 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 446

Spread the Good Word: 3 Nephi 18:24

Today's Good Word reminds us of so many important things.

First, We've got to hold up the light. If yours is hidden under a bushel, then ... well ... No! Like the kids shout when they sing the song. 

God is Not Arrogant

Written by An Original Atlantic Coast Member on Thursday, 16 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 184

God is Not Arrogant

Today's article is Part 2 in a series about meekness written by an Original Atlantic Coast Member.

Arrogant: Having an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or abilities

Is God arrogant? Of course not! His importance or abilities can never be exaggerated. When He tells us to put Him above all things and people, there is a deep and purposeful reason for it.

Being Missionary-Minded (Mosiah 28)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 15 November 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 205

Being Missionary-Minded (Mosiah 28)

Having been converted to Christ in the previous chapter, the four sons of Mosiah express a desire to do missionary work in Mosiah 28. Their choice of preaching the gospel to the Lamanite people is somewhat surprising though, considering that:

  • Their lives will be in danger. (The Lamanites hate the Nephites.)
  • They will have virtually no credibility. (Why would the Lamanites even listen to them?)
  • Their likelihood of success will be extremely slim. (The Lamanites are not the type of people who will look to God under any circumstances.)

On the other hand:

  • They won’t be greeted with a response of “We already have a church.”
  • They recognize that they themselves were vile sinners and God was merciful to them.
  • They consider the Lamanites their brethren, so they would love to see their lives changed by knowing the Lord.

The Importance of Routine

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 14 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 239

The Importance of Routine

It’s no secret that I’m a strict routine follower. I’ve written before about my type-A personality and planning to a fault. I often wonder how I’d operate without my calendar close at hand. And don’t get me started on list-making — friends chuckle when they see the pleasure I find in rewriting them and crossing things off the endless to-dos.

As a new mom, it’s more important than ever that I abide by a routine. We’re more likely to get a good night’s rest if we keep things exactly as we did the night before: playtime, dimming the lights in the house, bath time, bottle before bed, extra cozy pajamas and cuddles. The routine helps our son fall asleep at a normal hour and assures us he gets the rest he needs.

Mi Hombre, Mi Nombre

Written by Sister Mary Ann Heaps on Monday, 13 November 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 453

Mi Hombre, Mi Nombre

Today, we're taking a break from Miracle Monday to bring you a testimony from Sister Mary Ann Heaps. Enjoy!

When I was living in Guatemala, I had a routine of stopping at the same bakery every day to purchase bread and juice. Every day, I would see a street man walking toward the bakery, and many times he would sit on the curb, never saying a word. He didn’t understand when you spoke to him but would just smile, not recognizing anybody. Not knowing anything about this poor, badly dressed man in rags and torn shoes, carrying a cloth bag, I referred to him as "mi hombre" (my man).

Spread the Good Word: 1 Chronicles 16:11

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 10 November 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 716

Spread the Good Word: 1 Chronicles 16:11

Have you ever envisioned an imaginary line. On one side of the line is "good" and on the other side is "evil." As long as you stay on the "good" side, you're good with God. If you cross that line into "evil" territory, then you're not. 

Have you ever tried to get as close to the line as possible without crossing it? Tried to see how much bad behavior you can get away with and still be called a Christian? 

General Church Conference: More Than Just a Business Meeting

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 09 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 229

General Church Conference: More Than Just a Business Meeting

Every October, a meeting of the general priesthood of The Church, consisting of the elders and teachers, convenes at the World Conference Center in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The general session is held on Friday and Saturday, with committee and quorum meetings starting as early as the prior Monday. As I write this, I’m on a plane heading there now with great anticipation. Some might wonder why I’m looking forward to a business meeting so much. But I have to tell you, this weekend is not just a business meeting.

Your Conversion Experience (Mosiah 27)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 08 November 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 217

Your Conversion Experience (Mosiah 27)

In Mosiah 27, Mosiah and Alma face a difficult situation. Their adult sons are rebelling against the church. Alma, the son of Alma, is a particular problem as he is good with words, and he is convincing others to follow in his ways.

After much prayer by their parents, the five young men encounter the angel of the Lord who appears to them and speaks to them with a voice of thunder, causing them to be overcome and fall to the earth. Alma is unable to stand or move for the next two days. During this time, he has a powerful conversion experience. In his words:

Letting God Fight My Battle

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 07 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 344

Letting God Fight My Battle

This article is Part 7 of Sister Michelle Watson's series "Dealing With Divine Delays."

God can't win the battle if you don't let Him fight for you.

Amen to that, we all say! It seems so simple. It sure sounds simple. But what does it actually mean? Versions of this succinct little statement are probably illustrated on Pinterest and set to music on video slideshows across the Internet. It's a really nice little sentence, and it rings true … we're just not sure why.

Miracle Monday Flashback: Seared With a Hot Iron — Almost

Written by Brother Josh Gehly on Monday, 06 November 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 408

Miracle Monday Flashback: Seared With a Hot Iron — Almost

Today’s Miracle Monday is an experience from Brother Josh Gehly that we originally published on August 20, 2012. Hope you enjoy this blast from the past!

I’m a dry cleaner’s guy and not a morning person. One Sunday, due to a bizarre work and church schedule the week prior, my iron was the only tool available to get my pants presentable for church.

Spread the Good Word: John 3:30

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 03 November 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 763

Spread the Good Word: John 3:30

If you want a simple yet profound mantra to live your life by, this is it.

Today, we want big ideas to fit into bite-size phrases that we can easily understand, and that's way too much to ask in most cases. But, John the Baptist's words, here, are an exception to the rule. 

Worthy of Showing Up

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Thursday, 02 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 322

Worthy of Showing Up

A couple weeks ago, I had a conversation with my mom about how grad school is treating me, and I admitted to her that even though I am content with where I am in the world, I am not entirely comfortable with the program I am in. I voiced various insecurities to her but also told her I’m not the only one feeling this way. Many of my other graduate friends are facing similar issues, and we all feel like we aren't good enough to do what we came here to do. A couple hours after talking with her, mom sent me an article that has helped change my perspective of self-doubt.

“I may not feel ready, but I am still worthy of showing up” are the words Rachel Macy Stafford wrote in her article for The Hands Free Revolution.

Dealing With Sin in The Church (Mosiah 26)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 01 November 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 249

Dealing With Sin in The Church (Mosiah 26)

In Mosiah 26, Alma begins to face some of the issues that come into play with a growing church that is reaching out to many people:

  • There are people who can’t bring themselves to believe in what is being taught.
  • There are people who hear the word but refuse to be baptized.
  • There are people who try to convince members of the church to commit sin.
  • And, unfortunately, there are some members of the church who do fall into sinful ways.

When Alma becomes aware of the sin in the church, he struggles with how to handle the situation. It’s not hard to understand his struggle. He loves the people; he doesn’t want to reprimand anyone, and he certainly doesn’t want to lose anyone from the church. On the other hand, it has reached the point where it can’t be ignored: “there were many witnesses against them; yea, the people stood and testified of their iniquity in abundance.” (Mosiah 26:9)

Blessed Are the Meek

Written by An Original Atlantic Coast Member on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 408

Blessed Are the Meek

Today, we're bringing you the first article in a series on the topic of meekness by an "original Atlantic Coast member." Enjoy!

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5)

Being meek does not mean that you are quiet or shy. A prime example of this is Moses who is said to have been one of the meekest people who ever lived, even though he was strong-minded and had a temper issue at times.

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