God's Speedy Response

Written by Brett Rozzelle on Monday, 26 August 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 20

God's Speedy Response

Today's Miracle Monday is an answered prayer (with uncanny timing) that comes to us from Brett Rozzelle.

I woke up one morning with a great deal of pain in my mouth. When I looked in the mirror, my cheek was quite swollen. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with an abscess. I was given antibiotics for the infection. After a few days of taking the antibiotics, I still was in a lot of pain. The pain had increased to the point where I had to call out of work for a day.

While I was home from work, I called Brother Jerry Valenti and asked if I could come to his house to be anointed. The first thing I did was gross everyone out by showing them a photo on my phone of the infected area. (It was all white with a lot of pus.) I was then anointed for my condition, and then we sat down and began having a discussion.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 98:4

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 23 August 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 190

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 98:4

Today, we're putting a different spin on our Good Word theme of music and song. This psalm tells us that the earth itself — the natural world — makes a joyful noise to the Lord.

Musicians make music, yes, but this verse implies that God's other creations are also designed to "praise" Him.

If you take a moment to think, you'll probably be able to recollect many times when you've heard sounds in nature that are so lovely that they could be on par with a song.

Just Breathe!

Written by Brother Ryan Lesperance on Thursday, 22 August 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 149

Just Breathe!

Mark 8...

22. And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.

23. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.

24. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

25. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly

On the first go around, the blind man saw men as trees ... very interesting!

Raising the Dead (3 Nephi 7)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 21 August 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 141

Raising the Dead (3 Nephi 7)

In 3 Nephi 7, the government that has been in effect since the time of Mosiah shuts down, as the chief judge is murdered once again and the Nephite people split up into various separate communities (or tribes), each with its own laws. Each tribe considers itself an entity unto itself — all other tribes are enemies — and nobody is willing to take direction from anyone else.

Nephi, perhaps assisted by his brother Timothy, goes among the people to preach repentance and faith in Christ to them. Miracles are performed so the people can witness the power of Christ. Yet, they are unmoved and, in fact, become very angry. They even take Timothy and stone him to death! Nephi responds by raising his brother from the dead!!

Now, it would be a nice ending to say that the people were converted after witnessing such an obvious display of the power of God — someone being raised from the dead. However, that's not what happens. Other than a few who are converted, the people continue down the evil path that leads to their eventual destruction in the next chapter. Sad to see people so enslaved by the enemy that even witnessing the raising of the dead can't free them.

The Church Is a Garden

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 20 August 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 228

The Church Is a Garden

I am a plant nerd. I inherited a green thumb from my grandma who taught me about houseplants and bought me terrarium kits while I was growing up. I filled my first apartment with plants I propagated and shared with friends. Recently, a co-worker gave me a cute little Pepperomia started from one she'd been growing for a long time from a cutting I gave her over 20 years ago. How cool to think it came back to me — like a plant grandbaby of sorts!

When we bought our first home, my interests expanded to what I could plant outdoors. Going to the nursery every May is my absolute favorite shopping day of the year. My family knows I’ll be gone for hours contemplating my selections and come home with a minivan full of herbs and flowers ready to welcome the season. When everything is in place in the yard and in beautiful containers, it makes me so happy to see the results!

God's Got My Back

Written by Sister Dianne Maddox on Monday, 19 August 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 199

God's Got My Back

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony of miraculous healing sent to us by Sister Dianne Maddox.

A few months ago, I found a lump on my back. I ignored it for a while, hoping it was nothing serious and would just go away. I was speaking to a sister who is a registered nurse, and the subject of my lump randomly came up.

She strongly encouraged me to see my doctor, which I did. The doctor said that it was a cyst that needed to be removed since this type of cyst could cause very serious issues. She referred me to a surgeon whom I saw later that week.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 71:23

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 16 August 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 217

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 71:23

Today, we're continuing our Good Word theme of music and song. Today's scripture describes how singing to God brings joy to the soul.

Have you ever experienced the opposite, though? You've listened to (worldly) music that brings you down, feeds your fears, ignites your lust, plays up cynicism, and puts you in a negative frame of mind?

This verse from Psalms isn't talking about just any kind of music. You can't just turn on the radio and rejoice. (Reality is often the reverse.)

The Best Laid Plans

Written by Sister Ruth Gehly on Thursday, 15 August 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 178

The Best Laid Plans

Many years ago, the university where I work unveiled a master plan for the physical development of our campus. With proper planning and financing, renovations and changes have been methodically rolled out in order to define the fingerprint of our urban campus, improve the student academic and residential experience, and meet the ongoing needs of our workforce. Amidst all the change, my department has remained located in a very old building with the understanding that there would be a move at some future date.

Fast forward to May 2019, well past the “future date” we had hoped for. My coworkers and I were suddenly evacuated from our rapidly aging building because of unexpected issues. Grabbing our personal belongings, we quickly vacated the premises and were temporarily relocated until resolution could be made.

Getting Away With Murder (3 Nephi 6)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 14 August 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 234

Getting Away With Murder (3 Nephi 6)

In 3 Nephi 6, with the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ drawing nearer, efforts intensify to reach out to the sinful people of the Nephite community:

"There began to be men inspired from heaven and sent forth … preaching and testifying boldly of the sins and iniquities of the people, and testifying unto them concerning the redemption which the Lord would make for his people." (3 Nephi 6:20)

Not surprisingly, the sinful people do not receive this message well, becoming "exceeding angry because of those who testified of these things" (verse 21). It turns out that some number of these people are associated with the legal profession — lawyers and judges — and they actually use their positions to arrest many of those who are preaching God's message and then arrange for them to illegally be put to death.

The Forgiveness of the Lord

Written by Brother Richard Lowman on Tuesday, 13 August 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 231

The Forgiveness of the Lord

For many of you that know me well, much of what I will say will ring true with you, and you may even recognize yourself in this writing. I pray that this writing starts us all on roads to forgiveness and unity within our branches and within the Body of Christ.

Recently, I confess, I have been offended within the Body of Christ by individuals. In their defense, many may not even know they offended me. This has caused great pain in my family and within my soul. This has caused me to refrain from the cleansing power of taking sacrament.

Since I came to The Church (officially), I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel to many of the branches and have made tremendous friendships and have some mentors who love me enough to gently — or not always so gently — steer me back in the right direction.

Finding My Connection

Written by Sister KarenJo Pandone on Monday, 12 August 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 271

Finding My Connection

Today's Miracle Monday is a touching story of family and heritage submitted by Sister KarenJo Pandone.

I just finished reading a Gospel Blog article that I related to very personally. I was reminded of when the Lord explained to me who I was in this world.

I was adopted as a 6-week-old infant and became the daughter of two loving parents who couldn’t have children. Brother Joe and Sister Rose Milantoni raised me in a loving home where I never wanted for anything. I knew from the moment I could understand that I was adopted. They always associated it with a positive twist: “They CHOSE me,” and “God GAVE me to them,” and “I was their ADOPTED sweetheart,” all of which made me feel very special — so much so that I would go up to perfect strangers and proudly announce, “I’m adopted!”

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 95:1

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 09 August 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 276

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 95:1

Today, we're kicking off a new theme for Good Word Friday. For the rest of August, we'll be focusing on scriptures that relate to music and song.

Music is one of God's great gifts to humankind, don't you agree?

For one, music brings so much pleasure, whether you're singing, playing, or listening — or all three simultaneously.

And music provides a way to praise God in a way that we can't achieve with words alone. Music conveys feeling and expression that's tough to capture even in poetry.

Hummingbird Promises

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 08 August 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 285

Hummingbird Promises

In adopting a new routine of exercise, which involves walking to and from a nearby park, I have become acquainted with the hummingbird pictured here in this article. Actually, I don’t know if it is the same hummingbird I see every morning, but I do see at least one hummingbird and sometimes two flying in and out of one particular tree.

Since moving to Arizona, I have seen many hummingbirds and have grown very fond of them. I am enamored with how small but fast they are. Obviously, the certain tree where I spot them has a food source that they enjoy, which is most likely nectar.

Immediately, I am reminded of Matthew 6:26: “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”

A Disciple of Jesus Christ (3 Nephi 5)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 07 August 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 212

A Disciple of Jesus Christ (3 Nephi 5)

In 3 Nephi 5, the narrative continues with the imprisonment of the defeated Gadianton robbers. In a merciful move, the Nephites preach the word of God to the prisoners — all who repent of their crimes and enter into a covenant to serve God are freed and become part of the society; those who refuse to repent are punished for their crimes.

After sharing the above story with us, the editor of the narrative notes that so many things happened during the first 25 years after the birth of Jesus Christ that not even one percent of them can be recorded in this book. He then introduces himself to us:

"Behold, I am called Mormon…I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life" (3 Nephi 5:12-13)

Help Is Here

Written by Sister Stefanie on Tuesday, 06 August 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 268

Help Is Here

“Jesus, take the wheel
Take it from my hands
'Cause I can't do this on my own
I'm letting go
So give me one more chance
And save me from this road I'm on
Jesus, take the wheel”
Carrie Underwood

I know my last few blog posts probably might make you think that I am not handling life as a mom well. And some days that certainly feels the case. When my daughter was 5 months old, after much prayer, I decided to expand my personal training business by buying a training studio. I am loving it and am living my dream, but some days, it’s a lot.

And then you throw in a teething, needy 1-year-old into the mix, and my mental and physical exhaustion is more than I feel that I can handle.

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