What's So Special About Marriage?

Written by Brother Thomas D'Orazio on Monday, 18 June 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 153

What's So Special About Marriage?

Today and tomorrow, we're bringing you a two-part article on marriage. The article was submitted by Brother Frank Natoli, who says, "Recently, I witnessed a marriage and enjoyed the sermon so much that the words appear below as a testament to the sanctity of the ordinance of marriage that we hold so dear." The following wedding sermon was given by Brother Thomas D'Orazio.

Since the beginning of time, God never intended man to be alone. In the beginning, God created man in His image and set him in the perfect place of Eden. This place had everything man could ever want. Food and water were abundant. There were trees and grass and animals all around. All of nature was at peace with one another, and the presence of God Himself walked and talked with man.

However, God realized that something was still missing.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 4:15

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 15 June 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 488

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 4:15

In honor of Father's Day this weekend, we're sharing 1 Corinthians 4:15, in which the Apostle Paul draws a distinction between instructors and fathers.

An instructor is someone who teaches something. A father is an instructor, but he is also so much more. 

Honoring Our Heavenly Father

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 14 June 2018. Posted in Holidays Hits 202

Honoring Our Heavenly Father

We all have different relationships with our fathers. But dads do tend to have a special place in our hearts. This may be a little stereotypical — and this is not intended to mean that moms do not do this too! — but dads are hardworking, yet they still make time to help us with our homework or projects we have going on. They lovingly share and teach us their special talents without complaint. They may be tough on us, but it's only because they want us to grow up to be the best human being possible.

Since it's Father's Day this week, we tend to think more about our natural fathers and father figures than we may the rest of the year. If we are lucky enough to still have our father with us, we may stress out to find the "perfect" gift for him and a card that says exactly how we feel. We may plan to go visit him over the weekend or give him a call. Regardless of what we do, this Sunday, we tend to honor and celebrate our father figures for everything they have done for us throughout our lives.

Boasting — in the Lord? (Alma 26)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 13 June 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 216

Boasting — in the Lord? (Alma 26)

In Alma 26, Ammon celebrates with his brothers regarding their missionary successes among the Lamanite people and how God has used them to bring many souls to salvation. He is obviously excited that they have been personally used for this accomplishment, stating, "If we had not come up out of the land of Zarahemla, these our dearly beloved brethren…would still have been…strangers to God" (verse 9).

At this point, his brother Aaron rebukes him, saying, "Ammon, I fear that thy joy doth carry thee away unto boasting" (verse 10). Ammon replies, "I do not boast in my own strength…but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things" (verses 11-12). He then continues his rejoicing and "boasting in the Lord."

What's the difference between boasting in the Lord and just plain boasting? It all comes down to motivation.

Approved and Proven

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 12 June 2018. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 303

Approved and Proven

With Father’s Day approaching, my thoughts are drawn to my father, who left this earth to be with Jesus in 2014. Naturally speaking, my dad’s life taught me many things. He worked a LOT to keep my childhood happy and carefree, so I inherited a strong work ethic, learning to work hard and save for things in life. As a kid, though, I didn’t understand why lights always had to be off when we left a room or why the refrigerator door or front door to our house couldn’t remain open because “money doesn’t grow on trees” or “we don’t live in a barn,” as just a few examples of perplexing things fathers say to kids.

As a rebellious teen, even more things my dad said and did wore on my nerves. I often viewed him as annoying and sometimes getting in the way of what I wanted to do and hopelessly not able to understand my world. I failed to see him as the foundation of my security and well-being in the tireless daily contributions my parents both invested in our family.

A Good Worker

Written by Sister Sylvia Curry on Monday, 11 June 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 267

A Good Worker

Today's Miracle Monday is dedicated to all of you out there who are currently in the process of building a new church building. It's a testimony told by Sister Sylvia Curry, and we promise it'll draw you in.

I worked for General Ribbon, a factory that produced carbon paper, typewriter ribbon, and other related supplies. It was owned and operated by an older gentleman named Mr. Daggs. He had the reputation of being a kindhearted man. The night I got hired, I knelt down beside my bed and sincerely asked the Lord to make me a good worker for these people.

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 11:9

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 08 June 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 478

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 11:9

We hope that today's Good Word encourages you to look forward to a time of peace. This will be a time when we won't worry about anything hurting or destroying us, a time when every person on earth will know the Lord. 

Strength Test

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 07 June 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 235

Strength Test

I attended a conference recently and heard a motivational speaker talk about strengths and weaknesses, and I was surprised at what I heard:

"Strengths are not what you’re good at. Weaknesses are not what you’re bad at. We’ve all been raised to believe that our strengths are best judged by the success we achieve. If that’s the case, then a strength is the same as performance. But we instinctively know that’s not true. If you’re like most people, you have some activities or tasks you do well, but hate doing. You have the ability; you can do it. You just wish you never had to do it again because it drains you. Such activities cannot be called strengths. They are weaknesses. The simplest and best definition of a strength is 'an activity that strengthens you.' And the proper definition of a weakness is 'an activity that weakens you' — even if you’re good at it." (Marcus Buckingham, motivational speaker)

The Golden Rule (Alma 25)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 06 June 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 255

The Golden Rule (Alma 25)

Let's begin with a little quiz. Which of the following statements best expresses the concept of what is traditionally referred to as "The Golden Rule"?

A. Do unto others as they do unto you
B. Do unto others as you would want others to do unto you
C. Whatever you do unto others will be done unto you
D. Whoever has the gold makes the rules

I Can Because He Can

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 05 June 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 276

I Can Because He Can

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Has there been a time in your life when you felt like you couldn’t do something? When you felt like giving up? Were left feeling discouraged? No matter what happens in life, Christ wants us to know that we CAN do ALL things through Him.

The Quiet Need

Written by Sister Rosanne Champine on Monday, 04 June 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 320

The Quiet Need

Today's Miracle Monday is a very sweet experience and song that we asked Sister Rosanne Champine to share with us. 

One Sunday in church, when it came time for anointing, I was so surprised to see an older sister walk up and sit in the chair. This sister represented to me great spiritual strength and wisdom. As a ‘mother’ to all the Saints, she was always concerned about others, helping and tending to their needs, serving as a wonderful spiritual example. It never occurred to me that SHE might need something from the Lord.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 23:23

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 01 June 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 505

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 23:23

Today's Good Word suggests an interesting question — how do we "buy" truth? Take a second to think about how you might respond.

The word "buy" means to "obtain in exchange for payment." If the objective is to acquire truth, then what must we give (or pay) for it? Here are some ideas: 

Two Weeks Left

Written by Brother Richard Lowman on Thursday, 31 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 256

Two Weeks Left

The Bible and Book of Mormon tell us we are going to live forever. This much we know, and we hold as truths. As Christians, we believe that we will live forever in Paradise with our Lord and Savior.

I have a friend whose brother has been sick for several years. He has a plethora of health conditions although he is in his 60s. He doesn’t have cancer, but he seems to have every other ailment possible. Last Friday, he was told that he has two weeks to live. It started me thinking about death and dying.

Burying the Old Man (Alma 24)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 30 May 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 258

Burying the Old Man (Alma 24)

"Put off…the old man, which is corrupt…be renewed in the spirit of your mind…put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness" (Ephesians 4:22-24)

In Alma 24, the converted Lamanites, now known as Anti-Nephi-Lehies, bring the above scripture to life. The king expresses this group's collective praise to God that "he hath forgiven us of those our many sins and murders which we have committed, and taken away the guilt from our hearts, through the merits of his Son" (verse 10).

The king then expresses fear as to how God might react should they ever go back to their former ways of killing and murdering. Based on this, the entire group comes to a collective decision:

The Courtesy of Christ

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 29 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 359

The Courtesy of Christ

What do you think of when you think of the word “courtesy”? The first thing that comes to my mind is courteous, but the word, courtesy, can have a deeper meaning. It can also mean a gift or privilege.

Recently, someone near and dear to me who happens to live in my house — wink, wink! — started her first job at a local grocery store. Her title is courtesy clerk, which is a euphemism for grocery bagger. In explaining this to a friend of mine, she said, “You know that job really makes a difference when you go shopping. Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter.”

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