So, Now You're an Orphan (Mosiah 18)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 30 August 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 214

So, Now You're an Orphan (Mosiah 18)

In Mosiah 18, Alma, now a former priest of King Noah, begins to meet privately with as many people as possible to preach and teach the words that the prophet Abinadi taught prior to his death. He finds that many are accepting of his teachings and are willing to change their lives to be people of God.

In a famous scene, Alma addresses a congregation gathered at a place called the Waters of Mormon and invites them to begin their new lives by entering the waters of baptism. Here is an excerpt of his address to them:

The Day He Called

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 29 August 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 236

The Day He Called

A few weeks ago during Sunday school, we all shared our conversion stories about when the Lord called us to be baptized. Even though I know the brothers and sisters in my mission pretty well, I've never heard their full conversion stories. It was interesting and a blessing to hear how differently the Lord spoke to us, from those who were born and raised in this gospel to those who met the Lord from their spouse.

This September is going to be 20 years since I surrendered to the Lord. I can't believe how quickly time goes by!

God Turns Confusion to Clarity

Written by Detroit Branch 1 History on Monday, 28 August 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 269

God Turns Confusion to Clarity

Today's Miracle Monday comes to us from the pages of the Detroit Branch 1 history. This is the experience of Brother Anthony Scolaro during a time of confusion about the Book of Mormon.

In the early 1930s, when I was a young man of 17 years (baptized for about a year and a half) there was an Elder in our Detroit Branch #1 who had decided that the Book of Mormon was not true. He was very persuasive, and convinced several brothers and sisters to renounce this Book and leave The Church.

Spread the Good Word: Matt. 6:33

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 25 August 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1307

Spread the Good Word: Matt. 6:33

Priorities. When we sit and take stock of our lives, we know the things that should be most important to us. But are they actually what's most important to us? Do our actions reflect our beliefs?

Refreshing Your Spirit

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 24 August 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 279

Refreshing Your Spirit

What things help you feel refreshed with the Lord? For me, there’s just something about being surrounded by nature that is spiritually refreshing.

We live in the country, and I love being outside. It’s peaceful — the birds are chirping and the bugs are buzzing. I love walking around our property and seeing deer, rabbits, and peaches ripening on our tree. I enjoy smelling the flowers as we walk past them, hearing the woodpecker knocking and the cows across the road, seeing the butterflies our daughter catches...

Denying Your Testimony (Mosiah 17)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 23 August 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 281

Denying Your Testimony (Mosiah 17)

In Mosiah 17, the reaction of King Noah to the words of the prophet Abinadi is to sentence him to death. It’s not too surprising since Abinadi had called out the king and his priests for their sinful lifestyle, telling them that God was not pleased with them and that they needed to repent.

However, perhaps realizing that it wouldn’t look good to execute someone for making basically true statements, the king counsels with his priests for three days and finally decides that Abinadi should be put to death for a different reason — because he said that “God himself [in the form of Christ] should come down among the children of men” (Mosiah 17:8).

Lessons from a Newborn

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 22 August 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 349

Lessons from a Newborn

June 5, 2017 was a memorable day for our family. We welcomed our son, Graham Thomas Shawver, into this world after nearly 42 weeks in my belly. If there’s one thing I am certain of after giving birth, it’s that God certainly is still in the miracle business.

Since becoming a new mom, I’ve learned several lessons that seem quite familiar to things I’ve heard in church and that serve as great reminders as I go about my days with a newborn.

Cure for a Coma

Written by Sister Debbie Kyriakakos on Monday, 21 August 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 283

Cure for a Coma

Today, we're republishing a Miracle Monday from March 25, 2013, sent to us by Sister Debbie Meo Kyriakakos.

This is my miracle story. This was told to me by my parents and family members because I was only 1 year old when this took place. I had been very sick for several days and became dehydrated. My parents took me to the doctor, who assured them that I would be fine in a couple days. But my dehydration persisted for several more days.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 46:10

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 18 August 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 597

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 46:10

This is one of those verses that's so oft-quoted that we sometimes forget why it's so oft-quoted. It's a great answer to worry and fear, something many of us deal with daily. 

Happiest Place on Earth?

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 17 August 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 399

Happiest Place on Earth?

As I write this, my family and I are on our first vacation to Disney World. For those who have been here, you know that the staff members will go out of their way to ensure that you have the best experience possible. The nickname for the park is The Happiest Place on Earth.

But, is it really?

The Carnal Mind (Mosiah 16)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 16 August 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 391

The Carnal Mind (Mosiah 16)

What does it mean to be “carnal”? No, it doesn’t refer to someone who eats meat — that would be a carnivore. It does relate to flesh — not the eating of it but rather the pleasing of it.

There are many things we can do that please our human forms. Many of these are not sinful. In general, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying life and doing things that make you happy. However, when the things of the flesh become foremost in our mind, we then have what is referred to as a “carnal mind,” one that seeks out things that please the flesh, whether they are sinful or not, typically overriding the prompting of the Spirit of God.

Do Something or Be Still?

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 15 August 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 386

Do Something or Be Still?

This article is Part 5 of Sister Michelle Watson's series "Dealing With Divine Delays," chronicling the lessons she learned during a time of infertility.

"Should I wait on God to tell me what to do, or should I step out on faith and take action?"

Have you ever asked yourself this question? You're seeking God's direction about a big decision or which fork in the road to take. It's not really a choice between something sinful vs. not sinful — that would be easier. These decisions aren't clear-cut.

Healed in More Ways Than One

Written by Sister Joyce Smith on Monday, 14 August 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 333

Healed in More Ways Than One

Today's Miracle Monday is the testimony of Sister Joyce Smith. God helped her through two bouts of cancer, but this story is about a specific time she was in need during her journey.

I thank God that I am a two-time cancer survivor, from breast cancer in 1998 and rectal cancer in 2012. I praise God every morning I wake.

When I was admitted to the hospital to have surgery for the rectal cancer, I was told I would likely remain in the hospital for four to five days after surgery, but I ended up staying for 11 days — because, naturally, I couldn't go home until my bowel movements returned.

Spread the Good Word: 2 Cor. 4:17

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 11 August 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 589

Spread the Good Word: 2 Cor. 4:17

There are times when affliction seems anything but light and anything but momentary. Nevertheless, today's Good Word tells us that in the big scheme of things, when we've passed away and are resting in heaven, we'll look back on our earthly trials and troubles with this perspective — it was light, it lasted just a moment...

Are You In?

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Thursday, 10 August 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 312

Are You In?

This summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend another GMBA campout. Camp is the one week I look forward to every year, and it is the one week I assume I will be getting no sleep! The theme this year was "in." We spent the week discussing what it meant to build in Him, to be all in, to be in the fold, and to be confident in Him.

On the first day of seminars, the leaders posed a question to my group, the 20 to 25 year olds. They asked us, "If you were to die tomorrow, do you think you'd be in?" Since it was the first day of class, we hadn't really dove into the topic of being in, but we all gathered they meant if you died, would you go to Heaven. I squirmed a little bit in my seat, the question making me uncomfortable as we sat and waited to see how people would answer.

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