And the Righteous Need Not Fear

Written by Brother Justin Severson on Monday, 30 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 371

And the Righteous Need Not Fear

We're taking a break from our regular Miracle Monday to bring you a special devotional.

The fact that the opposition is building — and advancing — certainly needs no elaborate dissertation. Local and global newscasts bring that forth each day. Despite this disquieting time, the people of God are reminded that if God is for you, who can be against you? A situation that occurred prior to the coming of Christ supports this. In the Book of Mormon, a terrorist group called the Gadianton robbers emerged.

“And it came to pass in the thirteenth year there began to be wars and contentions throughout all the land; for the Gadianton robbers had become so numerous, and did slay so many of the people, and did lay waste so many cities, and did spread so much death and carnage throughout the land, that it became expedient that all the people, both the Nephites and the Lamanites, should take up arms against them.” (3 Nephi 2:11)

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 54:17

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 27 October 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 534

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 54:17

There is a lot of anger and aggression in the world today — threats of physical violence, hateful words hissed low — and we often feel like we're the ones under attack.

Is Jesus in You?

Written by Brother Justin Severson on Thursday, 26 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 308

Is Jesus in You?

Today, we're sharing a poem written by Brother Justin Severson, which he composed after the apostles made a special visit to the Lake Worth, Florida, Branch. The apostles' message was Urgency of Righteousness.

Tell Them It Was God (Mosiah 25)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 25 October 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 520

Tell Them It Was God (Mosiah 25)

In the previous chapter, Alma and his group were miraculously delivered from bondage to the Lamanites and arrived in Zarahemla, joining up with Limhi and his group who had also been delivered from Lamanite bondage. In Mosiah 25, Alma speaks to all of the people, delivering a specific message to those who have been delivered from bondage:

“And he did exhort the people of Limhi and his brethren, all those that had been delivered out of bondage, that they should remember that it was the Lord that did deliver them.” (Mosiah 25:16)

Perhaps some of the people thought their deliverance was due to their own strength or cunning. Perhaps others remarked that they were lucky to have gotten away. Alma made sure to tell them that it was God who had done this for them.

Meet the Pillars

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Tuesday, 24 October 2017. Posted in Generation Gap Interviews Hits 350

Meet the Pillars

Introducing the new Meet the Pillars series!

This new series will introduce you to many wonderful pillars of The Church whom we may not know too much about. We have so many wonderful brothers and sisters who have amazing testimonies, diverse backgrounds, and insightful advice for us.

Miracle Monday Flashback: God's Healing Touch

Written by Sister Doreen Dino on Monday, 23 October 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 614

Miracle Monday Flashback: God's Healing Touch

Today, we're sharing a Miracle Monday that was first published on April 15, 2013 and submitted by Sister Doreen Dino.

When my oldest daughter Francesca was 8 years old, I received a call from her teacher who said that she fainted in class. When I got to school, she was in the nurse’s office lying there and looking very pale. After a conversation with the school staff about what had happened, my initial thought was that she had had a seizure. Unfortunately I was right. After having several more seizures and many tests, the diagnosis was confirmed: epilepsy.

Spread the Good Word: Luke 6:36

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 20 October 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 648

Spread the Good Word: Luke 6:36

Is there someone in need of your mercy today? Perhaps someone needs your forgiveness. Maybe the person needs you to let him off the hook or just give him a little break. Or, she needs you to be understanding and step in her shoes.

Today's Good Word tells us that we should extend the same mercy to others as we've received from the Father. 

First, Check Yourself

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 19 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 343

First, Check Yourself

Today's article is another installment in Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home."

Prior to working in a nursing home, I had to go to school to learn how to work with physical therapy patients. In one particular class, we were taught how to provide manual resistance to the patient’s muscles (kind of like using weights, but I am the weight).

Often, the patient would push the wrong way, and we had to figure out how to correct it. With a tremendous variety of patient presentations — dementia, stroke, Parkinson's, you name it — the task seemed daunting.

I remember the instructor saying, "First, check yourself."

Teaching the Untaught (Mosiah 24)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 18 October 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 339

Teaching the Untaught (Mosiah 24)

Mosiah 24 describes the education of the Lamanite people under the rule of Amulon. From a worldly perspective, they are well educated; they learn the Nephite language and are trained in writing and doing business with others. As a result, they begin to accumulate riches and are described as a “cunning and wise people, as to the wisdom of the world.”

However, the one thing missing from their education is also identified: “They knew not God; neither did the brethren of Amulon teach them anything concerning the Lord their God, neither the Law of Moses; nor did they teach them the words of Abinadi.” (Mosiah 24:5) As a result, although the people are described as wise and cunning, they are also described as “delighting in all manner of wickedness and plunder.”

The Hills and Valleys

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 17 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 292

The Hills and Valleys

A few weeks ago, I traveled through the picturesque hills and valleys of the Salt River Canyon (pictured) with my family to our Southwest Area Campout. We chose this route because of predicted traffic on alternate roads. What seemed to be a shortcut certainly presented a challenging drive. The road is filled with sharp turns, sudden inclines and declines, and a guardrail with a very limited protective barrier that, in my opinion, is a little too close for comfort to the edge of the road.

In any case, my husband safely drove through what seemed like an obstacle course of hills and valleys, and we arrived safe at the camp.

Remembering the Zioneers

Written by Brother Joe Nicosia on Monday, 16 October 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 472

Remembering the Zioneers

Today, we're taking a break from our typical Miracle Mondays and bringing you a testimony of remembrance from Brother Joe Nicosia. Perhaps it'll spark memories of a special season that you've enjoyed in your service to the Lord.

From 1999 to 2006, I was blessed with the opportunity to participate in a male quartet called The Zioneers, along with Brother Ken Jones, Bob Sullivan, and Ken Buck. Nancy Buck was our musical director.

To give some background, we initially formed the group in 1999 and then spent about a year practicing and learning how to sing together as a group. Finally, we were ready for our first public performance as part of a fundraiser concert at the Anaheim Branch. The Lord blessed all of the performers, and over $6,000 was raised in one night!

Spread the Good Word: John 20:29

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 13 October 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 638

Spread the Good Word: John 20:29

Today's Good Word reminds us that even though we haven't seen Jesus Christ in the flesh, we are blessed if we believe in what our eyes have not witnessed. 

Spiritual Sense of Direction

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 12 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 464

Spiritual Sense of Direction

Naturally speaking, I have a horrible sense of direction. I am also a terrible navigator. My husband tends to tell me this when I'm supposed to be helping him find a particular location. I've even gotten turned around on hikes where the path is fairly well laid out. I can't function without Google Maps.

Now, if the Google database is incorrect, then I won't find my desired destination even if I follow the exact directions. I experienced this in China, looking for a tea house that apparently was on the same named street but on the completely other side of the city — which was unfortunate since I walked three miles in the rain to find the place.

As Good as Your Word (Mosiah 23)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 11 October 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 293

As Good as Your Word (Mosiah 23)

At the end of the previous chapter, the people of King Limhi had escaped from the city where they were in bondage to the Lamanites. The Lamanite army tried to pursue them, but they just wound up getting hopelessly lost in the wilderness. In Mosiah 23, this lost army stumbles upon the city where Alma and his followers are living. The people of Alma were the ones who had chosen to serve God, so they had been in hiding from King Noah and were consequently not among the people of King Limhi (Noah’s son) who had returned to the land of Zarahemla.

The Lamanites are prepared to put Alma’s group into bondage as they had previously done with Limhi’s group. However, they make an offer to Alma and his people: Show us the way back to the city of Nephi (where the rest of the Lamanites live) and we’ll let you go free. No killing, no bondage, no problem. Alma agrees and leads the Lamanites where they want to go. However, “after Alma had shown them the way that led to the land of Nephi the Lamanites would not keep their promise; but they set guards round about the land of Helam, over Alma and his brethren.” (Mosiah 23:37)

Flesh for Stone

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Tuesday, 10 October 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 333

Flesh for Stone

God’s interaction with man since the foundation of human existence has always incorporated covenants. It is a divine characteristic of having a relationship with Him. Due to Israel’s disobedience, the Old Testament covenant through the Law of Moses was just as hard and heavy as the literal tablets on which they originated.

In describing it, Paul states, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:19-20).

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