Righteous Anger

Written by An Original Atlantic Coast Member on Tuesday, 05 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 340

Righteous Anger

Today's article is Part 3 in a series about meekness written by an Original Atlantic Coast Member.

Being vengeful is really the negative part of having anger. We're all human and therefore subject to human emotions. So, in certain circumstances, it's natural to feel anger. In many cases, it ends up being "righteous anger," typically in a situation where someone or something is doing harm to others. Therefore, having some anger over these unjust things is not a sin. Even Christ Himself got angry at the unholy money changers in the Holy Temple.

Too Close for Coincidence

Written by Sister Patty Rabe on Monday, 04 December 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 413

Too Close for Coincidence

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony of protection submitted by Sister Patty (Henderson) Rabe. This is an example of a close shave that's just way too close to be called a coincidence.

Even though this miracle occurred many years ago, it's as real to me as if it happened yesterday.

When I was 17 years old and just out of high school, something very scary happened to me. My mother was getting dinner ready and, realizing that we were out of milk, asked me to drive to the store for her. It was around dinnertime, but it was very dark outside because it was winter.

Spread the Good Word: Mormon 5:23

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 01 December 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 999

Spread the Good Word: Mormon 5:23

It's so easy to forget what today's Good Word is telling us. 

We definitely don't need to look far to find something that makes us feel insecure or vulnerable. Here's a list on the fly:

Meet the Pillars: Brother Leonard Lovalvo

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Thursday, 30 November 2017. Posted in Generation Gap Interviews Hits 353

Meet the Pillars: Brother Leonard Lovalvo

Today, we're bringing you the first Meet the Pillars interview! What's Meet the Pillars?

A Little About Our Brother

Our dear Brother Leonard Lovalvo was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1936 and baptized in Modesto, California, in 1954 at the young age of 17. He was ordained into the ministry at age 21 and an evangelist at age 26. That is over 60 years as a minister of God! Son of Brother Joseph Lovalvo and Sister Virginia Randazzo, our brother grew up surrounded by the Gospel. Brother Leonard states, “I fell in love with The Church and the people of God and never turned back. God has been so good to me.”

Amateur or Professional? (Alma 1)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 29 November 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 430

Amateur or Professional? (Alma 1)

In Alma 1, a man named Nehor goes about, challenging the way the church operates. In particular, he promotes the concept of a paid ministry, “declaring unto the people that every priest and teacher ought to become popular; and they ought not to labor with their hands, but that they ought to be supported by the people.” (Alma 1:3) Apparently, his words are quite persuasive, as people begin to give him money, and he becomes quite wealthy.

The concept of a minister becoming wealthy with money collected from people who think they are donating to God is quite distasteful. It’s in fact one of the things that has made people cynical when it comes to organized religion, as they think that every minister is in it for the money and is cheating the poor people in the congregation.

Where a Grateful Heart Comes From

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 346

Where a Grateful Heart Comes From

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

My job is to work with people in a nursing home, and in doing so I get to meet many different people of many different cultures, nationalities, and ages, and even with many different illnesses or injuries that brought them into the nursing home.

You know the type of people I like to work with the least? I don’t like working with ungrateful people.

She Came from Heaven by Way of China

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Monday, 27 November 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 399

She Came from Heaven by Way of China

Since November is National Adoption Month, for today's Miracle Monday, we're sharing Sister Linda Scolaro's amazing adoption journey she traveled with the Lord’s intervention.

One day, I prayed that God would grant us a child, and I had no idea the amazing journey and plan that God had in store for us. I prayed this prayer many times. However, this time I was driving on the Garden State Parkway. As I finished my prayer, I looked up in the sky on a beautiful sunny day in August, and I saw a vision.

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 5:20

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 24 November 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 604

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 5:20

We hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with your family and loved ones! 

As you're picking at leftover pumpkin pie and eating "just one more" of Aunt Marie's snowball cookies, think of today's Good Word. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 23 November 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 332

Happy Thanksgiving!

Since today is Thanksgiving, in many households, family and friends will gather together to enjoy a traditional meal. Although I hate being put on the spot, I love it when we go around the table to share one thing we are most thankful for. I enjoy hearing everyone’s answers, especially the kids because their answers are always so innocent.

Since I don’t have access to a lot of kids, I turned to the Huffington Post for what kids have said they are grateful for. Here are some of my favorites:

Majority Rules (Mosiah 29)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 22 November 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 408

Majority Rules (Mosiah 29)

"Majority rules" is a simple concept. It’s when you make a decision by having everyone vote on some question and then implement whichever option gets the most votes. It’s how the U.S. government is designed to operate. The majority of voters select elected officials, and the majority of those elected officials enact laws and policies. The majority makes the rules.

In Mosiah 29, King Mosiah realizes that none of his sons have a desire to follow him as king (since they’re now much more interested in doing missionary work for the Lord) so he puts into place a new form of government in which judges govern the people. These judges will be elected by “the voice of the people” (majority rules).

E-M-P-W-R-D

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 21 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 304

E-M-P-W-R-D

While waiting at a traffic light, I noticed the license plate of the car in front of me had the letters: E-M-P-W-R-D. The Reading Teacher in me immediately decoded these letters to mean “empowered.” Then, I noticed a familiar image on the license plate that gave new meaning to this word, a handicapped symbol. Instantly, my views changed. I thought this individual is clearly displaying a growth mindset demonstrating that whatever handicap he or she may have, it is not going to create a feeling of being disempowered.

A Thanksgiving Gift

Written by Sister Ruth Gehly on Monday, 20 November 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 329

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 722

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 271

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 297

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.
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