The Importance of Routine

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 14 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 312

The Importance of Routine

It’s no secret that I’m a strict routine follower. I’ve written before about my type-A personality and planning to a fault. I often wonder how I’d operate without my calendar close at hand. And don’t get me started on list-making — friends chuckle when they see the pleasure I find in rewriting them and crossing things off the endless to-dos.

As a new mom, it’s more important than ever that I abide by a routine. We’re more likely to get a good night’s rest if we keep things exactly as we did the night before: playtime, dimming the lights in the house, bath time, bottle before bed, extra cozy pajamas and cuddles. The routine helps our son fall asleep at a normal hour and assures us he gets the rest he needs.

Mi Hombre, Mi Nombre

Written by Sister Mary Ann Heaps on Monday, 13 November 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 727

Mi Hombre, Mi Nombre

Today, we're taking a break from Miracle Monday to bring you a testimony from Sister Mary Ann Heaps. Enjoy!

When I was living in Guatemala, I had a routine of stopping at the same bakery every day to purchase bread and juice. Every day, I would see a street man walking toward the bakery, and many times he would sit on the curb, never saying a word. He didn’t understand when you spoke to him but would just smile, not recognizing anybody. Not knowing anything about this poor, badly dressed man in rags and torn shoes, carrying a cloth bag, I referred to him as "mi hombre" (my man).

Spread the Good Word: 1 Chronicles 16:11

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 10 November 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2801

Spread the Good Word: 1 Chronicles 16:11

Have you ever envisioned an imaginary line. On one side of the line is "good" and on the other side is "evil." As long as you stay on the "good" side, you're good with God. If you cross that line into "evil" territory, then you're not. 

Have you ever tried to get as close to the line as possible without crossing it? Tried to see how much bad behavior you can get away with and still be called a Christian? 

General Church Conference: More Than Just a Business Meeting

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 09 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 303

General Church Conference: More Than Just a Business Meeting

Every October, a meeting of the general priesthood of The Church, consisting of the elders and teachers, convenes at the World Conference Center in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The general session is held on Friday and Saturday, with committee and quorum meetings starting as early as the prior Monday. As I write this, I’m on a plane heading there now with great anticipation. Some might wonder why I’m looking forward to a business meeting so much. But I have to tell you, this weekend is not just a business meeting.

Your Conversion Experience (Mosiah 27)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 08 November 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 294

Your Conversion Experience (Mosiah 27)

In Mosiah 27, Mosiah and Alma face a difficult situation. Their adult sons are rebelling against the church. Alma, the son of Alma, is a particular problem as he is good with words, and he is convincing others to follow in his ways.

After much prayer by their parents, the five young men encounter the angel of the Lord who appears to them and speaks to them with a voice of thunder, causing them to be overcome and fall to the earth. Alma is unable to stand or move for the next two days. During this time, he has a powerful conversion experience. In his words:

Letting God Fight My Battle

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 07 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 413

Letting God Fight My Battle

This article is Part 7 of Sister Michelle Watson's series "Dealing With Divine Delays."

God can't win the battle if you don't let Him fight for you.

Amen to that, we all say! It seems so simple. It sure sounds simple. But what does it actually mean? Versions of this succinct little statement are probably illustrated on Pinterest and set to music on video slideshows across the Internet. It's a really nice little sentence, and it rings true … we're just not sure why.

Miracle Monday Flashback: Seared With a Hot Iron — Almost

Written by Brother Josh Gehly on Monday, 06 November 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 520

Miracle Monday Flashback: Seared With a Hot Iron — Almost

Today’s Miracle Monday is an experience from Brother Josh Gehly that we originally published on August 20, 2012. Hope you enjoy this blast from the past!

I’m a dry cleaner’s guy and not a morning person. One Sunday, due to a bizarre work and church schedule the week prior, my iron was the only tool available to get my pants presentable for church.

Spread the Good Word: John 3:30

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 03 November 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 834

Spread the Good Word: John 3:30

If you want a simple yet profound mantra to live your life by, this is it.

Today, we want big ideas to fit into bite-size phrases that we can easily understand, and that's way too much to ask in most cases. But, John the Baptist's words, here, are an exception to the rule. 

Worthy of Showing Up

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Thursday, 02 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 389

Worthy of Showing Up

A couple weeks ago, I had a conversation with my mom about how grad school is treating me, and I admitted to her that even though I am content with where I am in the world, I am not entirely comfortable with the program I am in. I voiced various insecurities to her but also told her I’m not the only one feeling this way. Many of my other graduate friends are facing similar issues, and we all feel like we aren't good enough to do what we came here to do. A couple hours after talking with her, mom sent me an article that has helped change my perspective of self-doubt.

“I may not feel ready, but I am still worthy of showing up” are the words Rachel Macy Stafford wrote in her article for The Hands Free Revolution.

Dealing With Sin in The Church (Mosiah 26)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 01 November 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 318

Dealing With Sin in The Church (Mosiah 26)

In Mosiah 26, Alma begins to face some of the issues that come into play with a growing church that is reaching out to many people:

  • There are people who can’t bring themselves to believe in what is being taught.
  • There are people who hear the word but refuse to be baptized.
  • There are people who try to convince members of the church to commit sin.
  • And, unfortunately, there are some members of the church who do fall into sinful ways.

When Alma becomes aware of the sin in the church, he struggles with how to handle the situation. It’s not hard to understand his struggle. He loves the people; he doesn’t want to reprimand anyone, and he certainly doesn’t want to lose anyone from the church. On the other hand, it has reached the point where it can’t be ignored: “there were many witnesses against them; yea, the people stood and testified of their iniquity in abundance.” (Mosiah 26:9)

Blessed Are the Meek

Written by An Original Atlantic Coast Member on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 466

Blessed Are the Meek

Today, we're bringing you the first article in a series on the topic of meekness by an "original Atlantic Coast member." Enjoy!

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5)

Being meek does not mean that you are quiet or shy. A prime example of this is Moses who is said to have been one of the meekest people who ever lived, even though he was strong-minded and had a temper issue at times.

And the Righteous Need Not Fear

Written by Brother Justin Severson on Monday, 30 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 427

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 598

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 370

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 608

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.

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