Spread the Good Word: 1 Chronicles 29:13

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 16 November 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 267

Spread the Good Word: 1 Chronicles 29:13

Have you ever thanked someone from The Church for something? Many times, instead of saying, "You're welcome" or "My pleasure," the person says, "Thank God." That's because we sometimes can't in good conscience accept thanks when we know we are not the ones who did the real work or inspired the work in the first place — it was God. We then direct the person's gratitude to one who is worthy of it.

Genie in a Bottle

Written by Brother Richard Lowman on Thursday, 15 November 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 257

Genie in a Bottle

I find it interesting that we — and I really mean me — treat the Lord like a genie in a bottle sometimes. We go through a trial, and we want the Lord to immediately “fix it” and take the pain or discomfort away. Lately, I've had a pity party for myself. We've had some adversity. Here are some examples:

My wife, Gina, and I have started hosting a “Pasta and Passage” every other Sunday in our home after church service. We eat spaghetti and then study The Book of Mormon, chapter by chapter. The attendance has been pretty good, between 20 to 25 people regularly. I think it no coincidence that on three of these Sundays we've had our upstairs air conditioning go out. The A/C hasn’t gone out any other time, and on the Monday or Tuesday of the following week, the A/C has been repaired. With the A/C out, the upstairs temperature climbs to 90 degrees, and it makes it hard for the kids to go into the playroom so the adults can study. Coincidence? No. Satanic attack? Yes. Satan would've liked us to cancel. Cancel often enough, and people will lose interest.

Poison Control (Alma 47)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 14 November 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 222

Poison Control (Alma 47)

Alma 47 tells the story of a wicked and cunning man named Amalickiah who plots (successfully) to eventually become king of the Lamanites. The first part of his plot is to gain control of the Lamanite army. Having a smaller army already under his control, Amalickiah agrees to turn over his army to Lehonti, the Lamanite general, as long as Lehonti agrees to make Amalickiah the second in command of the entire army. The next step of this wicked man is obvious:

"Amalickiah caused that one of his servants should administer poison by degrees to Lehonti, that he died. Now, when Lehonti was dead, the Lamanites appointed Amalickiah to be their leader and their chief commander." (Alma 47:18-19)

It is not mentioned what type of poison was used for this murder, but clearly the people involved knew what they were doing as they administered the poison very carefully, little by little, until it had its desired effect.

Cane Pride

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 13 November 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 250

Cane Pride

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

In the branch of The Church of Jesus Christ where I belong, we have a brother who calls his walking cane “Pride.” I am not exactly sure of his reasoning.

Maybe his pride is lost because he uses the cane now? Maybe it keeps him from using the walker, which could be a source of pride? Maybe “pride goeth before a fall.” (I guess I should have asked him.)

The Watermelon Offering

Written by Sister Marie McGuire on Monday, 12 November 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 231

The Watermelon Offering

If winter weather is getting you down, today's experience from Sister Marie McGuire will take you back to summertime.

During the summer of 1963, I was downstairs doing laundry, and my son Mickey began to question me about something that was on his mind. He said, "Mom, in Church we are taught that God created the heavens and all living things on earth. Then He created man in His own image. In school, we are taught about a big bang creation theory. We are taught the theory of evolution of man from the apes. How do I know which creation story is true? If I put God's creation on the test in school, then I get it wrong. I just want to know what is the real truth.”

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 69:30

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 09 November 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 261

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 69:30

Today, let's thank God for the gift of music! Praising God with a song is one of the most joyful ways to express our thanks. Whether we sing with all the breath our lungs can hold or we hum quietly to ourselves, whether we approach it with laughter or solemnity, whether we possess great skill or none at all, music can often express what our mouths otherwise would not or could not utter.

Joy in Service

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 08 November 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 274

Joy in Service

Today I'm bringing you my last scripture reading plan of 2018. Remember waaaay back at the beginning of 2018 when I promised that each of my subsequent articles for the year would contain a reading plan? The purpose was to keep myself personally accountable to reading scripture because I'd been very inconsistent with it.

The topic of today's reading plan is service. I found scriptures that spotlight many different angles of service, but for this article, I'm going to focus on just one of them: joy in service.

Raise Up the Standard (Alma 46)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 07 November 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 257

Raise Up the Standard (Alma 46)

STANDARD
1: a conspicuous object (such as a banner) carried at the top of a pole and used to mark a rallying point, especially in battle
2: something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model or example
3: substantially uniform
4: having recognized and permanent value

In Alma 46, Moroni, the leader of the Nephite army, sets up a standard to rally the Nephite people around some common causes. He creates the flag or banner by ripping up his coat and writing the message on a piece of it. Here is the message:

"In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives and our children" (Alma 46:12)

The Gift of Sight

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 06 November 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 234

The Gift of Sight

For the past seven years, I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer through my company’s philanthropic efforts at community vision screenings around Cincinnati. Our teams visit various schools around the city and check elementary children’s eyesight to determine if they need glasses. It’s a wonderful day spent away from my desk. Instead of writing, I’m helping to potentially give the gift of sight to a young child.

When each child walks through the door, we take the exam sheet and explain the vision screening test we’re about to do with them. They cover one eye and read the letters on the eye chart we point to. We record the score and repeat the process on the other eye.

Each child varies in what he or she can see — some read the letters without a single mistake; others pause and question if what they saw was correct. And some, unfortunately, have such a difficult time seeing the letters that they simply give up, and we move along to the next portion of the screening.

Getting Along With That Difficult Relative

Written by Brother Gerald Benyola on Monday, 05 November 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 278

Getting Along With That Difficult Relative

Today's Miracle Monday is a story about the challenges of family relationships. Thank you to Brother Gerald Benyola for sharing this one.

As a young man, I was blessed to find a wife to share my life with (Rose Pontillo) and also accepted the family that had loved and raised her. There was a time when my in-laws lived with us. We all sat down and agreed, with a clear understanding, as to what I expected of them living in our home. Thank God for my wife’s patience as to not involve me in the daily interaction of their relationship. My father-in-law was a gem.

But one of my challenges was my mother-in-law, Sister Fina Pontillo.

Spread the Good Word: Omni 1:26

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 02 November 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 331

Spread the Good Word: Omni 1:26

Today's Good Word reminds us of what God requires of us when we come to Him — our whole soul. The scriptures are clear about half-hearted, hypocritical religion, and it's not pretty. God wants it all, not just a part. He wants to be the center sun, not an orbiting star.

Enduring to the end (a phrase also invoked in today's Good Word) is often the process whereby we gradually give more and more of ourselves over to God. It's an exercise in continually submitting to God's authority again and again. Thankfully, He is merciful and patient with us as we figure out just how much of us He really wants!

Swap Shoes With the People Who Irritate You

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 01 November 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 288

Swap Shoes With the People Who Irritate You

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

When working in the nursing home, I often hear the clinical staff complain about particular patients, and over the years I've noticed a few themes reoccur. One such complaint is regarding the patient with chronic respiratory (COPD) problems. Staff members complain that patients with difficulty breathing can be very rude with short, snappy answers, and they do not want to do anything.

One Phrase to Represent Your Life (Alma 45)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 31 October 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 274

One Phrase to Represent Your Life (Alma 45)

In Alma 45, there is a change in church leadership, as Alma passes this responsibility to his son Helaman. Helaman also is given responsibility for maintaining the Nephite record at this point — this chapter is the first written by Helaman. After Alma turns over the sacred records to his son, he somewhat mysteriously departs from the land of Zarahemla and is never heard from again. The people surmise that he may have been "buried by the hand of the Lord, even as Moses" (verse 19), as recorded in Deuteronomy 34:5-6, or even taken up by the Lord. Regardless, Alma's time on earth has ended and a new era has begun. Helaman makes one statement that describes the life of Alma: "He was a righteous man."

When the time comes for us to depart from this life, wouldn't it be wonderful if the one phrase that someone chose to represent our life would be, "This was a righteous person"?

Look Up

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 30 October 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 332

Look Up

Think back to when you were a young child. Did you ever have moments that you felt insecure? Not good enough? Compared yourself to others? Now, fast forward to where you are today. Has that changed? Or, do you still have those moments?

We can all relate. I believe we have each experienced that feeling at some point in life. Not just as a child either, but as adults too. Who do you think is whispering that thought into your heart and mind? That’s right, the evil one.

If you ever feel this way, then think about this...

A Miracle 18 Years in the Making

Written by Sister Rose Bonaduce on Monday, 29 October 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 289

A Miracle 18 Years in the Making

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony of healing from Sister Rose Bonaduce.

Back in February 1997, I was not feeling well and experiencing some concerning symptoms. I saw my doctor, and he immediately scheduled me for a same-day MRI. By that evening, I was diagnosed with a 4-centimeter benign brain tumor that was encroaching on my right optic nerve.

My very first thought was that I needed to be anointed. On Sunday, I went to the Levittown, Pennsylvania, Branch, and because I did not want to alarm my parents and children, I asked for prayer in the back room. It would be a year before my husband, Joe, and I told anyone what was going on with me.

It was to be a long year ahead. This is where my 18-year journey with Christ and my tumor began.

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