On This Date 24 Years Ago...

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 27 June 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 377

On This Date 24 Years Ago...

Today is a special day for several people throughout the country. Ten men and women went into the waters of regeneration and gave their lives to Christ on this day in 1993 — two in Monongahela, PA, one in Lorain, OH, and seven in Palm Harbor, FL. Nine were young people, and one was young at heart. Some were born and raised in the church while others were not; regardless, each answered the same call.

Pain, Pain Go Away

Written by Sister Tammy Valenti on Monday, 26 June 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 429

Pain, Pain Go Away

Today's Miracle Monday is a story of healing submitted by Sister Tammy Valenti. If this article looks familiar, that's because we accidentally sent it out via email on June 11 — a technical error on our part. The good news is that if you missed it, you've got a second chance to read all about it. 

January 1, 2002 started like any other holiday — my mother and I went shopping. I started showing signs of what I thought was going to be a bad cold. I had no idea what was about to happen.

By that night, half of my face started to hurt. The pain got progressively worse. I reached the point that I simply could not function. I went to the doctor, and he diagnosed the pain as trigeminal neuralgia, which means there is a nerve in your face with three nerve endings. One, two, or all three of these nerve endings could possibly become inflamed. In my case, all three nerve endings were inflamed.

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 2:24

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 23 June 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 372

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 2:24

Why? 

Why????

WHY?!?!?!?!?!

Most of us have questioned God at some point. I bet the odds are good that most of us question God every day! 

Just Desserts

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 22 June 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 375

Just Desserts

This article is Part 3 of Sister Michelle Watson's series "Dealing With Divine Delays."

Everyone knows that there are certain spiritual gifts you can't earn. For example, you can't merit more of God's love by being an A+ Christian. You also can't get into heaven by impressing God with all of the good deeds you performed in life. As a young woman in my late 20s and early 30s, I knew this.

But ... I still kind of wanted to believe that if I was a really, really good girl and did everything I was supposed to, then God would reward me for my faithfulness and give me everything I asked for.

Realizing the error of this mindset took me a long time, and it was a hard thump when I hit the ground.

Called to Save, Not to Condemn (Mosiah 9)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 21 June 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 322

Called to Save, Not to Condemn (Mosiah 9)

In the last couple of chapters, we read about Ammon discovering the people of Limhi, who'd inhabited a separate city since the time that they were separated from the Nephites some years earlier. We discover in Mosiah 9 that these people were actually separated for quite a few years — it was Limhi’s grandfather, Zeniff, who led the original expedition to the Lamanites that resulted in his people not being able to return to Zarahemla.

Chapters 9 to 22 of Mosiah bring us up to date on the story of Zeniff, his son, Noah, and eventually his grandson, Limhi. This is why the date indicator at the top of the pages of our Book of Mormon appears to go backward from 121 B.C. for Chapter 8 to between 200 B.C. and 124 B.C. for Chapter 9.

Coincidence?

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Tuesday, 20 June 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 445

Coincidence?

A while ago, during a Sunday sermon, I was challenged to reflect on the defining moment when God became real to me. Now, I was born into the church and grew up believing in a Savior who was much more powerful than anything this world has to offer, but God didn't become real to me until I was around 13 years old.

Despite growing up in the church and feeling the Holy Spirit, my relationship with God wasn't a personal relationship until I was floating down the Charleston River in South Carolina on a hot summer day in July.

The Supernatural Suitcase

Written by Brother Randy Ciccati on Monday, 19 June 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 355

The Supernatural Suitcase

Today's Miracle Monday is a memory of Brother Randy Ciccati's about how God protected his family from what could've been a terrible disaster.

One year when I was growing up, my parents decided to drive to Lorain, Ohio and help my grandparents move to Cape Coral, Florida where they were going to retire. In those years, Cape Coral met at a yacht club. Yes, I have been to the infamous branch known as “The Yacht Club.” My brother had just turned 16 and got his driver’s license, and my grandparents were giving him a car they no longer needed. Not wanting to drive two cars back to California, my father decided to tow the 1964 white Mercury sedan back to California.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 3:12

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 16 June 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 693

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 3:12

Today's Good Word reminds us of the role of a good father. How many of you ever heard a parent say to a child, "Because I love you, I'm taking this away," or "...I'm not letting you run into the street," or "...I'm not letting you act like this"? 

What Is the Fast That You Have Chosen?

Written by Brother Marcus Natoli on Thursday, 15 June 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 369

What Is the Fast That You Have Chosen?

Before you read this blog, you’ll have to read Isaiah 58:5-12. (I promise, that’s your only pre-requisite). I’ll give you a few minutes to do that ...

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OK?

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All right! Now that we’re all on the same page, let me lend you some aid if you’re struggling like I usually do with the words of Isaiah.

I want to first preface that in The Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi 23:1, Christ gives us a commandment that we should “search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah.” The Hebrew translation of the word search means to ascertain, examine, investigate, and ponder. So, let us search the words of Isaiah.

Give Me Understanding, Lord! (Mosiah 8)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 14 June 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 337

Give Me Understanding, Lord! (Mosiah 8)

Mosiah 8 introduces a couple of new pieces of information that are key to the story:

The 24 Gold Plates

Limhi tells Ammon that his people discovered an ancient, extinct civilization, including 24 gold plates with engravings that appear to tell the story of the people who had inhabited the ancient city. The engravings are in a different language, so nobody can read the story at this time. We later discover that this civilization was the Jaredite nation, and some of the information contained on the 24 gold plates is included in the Book of Ether.

She Said It's Unfair

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Tuesday, 13 June 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 397

She Said It's Unfair

Some 25 years ago, while visiting Maria, a first-generation Italian immigrant, a great gardener, an exceptional cook, a widow with five adult children, a woman who loved and feared God, I sat and conversed with her fourth child, Mary Louise, an educated woman in her mid-twenties who worked as a medical lab technician.

I was a regular visitor in their home, a repairman for household appliances and a garden digger. On this particular day, Mary Louise and I were engaged in a religious conversation. Maria was frustrated with her daughter's skepticism of God's existence.

She Missed Her Own Funeral

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Monday, 12 June 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 2998

She Missed Her Own Funeral

Today's Miracle Monday is an amazing story that lives up to its title. This one happened in the Levittown Branch and was submitted by Brother Jerry Valenti.

It is a sad fact of the times we live in that many of us are affected, either directly or indirectly, by an epidemic known as addiction. A number of young people from our area have died in recent years as a result of addiction, typically in the form of a drug overdose.

This epidemic claimed another victim just a couple of weeks ago, on Friday, May 26, 2017, when a girl named Xenia, the 19-year-old daughter of one our Levittown sisters, was rushed to the hospital after being found unconscious and unresponsive in her home.

A Spiritual Birthday

Written by Brother Ken Staley on Sunday, 11 June 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 484

A Spiritual Birthday

Today, we've got a special treat! Here is a beautiful word of testimony from Brother Ken Staley on his 50th spiritual birthday.

Fifty years ago today, Sunday, June 11, 1967, in a humble, stone building known as the Glassport Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ (“The Pure and Unadulterated Restored Gospel,” as the sign in front of that church building says), my life was changed forever as I rose upon my feet and proclaimed, “I want to be baptized.”

At 13 years old, there was not a lot about this world that I really knew. As a side note, my entire family, my father, mother, and siblings were all out of town that day, visiting family in Erie, Pennsylvania. Nonetheless, I was baptized within 30 minutes of my request, without anyone ever having contacted my parents. Surprisingly, they were both fine with that!

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 102:25-27

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 09 June 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 862

There are few things that symbolize the word "permanent" better than the earth, the ancient planet we inhabit, the firm ground upon which we stand. It's stationary, fixed, and not going anywhere ... right?

The Guards at the Tomb

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Thursday, 08 June 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 419

If I had to choose my biggest pet peeve, it would have to be being the victim of a false accusation. Hearing allegations such as “Zarella left the cap off the toothpaste tube," "Zarella didn't change the toilet paper roll,” or, worse, “Zarella ate the last cookie!” really grinds my gears. Although that last one may be true, my point is that false accusations and false witnessing is not a fair game.

It has been almost two months since we commemorated Resurrection Sunday, but what has stuck with me since has been the role played by the guards of the tomb. These guards witnessed the most amazing and powerful event in the history of the world, yet for a sum of money, they became terrible false witnesses.

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