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Simple Sentiments Instead of Seasonal Slogans

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Thursday, 14 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 232

Simple Sentiments Instead of Seasonal Slogans

When it comes to the holidays, there are hundreds of songs and sayings that seem to get stuck in our heads. You know the kind: “Don’t get your tinsel in a tassel,” and “Merry everything!”

What if, instead of getting caught up in the retail world’s slogans and watered-down approach to the Christmas season, we focused our attention and thoughts on the things above?

One of my favorite songs is “I Pray on Christmas.” The lyrics are simple:

Lessons I Learned From a Bad Dude

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 12 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 250

Lessons I Learned From a Bad Dude

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

We had this guy in the nursing home, and he was the meanest, nastiest, rudest, most demanding, inappropriate, complaining, and argumentative guy you could find.

Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that I am the guy that I'm talking about. I'm not, so you can quit thinking that. He's a real person.

A Loose Society

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 07 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 276

A Loose Society

Consider well that the intimate joy of love that God intended husband and wife to share is an ingredient that helps hold the marriage together. Any intimate contact outside of the bonds of marriage between a man and a woman is sin, be it fornication or adultery.

It was the sexual revolution of the '60s and '70s that lowered the moral standards of our nation: no-fault divorce, casual sex, abortion, pornography... The populace began its tolerance of the many moral violations — a little leaven leavens the whole lump — and from tolerance to acceptance and from acceptance to protection by the law of the land. Such a debased condition brings humanity into the depths of human defilement. Aberrant lifestyles are looked upon with praise and protection. There are no shades of grey in the Word of God.

Righteous Anger

Written by An Original Atlantic Coast Member on Tuesday, 05 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 299

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.

Where a Grateful Heart Comes From

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 313

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.

E-M-P-W-R-D

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 21 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 273

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.

God is Not Arrogant

Written by An Original Atlantic Coast Member on Thursday, 16 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 244

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.

The Importance of Routine

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 14 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 280

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.

General Church Conference: More Than Just a Business Meeting

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 09 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 266

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.

Letting God Fight My Battle

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 07 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 386

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.

Worthy of Showing Up

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Thursday, 02 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 357

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.

Blessed Are the Meek

Written by An Original Atlantic Coast Member on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 443

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 401

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)

Is Jesus in You?

Written by Brother Justin Severson on Thursday, 26 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 337

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.

First, Check Yourself

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 19 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 374

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."

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