Problems With Perfection

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Tuesday, 28 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 157

Problems With Perfection

One evening, I was driving home from dinner when my mom played me this song she heard on K-LOVE radio. The song was called “Tell Me” by Carrollton, and the basic message of the lyrics is that even if we feel like we’re nothing, to God we’re everything. Our identity lies in His love, and even on our worst days when we feel like giving up or we’re never going to be good enough, God tells us we’re special, and important, and wonderful, and loved.

In my life, I’ve constantly struggled with the idea of being perfect. The problem with perfection is, aside from Jesus Christ, no one can even come close to being perfect. I have grown up being physically imperfect with a deformity that makes me incomplete, and it hasn’t been an easy thing for me to deal with.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Circle

Written by Sister Gelsa Staley on Monday, 27 March 2017. Posted in Church News Hits 204

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Circle

Today we're pausing Miracle Monday to share a nice report from the General Ladies Uplift Circle (GLUC) written by Sister Gelsa Staley.

When Sister Lisa and I first became President and Vice President of the GLUC, we decided that it would be a good idea to travel to different Circles to encourage the sisters. We were off to a good start, going to Omaha, Nebraska — in the middle of winter! — and Columbus, Ohio. Then, life got in the way, and various other duties that required our attention as officers of the GLUC.

Recently, Sister Lisa and I decided that it would be nice for her to come to Florida when it was cold in Michigan and just visit with me and not do anything else. Sister Lisa was just going to have a nice little vaca. Well, the Lord had something else in mind.

Spread the Good Word: Joshua 23:6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 24 March 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 151

Spread the Good Word: Joshua 23:6

Why are we often surprised that obeying God takes courage? Today's Good Word clearly demonstrates that courage is needed for the job. The Lord's commandments are simple — love God and your neighbor as yourself — but the implications of His law touch every aspect of our lives ... and sometimes it's not easy to stick to the standard. 

Biography Kept

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 23 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 138

Biography Kept

In the terms of the digital world we live in, the Lord God has an infinite storage capacity for data and a surveillance system that records 24/7 our thoughts, words, choices, actions ... For every soul that has ever breathed the breath of life, there is a Book in Heaven that records every action committed — good and evil.

Our actions determine our eternal destiny.

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." (Rev. 20:12)

They Can’t Both Be Right (Jacob 7)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 22 March 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 155

They Can’t Both Be Right (Jacob 7)

One of my favorite movies from years ago is “Fiddler on the Roof,” a story about Tevye, the milkman, struggling to hang onto old traditions in the face of a changing world. In a memorable scene, a young rebel (who would eventually marry one of Tevye’s daughters) tries to convince the circle of traditional older men to take notice of what is happening in the world outside of their little village. The dialogue goes like this:

Man 1: Why should I care about what’s going on in the outside world? Let the outside world take care of itself.

Tevye: He’s right.

Young Rebel: Nonsense! You can’t close your eyes to what’s happening in the world!

Tevye: He’s right.

Man 2 (addressing Tevye): He’s right and he’s right? They can’t both be right.

Tevye: You know, you are also right!

How's Your Mirror?

Written by Brother Chris Gehly on Tuesday, 21 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 161

How's Your Mirror?

This article is dedicated to Brother R. and all those who have reflected Christ to those around them.

Have you ever seen a wacky mirror at an amusement park? You know the kind I mean — the ones that make you tall or short, thin or fat. These mirrors are taking beams of light and bending them to show that distorted image. It's fun because we look very different from the way we actually are.

Yet, those are not the types of mirrors we want to use as a guide to perform a specialized task. If I tried to shave using one of those mirrors, I would likely have cuts and terrible razor burn all over my face and neck. So, naturally, it's easy to see which type of mirror has any practical use in my life.

When God Submitted My Job Application

Written by Sister Erin Light on Monday, 20 March 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 398

When God Submitted My Job Application

Today's "big decision" Miracle Monday was submitted by Sister Erin Light. Enjoy!

In the summer of 2016, I was looking to change jobs. I emailed, tweeted, messaged, LinkedIn-ed, and hand-delivered my resumes to employers that I could see myself working for.

But ever since I was young, I was taught to pray for all of my "flocks and fields" (Alma 37:37). I'm not a farmer; I don't have any flocks or fields, but there are many aspects to my life that are as important to me as a farmer's flocks and fields, and I want God to be involved in all of them. I asked for His help as I looked for a new job, if it was in His will, and I asked God to make the decision clear for me. I did not want to choose between two positions.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Nephi 17:13

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 17 March 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 184

Spread the Good Word: 1 Nephi 17:13

A pillar of fire. A ball of curious workmanship. Glowing stones. A dove with a branch. God always guides His people, but that guidance doesn't always come in tangible form. Nevertheless, we all have access to a great light that will guide us through any wilderness with unfailing accuracy and truth. 

When God Says No

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Thursday, 16 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 471

When God Says No

When God says “No,” He's actually saying “Yes!”

What a backwards thought! Have you ever petitioned the Lord for something that was pressing on your heart, and the answer wasn’t what you expected? Perhaps it was “Not yet” or “Not at all.”

I know, in my experience, when I've been so clearly denied something by God, I either listen and move on, pout for a bit and then find the courage to move on, or worse, willfully disobey. It is in those terrible moments that I have failed to internalize the words in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

I falsely believe that I know what is best for me, and I act against the Lord’s will. Now, trust me, and I say this wholeheartedly, willful disobedience only leads to immense pain and heartbreak.

The Hard-Hearted Person (Jacob 6)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 15 March 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 195

The Hard-Hearted Person (Jacob 6)

In Jacob 6, after providing some brief explanation of the parable presented in the previous chapter, Jacob encourages the people in three consecutive verses to not “harden their hearts.” He points out that those who do harden their hearts will be unable to hear the voice of God and will therefore be unable to take advantage of His mercy and will therefore be unable to be saved in the kingdom of God.

What does it mean to have a hard heart? Physically speaking, nobody’s heart can truly be hard, as it would be unable to function as a pump for the blood and the person would die. However, to the extent that the heart represents our true inner self and the place where love resides, it makes sense that we can choose to erect a barrier such that the words or love of another individual (or of God) cannot penetrate and get to us.

Don't Write Me Off

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 14 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 217

Don't Write Me Off

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

I am an elder in the church, and I am the greatest, most righteous person you will ever know.

Have you ever heard an elder say that?? (I hope not.) Have you ever suspected an elder thought that by the way he speaks or his mannerisms?

God's Message to Me

Written by Brother Ray Intrieri on Monday, 13 March 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 501

God's Message to Me

Today's "big decision" Miracle Monday is from Brother Ray Intrieri regarding when he was facing a looming challenge in his career education.

I was in an 18-month to two-year training program at work to obtain a senior reactor operator’s license. I should have decided to enroll when I was much younger — when my brain worked better — but I was asked to enroll when I was 47 years old. It is a tough program, and I was struggling toward the end when it came time to pass the exam, which is administered by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 48:10

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 10 March 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 237

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 48:10

If you find yourself in the furnace of affliction today, then we sincerely hope that this Good Word brings you comfort. No matter the difficulties you face, God can use them for a good purpose. And that just might be to purify you because He's chosen you for something special.

Fruitful Women: The Goodness of Ruth

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 09 March 2017. Posted in Special Series Hits 248

Fruitful Women: The Goodness of Ruth

To recap, during my last few blog articles, I have written about the fruit of the spirit that are integral characteristics of the godly women that the scripture portrays. I've discussed

Galatians 5:22-23 defines the fruit of the spirit:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.“

Understanding Parables (Jacob 5)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 08 March 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 208

Understanding Parables (Jacob 5)

The New Testament records many parables related by Jesus. The Lord stated that He used this method — in which people or objects in a story represent other things — to communicate various spiritual truths such that only someone who was looking for the spiritual meaning would understand what He was saying. So, whereas one person might hear a story about seeking a pearl of great price as the pursuit of wealth, the spiritual person would understand that this story illustrates that the gospel of Jesus Christ is worth more to us than anything we have on earth.

The key to understanding a parable is to identify what each element of the story represents and what the interactions indicate. For example, in the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15), a man gives half his wealth to his son who then goes out and wastes it all on “riotous living;” when the money is all gone, the son returns home and his father throws his arms around him and takes him back! Rather than thinking of the father as an enabler and the son as a deadbeat, we understand that the father represents God and the son represents you or me or anyone who has gone astray in life. When we put ourselves in the story like this, we gain a clearer understanding of God’s unconditional love for us.

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