The Book of You (Omni)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 12 April 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 300

The Book of You (Omni)

The Book of Omni (similar to the preceding books of Enos and Jarom) consists of only a single chapter. However, the title of this book is actually misleading. Omni, the son of Jarom, refers to himself as a wicked man with no relationship with God and, as a result, adds only three verses to the record before passing it on to his son, Amaron.

Amaron, also with nothing to say regarding a relationship with God, adds a mere five verses and passes the record to his brother Chemish, who wins the prize for the shortest “book,” writing just a single verse — and using that verse to call out his brother for waiting to write his part until the day he passed the record over!

Embrace the Peculiarity

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 11 April 2017. Posted in Special Series Hits 316

Embrace the Peculiarity

This article is Part 6 of Sister Natalie Shawver's series “Born and Raised”…Or Not.

Sister Wendy Giannetti was only 17 years old when she first walked into The Church of Jesus Christ. Sister Brianne Gehly? A year younger. Brothers Bob Batson and Frank Natoli were 18 and 19, respectively.

Although these handful of saints met our beloved gem in their teens, we hear of others meeting the church at any age — there’s no wrong time to learn about the Gospel.

Recovered Records

Written by Sister Cindy Henderson on Monday, 10 April 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 524

Recovered Records

Today's lost-and-found Miracle Monday comes from Sister Cindy Henderson. She shares what happened when her Book of Mormon went missing.

Over the years, when I've misplaced or lost various items, I’ve learned to stop what I’m doing and kneel and ask God to direct my mind to walk to the area where the item was set down. He has helped me quickly find keys, important papers, and other things that were not in their usual place.

I'm in the habit of leaving my scriptures in a book bag when I’m done reading. Recently, I placed my Book of Mormon on the end table in our family room. I decided to pick it up when a visitor came to buy some of my school resources. My fear was that this book would accidentally get packed up with the boxes of books she was purchasing. (I’d had several books on display in my family room for her to browse at her leisure, so anything non-school related got moved to another room.)

Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 18:8 (Plus a Bonus!)

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 07 April 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 367

Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 18:8 (Plus a Bonus!)

Are you weighed down by a burden right now? If so, then we hope you remember that you don't have to carry it alone. God is ready and willing to make heavy burdens light. How? The church! When Jesus instituted the church, He intended it to serve many purposes, and one of those is as a support group of sorts. He commanded His followers to be His ambassadors on earth, and that means helping one another as Christ helps us. 

Musings on Palm Sunday

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 06 April 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 281

Musings on Palm Sunday

This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday, generally celebrated by the Christian world as the day Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem as described in Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 19, and John 12. This was also just a few days before He was crucified.

When Jesus entered the city, many came and shouted, “Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord!” They took branches of palm trees (hence the name Palm Sunday) and laid them before Him to create a “red carpet” of sorts for the King. It’s amazing how just a few days later many of the Jews, not all and probably not many (if any) of those celebrating here, were found chanting, “Crucify him!” to the Jewish leadership and Pilate.

How to Be Exceedingly Rich (Jarom)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 05 April 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 272

How to Be Exceedingly Rich (Jarom)

Similar to the Book of Enos, the Book of Jarom is also only a single chapter as Jarom, the son of Enos, continues the Nephite record. Jarom records that during his lifetime the Nephite people “became exceeding rich in gold, and in silver, and in precious things” (verse 8) in accordance with the word of the Lord which had said, “Inasmuch as ye will keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land” (verse 9).

If you read the entire Book of Mormon, you find that there are many occasions when the Nephite people become prosperous as a result of keeping the commandments of God. However, on almost all of these occasions, what follows the period of prosperity is an attitude of pride such that the Nephites drift away from God and are no longer prosperous in the land. Eventually, they get themselves right with God and become prosperous again, only to be lifted up in pride again, turning away from God again. The cycle repeats itself over and over again.

Many Sparrows

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Tuesday, 04 April 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 336

Many Sparrows

Within today’s culture exists an insatiable need to prove self-worth and value by being the best. From cereal boxes to politics, we're bombarded with claims of superiority on a daily basis. As a result, some endeavor under the constant pressure to prove their worth to the world, to themselves and, yes, even to God.

Admittedly, we all want to feel secure in our relationship with the Lord. Sometimes just below the surface of serving God lies our very real need to feel valued. For any who dare to admit, it's an unpleasant and exhausting place to find yourself and not always easy to detect. Unfortunately, it's simply the human condition to which we're all prone.

Found … Then Lost!

Written by Sister Janet Oestreicher on Monday, 03 April 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 617

Found … Then Lost!

Today's Miracle Monday is from Sister Janet Oestreicher, and it's the first that corresponds to our April theme, which is "lost and found." We love this testimony because it's actually a "reverse" lost and found. Sister Janet's doctors found something but then … read on to see what happened.

On March 1, 2017, I had surgery on my back. For three months, I had been experiencing severe pain in my right leg and could barely walk. I have an excellent neurosurgeon who ordered an MRI that showed I had a herniated disc that was pressing on a nerve. It needed surgery.

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 2:1-2

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 31 March 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 363

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 2:1-2

As we close the books on the last day of March, we're also closing the books on the first quarter of 2017. How has it gone for you so far? 

Dealing With Divine Delays

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 30 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 518

Dealing With Divine Delays

This article is Part 1 of Sister Michelle Watson's series "Dealing With Divine Delays."

Many Christians experience what I've heard described as a "divine delay." This is when we're expecting God to answer a prayer or do something for us, and it doesn't happen. Divine delay is hope deferred — Proverbs 13:12 says that hope deferred makes the heart sick. Ain't it the truth.

My divine delay came in the form of infertility. After two years married, I expected to be expecting. There were many times I suspected I was expecting — but no. It wasn't happening, and it took six long years for my husband, Brother Michael, and me to emerge on the other side of that trial.

What Our Children Remember (Enos)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 29 March 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 317

What Our Children Remember (Enos)

At the end of his life, Jacob, the brother of Nephi, turns over the Nephite records to his son, Enos. Enos would only add one chapter of information to the record, but that one chapter does contain the account of his conversion. While in the forest, Enos prayed mightily and heard the voice of the Lord say, “Thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed” (verse 4). At that point, any guilt he felt was swept away, and he was fully converted to a faith in Christ.

But let’s back up a little bit in the story. Prior to praying mightily, what was Enos thinking about? According to verse 3, he was thinking back on the words that he had often heard his father speak concerning eternal life and the joy of the saints, and these words sunk deep into his heart. This caused his soul to hunger for the same blessings in his life, and he went on to establish his own relationship with God.

Problems With Perfection

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Tuesday, 28 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 408

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 703

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 342

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 328

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)

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