They Can’t Both Be Right (Jacob 7)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 22 March 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 338

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 319

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 680

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 354

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 670

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 389

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 380

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 648

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 392

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 859

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 355

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.

Worth the Wait

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 07 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 338

Worth the Wait

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

In a day and age of instant gratification, we dislike waiting. Waiting in line at the drive thru to get our morning coffee. Waiting to get results from a test (academic or medical). Waiting to see results from a new diet and exercise program we are starting. Waiting for God to answer a prayer.

Heeding the Call

Written by Brother Paul Pezzenti on Monday, 06 March 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 689

Heeding the Call

Today is the first miracle for our March theme, which is "big decisions." We're sharing an experience submitted by Brother Paul Pezzenti about how he knew it was time to move his family from one branch of the church to another.

In August 1987 at an Ohio District Conference in Warren, I listened to Evangelist Fred Olexa open the meeting. After a powerful, spirit-filled message, he began to stress the need for missionary work within The Church.

Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 4:27

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 03 March 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 375

Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 4:27

Today's Good Word is a reminder that God's ways are ways of wisdom and order — not ignorance and chaos. This scripture is referring to how the church was supposed to provide relief for the poor and needy, but it can apply to most any of God's commandments to us.

Feeling Antsy

Written by Sister Ruth Gehly on Thursday, 02 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 381

Feeling Antsy

When my dad was a little boy, he and his younger brother, Fred, were playing outside when all of a sudden Fred started screaming and running for home. High-tailing it as fast as he could, Dad raced to catch up with Fred in order to beat him home, all the while yelling, “I didn’t do it! I didn’t do it!”

In his mind, he wanted to make sure that it was clearly known that he had nothing to do with whatever the problem was. As it turned out, Fred had gotten himself into a very industrious nest of red ants, which proceeded to leave very large, painful welts on his legs that stung like the dickens for many days. Poor little guy!

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