A Lifetime of Giving and Receiving

Written by Brother Rich Scaglione on Wednesday, 01 February 2017. Posted in Special Series Hits 373

A Lifetime of Giving and Receiving

Today's article is Part 3 of a five-part series provided by the General Church Finance Committee on finances and faith.

Like Nephi, I was born of goodly parents. I was raised in The Church and have many blessed memories. I remember the old brothers preaching about the duty of members to donate financially to The Church and how God would reward them. The term “tithing” was mentioned often, and the “ten percent” really stood out.

Money and the Word of God

Written by Brother Brandon Coppa on Tuesday, 31 January 2017. Posted in Special Series Hits 286

Money and the Word of God

Today's article is Part 2 of a five-part series from the General Church Finance Committee on finances and faith.

Giving, donating, contributing, tithing, freewill tithing, offering — it’s kind of funny that we have so many phrases to express something that’s become almost taboo to talk about in church. Although financial giving might not be discussed much in your branch, it is discussed in scripture, and that makes it worth talking about.

Answering the Call

Written by Brother Jerry Morle on Monday, 30 January 2017. Posted in Special Series Hits 332

Answering the Call

This week, we have something special in store for you: five articles provided by the General Church Finance Committee on the subject of money and how it intersects with faith. Many of you made New Year's resolutions that have to do with your personal finances or charitable giving, so we hope that this weeklong series of articles encourages and empowers you toward those goals.

Today's article is from Brother Jerry Morle.

No one likes talking about finances, especially when they are tight. And because money can be so corrupting and divisive, talking about it in church seems that much more distasteful. So, in October 2015, when the Presidency asked presiding elders to explain some pressing financial matters with their members, I bristled.

Spread the Good Word: Moroni 10:5

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 27 January 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 331

Spread the Good Word: Moroni 10:5

We hope that today's Good Word reminds you of where you can find truth — the Holy Ghost within you. These days, there's a lot of confusion about what's right and wrong and what to do in certain situations. Scripture provides touchstones, overarching commandments to live by, but it doesn't directly answer every question you may have in life. That's when you can rely on the Holy Ghost to guide you in those specifics.

Advice for Visiting the Sick and Afflicted

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Thursday, 26 January 2017. Posted in Great Ideas Hits 382

Advice for Visiting the Sick and Afflicted

The months of November and December are called “the season of giving back;” however, the giving does not have to stop there. Something that can be done year round is give aid to the sick and afflicted. In order to help another person, it's helpful to understand the meaning of this.

Giving aid to someone is defined as "helping a person out of a risk or danger, to meet a pressing need or solve an important and urgent problem." This definition indicates that giving aid is not exclusively for people who are physically sick; it says “out of a risk,” which could be at any time or in any situation that may represent physical or spiritual danger.

Based on this and the knowledge that the word of God gives, I find two types of illnesses or distresses, physical and spiritual. Both are equally necessary and important to address. Here are a few examples:

Because It Needs to Be Done (2 Nephi 33)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 25 January 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 332

Because It Needs to Be Done (2 Nephi 33)

In the final chapter of Nephi’s writing, 2 Nephi 33, Nephi points out that writing is actually not his best skill. (He was more of a speaker than a writer.) Considering how much he wrote, one could ask, “Why did he do it?” Didn’t he have enough other things to do? Shouldn’t he have left the writing for someone else?

The simple answer to the question of why he did it is because it needed to be done. The history and prophecies needed to be recorded. Writing may not have been his gift. It may not have been his favorite thing to do, but he was able to do it, and it needed to be done. So he did it. Seeing Nephi’s dedication to doing what had to be done, God blessed his work. As Nephi puts it, “the words which I have written in weakness will be made strong” (2 Nephi 33:4).

A Little Perspective Makes a Big Difference

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 24 January 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 256

A Little Perspective Makes a Big Difference

Just a reminder, today's article is part of Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home." Because he's sharing stories from his workplace, a nursing home, it's better to keep personal details vague. We hope you enjoy reading the spiritual takeaways inspired by his job as a physical therapist.

I've mentioned in previous blogs that my day job is walking people in a nursing home. Usually the people I'm working with are older. Usually they've just had a hospital stay. Sometimes they've just received a new knee or hip replacement. Often they live alone and just need a little exercise to be able to safely manage their household environment.

Miracle Monday Flashback: Neverending Pasta

Written by Sister KarenJo Pandone on Monday, 23 January 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 281

Miracle Monday Flashback: Neverending Pasta

This month, we're replaying some of the Miracle Mondays of the past that have received the highest number of hits on the blog website. Today's is from Nov. 3, 2013, and it was submitted by Sister KarenJo Pandone. It's a testimony transcribed from the journal of her father, Brother Joseph Milantoni.

Spread the Good Word: Colossians 3:2

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 20 January 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 328

Spread the Good Word: Colossians 3:2

Today's Good Word is a reminder that earthly things don't last; only spiritual things are for eternity. So, as we each move forward into 2017 with many hopes and worries ahead, let's fix our sight on what matters most. 

Pray for the President

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 19 January 2017. Posted in Current Events Hits 467

Pray for the President

Growing up listening to the wise testimonies of my elder brothers and sisters, one that rings true and has always stayed with me is that of the late Sister Pauline Kowalczyk. Sister Pauline immigrated to the U.S. from Poland. Barely 5 feet tall, she frequently wore a long coat and was known for her fashionable hats. Most importantly, she gave a powerful testimony, greater than her stature.

Sister Pauline cherished her right to vote. After election cycles, she would boldly say in broken English, “Pray for the president!” I can hear her voice as I quote the words.

The Holy Ghost (2 Nephi 32)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 18 January 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 324

The Holy Ghost (2 Nephi 32)

After encouraging the people to consider baptism in chapter 31, Nephi begins 2 Nephi 32 by asking them to consider what comes next after baptism. If you’re a member of The Church of Jesus Christ, then you know that the very next step after baptism is to receive the Holy Ghost. Whereas the words of Nephi make it sound like the reception of the Holy Ghost may have been a decision to be considered separately at that time, the church today bestows it on you automatically shortly after you are baptized.

Although the Holy Ghost is not considered to be a separate “personage” (such as God the Father and God the Son), it is a portion of the entity known as “God.” Baptisms are performed “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,” so clearly the Holy Ghost is a part of God. Unlike the personages of the Father and the Son, the Holy Ghost is our own personal portion of God that resides within us and influences us to be servants of God.

You Don't Have to Wait

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 17 January 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 312

You Don't Have to Wait

It’s a new year. That means a lot of New Year’s resolutions are being made. And by now, over two weeks into January, that means a lot of New Year’s resolutions are already broken.

As a personal trainer, January is my busiest time of year. After eating all the sugary treats over the holidays and not moving very much, everyone vows to be healthier. Sometimes people take it seriously and really make changes, while others attempt it half-heartedly, and their effort lasts maybe a week.

Miracle Monday Flashback: A Mother's Prayers on the Battlefield

Written by Sister Mary Ann Heaps on Monday, 16 January 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 352

Miracle Monday Flashback: A Mother's Prayers on the Battlefield

This month, we're taking you back to some of our most popular Miracle Monday submissions from the past. Today's post was submitted by Sister Mary Ann Heaps and originally published on May 12, 2014. Enjoy!

I want to honor the Lord for protecting my late husband Rusty Heaps in battle during his service with the U.S. Navy during WWII.

May is a good month for me to tell this story – May 1 is “May Day” (an international stress signal), May 8 is VE Day, May 16 was Rusty’s birthdate, May 17 is Armed Forces Day and May 30 is the traditional Memorial Day.

When Rusty was in training, he left the U.S. on a large seafaring vessel that looked something like the one pictured in this article.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Chronicles 16:11

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 13 January 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 454

Spread the Good Word: 1 Chronicles 16:11

There's nothing scary about Friday the 13th, but there is something scary about trying to live life in your own strength and not God's. Today's Good Word reminds us to seek the Lord's will and the Lord's plan. Since we aren't perfect, we also need His strength to keep His commands, follow His path, and stay true to His word. When we do this, we are seeking His face.

In the Name of Jesus

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 12 January 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 397

In the Name of Jesus

Jesus. There is great power in His name. It’s something my husband and I have taught our children at a very young age. When they would wake up from a bad dream, they would come into our room crying. We taught them very young that whenever that happened, all they ever needed to do was to say Jesus’ name.

We talked about how the evil one shrinks away at the sound of His name. We wanted them to always feel the power of the Lord by knowing that they had the power given to them and could scare away the evil one. All it took was one word — Jesus. They always found such great comfort in this.

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