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Elizabeth: Naming Her Son

December 5, 2012

Elizabeth: Naming Her Son One couple from Illinois, unable to decide on a name for their baby, set up a Facebook poll. People from as far away as New Zealand and Iceland voted on the names Madelyn, McKenna, Emily, and Addilyne. On January 3, the couple named their baby girl Madelyn, which had won with more than 1,300 votes. Today’s passage...

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Return to the Lord

July 1, 2019

Return to the Lord Many drivers rely on the help of a GPS (Global Positioning System) device to get to their destination. The beauty of this technology is that it adapts to your mistakes. When you make a wrong turn, it tells you what you need to do to return to the right path. The Bible does the same for us. When we stray from God's path,...

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A Prophet’s Visions

March 24, 2018

A Prophet’s Visions Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said he was standing in grove of trees in western New York State when God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him. From this vision, Smith taught that God the Father had a physical body and that the Mormon religion was the only path to salvation.

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  • Sovereignty March 24, 2018

Devotion for August 02, 2006

August 2, 2006

Devotion for August 02, 2006 For Zechariah, this was literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The week-long duties of his priestly division occurred twice each year, but the personal selection to enter the Holy Place of the temple for the burning of incense was allowed only once for a priest. He knew he would be seeing something new—but...

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Rest from Our Enemies

February 21, 2016

Rest from Our Enemies President Richard Nixon kept an infamous “enemies list,” detailed in a memo from former advisor Charles Colson. Nixon’s enemies were in fact people that he didn’t like—and this is probably true of many of the people we would consider to be our enemies today. They are either those we don’t like or those who don’t like...

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  • Rest February 21, 2016

Devotion for December 09, 2008

December 9, 2008

Devotion for December 09, 2008 Abraham’s and Sarah’s early responses to God’s pledge that they would have a son and become a great nation were something less than faith-filled. Abraham, for example, pointed out to God that in his currently childless family, one of his servants stood to inherit everything (Gen. 15:1–3). And Sarah is famous...

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Devotion for April 2, 2011

April 2, 2011

Devotion for April 2, 2011 Last year saw the 500th anniversary of the first decorated Christmas tree. In 1510, a fir tree was placed in a public marketplace in Riga, Latvia, and decorated with paper roses by local merchants in order to honor the birth of Christ. The idea of decorating Christmas trees caught on—ornaments included apples, nuts,...

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Waiting for God

July 2, 2019

Waiting for God Does it seem like you are always waiting in line? It may not be your imagination. Some studies report that the average person spends about two years of their life waiting in line. Delays can make us feel anxious or even angry, especially when we are waiting for God. Waiting is also the theme of the vision described in today’s...

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Elizabeth: From Disgrace to Praise

December 4, 2012

Elizabeth: From Disgrace to Praise We have spent the past two days examining the character of Zechariah, the priest who encountered an angel. Scripture is also concerned about the character of his wife, Elizabeth. How would she react to this news? Like Zechariah, Elizabeth is described as “righteous” (v. 6). We know that she was “childless”...

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The Importance of Honesty

July 7, 2019

The Importance of Honesty Most people don’t consider themselves to be dishonest. Yet, researchers found that workplace theft is surprisingly common. One survey released in 2013 revealed that most employees stole from the retail and service companies that employed them. Some of those thefts might not be what you’d expect. For example, many...

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