Happiest Place on Earth?

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 17 August 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 171

Happiest Place on Earth?

As I write this, my family and I are on our first vacation to Disney World. For those who have been here, you know that the staff members will go out of their way to ensure that you have the best experience possible. The nickname for the park is The Happiest Place on Earth.

But, is it really?

The Carnal Mind (Mosiah 16)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 16 August 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 258

The Carnal Mind (Mosiah 16)

What does it mean to be “carnal”? No, it doesn’t refer to someone who eats meat — that would be a carnivore. It does relate to flesh — not the eating of it but rather the pleasing of it.

There are many things we can do that please our human forms. Many of these are not sinful. In general, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying life and doing things that make you happy. However, when the things of the flesh become foremost in our mind, we then have what is referred to as a “carnal mind,” one that seeks out things that please the flesh, whether they are sinful or not, typically overriding the prompting of the Spirit of God.

Do Something or Be Still?

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 15 August 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 332

Do Something or Be Still?

This article is Part 5 of Sister Michelle Watson's series "Dealing With Divine Delays," chronicling the lessons she learned during a time of infertility.

"Should I wait on God to tell me what to do, or should I step out on faith and take action?"

Have you ever asked yourself this question? You're seeking God's direction about a big decision or which fork in the road to take. It's not really a choice between something sinful vs. not sinful — that would be easier. These decisions aren't clear-cut.

Healed in More Ways Than One

Written by Sister Joyce Smith on Monday, 14 August 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 173

Healed in More Ways Than One

Today's Miracle Monday is the testimony of Sister Joyce Smith. God helped her through two bouts of cancer, but this story is about a specific time she was in need during her journey.

I thank God that I am a two-time cancer survivor, from breast cancer in 1998 and rectal cancer in 2012. I praise God every morning I wake.

When I was admitted to the hospital to have surgery for the rectal cancer, I was told I would likely remain in the hospital for four to five days after surgery, but I ended up staying for 11 days — because, naturally, I couldn't go home until my bowel movements returned.

Spread the Good Word: 2 Cor. 4:17

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 11 August 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 334

Spread the Good Word: 2 Cor. 4:17

There are times when affliction seems anything but light and anything but momentary. Nevertheless, today's Good Word tells us that in the big scheme of things, when we've passed away and are resting in heaven, we'll look back on our earthly trials and troubles with this perspective — it was light, it lasted just a moment...

Are You In?

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Thursday, 10 August 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 276

Are You In?

This summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend another GMBA campout. Camp is the one week I look forward to every year, and it is the one week I assume I will be getting no sleep! The theme this year was "in." We spent the week discussing what it meant to build in Him, to be all in, to be in the fold, and to be confident in Him.

On the first day of seminars, the leaders posed a question to my group, the 20 to 25 year olds. They asked us, "If you were to die tomorrow, do you think you'd be in?" Since it was the first day of class, we hadn't really dove into the topic of being in, but we all gathered they meant if you died, would you go to Heaven. I squirmed a little bit in my seat, the question making me uncomfortable as we sat and waited to see how people would answer.

The First Resurrection (Mosiah 15)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 09 August 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 207

The First Resurrection (Mosiah 15)

As the prophet Abinadi continues his message to King Noah and his priests in Mosiah 15, he describes the concept of a “resurrection,” an event during which people who have died are “raised to dwell with God” (verse 23).

This brief description helps us to understand that a resurrection is not an event when a person is restored to life on earth but is something very different.

Peace in the Midst of the Storm

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 169

Peace in the Midst of the Storm

Our present-day world is filled with division and strife, malice and hatred, lying and dishonesty, immorality and shamelessness — a lost world of uncertainty such as we have never experienced.

The perplexity of this present day filters down into our individual lives, bringing storms of problems, fear, anxiety, doubt, confusion ... We are tossed to and fro in an ever-changing world with little or no relief on the horizon of time.

No Matter How Many Times You Fall

Written by Brother Mark Cotellesse on Monday, 07 August 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 451

No Matter How Many Times You Fall

Our August Miracle Monday theme is "help in difficult times." Today, we're reposting an article from May 16, 2013, and it's actually a story printed in the July 2000 issue of the Gospel News. This is a dream had by Brother Mark Cotellesse.

One night, I was very sad because I was struggling to grow closer to the Lord and having a difficult time. I suddenly had a desire not only to pray for myself, but for all the struggling young people in The Church. I prayed with my whole heart and soul.

Spread the Good Word: Alma 41:8

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 04 August 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 397

Spread the Good Word: Alma 41:8

Today's Good Word is a timely reminder that God's word in scripture is unchanging. In a world where values and morals make tectonic shifts with each passing year, the only solid rock we can cling to is Jesus and God as revealed in scripture.

Unapologetic Belief

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Thursday, 03 August 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 184

Unapologetic Belief

Today, we'd like to call attention to a recent article published by the Student Support Program (SSP). It's titled "Unapologetic Belief" and written by the Gospel Blog's very own Brother Jordan Champine.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

Standing Up for Jesus Christ (Mosiah 14)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 02 August 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 216

Standing Up for Jesus Christ (Mosiah 14)

If you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ, then you have probably been called upon at various times to stand up for the restoration of the gospel, the Book of Mormon, and various other beliefs of our church. Such conversations most likely occurred with people who are associated with other Christian faiths.

Have you ever had a conversation about Jesus Christ with someone who doesn’t already believe in Him? If you wanted to try to convince someone that Jesus is the Savior of the world, what approach would you take?

Sunday School Answers – Part 2

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Tuesday, 01 August 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 206

Sunday School Answers – Part 2

As a follow-up to my article titled “The Sunday School Answer,” I decided to seek some Sunday school answers myself. I decided to ask a handful of seasoned saints from my branch a simple question: How do I keep my faith strong? I set the scene by asking them if somebody of any age approached them with this question, how would they respond? I even dared to ask them a follow-up: Why?

From Wreck to Worship

Written by Sister Tammy Valenti on Monday, 31 July 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 562

From Wreck to Worship

On Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, I was driving across a small bridge and found myself on black ice. The car began to skid, and as I drove off the bridge, the car fishtailed, crossed the oncoming lane, and hit a guardrail head-on. The impact was so severe that the rear tires lifted off the road.

At this point, I had no doubt that the car was going to flip over the guardrail. Had this happened, I would have rolled down an embankment and landed in water. Of course, I was praying from the moment the car began to skid. God heard the prayers and intervened.

The rear tires came down and the car began to spin completely out of control. I hit the same guardrail three more times (rear end, front end, rear end) until I finally was able to stop the car across the two lanes of the road.

The miracles had already begun on the road:

Spread the Good Word: 1 John 1:9

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 28 July 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 616

Spread the Good Word: 1 John 1:9

Today's Good Word reminds us of how right and refreshing it is to come clean. God already knows everything about us — what we do, what we think, and all the reasons why. He asks us to confess our sins, not because He doesn't already know about those sins, but because He wants us to know about them — recognize them and repent. 

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