Two Oft-Overlooked Christmas Values

Written by Sister Enza Pusillio on Wednesday, 31 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2264

Two Oft-Overlooked Christmas Values

Happy New Year's Eve! On the last day of 2014, we leave you with one lingering thought about Christmas. Sister Enza reflects on two values that are integral to Christmas but often overlooked.

We just enjoyed Christmas, a time when we — and the world as a whole — celebrate and honor the birth of Jesus, our Savior.

We reflect on what it means. It is a time with expressions of joy and thoughts of peace on earth because love and redemption came to the world by way of a tiny baby born in a manger, Emanuel, God with us. We sing "Joy To The World," "Hark The Herald Angels Sing," and "O Come All Ye Faithful" while we ponder on Mary and Joseph and the birth of our Lord in a manger.

6 Chart-Topping Tunes from Bethlehem

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 30 December 2014. Posted in Music & Singalongs Hits 3880

6 Chart-Topping Tunes from Bethlehem

If you're not quite ready to say goodbye to those Christmas carols just yet, this one's for you.

Oh, little town of Bethlehem ... who knew it was such a beat-boppin' musical hub? I'm sure you've heard the Host o' Heavenly Choir's brilliant melody, "Glory in the Highest," and who hasn't belted out the eternal classic hit, "Peace on Earth, Good Will" by the band 2Men, but the rest of the local A.D. talent should not be missed!

All the way from a small town, here are the Bethlehem hits topping the A.D. charts across the globe.

Mo' Money Miracles

Written by Sister Cindy Bright, Sister Gelsa Staley, and Sister Enza Pusillo on Monday, 29 December 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 3051

Mo' Money Miracles

We hope you enjoyed the Virtual Christmas Program last week! Today, we're bringing our money-related Miracle Mondays to a close with testimonies from several sisters from around The Church.

Sister Cindy Bright

My husband and I were very young. He was new into the Air Force, and we had two small boys. I did not work — at least I did not get paid for my work. We had enough money to get by, but it really bothered me that I was not making an effort to give money towards my donation for the church. My husband, who is not a member, was the only one bringing in the income, so I wasn't sure how to approach this.

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: Million-Dollar Performance

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 26 December 2014. Posted in Special Series, Holidays Hits 4983

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: Million-Dollar Performance

We hope you've enjoyed the Virtual Christmas Program, brothers and sisters! To wrap things up, we've got something very special. The youth from the Mesa Arizona Branch staged an original production, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Christmas Special" written by Brother Jared Scolaro and starring some of the greatest kids west of the Mississippi.

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Written by GospelBlog on Thursday, 25 December 2014. Posted in Special Series, Holidays Hits 4548

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, dear brothers and sisters! We hope you're basking in the glow of God's fulfilled promises today!

It's also time for our yuletide musical message from the blog writers and regular contributors — we beg your forgiveness in advance! And, of course, we wish you a very merry Christmas!

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: Choir Clips

Written by GospelBlog on Wednesday, 24 December 2014. Posted in Special Series, Holidays Hits 5008

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: Choir Clips

Welcome back to the Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program — and merry Christmas Eve! If all the gift wrapping and cooking and suitcase-packing have got you down, then take a few minutes and watch this video of choir performances from around The Church.

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: The Littlest Give Praise

Written by GospelBlog on Tuesday, 23 December 2014. Posted in Special Series, Holidays Hits 4668

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: The Littlest Give Praise

Welcome back to the Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program!

Warning. What you are about to see is terribly cute. Today, we've got songs and plays by the littlest performers around The Church.

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: Branch 1 and San Diego

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 22 December 2014. Posted in Special Series, Holidays Hits 4463

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: Branch 1 and San Diego

Welcome to the Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program!

We've got a wonderful lineup of Christmas specials from around The Church to share with you this week. We're so thankful to all the branches that participated! From east coast to west, we have songs, plays, and performances courtesy of your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Thes. 5:18

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 19 December 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2403

Spread the Good Word: 1 Thes. 5:18

Today's Good Word comes from Sister Jennifer Robertson from the Simi Valley, California, Branch.

She says, "I have this written on a Post-It note and stuck to my desk drawer in my office at home. I enjoy reading it when I am in my office, which is about every day! Reading this scripture reminds me that God has a plan for me and knows what is best for me."

The Season of –ING

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 18 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2657

The Season of –ING

Recently, our Sunday school teacher in Irvine said of Christmas, "It's the season of –ING." Immediately, I thought, "YES!"

ShoppING
CookING
BakING
PlannING
WrappING
InvitING
OrderING
CleanING
TravelING
DonatING
HostING
SocializING

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Written by Sister Jill Kovacic on Wednesday, 17 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 3610

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Amid the many celebrations on Christmas Eve, in various places by different people, there is one thing that remains constant: love.

Dr. Clement C. Moore never expected to be a famous writer. Even if he did dream of earning fame for his pen, he probably thought it would be because of his Hebrew dictionary.

Dr. Moore had a wife and children and liked writing poetry for them, even more than he liked writing his Hebrew dictionary. He actually wrote a whole book of poems for them.

No Words Needed

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 16 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 3011

No Words Needed

One of my favorite ministers repeated this mantra during a sermon when I was young, and it has remained with me ever since:

Preach the Gospel. Use words when necessary. (Shout out to Brother Randy C.!)

It's a simple idea with great depth. Talk about Jesus...but just with your actions. No scripture references; no big debate — just the way you carry yourself day to day. How is this possible?

God Pays a Speeding Ticket

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Monday, 15 December 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 3257

God Pays a Speeding Ticket

Today's money-related Miracle Monday is from Brother Jerry Valenti. Enjoy!

Over the years, God has routinely provided sufficient funds for our needs so my testimony of God's bounty is ongoing. However, there were a couple of occasions where I allowed myself to become disappointed regarding a financial setback and then God would step in and turn that disappointment into a blessing.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Nephi 16:29

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 12 December 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2235

Spread the Good Word: 1 Nephi 16:29

Today's Good Word comes from Brother Jared Scolaro. He says this is currently his favorite scripture. Is there a verse you've been favoring recently? Share it with us, and we'll make it our next Good Word Friday. 

Sharp Words

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 11 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2478

Sharp Words

Proverbs 27:17: "Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend."

For those that have a favorite knife for food preparation: If the blade is dull and needs to be sharpened, a sharpener is used. The sharpener is often a hardened metal with a course finish that can restore the sharp edge to the cutlery instrument.

Sometimes a friend [someone who has our interest at heart] may confront us with an issue that is difficult or delicate to discuss. The words presented may be rough, they may scrape us the wrong way, we may not agree.

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