As the Seasons Turn

Written by Sister Rosanne Champine on Wednesday, 19 November 2014. Posted in Music & Singalongs Hits 3554

As the Seasons Turn

Today, we're featuring another death-related testimony shared by Sister Rosanne Champine.

Although we find comfort in our understanding of God's heavenly reward for those who endure to the end, the heartache we experience when we lose our loved ones cuts deeply and profoundly. This loss is heightened when someone passes on in his or her youth. In our humanity, we sometimes struggle to understand why one is taken home but another is healed or why we have to endure the pain of separation "prematurely."

Death Is as Beautiful as Birth

Written by Sister Paula Hemmings on Tuesday, 18 November 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 3097

Death Is as Beautiful as Birth

Today, we're sharing another death-related Miracle Monday from Sister Paula Hemmings.

When my father was first diagnosed with cancer, our family felt very optimistic that he would take his treatments and become cancer-free. We remained that way through two years of surgeries, chemo, and radiation treatments. You see, his cancer wasn't supposed to be the type that kills you. It should've remained topical, so we thought, "Dad can do this." However, as he entered into the third year of battling this dreadful disease, real concerns arose.

I won't get into the gruesomeness of the cancer, but eventually the doctors told my siblings and me that there was no more to be done. All treatments stopped, and they were giving him enough painkillers to make him comfortable.

A Serene Smile

Written by Brother Michael Zaino and Sister Vicki Osheka on Monday, 17 November 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 2770

A Serene Smile

Today, we're sharing two death-related Miracle Mondays, one from Brother Michael Zaino and another from Sister Vicki Osheka. Can you spot the link between the two?

Submitted by Brother Michael Zaino

When I was about 10 years old, Brother Tulio Pizzaia, Brother Bob Pizzaia's father, passed away. I had a hard time understanding what death was and what happens after death. In a dream, I saw Brother Tulio in a coffin. We passed by, looking at the body as we normally do at a wake. As I passed by Him, He looked at me and smiled. I woke up and understood that He was in a happier place. I understood that death wasn't the end, and I had peace after the dream.

Join Us for Something Special

Written by GospelBlog on Saturday, 15 November 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 2738

Join Us for Something Special

We're inviting you to be part of the Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program!

You heard that right. This year on the blog, we're putting on a virtual Christmas program comprised of branches from all around the church. It'll be the week of Dec. 22 to 26. Don't miss it!

In fact, we want you to be IN IT!

How?

Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 2:17

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 14 November 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2417

Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 2:17

Today's Good Word comes from Mosiah. This is a great one to commit to memory if you haven't already. This verse strongly connects to a parable of Jesus in Matthew 25:31-46. Give it a read.

Stuck in a Rut

Written by Sister Stefanie on Thursday, 13 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2608

Stuck in a Rut

How many of us have been stuck in a rut in some way or another?

Maybe after a few years at the same job, doing the same thing, we feel like we are no longer being challenged and need a change. Maybe, even though we are exercising, we aren't seeing any results. Maybe we are so caught up with life that our marriage feels like we are just co-existing.

Regardless of what the rut is, once we realize it, we try to get out of it. We look for a new job or position, try a new exercise program, or start setting up more date nights with our spouse.

Am I Enough?

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Wednesday, 12 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2810

Am I Enough?

Let me answer the question in the title: No, I am not enough.

Now, allow me to prove it to you.

In one of my classes, I had an exam where we had to choose two out of three essays and write about them in a little under two hours. I chose mine and started plugging away, becoming more and more unconfident as time went on.

The two hours ended quicker than two hours should, and the professor called for the blue books. Reluctantly, I turned mine in at number 57 out of 60 students. He flipped it open, and I walked out, praying for a miracle to get even one extra point somehow.

No, Jack (or No, Rich)

Written by Brother Rich on Tuesday, 11 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2740

No, Jack (or No, Rich)

A couple of weeks ago, I heard a reference to the book, "No, David!" If you have kids, or if you work with them, you've probably heard of it. It's a story about a little boy who gets into everything and how his mom corrects him all the time. I thought about how I do that with my 15-month-old Jack. Whether he is trying to eat the dog food, stand on the furniture, or unplug things from outlets, I seem to say, "No, Jack," quite a bit.

I was at a church meeting the other day, and someone asked how Jack was doing. I said he was getting big and that he's becoming very ornery and getting into everything. The person then said to me, "Not much different than us?" I chuckled and agreed with him, but I immediately began to think about that statement in a spiritual sense.

I Came to See You

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Monday, 10 November 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 2491

I Came to See You

Today's loss-related Miracle Monday is from Sister Enza Pusillo. We send special love to all of you who had to say goodbye to your parents earlier than you expected.

When I was 13, my father, Brother Sal Traina, passed away, and it rocked my world. As the oldest of his four daughters, I was also the most like him; we shared a love of books, history and the written word. He was my confidant, my friend, and I was lost and overwhelmed after he was gone.

Who would sit at the kitchen table and help me with my math? Who would ask me what book I was reading or answer my questions about anything and everything that made me curious?

Spread the Good Word: Philippians 4:8

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 07 November 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1912

Spread the Good Word: Philippians 4:8

Today, we're featuring the favorite scripture of Sister Barbara Andruccioli. Thanks so much for sharing, Sister Barbara!

Gospel Lesson: Your Stone Is Your Testimony

Written by Brother Ben Hemmings on Thursday, 06 November 2014. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2904

Gospel Lesson: Your Stone Is Your Testimony

Today's Reading: Helaman 5:12 (see below)

"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall." – Helaman 5:12

Cleaning Out My Closet

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Wednesday, 05 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 3072

Cleaning Out My Closet

Working for a retail company has taught me a lot about fashion. For instance, it's OK to mix stripes and floral patterns. White jeans are allowed after Labor Day. And, most importantly, everyone needs a nice pair of sunglasses.

Learning so much about the fashion industry has piqued my interest in my own sense of style — from what looks best on me to taking risks with a new color choice.

In the midst of all this learning, I stumbled upon a new concept called capsule wardrobing.

The Older Generation: My Gems in the Gospel

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 04 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 3035

The Older Generation: My Gems in the Gospel

"And I command you to take it upon you to counsel with your elder brothers in your undertakings; for behold, thou art in thy youth, and ye stand in need to be nourished by your brothers. And give heed to their counsel." — Alma 39:10

As I finish my final semester in my Gerontology graduate school program, I have had some time to reflect on my life and appreciate the counsel of the older brothers and sisters who provided for me in my time of need. These beautiful, loving saints were my solid foundation. While I studied, they prayed all semester long. While I looked for a job, they prayed every week until I received. While I packed for GMBA Camp, they prayed for a safe flight.

The following is a short collection of a long list of blessings I've received from the older generation. Sure, I am a young person, and I have all the energy in the world, but without the support of my brothers and sisters, I would not be where I am today. They are the wisdom of Solomon, the patience of Job, and the constant reminder of God's promises to the righteous.

Losing a Child

Written by Sister Dienna Rogers on Monday, 03 November 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 2807

Losing a Child

Today, we're kicking off our November theme: death. Since we serve an awesome God, the experiences we'll share are more uplifting than not. Today's submission is from Sister Dienna Rogers.

I have known many people who have lost children at all ages, but I never fully understood the dramatic and profound impact of the grief they went through until I experienced it myself.

It is a feeling I don't even wish on my worst enemy.

Remind Me Who I Am

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Friday, 31 October 2014. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 4416

Remind Me Who I Am

Last night, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" was on TV, and it reminded me of a beautiful conversation I saw unfold on Facebook a while back. One of my friends posted the following on her brother's timeline:

Friend: I think about all the stuff you and (other brother) are doing and I hear this little voice in my head that says..."I got a rock."

Brother: Huh? What do you mean?

Friend: You know, from Charlie Brown when everyone is showing all the good candy they got and Charlie opens his bag and says..."I got a rock."

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