Cachexia of the Soul

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 24 July 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 312

Cachexia of the Soul

Today's article is another installment in Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home."

According to Merriam-Webster, "cachexia" is “general physical wasting and malnutrition usually associated with chronic disease.”

In the nursing home, this word “cachexia” is a diagnosis that we see given to a person who is skinny beyond belief. We often call a skin-and-bones person “cachexic” (which is not really a word).

Behind the Scenes of 'Stand Up'

Written by Sister Rosanne Champine on Monday, 23 July 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 340

Behind the Scenes of 'Stand Up'

For today's Miracle Monday, we reached out to Sister Rosanne Champine and asked her to share some of the stories behind several of the songs that the Lord has given her. This particular story is about the song "Stand Up for the Restoration."

In the early 1980s, the General Church began preparing for the upcoming World Missionary Conference (the first of its kind). I had recently begun sharing a few songs God had given me and was asked if I would pray about a song that might help convey the story of Joseph, which would be told in photographs. I was not given anything more specific than that. So, pray I did … and the Lord began working with me.

Christ's Righteousness: Camp Spotlight Day 5

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Friday, 20 July 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 607

Christ's Righteousness: Camp Spotlight Day 5

Today is the final day of GMBA Camp! This morning, three busses filled with young people left campus for Lake Perris to witness the scheduled baptisms. The Lord was not done calling souls because more requested baptism at the water's edge. What a blessing to witness lives changed, and what a blessed assurance to know that it's because of Christ's righteousness that we are saved!

Here are the names of all those who requested baptism this week at camp.

  • Tyler Armitage
  • Jacob Bojorquez
  • Kim Hemmings
  • Colleen Joe
  • Brooke Lambert
  • Alayna Landrey
  • Wyatt Landrey
  • Derrick Marquez
  • Riley O'Sullivan
  • Logan Rowell
  • Shay Smith
  • Shane Thomas
  • Charles Walmsley
  • David Williams
  • Julia Zarate

God's Strength: Camp Spotlight Day 4

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 19 July 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 396

God's Strength: Camp Spotlight Day 4

Today's Topic

Strength

Today's Scripture

Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

A Different Kind of Weather Forecast

On Wednesday, several souls came to Christ and requested baptism! We will have full details for you tomorrow, but we'd like to share one remarkable testimony with you right now.

Early Wednesday morning, around 4 a.m., some campers — the lighter sleepers, maybe —awoke to loud peals of thunder and several cracks of lightning. This wasn't the soft thunder you hear on those "relaxing atmosphere" CDs. This was enough to wake me, Sister Michelle, the writer, from sleep. Now, if you've been paying attention to the weather report the last few days, it's been super hot with no rain. There's been some cloud cover, but summer monsoons aren't really a thing in this part of California.

Sweet Peace: Camp Spotlight Day 3

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 18 July 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 306

Sweet Peace: Camp Spotlight Day 3

Today's Topic

Peace

Today's Scripture

Philippians 4:7: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Memorable Quotes

"We're in the Peace Family."

In his chapel address, Brother Jerry Valenti explained that we're in the Peace Family. The head of the family is God and His Son Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. If we are peacemakers, as God teaches us to be, then we will be called the children of God, as it says in the Beattitudes (Matt. 5:9). When we're angry with our brothers or sisters and the other people in our lives — or even when we get angry due to trivial matters and inconveniences — that robs our peace. Let's not open our hearts to anger but instead focus wholly on God and experience the peace He wants for us.

I've Got the Joy: Camp Snapshot Day 2

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 17 July 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 404

I've Got the Joy: Camp Snapshot Day 2

Today's article comes to you from GMBA Camp at the University of Redlands, California. The theme for the week is "Peace, Joy, and Strength in Righteousness."

The whole week is geared toward unpacking the overall theme, but each day has a specific focus within the theme. The seminars and speakers all tie things back to that day's topic.

We're going to give you a snapshot of what each day held for the campers, from the daily topic to inspirational quotes from the speakers to some fun facts and photos. We hope this helps you feel like you're here experiecing it with us to some degree!

Longing for Belonging: Welcome to GMBA Camp!

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 16 July 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 371

Longing for Belonging: Welcome to GMBA Camp!

This week, we're interrupting our regularly scheduled programming to bring you a series of articles from GMBA Campout!

This week, the camp is being held in Redlands, California, and the theme is "Peace, Joy, and Strength in Righteousness," and the anchoring scriptures are found in Philippians 4:4-8.

Before we flesh out the theme for you, let's talk about friendship. GMBA Camp is a place where new friendships bloom, casual acquaintances take root and go to a deeper level, and time-tested bonds grow even stronger. Friendship and fellowship are a big part of what makes camp camp.

Spread the Good Word: Philippians 4:4

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 13 July 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 465

Spread the Good Word: Philippians 4:4

For those of you who are traveling to sunny California this weekend for GMBA Campout, chances are pretty good that you're rejoicing in the Lord right now — in anticipation of spending one whole glorious week thinking about spiritual things, praising God, learning more about scripture, and singing your heart out. 

The Songs of Zion Bring Comfort and Peace

Written by Sister Karen Watford on Thursday, 12 July 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 429

The Songs of Zion Bring Comfort and Peace

My husband, Vaughn, passed away unexpectedly on October 25, 2017. We had been married for 48 years. Our two sons and their families and I miss him so very much.

After he passed away and all my family returned home, I was working in the kitchen and realized for the first time I could listen to my music, the Songs of Zion, any time and as loud as I wanted. Previously, sounds caused Vaughn to have severe tremors, so I tried to be as quiet as possible. I ran to the stereo and turned on the Songs of Zion — loud!

The first words sung were, "Jesus put His arms around me, brought me through a valley deep, to a mountain high and holy…" (No. 194, "Holy, Holy, Holy") I felt like Jesus had His arms around me as the song played. I felt such love, compassion, and peace enter into my body, heart, and soul. My body trembled, and I cried with the joy and peace and love that came into me. This lasted approximately 20 minutes.

I found out that a day or two prior to this, a sister in the church had a vision in which she saw Jesus hugging me.

Don't Be Deceived (Alma 30)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 11 July 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 315

Don't Be Deceived (Alma 30)

Here's a story I sometimes relate when Election Day is approaching:

Once upon a time, a man died and appeared before God at the gates of heaven. God told the man that he was going to spend one day in heaven and then one day in hell and, after that, he would be permitted to choose which place he wanted to spend eternity in.

For his day in heaven, the man was shown the mansion he would live in, he met many of the people mentioned in the scriptures and attended a joyful gathering of the saints, all singing praises to the Lord who was in their midst. It was a very blessed day.

Turning Your Mess into His Message

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 10 July 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 316

Turning Your Mess into His Message

Do you ever wonder why you’re going through a particular trial or hardship? I do. Lots.

I especially wonder when it’s something incredibly difficult for me. Like the time I had an anxiety attack in an airport and I thought my throat was closing, never to open again. Or the time I lost my job due to a company reorganization. Or when I had delivery complications with my son.

In the midst of those situations, I often felt as though God was far from me. But, He also gave me wisdom to understand that somewhere, buried deep in that overwhelming tribulation, there was a lesson. What was He trying to show me, I wondered?

A Stroke of Healing

Written by Anonymous on Monday, 09 July 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 265

A Stroke of Healing

Today's Miracle Monday comes from the May 1946 edition of The Gospel News. The anonymous letter writer tells the story of how the Lord touched a brother named Chester.

Brother Cadman:

I am writing you relative to Brother Chester who became ill on Feb. 19th after coming home from work. He ate his supper and soon after went to the kitchen and on returning to his bedroom, he lost the use of his limbs and fell and cut himself above the left eye, and with Sister Chester's help, he got to bed.

Spread the Good Word: Galatians 5:1

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 06 July 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 474

Spread the Good Word: Galatians 5:1

Today's Good Word is always a good word to hear around the Fourth of July when concepts like independence and liberty are top of mind. 

It's very worthwhile to remember the hows and whys of American independence. It's even more worthwhile to remember the hows and whys of our own spiritual freedom from sin and eternal misery.

Turbulent Flights Lead to Clearer Skies

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Thursday, 05 July 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 325

Turbulent Flights Lead to Clearer Skies

I hate turbulence. Turbulence during a plane flight is the root of my flying anxiety. I’ve gotten past sitting next to strangers and flying by myself, but I still haven’t gotten used to turbulence. There’s something about bouncing up and down at 30,000-ish feet in the air that’s unsettling for me. Most of the time it doesn’t last very long, and I’ve always landed safely on the ground, but in those brief moments, my heart starts to race and my mind runs through every possible worst-case scenario until the bumpiness passes.

The more I’ve thought about my flying anxiety, the more I’ve been able to relate it to other aspects of my life. As I live from day to day, it’s not always smooth sailing. Sometimes new obstacles or turbulent bumps mess with my daily routine, and I have to figure out how to navigate my way to calmer, clearer skies. The moment turbulent winds disrupt the smoothness of the flight, and my stomach drops while I white-knuckle grip my armrests, the only thing on my mind is “Lord, keep me safe. Lord, get me through this. Lord, You are in control.”

Being Content (Alma 29)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 04 July 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 302

Being Content (Alma 29)

In Alma 29, Alma imagines for a moment what it would be like to be an angel. How exciting it would be to go forth with the trumpet of God and speak with a voice of thunder, declaring the plan of redemption to all people! The more he thinks about it, the more exciting of a concept it sounds like, and he sort of wishes it could be so. Finally, he returns to reality and actually scolds himself a little for getting carried away with the idea:

"But behold, I am a man, and do sin in my wish; for I ought to be content with the things which the Lord hath allotted unto me." (Alma 29:3)

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