Spiritually Rotated New Year’s Resolutions

Written by Sister Erin Light on Wednesday, 10 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 259

Spiritually Rotated New Year’s Resolutions

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to the New Year — new beginnings, fresh starts. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 2, 2013.

I am not a mechanic. So when I took my car to the automobile shop to get new tires, I assumed they would do everything correctly. But my father is a fantastic mechanic, and he came with me to get new tires because he assumes there’s a good chance the mechanics’ work won’t be up to his standards.

So when my car was finished in the shop, it was time for the real inspection to begin. As Dad walked around my Honda to check the new tires, he immediately pointed to the front left tire and said, “That was put on backwards,” and then he pointed to the back left tire and said, “That’s not balanced correctly.” So the mechanics got back to work and fixed their errors.

Out With the Old and in With the New

Written by Sister Christina Miller on Tuesday, 09 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 250

Out With the Old and in With the New

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to the New Year — new beginnings, fresh starts. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 10, 2013.

My husband decided to clean out our basement. In doing so, he noticed many items we no longer used that were just taking up space, causing clutter. A lot of it was old clothing that we used to wear at one point in our younger days, worn out shoes that no longer fit, furniture that no longer had its shine, and our children’s baby items and toys they eventually outgrew. Some of our belongings brought back precious memories, and some brought back “not so pleasant” thoughts.

A Fresh Start — But Not Just for Me

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 08 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 269

A Fresh Start — But Not Just for Me

As our Gospel Blog writers enjoy a few weeks of well-deserved vacation, we’re going to devote the next three weeks to some articles from our archives which focus on three different themes. This week’s articles will focus on the New Year, next week’s articles will be on forgiveness, and the following week will be about prayer. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 8, 2014.

At New Year's, we often evaluate ourselves based on how many pounds we weigh, how much money we make, our marital status, or the possessions we own. What if our biggest priority was to evaluate ourselves based on our relationships with other people?

In 3 Nephi 11:30, Jesus says, "Behold, this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men with anger, one against another; but this is my doctrine, that such things should be done away."

Spread the Good Word: Luke 11:28

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 05 January 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 751

Spread the Good Word: Luke 11:28

Let's start off 2018 with this beautiful verse that encourages us to be doers as well as hearers. 

He Loves Us

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 04 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 324

He Loves Us

Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends

Greetings in the love of Jesus Christ. I recently posted an article titled "A Loose Society." Within the article, and in previous postings, I have identified some of the terrible, sinful conditions that exist in our society and throughout the world. In so doing, I have failed to identify and to proclaim the most important aspect of my writings. (Please forgive me.) That proclamation is that JESUS CHRIST LOVES US!

Gather Together Oft (Alma 6)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 03 January 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 5864

Gather Together Oft (Alma 6)

In Alma 6, Alma establishes some order to the church in the capital city of Zarahemla, ordaining ministers and getting the membership roles in order. As the overall leader of the church, he recognizes that he will need to travel around and provide support to the churches in the various Nephite cities, so he wants to make sure the church in Zarahemla can function in his absence. Among the instructions he gives to the church members:

“The children of God were commanded that they should gather themselves together oft, and join in fasting and mighty prayer in behalf of the welfare of the souls of those who knew not God” (Alma 6:6)

Happy New Year!

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 01 January 2018. Posted in Holidays Hits 445

Happy New Year!

We here at the Gospel Blog want to wish you all a very happy New Year! Today, we thought we'd do something fun. Here's a little year-end review of 2017.

Since Jan. 1, 2017…

  • We've published 256 posts
  • We've grown to 699 email subscribers
  • We've sustained 5+ years of continuous blogging (starting March 5, 2012)

Spread the Good Word: Romans 6:23

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 29 December 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 676

Spread the Good Word: Romans 6:23

What do all the kids ask each other the first time they see each other after Christmas? (Nobody teaches them to ask this question. They just ask it.)

"What did you get?" 

Or maybe, "Did you get what you wanted?" Or "Did you get anything good?"

Please God First, Not Other People

Written by An Original Atlantic Coast Member on Thursday, 28 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 391

Please God First, Not Other People

Today's article is Part 4 in a series about meekness written by an Original Atlantic Coast Member.

Many people seem to be overly concerned about how they "look" to others. This should actually be our least concern. Our major concern instead should be how we "look" to God.

He is the only one who knows our deepest being — our heart and soul — so therefore, He also knows our true intentions.

Can You Sing It? (Alma 5)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 27 December 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 333

Can You Sing It? (Alma 5)

Let’s all sing it together:

“What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought since Jesus came into my heart…”

It’s easy to sing, but is it a true statement? It doesn’t say that a wonderful change has occurred in someone’s life; it says that a wonderful change has occurred in my life. So, can I truthfully sing that a wonderful change has occurred in my life since Jesus came into my heart? Or am I just singing along for the sake of the melody?

My First Trip to Guatemala

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 02 January 2018. Posted in Missionary Trips Hits 175

My First Trip to Guatemala

In mid-November 2017, I made my first missionary trip to Guatemala with five others from the U.S. We were all in country by Thursday night, with our itinerary starting first thing Friday morning. We would go pretty much non-stop from that point until our departure on Tuesday morning.

Currently, we have two groups of saints in Guatemala City and San Mateo, a small town just west of Quetzaltenango. Neither group has a resident minister yet, so we held a communion service in each location and had feet washing in Guatemala City to ensure the saints could partake in these two blessed ordinances.

Here are some highlights from the four full days:

One Size Fits All

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 26 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 329

One Size Fits All

I have to admit that I’m not a fan of shopping for clothes. It can be easier to shop for my children, but when they are in between sizes, the task can still be quite daunting. Jean shopping for myself?! Yeah, that’s real fun … either the waist is too big but the jeans fit perfectly, the jeans are too tight but the waist is perfect, or they are too long on me. It’s a guessing game that I don’t like to play. Just point me in the right direction where I can find yoga pants and let's call it a day. Haha!

Merry Christmas!

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 25 December 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 259

Merry Christmas!

Everyone here at the Gospel Blog wishes you and yours a very merry Christmas!

This year, our Christmas message is nothing fancy, just sincere wishes that you draw close to Christ on this day and in the coming year. That your communion with Him deepens. That your trust in Him holds fast. That your desire to follow Him never wavers.

Spread the Good Word: Acts 5:31

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 22 December 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 642

Spread the Good Word: Acts 5:31

We here at the Gospel Blog hope that you have a wonderful Christmas weekend ahead of you! May you enjoy all the happy moments that are in store, but may you also find time to reflect on Jesus Christ and what His birth represents. 

Christmas Always

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 21 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 289

Christmas Always

There is much anticipation as the Christmas celebration approaches. We try our best to keep a balanced perspective, knowing it is the observance commemorating the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

It is difficult to avoid some of the retail madness, yet we trudge through it with an expectation of joy to be shared with family and friends. Each individual family embraces its own tradition, be it food or gift exchange. We press on with the preparation effort. The expense is sometimes hard to keep within budget as the gift list seems to grow and grow.

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