Letter to My Younger Self From Erin

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 09 October 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 372

Letter to My Younger Self From Erin

Dear Younger Self,

First, let me tell you your life has been blessed! God is never going to let you down, and He’s going to perform miracles for you that you didn’t even know were possible.

Let’s start with the basics:

In middle and high school, don’t worry about who is going to be your friend — you’re actually not going to want to hang out with some of those kids after you get baptized! — and don’t pretend to be less smart just because you think you need to “fit in.” Embrace the way you were made. Your freckles are actually cute; your nose isn’t too small; and you don’t need self-tanner — you actually need sunscreen, daily! (You’ll be at peace with your glow-in-the-dark light skin soon enough.) Also, God will lead you to your career — He knows best!

The Prayers of the Righteous are Powerful and Effective

Written by Sister Mary Ann Heaps on Monday, 08 October 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 286

The Prayers of the Righteous are Powerful and Effective

In June 1982, I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor that had attacked my right optic nerve, causing complete blindness in that eye. The tumor was growing toward the left optic nerve, and I was at risk of losing my eyesight completely. Surgery was recommended, but it would mean opening my skull from ear to ear and lifting the brain to allow access to the tumor. The surgery was very risky.

Spread the Good Word: James 4:7

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 05 October 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 328

Spread the Good Word: James 4:7

Today is our final Good Word Friday from the book of James. In chapter four, James gives us an important key to spiritual growth and maturity. In order to grow in God, we must submit ourselves to Him and resist the devil. 

Letter to My Younger Self From Natalie

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Thursday, 04 October 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 416

Letter to My Younger Self From Natalie

Dear Natalie,

It’s Future Natalie writing to say hello. Strange to receive a letter from yourself I’m sure, but hopefully also helpful and insightful in a way. So, here goes…

I’m writing to you as a new mom and almost 34-year-old. If you’re reading this, you’re probably curled up somewhere with a cozy cup of tea (newsflash: not much has changed on your beverage of choice), excited to receive a message (though handwritten would have been even better).

Kingdom Hashtags (Alma 41)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 03 October 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 291

Kingdom Hashtags (Alma 41)

Depending on how familiar you are with social media, you may or may not know the term "hashtags" or how hashtags are used. Briefly, hashtags — designated by the # symbol — are used to group together social media postings and photos under a single heading for easy retrieval.

For example, if you open a web browser and type #alma41, you will see a varied collection of photos and commentaries that people (from various faiths) have posted relating to Alma 41. This article will show up in that list as well. If you type #TCOJC, you will see a wide variety of photographs, posted (mostly) by members of our Church.

Letter to My Younger Self From Charity

Written by Sister Charity Lombardo on Tuesday, 02 October 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 480

Letter to My Younger Self From Charity

Hey little girl. It’s me. The future you. The 26-year-old you, to be exact (stop saying “ew,” I’m not THAT old). And I’m here to let you in on a few things. No, not like a lecture, relax. More like a cheat sheet—a few insider tips that’ll help you on the road ahead. Yes, you need it. Trust me.

Two Flights, One Wedding, and Lots of Prayers

Written by Sister Valerie Dulisse on Monday, 01 October 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 348

Two Flights, One Wedding, and Lots of Prayers

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony of praise written by Sister Valerie Dulisse.

God takes care of every situation when we fervently pray! Our son, Steven, and soon-to-be daughter in law, Chelsie, were to be married in Hawaii on August 1.

My husband, Chuck, had recently passed out on an airplane, and when he had a nuclear stress test, the doctor found two blocked arteries. They immediately scheduled a heart catheterization, which they said had to be done a day after we were scheduled to fly out for the wedding. The doctor told Chuck that he should not fly until this was taken care of, even though Chuck told him our son was getting married.

Spread the Good Word: James 3:17

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 28 September 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 287

Spread the Good Word: James 3:17

Today's Good Word is from the third chapter of James, and it describes God's holy wisdom.

We sometimes think that in order to be wise we have to also become somewhat jaded and hardened to life's dark side. But this verse reminds us that God's wisdom is pure, peaceful, gentle, submissive, merciful, and fruitful. It's a budding branch, not a withered vine. 

Letter to My Younger Self From Brother P.

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 27 September 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 349

Letter to My Younger Self From Brother P.

Dear Gospel Blog Readers,

We have some exciting news for you. While playing around on social media, we discovered a digital time warp that allows us to send typewritten messages to ourselves back in time. So, Older Me can write a letter to Younger Me. Pretty neat, huh? We're publishing our letters here on the blog in hopes that you can also benefit from our hindsight, as we explain some of the things we wish we'd known or that we'd learned earlier in life.

We call this series of articles "Letter to My Younger Self," and you'll be seeing them sprinkled around the blog over the next three weeks.

Following is the first of these letters. Enjoy!

OK, You're Dead — What Happens Next? (Alma 40)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 26 September 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 429

OK, You're Dead — What Happens Next? (Alma 40)

Alma 40 reveals information that is of great interest to many people and is not spelled out as plainly anywhere else in the Word of God. It tells us what happens right after we pass from this life. It's not too surprising that this information is not more readily available since anybody who has experienced this is not exactly in a position to write about it for us. In the case of Alma, he has an inside source — an angel has shared the information with him — so we can benefit from knowing what he was told. We all know we're going to die someday. Here's what happens next:

Step 1: The Soul Leaves the Body and Returns to God

"The spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body…whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life." (Alma 40:11)

Fear Is a Liar

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 25 September 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 384

Fear Is a Liar

I love singing and listening to the songs we have in our church. They are all so beautiful in their own special ways. For me, many have sweet memories attached to them. Some remind me of growing up at the old Branch 3. Some remind me of being at campouts as a kid, and many stir up memories of when God touched my heart. These songs are all so precious and dear to me.

I also enjoy listening to Christian songs on the radio. There is one right now that I find so powerful called "Fear Is a Liar" by Zach Williams. The words give me chills. I want to share the chorus with you today:

Read Mark 11:24

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 24 September 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 372

Read Mark 11:24

Today's Miracle Monday comes from a September Ladies' Circle meeting of the Irvine Branch local. This one is for all of you who are praying for a healing.

Sister Sandra O. asked for prayer for her husband, Mike, because he has a bed sore. Mike has been bedridden for four years with dementia. He recently turned 70, but his symptoms began about 13 years ago. Sandra doesn't always know how to pray for him, but her personal desire is that he would arise from his bed and be healed someday. His healing would be a great witness to her sons, doctors, family, friends, and neighbors of God's undeniable power and glory.

Spread the Good Word: James 2:10

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 21 September 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 272

Spread the Good Word: James 2:10

Today, we're continuing with our scriptures from the book of James. This one basically tells us that if we keep almost the whole law, except one little part of it, then we're guilty of it all. 

That doesn't seem fair, does it?

Trusting the One Unseen

Written by Brother Richard Lowman on Thursday, 20 September 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 405

Trusting the One Unseen

As I was recently traveling on a plane, which I do frequently, I came across an interesting paradigm. You see, I am one of the people who actually LIKES turbulence in the air. It reminds me of a roller coaster ride.

I was on a plane recently when we encountered turbulence, and the man seated beside grabbed my arm with both hands and asked me, “Do you believe in God?”

Ministry and Sin Don't Mix (Alma 39)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 19 September 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 416

Ministry and Sin Don't Mix (Alma 39)

There is an old proverb that states, "oil and water don't mix." This is based on the observation that the two stay separate when attempts are made to mix them together. The saying is typically used to describe people or characteristics that don't seem to go together — they don't mix well.

In Alma 39, Alma reprimands his son Corianton for trying to mix ministry and sin. Called to be a young minister, Corianton goes on a missionary trip among the Zoramites during which he travels to a different city and spends time with a prostitute named Isabel. Clearly, this is not what was expected when Corianton was brought on the trip, and he, in fact, jeopardizes the entire mission by his actions.

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