Approved and Proven

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 12 June 2018. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 449

Approved and Proven

With Father’s Day approaching, my thoughts are drawn to my father, who left this earth to be with Jesus in 2014. Naturally speaking, my dad’s life taught me many things. He worked a LOT to keep my childhood happy and carefree, so I inherited a strong work ethic, learning to work hard and save for things in life. As a kid, though, I didn’t understand why lights always had to be off when we left a room or why the refrigerator door or front door to our house couldn’t remain open because “money doesn’t grow on trees” or “we don’t live in a barn,” as just a few examples of perplexing things fathers say to kids.

As a rebellious teen, even more things my dad said and did wore on my nerves. I often viewed him as annoying and sometimes getting in the way of what I wanted to do and hopelessly not able to understand my world. I failed to see him as the foundation of my security and well-being in the tireless daily contributions my parents both invested in our family.

A Good Worker

Written by Sister Sylvia Curry on Monday, 11 June 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 367

A Good Worker

Today's Miracle Monday is dedicated to all of you out there who are currently in the process of building a new church building. It's a testimony told by Sister Sylvia Curry, and we promise it'll draw you in.

I worked for General Ribbon, a factory that produced carbon paper, typewriter ribbon, and other related supplies. It was owned and operated by an older gentleman named Mr. Daggs. He had the reputation of being a kindhearted man. The night I got hired, I knelt down beside my bed and sincerely asked the Lord to make me a good worker for these people.

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 11:9

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 08 June 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 912

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 11:9

We hope that today's Good Word encourages you to look forward to a time of peace. This will be a time when we won't worry about anything hurting or destroying us, a time when every person on earth will know the Lord. 

Strength Test

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 07 June 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 331

Strength Test

I attended a conference recently and heard a motivational speaker talk about strengths and weaknesses, and I was surprised at what I heard:

"Strengths are not what you’re good at. Weaknesses are not what you’re bad at. We’ve all been raised to believe that our strengths are best judged by the success we achieve. If that’s the case, then a strength is the same as performance. But we instinctively know that’s not true. If you’re like most people, you have some activities or tasks you do well, but hate doing. You have the ability; you can do it. You just wish you never had to do it again because it drains you. Such activities cannot be called strengths. They are weaknesses. The simplest and best definition of a strength is 'an activity that strengthens you.' And the proper definition of a weakness is 'an activity that weakens you' — even if you’re good at it." (Marcus Buckingham, motivational speaker)

The Golden Rule (Alma 25)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 06 June 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 317

The Golden Rule (Alma 25)

Let's begin with a little quiz. Which of the following statements best expresses the concept of what is traditionally referred to as "The Golden Rule"?

A. Do unto others as they do unto you
B. Do unto others as you would want others to do unto you
C. Whatever you do unto others will be done unto you
D. Whoever has the gold makes the rules

I Can Because He Can

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 05 June 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 352

I Can Because He Can

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Has there been a time in your life when you felt like you couldn’t do something? When you felt like giving up? Were left feeling discouraged? No matter what happens in life, Christ wants us to know that we CAN do ALL things through Him.

The Quiet Need

Written by Sister Rosanne Champine on Monday, 04 June 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 387

The Quiet Need

Today's Miracle Monday is a very sweet experience and song that we asked Sister Rosanne Champine to share with us. 

One Sunday in church, when it came time for anointing, I was so surprised to see an older sister walk up and sit in the chair. This sister represented to me great spiritual strength and wisdom. As a ‘mother’ to all the Saints, she was always concerned about others, helping and tending to their needs, serving as a wonderful spiritual example. It never occurred to me that SHE might need something from the Lord.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 23:23

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 01 June 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 578

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 23:23

Today's Good Word suggests an interesting question — how do we "buy" truth? Take a second to think about how you might respond.

The word "buy" means to "obtain in exchange for payment." If the objective is to acquire truth, then what must we give (or pay) for it? Here are some ideas: 

Two Weeks Left

Written by Brother Richard Lowman on Thursday, 31 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 338

Two Weeks Left

The Bible and Book of Mormon tell us we are going to live forever. This much we know, and we hold as truths. As Christians, we believe that we will live forever in Paradise with our Lord and Savior.

I have a friend whose brother has been sick for several years. He has a plethora of health conditions although he is in his 60s. He doesn’t have cancer, but he seems to have every other ailment possible. Last Friday, he was told that he has two weeks to live. It started me thinking about death and dying.

Burying the Old Man (Alma 24)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 30 May 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 321

Burying the Old Man (Alma 24)

"Put off…the old man, which is corrupt…be renewed in the spirit of your mind…put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness" (Ephesians 4:22-24)

In Alma 24, the converted Lamanites, now known as Anti-Nephi-Lehies, bring the above scripture to life. The king expresses this group's collective praise to God that "he hath forgiven us of those our many sins and murders which we have committed, and taken away the guilt from our hearts, through the merits of his Son" (verse 10).

The king then expresses fear as to how God might react should they ever go back to their former ways of killing and murdering. Based on this, the entire group comes to a collective decision:

The Courtesy of Christ

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 29 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 443

The Courtesy of Christ

What do you think of when you think of the word “courtesy”? The first thing that comes to my mind is courteous, but the word, courtesy, can have a deeper meaning. It can also mean a gift or privilege.

Recently, someone near and dear to me who happens to live in my house — wink, wink! — started her first job at a local grocery store. Her title is courtesy clerk, which is a euphemism for grocery bagger. In explaining this to a friend of mine, she said, “You know that job really makes a difference when you go shopping. Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter.”

Happy Memorial Day

Written by Brother Lou Pietrangelo on Monday, 28 May 2018. Posted in Holidays Hits 383

Happy Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day, we're re-publishing an article from May 19, 2014, called "Fall, Run, Stop." It's a WWII experience shared by Brother Lou Pietrangelo and taken from The Church History Vol. 2.

After being trained on B-29 aircraft, I flew overseas to the Pacific Theater to a U.S. air base on a small island called Tinian, about 1,500 miles off of Japan's main island. One evening while preparing for flight takeoff (one per minute), as we waited in our positions to get on the runway, I decided to write a letter to my mother.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 34:14

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 25 May 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 552

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 34:14

If you want a motto for your everyday interactions with other people, here it is. Let's think about how we can all apply today's Good Word in our day-to-day lives.

 

Too Many Directions

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 24 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 335

Too Many Directions

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

As you may have heard (unless you are new to the Gospel Blog) my career involves getting people to walk in a nursing home. Often times, it is tempting to tell the resident whom I am walking with all the things that they need to fix while walking.

A New Name (Alma 23)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 23 May 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 358

A New Name (Alma 23)

Receiving or assuming a new name is typically indicative of some major change in a person's life — a change for which the former name no longer is totally suitable or sufficient to describe the new status that the person has entered.

At the very least, each of us received a new name when we were born. That name replaced the generic term, "the baby," or the default name ("Baby Boy Doe") that would otherwise have been given at the hospital. Instead, the name we received identified us as part of a specific family.

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