5 Reasons to Not Share Your Testimony on the Gospel Blog

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 01 April 2019. Posted in Holidays Hits 409

5 Reasons to Not Share Your Testimony on the Gospel Blog

Today's article is a list of reasons why you definitely should NOT send your testimony to the Gospel Blog for publication on Miracle Monday. We know this may seem odd, but it's kind of an odd day, so here goes:

1. People will think you want attention.

If you get your testimony published on Miracle Monday, then everyone will think you only did it for the attention. You'll be branded as a limelight-hog forever, and no one will ever look at you the same way again. How embarrassing.

Spread the Good Word: Matthew 26:41

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 29 March 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 906

Spread the Good Word: Matthew 26:41

Today, we're starting a new theme for Good Word Fridays. The next set of scriptures that we'll be sharing with you is all about weakness. Of course, this is everyone's favorite because we all just love to think about our weaknesses, right?

Today's verse reminds us that our flesh is weak. What is our "flesh"? Does this have anything to do with being physically fit? Pleeeeease don't tell me I have to start exercising.

Exercising is a great habit, but that's not what today's verse is referring to. Our flesh is our sin nature. It's the fact that we're all human — not superhuman. We're made in the image of God — but we're not gods. No matter what we do, because we're human, we're going to fall short of the mark. There will be things we cannot do, acts we can never achieve, and sins that will always beset us.

If I Could Have Dinner With the Four Sons of Mosiah

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 28 March 2019. Posted in Special Series Hits 391

If I Could Have Dinner With the Four Sons of Mosiah

If I had the opportunity to have dinner with anyone from scripture or church history, it would be the four sons of Mosiah: Ammon, Aaron, Omner, and Himni. These men were great missionaries, taking the Gospel to the Lamanite people and being used by God to bring many of them to an understanding of the truth.

With where I am in The Church, away from the main body with only a handful of saints closer than four hours away, I would love to hear their counsel. It would be both encouraging and helpful in spreading the Gospel and growing The Church.

It's Astonishing What the Lord Can Do (Helaman 3)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 27 March 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 334

It's Astonishing What the Lord Can Do (Helaman 3)

Helaman 3 describes a period of great prosperity in the church. Thousands repent of their sins and are baptized. Untold blessings are experienced by all.

"And so great was the prosperity of the church, and so many the blessings which were poured out upon the people, that even the high priests and the teachers were themselves astonished beyond measure." (Helaman 3:25)

Even the church leaders were astonished as they witnessed firsthand what the Lord could do!

Many of us have also been firsthand witnesses of what the Lord can do. It's summarized nicely in the chorus of one of the Songs of Zion:

If I Could Have Dinner With Eve

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 26 March 2019. Posted in Special Series Hits 939

If I Could Have Dinner With Eve

Of the hundreds of notable people throughout the Scriptures, one individual has always intrigued me. Perhaps the best-known woman in both the Bible and Book of Mormon, Eve has had an enormous influence on our lives. While many poke fun at her “gigantic mistake,” I tend to err on the side of her humanness — and somehow that makes me feel comforted when I find myself following suit. If I could sit down to dinner with her one evening — over a pasta meal, of course — I’d love to ask her about the following:

A Month of Unbroken Fasting and Prayer

Written by Sister Mary Ann Heaps on Monday, 25 March 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 874

A Month of Unbroken Fasting and Prayer

Today's Miracle Monday is a follow-up from Sister Mary Ann Heaps on a special fasting and prayer effort that occurred in her branch.

"This is the confidence we have in him: that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us." (1 John 5:14)

In reading the above scripture, do we think to ourselves, "According to His will … It would sound more assuring if that phrase was left out." Is that phrase inserted to bring doubt as we pray, thinking it may not be His will, or does it give us more determination to pray with greater faith in knowing He can and will grant us our desire?

Spread the Good Word: Micah 7:19

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 22 March 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 380

Spread the Good Word: Micah 7:19

Today is our last Good Word Friday on the topic of forgiveness. Micah 7 gives us a beautiful word picture. When God forgives us, He sends our sins to the bottom of the ocean. They're about as far away from us as they can get.

Here's another picture: Someone getting baptized. The person is fully immersed in water — where the sins "melt off and drown" — and then raised up clean in spirit.

Another picture: The entire earth covered in water with all the wickedness stifled beneath the waves. Yet the righteous float above unharmed.

If I Could Have Dinner With Brother Ishmael D’Amico

Written by Brother Richard Lowman on Thursday, 21 March 2019. Posted in Special Series Hits 390

If I Could Have Dinner With Brother Ishmael D’Amico

We were recently blessed to host Sister Sharon Church at our home. I mention her name in order to introduce the person from church history with whom I would like to have dinner.

While Sister Sharon was with us, she gave me the gift of her father's and her grandfather’s testimony in booklet form. After reading these, you have no idea how I wished that I could have met these two gentlemen. Her grandfather was Brother Ishmael D’Amico. I read his story two times and then went on to share his testimony with many.

The reasons I would love to have dinner with him and have discussions with him are as follows:

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Helaman 2)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 20 March 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 395

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Helaman 2)

In Helaman 2, the position of chief judge still stands vacant after the murder of the previous two chief judges in the previous chapter. Helaman is elected to fill the position, but a plot is immediately fashioned to murder him — the hit man, Kishkumen, is again hired to do the job.

However, as the planning proceeds, one of Helaman's servants somehow infiltrates the mob in disguise and learns the details of the plot. This servant offers to escort Kishkumen to the judgment seat to perform the murder but instead he kills Kishkumen en route and foils the plot.

In the above story, the assassination team is fooled by someone who dressed like them, spoke like them, and learned how to appear to be one of them. Of course, it was for a good cause in this case, but it nonetheless shows how someone pretending to be part of the team can derail an effort.

If I Could Have Dinner With...

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 19 March 2019. Posted in Special Series Hits 409

If I Could Have Dinner With...

If I were to have dinner with someone from church history and could ask him or her questions it would be…

Can you guess by these statements who the person (I would choose to have dinner with) is?

Safe in the Fast Lane

Written by Brother Michael Zaino and Sister Dienna Rogers on Monday, 18 March 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 384

Safe in the Fast Lane

For today's Miracle Monday, we're bringing you two quick testimonies of God's protection on the road.

Submitted by Brother Michael Zaino

While I was driving on one of our major highways going about 55 mph, I was hit by a tractor trailer. I ended up in front of it, and it was kind of pushing me. Then I wrapped around the other side of it, facing the opposite direction. No cars were coming, which was a miracle. Then suddenly my car came to a complete stop without hitting the divider. The Lord stopped my car. The Lord spared me from a major accident! With just a scratch on my car.

Spread the Good Word: Luke 6:37

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 15 March 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1417

Spread the Good Word: Luke 6:37

Today's Good Word is a simple concept that even a child can understand. Yet, it's something that we are quick to forget in day-to-day life.

Chances are good that many of us beg God for forgiveness when we fall short, which is every day. Chances are also good that many of us are also refusing to forgive someone who hurt us in the past, whether we realize what we're doing or not.

Jesus spoke very clearly about this double standard. It's not tolerated.

If I Could Have Dinner With Brother Alexander Cherry

Written by Sister Dianne Maddox on Thursday, 14 March 2019. Posted in Special Series Hits 1611

If I Could Have Dinner With Brother Alexander Cherry

Today, we're introducing a series of articles called, "If I Could Have Dinner With…" Each participating writer has chosen someone from scripture or church history who they'd love to have all to themselves for the length of a meal — to ask questions, to listen, to dialogue. Sister Dianne Maddox kicks things off in the following article where she imagines what it would be like to have Brother Alexander Cherry over to her home for dinner more than a century ago.

In 1904, the average life expectancy was 47 years. Fourteen percent of the homes had a bathtub and 8 percent had a telephone. There were 8,000 cars and 144 miles of paved roads. The average wage was 22 cents an hour. Eggs cost 14 cents a dozen, and coffee was 15 cents a pound. Twenty percent of adults couldn’t read or write, and 6 percent of Americans had graduated high school.

I Strenuously Object (Helaman 1)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 13 March 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 426

I Strenuously Object (Helaman 1)

OK, we're going back to the movies today. Here's some dialogue from a popular movie from some years back. The scene takes place during a trial in a courtroom.

Lawyer 1: "Your Honor, we renew our objection to this testimony, and ask that it be stricken from the record."

Judge: "The objection's overruled, counsel."

Lawyer 1: "Sir, the defense strenuously objects and requests a meeting in chambers so that his honor might have an opportunity to hear discussion before ruling on the objection."

Judge (getting annoyed): "Noted. The witness is an expert and the court will hear his opinion!"

Lawyer 2 (taunting Lawyer 1 when the court recesses): "I strenuously object? Is that how it works? Objection. Overruled. No, no, no, I strenuously object. Oh, well if you strenuously object, let me take a moment to reconsider."

In Helaman 1, chief judge Pahoran has died, and there is an election to appoint his successor. The candidates are three of the sons of the deceased chief judge — Pahoran, Paanchi, and Pacumeni. When the votes are counted, Pahoran is the winner and becomes the new chief judge.

Everyday Choices

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 12 March 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 1170

Everyday Choices

God has given all of us free will. This means every day we have hundreds of choices to make.

Some choices are obvious, like should I eat something because I am hungry? Should I wash my hands after going to the bathroom? Should I brush my teeth? What should I wear today?

Other choices might take more thought and have more of an impact.

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