Spread the Good Word: Psalm 98:1

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 30 December 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 296

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 98:1

2017 is looming large, and chances are you're taking stock of some things in your personal life that may need changing. So many of us think about our health, finances, and relationships. 

Making Room

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Thursday, 29 December 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 259

Making Room

“And it mattereth not to me that I am particular to give a full account of all the things of my father, for they cannot be written upon these plates, for I desire the room that I may write of the things of God.” (1 Nephi 6:3)

Nephi, being entrusted and commanded by the Lord to keep a record of his proceedings, labored diligently that the space allotted to him might be filled with the things of God. A few verses later, he expresses the reach of this priority as he commands his seed also that they “shall not occupy these plates with things which are not of worth unto the children of men” (1 Nephi 6:6).

With 2017 just days away, these passages struck me as I contemplated my transition into a new year. Beyond the resolution clichés that surround us, there is greater depth to contemplate as members of the Gospel. It is well placed that we survey our life and heart in the sight of God, often leaving us filled with gratitude for Him and a renewed desire to serve Him in spirit and truth.

Why Must God Be “One and Done”? (2 Nephi 29)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 28 December 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 326

Why Must God Be “One and Done”? (2 Nephi 29)

What do the following books have in common?

  • “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” by Agatha Christie
  • “A Time to Kill” by John Grisham
  • “Carrie” by Stephen King
  • “Alex Cross” by James Patterson

The No. 1 Reason Why People Visit a Nursing Home

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 27 December 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 244

The No. 1 Reason Why People Visit a Nursing Home

Just a reminder, today's article is part of Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home." Because he's sharing stories from his workplace, a nursing home, it's better to keep personal details vague. We hope you enjoy reading the spiritual takeaways inspired by his job as a physical therapist.

I hope you had an awesome Christmas! We laborers in the nursing home get to see the best come out of people during Christmas. Several local churches bring gifts to the residents; some sing Christmas carols; some deliver greeting cards handmade by their children; then we see more church services, more visitors etc…

But I bet you can’t guess what brings out more folks to our nursing home than even Christmas.

My Family’s Christmas Miracle

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Monday, 26 December 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 485

My Family’s Christmas Miracle

We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas Day yesterday celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ! Today, we're bringing you one more Christmas testimony. This miracle was recorded by Sister Enza Pusillo — it's her mother’s testimony as she remembers it.

February 1970 was a devastating time for our family; we suffered a loss that would rock our world. My mother and father had four daughters. I was No. 2 in the lineup and was 9 years old at the time.

My mother was in the hospital recovering from surgery. My father and oldest sister, who was 11, went to visit to her but never made it there. On the way, they had an accident, and my sister died from a traumatic head injury.

We saw dark days of sorrow and mourning.

Merry Christmas from the Gospel Blog!

Written by GospelBlog on Sunday, 25 December 2016. Posted in Holidays Hits 462

Merry Christmas from the Gospel Blog!

We'd like to wish a very Merry Christmas to all of our Gospel Blog readers! May you feel Christ's presence as you gather in your branches and missions, as you spend time with family and friends, and as you reflect on the blessings of 2016.

We also recognize that many of you are in the midst of major, life-changing trials, disappointments, and struggles that occured this past year. If that's the case, then please know that our prayers are with you and that Jesus will never leave you alone. 

Spread the Good Word: Helaman 14:5-6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 23 December 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 290

Spread the Good Word: Helaman 14:5-6

Today, your Good Word comes to you in the form of a custom piece of artwork that we requested from Sister Lee Boruch. We hope you enjoy her stunning rendering of Helaman 14:5-6, which reminds us that even the physical world was affected by the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. 

Last-Minute Ways to Use Your Good Cheer Greetings

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 22 December 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 237

Last-Minute Ways to Use Your Good Cheer Greetings

We're here with our final Good Cheer Greetings post. Today, we're going to give you some ideas for how you can make last-minute use of our cute printables in the hours leading up to Christmas Day.

All Is Well in Zion (2 Nephi 28)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 21 December 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 347

All Is Well in Zion (2 Nephi 28)

Here’s a little quiz for you — do you know what the phrase “All is Well in Zion” means? The phrase isn’t used in the church as often as it was years ago, so if you’re a younger member, you can perhaps be excused for not being familiar with the phrase. If you guessed that it’s some type of prophecy regarding the future gathering of Israel, that's actually incorrect. The mention of Zion is just an indirect reference; the phrase actually has meaning for us in this day and time.

In 2 Nephi 28, Nephi describes a spiritual battle that was taking place, one that is still going on today: “For the kingdom of the devil must shake, and they which belong to it must needs be stirred up unto repentance” (2 Nephi 28:19). To help us be better equipped for this battle, Nephi then goes on to warn us about three different strategies that the enemy is using.

Gifting Good Cheer

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 20 December 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 268

Gifting Good Cheer

Giving gifts is one of the joys of Christmastime. And, more importantly, it's a type and shadow of God's gift to us — His only Son!

Some people put a lot of thought into the gifts they give others, especially their closest family and friends. But sometimes you just need a quick little goody. Today, we're going to show you how to use our Good Cheer Greetings to create small, last-minute Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers.

You can use these as party favors, thank-you tokens, or calendar fillers.

A Christmas Miracle

Written by Brother Edison B. Abraham on Monday, 19 December 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 302

A Christmas Miracle

Today’s Miracle Monday is one that we published in 2012, an experience from Brother Edison B. Abraham, a member of The Church in the Philippines.

Christmas is and always will be a special season for me. I was born to a Christmas-believing family, and Dad would always read to us the story of the very first Christmas from the Bible (Matthew 2 and Luke 2). He used to say that Jesus was not born on December 25, and I believed him, but we celebrated Christmas anyway because of the spirit of love and joy that it brought to the world.

Spread the Good Word: Helaman 14:8

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 16 December 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 298

Spread the Good Word: Helaman 14:8

Our Good Word for this week is what the Christmas season is all about. It's not about carols, decorations, gifts, or food. It's about the source of it all, the driving force — Jesus Christ. Why does He matter? John 3:16 says it best: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Fruitful Women: Joyful Mary

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 15 December 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 436

Fruitful Women: Joyful Mary

So far, the fruitful women I've described have included Hannah, who epitomizes longsuffering, as well as Miriam, Pharoah’s daughter, and Jochebed, who exude gentleness.

When I think of the fruit of the spirit, joy, I think of Mary, the mother of Jesus. When Mary went to visit her cousin, Elisabeth, the scripture explains that the babe, John, leaped in her womb for joy. This happens shortly after Mary learns of God’s plan for her to be the mother of Jesus.

In Luke 1:38, Mary comes to terms with being chosen to be the mother of Jesus when she responds to the angel, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.”

Being Unlearned (2 Nephi 27)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 14 December 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 441

Being Unlearned (2 Nephi 27)

A portion of 2 Nephi 27 references a prophecy in Isaiah 29 regarding a learned (educated) man and an unlearned (uneducated) man trying to read a book. The book being referenced is the original manuscript of The Book of Mormon as inscribed on the plates.

According to these verses, the learned man would say that he cannot read the book because it is “sealed” (unreadable) and the unlearned man would say that he cannot read the book because he is unlearned. An actual episode similar to what is described in these verses occurred when Joseph Smith (an unlearned man) brought the plates to a university professor (a learned man) and the same basic dialogue occurred.

Covering Your Home in Good Cheer

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 13 December 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 284

Covering Your Home in Good Cheer

Whether you decorated your house weeks ago or you're just starting to put a few things up, it's wonderful when your home can reflect the true meaning of Christmas rather than just its cultural icons.

That's why we brought you our 10 Good Cheer Greetings. Today, we're going to show you some quick, easy ways to decorate your home with them … home, office cubicle, school locker, Sunday school classroom, etc.

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