Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 30:2

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 06 January 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1512

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 30:2

Today's Good Word is a reminder from Wednesday's article. As we close the chapter on the first full week of 2017, we encourage you to think about who you can share your testimony with this year.

Resolutions to Keep

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 05 January 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 1569

Resolutions to Keep

With the New Year here, I started thinking about resolutions. We've all made them before, right? Once the holidays are over, I'm going to… (insert change here).

It's normal to reevaluate life at this time of year and decide to make some changes where necessary. It seems like the most popular one is to lose weight, eat better, or work out more.

Hence the reason why gym companies love the New Year.

If you are a gym member, then you know how busy the first two weeks of January are. By February, however, attendance starts to fall off rapidly. By March, you're pretty much back to where it was in December minus the few who decided to stick with the lifestyle change.

God Is No Respecter of Persons (2 Nephi 30)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 04 January 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2494

God Is No Respecter of Persons (2 Nephi 30)

Since the House of Israel was given the first opportunity to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ, there were many Israelites in those early days who thought it was only for them or that they were somehow special to God or even privileged because of the family they belonged to. After all, they were the “covenant people”! Nephi sought to squash this notion in 2 Nephi 30, describing who the real covenant people are:

"For behold, I say unto you that as many of the Gentiles as will repent are the covenant people of the Lord; and as many of the Jews as will not repent shall be cast off; for the Lord covenanteth with none save it be with them that repent and believe in his Son, who is the Holy One of Israel." (2 Nephi 30:2)

This had to be quite an eye opener, that the only factor that mattered was belief on the Lord Jesus Christ and that those who believed — regardless of heritage — would be part of the family of God and those who did not believe — again, regardless of heritage — would be on the outside.

Growing Up Spiritually

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 03 January 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 2039

Growing Up Spiritually

Since — finally and miraculously — having a baby in June 2016, I now realize just how much being a spiritual baby is like being an actual baby. (When I say "spiritual baby," I mean someone who is just beginning to understand Jesus Christ and what it means to follow Him.) There are some interesting parallels.

My 1.5-year-old son, Henry, is a totally normal kid, but, like all toddlers, he's needy. He can't get food out of the fridge and prepare it for himself. He can't decide what he's going to wear in the morning. He can't clip his own nails.

Right now, Henry needs my husband and me to give him a helping hand in almost every aspect of life. And we'd never dream of not taking care of him. (It's our joy.)

Happy New Year!

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 02 January 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 1811

Happy New Year!

Dear readers,

As we embark upon 2017, we are so thankful to the Lord for sustaining our little efforts here on the Gospel Blog and for giving us a supportive community of readers — you! It's our hope and prayer that these daily thoughts and inspirations will draw you closer to Jesus Christ, even while there are so many other things competing for your attention.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 98:1

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 30 December 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1352

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 1524

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 1574

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 1550

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 2277

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 2236

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 1367

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 1760

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 3485

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 1832

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.

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