A Christmas Miracle

Written by Brother Edison B. Abraham on Monday, 19 December 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 1675

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 1417

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 2672

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 2005

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 1643

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.

Finding My 'Connection' as an Adopted Child

Written by Sister KarenJo Pandone on Monday, 12 December 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 1856

Finding My 'Connection' as an Adopted Child

Today, we're bringing you a Miracle Monday that connects to last week's testimony, a story that Sister KarenJo Pandone related to very personally. This is her story of how the Lord answered her question, "Who am I in this world?" Since Christmas is a family-focused time of year, we think this theme is quite appropriate.

I was adopted as a 6-week-old infant and became the daughter of two loving parents who couldn't have children. Brother Joe and Sister Rose Milantoni raised me in a loving home where I never wanted for anything. I knew from the moment I could understand that I was adopted. They always associated it with a positive twist: "They chose me," "God gave me to them," "I was their adopted sweetheart," all of which made me feel very special — so much so that I would go up to perfect strangers and proudly announce, "I'm adopted!"

Spread the Good Word: Philippians 2:8-9

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 09 December 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1453

Spread the Good Word: Philippians 2:8-9

Today's Good Word reminds us of who Jesus Christ is — God in human form, the perfect model of obedience and sacrifice, and savior of all. We pray that as we embark upon the Christmas season that you keep Him front and center in all you do.

Going the Distance

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 08 December 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1743

Going the Distance

I am a distance runner. I have built up the endurance so that I can just turn my brain off and run for miles. When I enter a long distance race, I know that I’m in it for the long haul, so I can’t push as hard as I can go out the starting gate; otherwise, I'll quickly lose steam. I need to pace myself.

The same should be true for my walk with the Lord. When I enter into that covenant with the Lord, I'm in it for the long haul — the rest of my life — until I (hopefully) meet Him face to face when my time on earth is up.

Salvation Is for All (2 Nephi 26)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 07 December 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1535

Salvation Is for All (2 Nephi 26)

Although much of what Nephi writes is directed to his people, the House of Israel, he makes the point in 2 Nephi 26 that the gospel is for the Gentiles (everyone else) as well. In verses 25 to 28, he poses the following series of questions (underlines added for emphasis):

  • Doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me?
  • Hath he commanded any that they should depart…out of the houses of worship?
  • Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation?
  • Hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake of his goodness?

For each of the questions above, the answer is the same — Nay!

Good Cheer Greeting Card Keeper

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 06 December 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 1690

Good Cheer Greeting Card Keeper

Did you miss the Christmas gift that we gave you last week? Well, today, we're bringing you another way to use your Good Cheer Greetings (those cute Christmas printable graphics) as décor around your home this holiday season.

Chances are you're starting to get some Christmas cards in the mail. Instead of stowing them in a box or haphazardly sticking them to your fridge, why not make your own Christmas card wall display? Today, we show you how.

(Again, the point of our Good Cheer Greetings is to offer a simple, cute way to place messages about God around your home at this wonderful time of year.)

Why Am I Here?

Written by Sister Pat Valenti on Monday, 05 December 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 2030

Why Am I Here?

We didn't receive any Christmas-related miracles to share with you today, but we did receive this thought-provoking testimony from Sister Pat Valenti. It's a wonderful read for anyone who has ever asked, "Who am I and why am I here?"

A family secret emerged in my early teens which shattered me. I was told that I was adopted and that I was not born in America but in Torino, Italy. I came to this country with my adoptive parents as a naturalized citizen when I was a little over a year old. As a teenager, you're already dealing with trying to find yourself asking, "Who am I and why am I here?"

I went to meetings with a family that attended the church, including the Thursday-Nighters, a youth-oriented meeting in the Edison Branch. As I got older, my belief in God was there, but I strayed far. Visits to church became fewer. Years passed before I attended any church service.

Spread the Good Word: Luke 2:14

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 02 December 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1539

Spread the Good Word: Luke 2:14

Glory to God for the season of remembrance that we're entering — remembering Christ's birth, life, and sacrifice. We hope that you experience His glory as 2016 draws to a close and we embark upon another year in our walk with Him.

Building a Strong Foundation

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 01 December 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1882

Building a Strong Foundation

As a young girl growing up, I was always fascinated with makeup. I loved watching my mom apply hers, and I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to wear it. Now that I’m a grown woman, I still love makeup. I recently realized, while applying my makeup, how important it is to have a good foundation for my skin. Foundation is applied before putting on any other makeup. It’s what gives me a solid “foundation” before adding more cosmetics to my skin.

Using a good foundation on my skin is important if I want a nice result … but laying a good foundation for my life is much more important. God was, is, and always will be the foundation of my marriage, my family, and my life. When my foundation is strong, there is nothing to fear. There will be ups and downs, good times and bad times, but with God as my foundation, I will not be moved.

Second Chances (2 Nephi 25)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 30 November 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1616

Second Chances (2 Nephi 25)

Having completed the sharing of Isaiah’s prophecies in 2 Nephi 12 through 24, Nephi devotes the remainder of 2 Nephi (chapters 25 to 33) to his personal observations on Isaiah’s prophecies as well as some prophecies of his own.

In 2 Nephi 25:12-16, Nephi describes how God would send His son to redeem Israel but that they would reject Him and crucify Him, resulting in the scattering of Israel throughout the world. However, rather than cutting off Israel, God would give them a second chance:

"And the Lord will set his hand again the second time to restore his people from their lost and fallen state. Wherefore, he will proceed to do a marvelous work and a wonder among the children of men." (2 Nephi 25:17)

Good Cheer Greetings: Our Gift to You!

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 29 November 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 1837

Good Cheer Greetings: Our Gift to You!

Surprise! The Gospel Blog has a Christmas gift to give each one of you!

This year, we're treating you to 10 cute digital designs that you can download, print, and use however you like.

These fun graphics display some of our favorite Christmastime scriptures and song lyrics. We hope they inspire you.

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