Why Am I Here?

Written by Sister Pat Valenti on Monday, 05 December 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 2033

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 1540

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 1884

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 1617

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 1839

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.

The Best Gift

Written by Sister Cathy Genaro on Monday, 28 November 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 1896

The Best Gift

Today, we're starting our Christmas testimonies a little early with this sweet story submitted by Sister Cathy Genaro. We think it offers some wonderful perspective as we head full swing into the Christmas season.

As young parents, my husband and I always tried to stress the importance of the "reason for the season." Sometimes I would bake a cake, and we would sing "happy birthday, dear Jesus!" We enjoyed the traditional gift giving, festive food, lights, and decorations, but we always wanted our children to know that Christmas was about Christ.

Spread the Good Word: Colosians 3:17

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 25 November 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1528

Spread the Good Word: Colosians 3:17

For today's Good Word, we bring you our final Dare to Share verse. We hope that you are enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend remembering everything that God has done for you this year and throughout your life.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Written by GospelBlog on Thursday, 24 November 2016. Posted in Holidays Hits 1930

Happy Thanksgiving!

We pray that you awoke today with praise to God on your heart and lips! Our Dare to Share verse of the day is our hope for you this Thanksgiving. The more credit we give God for everything He does for us each day, the better we understand our world and our place in it.

Lift Me Up a Little Higher, Self (2 Nephi 24)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 23 November 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1442

Lift Me Up a Little Higher, Self (2 Nephi 24)

2 Nephi 24 describes how the angel Lucifer fell from heaven to become the enemy of God and all mankind. The reason for the fall is given as follows:

"For thou hast said in thy heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God…I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High" (2 Nephi 24:13-14)

Whatever Lucifer did or has done or will do, it all extends back to him attempting to exalt himself (lift himself up) to the level of God (or even higher). Keeping in mind that Lucifer was an angel, loved by God and referred to (in verse 12) as “Lucifer, son of the morning,” the penalty that was levied — “thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit” (verse 15) — indicates how God feels about those who seek to lift themselves up to His level.

Something Beautiful, Something Good

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 22 November 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 1839

Something Beautiful, Something Good

This article is Part 3 of Sister Natalie Shawver's series “Born and Raised”…Or Not.

“No amount of debate or list of fact will convince anyone that Christ died for their sins or that this is THE Church of Jesus Christ. True conviction comes through the manifestation of the spirit and power of Christ.” – Brother Frank Natoli, Detroit, Michigan

Some churches have contemporary worship services. Some offer free meals. Some even have Starbucks in their lobbies. Each church advertises something that sets it apart from the rest. Something to draw in those who are searching.

The Church of Jesus Christ has that something. But it doesn’t come in the form of a hot cup of cappuccino.

A Long-awaited Answered Prayer

Written by Sister Lynette Huttenberger on Monday, 21 November 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 2230

A Long-awaited Answered Prayer

Today we're bringing you another gratitude-themed Miracle Monday from Sister Lynette Huttenberger.

On November 16, 2014, a miracle happened in our family for which I will be forever thankful to God. It also happened because of you, the saints of The Church of Jesus Christ who prayed. Webster defines "thankful" as expressing gratitude and relief. I want to express my gratitude to you and relief.

My daughter, Michelle Watson, and her husband, Michael, called to see if they could stop by our home prior to church that Sunday morning. It was a region conference meeting, and we were a bit puzzled by the request. Immediately, I thought, "It must be bad news."

Spread the Good Word: Ether 6:9

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 18 November 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1583

Spread the Good Word: Ether 6:9

Today's Good Word is also today's Dare to Share verse. Take a few moments to share this with someone who may be going through a time of "night" or darkness, or hardship. Praising the Lord is a great thing to do when you think you have nothing to be thankful for. 

Is It the End of the World as We Know It?

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 17 November 2016. Posted in Current Events Hits 1941

Is It the End of the World as We Know It?

2 Nephi 4:34"O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm."

2 Nephi 28:31"Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, or maketh flesh his arm, or shall hearken unto the precepts of men, save their precepts shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost."

Jeremiah 17:5-8"Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."

The Day of the Lord (2 Nephi 23)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 16 November 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1710

The Day of the Lord (2 Nephi 23)

2 Nephi 23 gives some detail on a future period of time referred to as the “Day of the Lord,” a time of vast destruction that will precede the establishment of Zion. There are many scriptural references to the Day of the Lord, both in Isaiah and 2 Nephi as well as in the writings of other prophets. Verses that include the phrase “in that day” generally are referring to the Day of the Lord.

On the one hand, this is not a time to look forward to:

"Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty." (2 Nephi 23:6)

What Are You Holding on To?

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Tuesday, 15 November 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1770

What Are You Holding on To?

Over the summer, I along with another sister took the opportunity to visit with a dear sister who was very ill and has since gone home to be with the Lord. In preparation, I went to a nearby farmer's market where they sell fresh cut field flowers that are very prettily arranged in a mason jar.

As many women reading this already know, putting anything in a mason jar makes it special, and knowing I had a ton of jars at home, I picked out the brightest, prettiest blooms to take to her.

Once home, I went to my kitchen and pulled out a nice jar that had a handle, one that could also be used for drinking. I arranged and cut the flowers to look like what I had seen, and it turned out perfect. Plus, the handle made it easy to pick up and move.

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