Are You in the Know?

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Tuesday, 28 October 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2007

Are You in the Know?

Here are series of questions. Let's see how many you can relate to.

  • Do you sometimes find yourself tempted to bend with the social winds of the day?
  • Do you sometimes find yourself wondering why so many U.S. states are supporting same-sex marriage or why more aren't?
  • Do you find that you're influenced by a lot of "trending" concepts and ideals that, not so long ago, were unaccepted by society?
  • Do you find yourself being more tolerant because socially it's the right thing to do?
  • Do you find yourself consumed with so many activities and tasks in your busy life that you have less and less time to read the Word of God, pray, or meditate on the blessings of God or even attend Church?

That Girl in the Photo

Written by Sister Tracey Cuerrier on Monday, 27 October 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 1792

That Girl in the Photo

Today is our last marriage-related Miracle Monday. Thank you to everyone who contributed their stories! Today we're hearing from Sister Tracey Cuerrier.

AJ was not yet a member of the church and attending the Windsor Ontario branch when he started praying that the Lord would provide him with a wife. Even though he wasn't a member, he had certain criteria in his request for a wife. She had to either be attending church or be a member — he wanted to be equally yoked.

In his prayers, he made a promise to the Lord that whatever woman God provided he would marry, and if he was to remain single that the Lord would give him strength to serve Him alone.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Nephi 1:1

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 24 October 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1691

Spread the Good Word: 1 Nephi 1:1

Today's Good Word is the favorite scripture of Brother Michael R. McGuire from the Dedham, Massachusetts Mission. He says:

I found myself many times over and over thanking God for my parents, who raised me under the sound of the Gospel in The Church of Jesus Christ, teaching me of God, the Scriptures in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, prayer, and bringing me to Church. You know that I enjoyed it and looked forward to learning about the Restoration and going to Church. So therefore I can proudly say as Nephi did, "Having been born of goodly parents."

Thanks for sharing, Brother Michael!

Gospel Lesson: Casting the First Stone

Written by Brother Ben Hemmings on Thursday, 23 October 2014. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 3579

Gospel Lesson: Casting the First Stone

If you're just joining us for Gospel Lessons, here's the first in this five-part series.

Today's reading: John 8:1-11

"He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." – John 8:7

This week's Bible passage depicts one of the many times when the scribes and Pharisees tried to discredit Jesus, but the outcome paints a beautiful portrait of God's grace and mercy.

One morning, as Jesus was teaching in the temple, the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman who was caught in adultery, a sin punishable by death under the Law of Moses. The scribes and Pharisees weren't trying to hold this woman accountable to the law as much as they were trying to trap Jesus in His teachings.

I Heart My Scripture Study Sheet

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 22 October 2014. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2890

I Heart My Scripture Study Sheet

I'm definitely a geek, and my scripture study sheet is probably one of the nerdiest things about me.

When I was in my late teens early 20s, I'd already read through the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and I was ready to kick things up a notch. I wanted to stop reading and start studying.

But I didn't know how.

Don't Let the Stones Cry Out: Following God's Prompting

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1497

Don't Let the Stones Cry Out: Following God's Prompting

The other day, while filling up my Honda at a gas station, I noticed a large, burly man in a beat-up pick-up truck a few fueling stations away. Out of the corner of my eye, I watched him grab a paper towel and the window squeegee and start walking over to my car. I was the only other car at the station, and I was a little nervous as he drew nearer, intimidated by his size.

I was opening my car door to get in and lock-up, when I heard his gruff voice say, "Excuse me." Halfway into my car, I turned my head to look at him as he began to speak.

Hey, There's a Man in My Path

Written by Sister Donna Repcheck on Monday, 20 October 2014. Posted in Testimonies Hits 1687

Hey, There's a Man in My Path

Today's marriage-related Miracle Monday is the story of Sister Donna Repcheck. It shows how God writes the perfect love story.

Many years ago, I said a small prayer asking the Lord that if there was someone out there for me, that He would put him in my path. I used to be quite shy in larger groups and uncomfortable starting conversation, so i knew it wouldn't be easy finding a mate.

Spread the Good Word: Matt. 6:19-21 {Plus! Spanish Gospel News}

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 17 October 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1205

Spread the Good Word: Matt. 6:19-21 {Plus! Spanish Gospel News}

Today's Good Word is Brother Saul Arellano's favorite scripture. Brother Saul is a young person from Tijuana, Mexico. He's thankful for this opportunity to share God's Word and His blessings.

Share Your Favorite Scripture

Send us your favorite scripture from the Bible or the Book of Mormon, and we'll turn it into our next Good Word!

Gospel Lesson: One Smooth Stone

Written by Brother Ben Hemmings on Thursday, 16 October 2014. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2576

Gospel Lesson: One Smooth Stone

What are Gospel Lessons? Read the first one here!

Today's reading: 1 Samuel 17

"And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine." (1 Samuel 17:40)

Today's lesson really isn't so much about metaphor itself as it is an examination of what the rock in this story stands for. Some of us have heard the story of David and Goliath since we were young. David has recently (and secretly) been anointed King of Israel. Still tending his family's flocks, his father sends him to deliver food to his three older brothers who are soldiers in Israel's army, which is in battle against the Philistines.

Should I Be Doing More?

Written by Brother Rich on Wednesday, 15 October 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1642

Should I Be Doing More?

Have you ever wanted to do more spiritually? When I felt this way, a chapter in the Book of Mormon came to mind: Alma 29.

Alma starts by saying he wishes he were an angel so that he can speak with the trump of God and cry repentance unto all people. His goal is that they'd repent and be redeemed so that sorrow could cease.

I Look Good in That Picture

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Tuesday, 14 October 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1692

I Look Good in That Picture

Recently, my family and I attended a wedding reception. As often happens now when people get together for occasions at which everyone looks nice, cell phone cameras popped out to take pictures of various groups of people — two in this picture, three in that one, etc. Of course, after each picture is taken, everyone has to see it to make sure they look good. If you'd overheard the conversation at our table, it would've gone something like this:

One of the people (OK, one of the girls) in the photo with me: "I don't like the expression on my face — take it again."

Proof Positive

Written by Brother Kevin Murphy on Monday, 13 October 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 1707

Proof Positive

Today's marriage-related Miracle Monday is from Brother Kevin Murphy. As your Gospel Blog editor can personally attest, the inability to conceive a child with your beloved spouse is exquisitely painful, but it doesn't mean that God isn't in control. Read about His beautiful plan for the Murphys.

I pray this is an encouragement to anyone trying to have a child. My wife, Stacy, and I were trying so hard to have a child. It seemed like it wasn't going to happen. I thought perhaps it was due to the fact that I was much older than she (11 years). We certainly made it a matter of prayer as often as we found ourselves on our knees.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Peter 2:5

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 10 October 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1285

Spread the Good Word: 1 Peter 2:5

This week's memory verse comes from yesterday's first Gospel Lesson by guest teacher Brother Ben Hemmings. He's teaching a series of lessons that explore the metaphor of rocks in scripture.

If you didn't get a chance to read Part 1 yesterday, then you should check it out. The five-part lesson series will pick up every Thursday until mid-November. Be sure to check the bottom of each lesson post for next time's reading assignment. 

Gospel Lesson: Being a Lively Stone

Written by Brother Ben Hemmings on Thursday, 09 October 2014. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2536

Gospel Lesson: Being a Lively Stone

Today is our first Gospel Lesson! Your teacher is Brother Ben Hemmings, and his topic rocks! Wait, his topic actually is rocks...

Today's reading: 1 Peter 2:5-9

Every day we walk over them. They are pieces of earth that we don't always consider. They can comprise the footpaths we walk on or the area where we park our cars. They are still used as weapons and still stacked to build the walls and foundations of our houses.

Walk With Me

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 08 October 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1935

Walk With Me

Have you ever prayed like this: "Lord, please stay by my side all day" or "Walk with me wherever I go today"?

I prayed this the other day, and a very interesting thought occurred to me. Why, I thought, would God ever leave my side? What could possibly induce Him to step away from me or leave me alone?

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