Prayers, Hand in Hand

Written by Sister Suzanne Beeman on Monday, 07 November 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 2278

Prayers, Hand in Hand

Today, we're bringing you the first of our thankful-themed Miracle Mondays. Here, Sister Suzanne Beeman shares a testimony in honor of Sister Doreen Perri. Enjoy!

Anyone who has met Brother Rob or me has heard us gush about our miracle son, Jordan Beeman. Jordan was my fifth pregnancy and our only child.

My entire pregnancy was blessed due to God’s grace, the laying on of hands, and the prayers of the saints. The goal for the pregnancy was to reach 24 weeks. There were three episodes where I thought I miscarried … again. Another blessing was that Jordan’s kidney condition was diagnosed prior to birth, which I have no doubt saved him from suffering and, worse, losing a kidney.

Spread the Good Word: 3 Nephi 10:10

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 04 November 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1502

Spread the Good Word: 3 Nephi 10:10

Today's Good Word is also our Dare to Share verse of the day. If you missed Monday's post, check it out to learn about our Dare to Share challenge for Thanksgiving. 

Fruitful Women: Gentleness in the Story of Moses

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 03 November 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2435

Fruitful Women: Gentleness in the Story of Moses

What do the following have in common?

  • Gentleness
  • Pharoah’s daughter
  • Jochebed
  • Miriam
  • Adoption

Read on to learn how today’s fruit of the spirit, gentleness, relates to the topics outlined above.

According to Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, gentleness is defined as “sensitivity of disposition and kindness of behavior founded on strength and prompted by love.”

The Lamb & the Lion (2 Nephi 21)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 02 November 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2615

The Lamb & the Lion (2 Nephi 21)

The image of the lamb and the lion lying down together is a familiar one, typically representing “peace on earth.” Many Christian groups use this image, and many organizations have “Lamb & Lion” as part of their name. This phrase is based on the prophecy in Isaiah 11, which is reproduced in 2 Nephi 21:

"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young one shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox." (2 Nephi 21:6-7)

Setting a Strong Example

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 01 November 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1605

Setting a Strong Example

One of my favorite chapters in scripture is Proverbs 31, that of the virtuous woman. Since I was a teenager, I've had a desire to be similar to that woman Solomon talks about.

Each verse in the chapter lists task after task that the virtuous woman does, from taking care of her children and husband to helping out the poor and those in need, not to mention making and selling fine linens, speaking with wisdom and kindness, and having strength and honor for her clothing.

Dare to Share

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 31 October 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 1660

Dare to Share

It's All Hallows' Eve, and we're just one day away from November — the month when we celebrate thankfulness and gratitude.

We at the Gospel Blog think that it's the perfect day to kick off a fun Thanksgiving project. We're calling it Dare to Share.

Here's how it works — very simple!

Spread the Good Word: Deut. 20:4

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 28 October 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1590

Spread the Good Word: Deut. 20:4

Today's Good Word reminds us that it's God who fights our battles, overcomes our enemies, and ultimately saves our soul. Even if you feel alone, know that He's right there beside you. 

Tough Love

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 27 October 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1658

Tough Love

Within the Book of Mormon, Alma, the son of Alma, had three sons: Helaman, Shiblon, and Corianton. Alma’s sons were all ministers, and Corianton was the youngest.

Alma set out on a very important missionary outreach to reconcile the Zoramites to the Gospel. A group of ministers accompanied Alma, including his sons Shiblon and Corianton. The account of this outreach effort is recorded in Alma 31 to 35 – great reading!

Do As I Say, Not As I Do (2 Nephi 20)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 26 October 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1705

Do As I Say, Not As I Do (2 Nephi 20)

Here are a few hypothetical scenarios:

  • Suppose I am a church officer, perhaps a representative of the finance committee, and I come to your branch and present an impassioned plea for all of you to donate as much as you can to the church. During questions and answers, it somehow comes out that I myself don’t donate at all. You ask me, “Why should we donate to the church if you don’t?” How shall I respond – “Do as I say, not as I do”?
  • Now suppose I’m a member of the ministry and I preach on the sinfulness of adultery, and then it comes out that I in fact indulge in sexual indiscretions. Do as I say, not as I do?
  • I’m a Sunday school teacher, teaching about the 10 Commandments, when I regularly cheat on my taxes and am often dishonest in my dealings with other people. Do as I say, not as I do?
  • Or, I’m a new member of the church (or any member of the church) and I tell my friends about how much the church has changed my life and how thankful I am that I no longer live the type of life I used to. Perhaps my friends still live this type of life, and I’m letting them know they would do well to check out the church. Yet, I still frequent the bars; my language is still filthy; and I don’t even make it to church very often. In short, my life hasn’t really changed that much after all. Do as I say, not as I do?

All Because of a Welcome

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 25 October 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 1927

All Because of a Welcome

This article is Part 2 of Sister Natalie Shawver's series “Born and Raised”…Or Not.

“I remember how nice everyone was to me on my first visit to The Church, and I was surprised because they didn’t even know me. Everyone was greeting me. I was very shy, but it felt wonderful; it did not make me feel uncomfortable. I did not quite know what I was experiencing or what I was feeling.” – Sister Wendy Giannetti, Mesa, Arizona

It’s not easy to walk into a room full of people you don’t know. Perhaps you came on the arm of your boyfriend, as Sister Wendy did. Or maybe it was your girlfriend, like Brother Bob Batson. Either way, dozens of people greeting you and asking who you are and where you’re from? Not the typical way we like to spend our Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights.

What to Do? Finding the Answer in Scripture

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Monday, 24 October 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 1656

What to Do? Finding the Answer in Scripture

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony from Brother Rich Nath about a time when he was at a career crossroad, and God showed him what to do through His word. Enjoy!

By early 2007, I had been working shifts for over six years. Although my mind loved working the night shift, my body was starting to get weak. I worked a four-on, four-off schedule, and when on nights, it was taking me two of my four off days to recover. I asked my managerial team if there were going to be any future openings in the department that didn’t require shift work. The answer was there were no current or foreseeable plans for any.

Spread the Good Word: 1 John 4:18 (again)

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 21 October 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1490

Spread the Good Word: 1 John 4:18 (again)

We realized that we've actually highlighted this verse on Good Word Friday once before in 2016, but why not another reminder, especially during this time of year when everyone is so focused on fear?

The Confidence to Do God's Will

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 20 October 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1692

The Confidence to Do God's Will

A little over a year ago, I began contemplating going back to school but really didn’t want to. I came to a crossroads with work and asked for prayer at the 2015 October conference. When I left, a few of the brothers who prayed for me offered to fast and pray with me that God would reveal His will.

During the week I set aside to fast and pray, I was inspired to seek a certification rather than go for a graduate degree. A few days after deciding this, one of the brothers praying with me felt to relate an experience he had while laying hands on me at conference. I felt the experience confirmed what I had been inspired to do.

His Name is Wonderful (2 Nephi 19)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 19 October 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2521

His Name is Wonderful (2 Nephi 19)

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. (Philippians 2:9-11)

There is no other name given whereby salvation cometh; therefore, I would that ye should take upon you the name of Christ…And it shall come to pass that whosoever doeth this shall be found at the right hand of God, for he shall know the name by which he is called; for he shall be called by the name of Christ. (Mosiah 5:8-9)

Based on the verses above, is it any wonder that we say (and even sing) His name is wonderful? It’s a powerful name that brings salvation and casts out the enemy.

Thank You or Thank God?

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Tuesday, 18 October 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 2022

Thank You or Thank God?

Who doesn’t like being described as good? It is a compliment, an acknowledgement of value and worth, something to our credit, a source of pride.

As a young woman, I found accepting compliments awkward and would find myself dismissing or explaining them away till it was pointed out to me that the proper or “polite” response is a simple thank you.

With the passing of time, I began to find myself feeling awkward again; saying “thank you” did not feel right. There was disquiet in my soul. You see, I felt convicted after reading James 4:17, "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."

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