What's on Your Bookshelf?

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 07 October 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1930

What's on Your Bookshelf?

If I could have any job in the world, it would be to own a tiny bookshop with hardwood floors and shelves of books. Floor to ceiling, novels would be lined up and ready for spine-cracking. I'd serve free hot tea and Italian cookies in the back and make recommendations to those needing help selecting one among the thousands.

Meeting My Mate

Written by Sister Gelsa Staley on Monday, 06 October 2014. Posted in Testimonies Hits 2022

Meeting My Mate

Today's marriage-related Miracle Monday is from Sister Gelsa Staley. Many times, when we think of getting married, we think of young people, but this testimony shows how God can provide a mate at any stage in life.

In my late 40s, I found myself a single woman living alone and very lonely. My consistent prayer to God was "If you want me to remarry, then place a man of God in my life, or give me the strength to be alone."

Spread the Good Word: Romans 8:28 {PLUS! Gospel Lessons!}

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 03 October 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1276

Spread the Good Word: Romans 8:28 {PLUS! Gospel Lessons!}

Next week, we're starting something new! From time to time, we're going to host Gospel Lessons taught by guest instructors. Our first teacher is Brother Ben Hemmings from San Diego, Calif., formerly Pennsylvania. 

Starting Oct. 9, Brother Ben will post a study-style lesson every Thursday for five weeks. Brother Ben chose a theme for this lesson series. He's exploring the different ways that rocks are used as metaphors in scripture. Rock of revelation? Rock of offense? Rocks used to slay giants. Rocks aimed at sinners. There's a lot to unpack! 

In preparation for the first lesson, read 1 Peter 2:5-9. Look at the bottom of each post for the following week's reading assignment (kind of like the Summer Reading Challenge).

We're so excited about this and hope it helps you dive deeper into scripture!

The Spotless Stain Miracle

Written by IMOC on Thursday, 02 October 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 1584

The Spotless Stain Miracle

Last week, we shared a testimony from the Levittown Branch about how the wine spilled during the Lord's Supper and something most unexpected followed. Today, we're sharing a similar but different experience that happened in the mission field.

Cursing vs. Marking in the Book of Mormon

Written by Brother Josh Gehly on Wednesday, 01 October 2014. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 3760

Cursing vs. Marking in the Book of Mormon

PLEASE NOTE: We are trying something different with this article. It presents an interpretation of a portion of scripture that is the opinion of the author and does not necessarily represent the view of The Church of Jesus Christ. It is intended to promote thought and perhaps discussion on this topic. Please consider this before leaving any comments. – Gospel Blog Ministry Review Team

I've always loved the Bible and Book of Mormon but have felt uncomfortable when reading scripture that says, "...after they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark, and loathsome, and a filthy people, full of idleness and all manner of abominations." (See 1 Nephi 12:22-23; see also Alma 3:6, 2 Nephi 5:21-22, Jacob 3:8, 3 Nephi 2:15-16, among many others.)

What Does the Clock Say?

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 30 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1961

What Does the Clock Say?

Which best describes you on a typical Sunday morning?

1
You get to church 15 minutes early. You straighten the songbooks in the pews. You decide to open the door for everyone as they filter into the building. You spend time greeting people and chatting. You select a seat near the front so you won't be distracted. Your mind is focused because you already spent time in prayer at home before you arrived.

2
You get to church 15 minutes late. You tiptoe into the sanctuary, trying not to draw attention to yourself. You slip into a seat in the back row, hoping not to disturb anyone. You try to concentrate, but you're brain is still slow — your a.m. cup of coffee hasn't fully taken effect yet. You're having trouble following the message because you missed the first part.

Arranged Marriage

Written by Sister KarenJo Pandone on Monday, 29 September 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 1850

Arranged Marriage

Although it's not quite October yet, we're starting with marriage-related Miracle Mondays. Thanks to everyone who contributed! The first story is from Sister KarenJo Pandone.

The week before GMBA Campout 1991, I received a phone call from the brother who was in charge of seminars asking me if I could teach a seminar for one day.

First of all, I'm not a teacher, and that's not something that comes easily to me. Second, I was already in charge of registration. Anyone who has had this responsibility at GMBA camp knows how busy the last week gets with preparing the registration packets and getting last minute things done.

Spread the Good Word: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 {PLUS! Reading Challenge Responses}

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 26 September 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1379

Spread the Good Word: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 {PLUS! Reading Challenge Responses}

Today, we're bringing a slightly new dimension to the Good Word weekly memory verse — portrait orientation. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to save the images to your smartphones so you can memorize the verse. It's also a great ratio for pinning — just so you know. Make sure to let us know how it works out for you.

What's Your Motive?

Written by Sister Stefanie on Thursday, 25 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1797

What's Your Motive?

I'm a personal trainer, so part of my job is to help motivate my clients to exercise. Everybody needs motivation regardless of what they're doing.

For example, at least part of your motivation to go to work every day is getting a paycheck. Maybe your motivation for tackling a rigorous hike is enjoying the gorgeous view at the end. Perhaps you dream of fitting into a pair of jeans that you haven't worn for years, so you exercise every day.

The more motivation we have, the more likely we are to do what's necessary to get us to that goal.

Unwavering Faith: The Struggle Not to Waver

Written by Brother Andrew DiNardo on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2091

Unwavering Faith: The Struggle Not to Waver

I find it easier to pray for others with the faith James talks about. I find myself storming the gates of heaven for other people with such fervor and such a broken heart that I just can't muster for my own self.

James 1:6-7 states, "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord."

I came to the conclusion that there is a difference between knowing that God can and knowing that God will. Based on this scripture, when I go to God, and I'm waffling in my faith, I shouldn't expect God to answer me.

What God Taught Me Through Football

Written by Brother Rich on Tuesday, 23 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1395

What God Taught Me Through Football

It's September. That means summer's basically over, school's back in, and it's football season.

I've been a huge football fan since I was a kid. Saturdays were spent watching or listening to the Penn State game, and after church on Sunday we'd watch the Steelers.

I was born in 1977, so I'd never seen the Steelers in the Super Bowl, at least that I could remember. Then came the 1995 season, and the Steelers were headed for Super Bowl XXX. At that time, I'd been a member of The Church for two and a half years, and I was the local MBA president.

That's Cheating!

Written by Sister Terri Olfulson on Monday, 22 September 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 2032

That's Cheating!

For today's school-themed Miracle Monday, we're taking you back to the 90s with an experience published in the August 1992 issue of the Gospel News as told by Sister Terri Olfulson.

On March 23, 1991, my family moved from Anaheim, California to Phoenix, Arizona. My two older children had no problem adjusting to their new schools. My youngest son, Billy, age 7, was a different story.

He would come home from school with notes from the teacher saying that he didn't have recess because he had to sit on the benches and do his school work. Every night, he would bring home stacks of papers that he couldn't complete in class.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 28:13

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 19 September 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1676

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 28:13

This week's memory verse reminds us that God can see underneath the mask we show to everyone else. 

Fear Isn't Real

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Thursday, 18 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1932

Fear Isn't Real

Right now on the Internet, you can find the story of a young boy battling brain cancer and the story of his bravery.

The tagline for this new campaign is "Fear Isn't Real" because that's what this little boy believes.

And this got me thinking...is fear real?

Affirm It Constantly

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1907

Affirm It Constantly

A while ago, a dear sister and fellow Gospelblogger invited me to participate in a study of Titus.

Titus is a teeny tiny book jam-packed with big advice, particularly for us ladyfolk (chapter 2 verses 3 to 5).

Something new struck me on this particular go-around, though. Two phrases jumped out at me: "pattern of good works" (2:7) and "affirm constantly" (3:8).

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