God Knows What Lies Ahead (1 Nephi 9)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 13 January 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1916

God Knows What Lies Ahead (1 Nephi 9)

In 1 Nephi 9, Nephi reflects on God's commandment that he keep two sets of records, known as the Large Plates of Nephi and the Small Plates of Nephi. The Large Plates contained the full history of the people, while the Small Plates were devoted to spiritual accounts that would persuade people to come to God.

Although Nephi understood the commandment, he didn’t really understand God’s reasoning. Why two sets of records covering the same period of time? Couldn’t all the information just be put in one place? Finally, acknowledging, “the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning,” Nephi decided to just trust that God had some wise purpose and do what He commanded.

The Power of a Pair

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 12 January 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 2681

The Power of a Pair

God told Adam that He would make a companion for him so he wouldn't go through life alone. (Hello, Eve!) And God gave us His Son so we'd never be alone, either. Adam had someone to lean on — and the Lord knew we'd need someone in this life, too.

Our "someones" are named Brother Paul and Sister Sharon. They are Sister Dianne and Brother Joel. Or, maybe they are in your Sunday school or MBA class. They attend your branch or mission each Sunday, but they also attend thousands of miles away. How is this possible?

There Is Nothing Going On

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Monday, 11 January 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 2649

There Is Nothing Going On

Like so many women, I am guilty of not always staying on top of my needs, allowing other things to take priority. So, with a 15-day trip to Italy planned in early October and being overdue for my normal yearly screenings with my OB/Gyn and general practitioner, I realized I had to be deliberate. Putting it off, returning home in late October and trying to play catch up with the holidays right in front of me was not going to work. So, I made all the necessary appointments in September.

My eyesight was also a concern, especially my left eye. I had not had them checked in four years, and I knew that my prescription eyeglasses needed updating. My last appointment was with the optometrist at the end of September.

Spread the Good Word: Joshua 1:8

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 08 January 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1862

Spread the Good Word: Joshua 1:8

We hope that today's Good Word inspires you to be a more dedicated student of God's word in the New Year. In case you missed all the hints we've been dropping this week, the Gospel Blog team has an awesome idea to help you do this ... and we can't wait to tell you about it! Tune in on Jan. 12 for the exciting announcement. We hope that you'll be game to participate. 

Own My Calling

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Thursday, 07 January 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 2100

Own My Calling

Today's post was written a few months ago by Sister Alena Ricci when she was studying abroad in Chile. She's back home now with loads of stories and blessings to share!

"I am a free human being" – Jane Eyre

Earthquakes, tsunamis, more embarrassing moments than I can count…

With all of that, today I mark my halfway point in my study abroad program!

And with my halfway point comes more things to be understood.

A couple posts ago, I wrote about the woman at the well, but for some reason, I stopped writing right before the most important part of the entire story (at least, in my opinion).

The Answers Are in There (1 Nephi 8)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 06 January 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2480

The Answers Are in There (1 Nephi 8)

When I was a young person, my parents used to take me to MBA every week. (Parents: Do you still do that?) One week, our MBA class read 1 Nephi 8 in which Lehi’s wonderful dream is recorded. After reading through the imagery of a dark and dreary waste, a tree with desirable fruit, a straight and narrow path with a long rod of iron next to it, etc., our MBA teacher gave us an assignment to come back the next week ready to describe what each element of the dream represented.

Testimonies of the Restoration

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 05 January 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 2451

Testimonies of the Restoration

Here at the Gospel Blog, we're always asking for you to send your testimonies and experiences. We theme our Miracle Mondays (February's theme is love, by the way) but we still try to keep those themes fairly wide open.

During the year of 2016, we would like to sprinkle in testimonies of a more specific nature. Specifically, we're looking for testimonies related to the restoration or the Book of Mormon.

Testimony of Healing

Written by Brother Dennis Moraco on Monday, 04 January 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 2108

Testimony of Healing

Today, we're back to our regularly scheduled Miracle Mondays! Today's experience is from Brother Dennis Moraco. Don't miss our note at the end announcing February's theme!

I would like to share with you my experience of God’s healing touch.

This past summer, I was hospitalized due to high blood pressure. While in the hospital, I complained to the doctor about a sharp pain on my right side. After further testing, it was discovered I only had one functioning kidney, the right one, and it had a small growth. More tests followed and the kidney was found to be cancerous with the cancer located in a very critical area on the kidney.

A Good Word for a Happy New Year! Lamentations 5:21

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 01 January 2016. Posted in The Good Word, Holidays Hits 2937

A Good Word for a Happy New Year! Lamentations 5:21

Happy New Year! We hope today's Good Word inspires your heart by reminding you of how Christ can make us new. 

 

The Force

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Thursday, 31 December 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2659

The Force

Happy New Year's Eve! We pray that wherever you find yourself this evening that you ring in 2016 with the Lord in your heart. Enjoy today's article!

With the release of the seventh "Star Wars" movie, I thought of a common element throughout each of the films in the franchise … The FORCE.

One of the characters, Obi-Wan Kenobi, describes it like this: “The force is what gives a jedi (the good guys) his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” In the "Star Wars" universe, it is seen as something mystical and cosmic, something that exists everywhere, inside and out.

Some have compared the Force to the Holy Ghost — but let’s not be confused — they are very different.

When the Lord Conducts the Plan (1 Nephi 7)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 30 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 2402

When the Lord Conducts the Plan (1 Nephi 7)

As Lehi prepared to continue the journey with his family deeper into the wilderness, the Lord spoke to Him and said it would not do for his family to go alone. It was God’s intention that this family would begin a new nation in a new land, and how could they do that if none of the sons had wives to bear children? So, Lehi was instructed to send his sons back to Jerusalem again to bring a specific family, the family of a man named Ishmael, with them into the wilderness.

On the surface, this plan would seem to have a low likelihood of success. Specifically:

Christmas Always

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Tuesday, 29 December 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1779

Christmas Always

There is much anticipation as the Christmas celebration approaches. We try our best to keep a balanced perspective, knowing it is the observance commemorating the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

It is difficult to avoid some of the retail madness, yet we trudge through it with an expectation of joy to be shared with family and friends. Each individual family embraces its own tradition, be it food or gift exchange, and we press on with the preparation effort. The expense is sometimes hard to keep within budget as the gift list seems to grow and grow.

The ultimate goal: enjoy that sweet happiness of the moment! To behold the wonder on a child’s face, to embrace a loved one with that perfect gift, to sit and indulge in a feast that satisfies the heartiest of appetites, to share affection and hospitality with family, friends, and sometimes distant acquaintances: What, then, is Christmas?

Kids' Question of the Month – December

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Monday, 28 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 2132

Kids' Question of the Month – December

Little baby
I am a poor boy too
I have no gift to bring
That's fit to give our king…
Shall I play for you?
Mary nodded
The ox and lamb kept time
I played my drum for him
I played my best for him…

Pa rum pa pum pum… rum pa pum pum.

Doesn’t the beat of this classic Christmas carol echo the beat in all our hearts? Because isn’t there a little drummer boy in all of us? The moment when we recognize our own poverty in stark contrast to the magnificence of Jesus? We understand our nothingness, emptiness, and inability to ever offer Him anything worthy or fit for a king. Yet when we offer Him the best of ourselves, He accepts it and magnifies the gifts we bring as only He can do.

A Very Special Merry Christmas from the Gospel Blog Team!

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 25 December 2015. Posted in Holidays Hits 2618

A Very Special Merry Christmas from the Gospel Blog Team!

We here at the Gospel Blog wish you a most merry Christmas! We pray that you're rejoicing in the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ today, enjoying time with those you love most. 

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Sweater

Written by Brother Jared Scolaro on Thursday, 24 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 2725

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Sweater

*~*~*Merry Christmas Eve!*~*~*

Today's post is part of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image.

When I was younger, I had mixed feelings about Santa Claus. Sometimes I would really love him, like when he got me that LEGO set from "The Return of the Jedi" or that new pair of rollerblades. Other times, however, he would let me down with citrus, dental floss, and the dreaded sweater.

When the presents were all opened and I was left sitting amidst a pile of socks, Chex Mix, and a "Barry Manilow Greatest Hits" CD, all I could think about was that Santa was getting old and had lost touch with my generation.

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