Cast Your Burdens

Written by Sister LuAnn Carson on Thursday, 19 November 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2200

Cast Your Burdens

Have you ever gone fishing and had to cast a line? You can't just give it a weak toss or simply drop it at your feet. The act of casting is throwing "in a forceful way."

Psalm 55:22 says to cast our burdens upon the Lord, and Peter says to cast all our care upon Him (1 Pe. 5:7).

No Excuses (1 Nephi 4)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 18 November 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1679

No Excuses (1 Nephi 4)

Nephi and his brothers had tried multiple ways to obtain the brass plates from Laban. They tried asking for them, and they tried trading their gold and silver for them. Both attempts failed miserably and ended up with Laban keeping all of their possessions and still not giving up the plates. After “trying their best,” it wouldn’t have been unreasonable for the brothers to return to their father and explain why they couldn’t obtain the plates. They certainly had a valid excuse. Laban had 50 armed men at his command — how could four brothers go up against that?

However, Nephi knew there was no way he was returning to his father without the brass plates, especially after stating in chapter 3: “the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” Rather than believing the lie that he had no choice, Nephi chose to trust in God and wound up obtaining the plates on the third attempt.

Meet the Q12: Apostle Paul Aaron Palmieri

Written by Brother Paul Aaron Palmieri on Tuesday, 17 November 2015. Posted in Church News Hits 3405

Meet the Q12: Apostle Paul Aaron Palmieri

Today, we're bringing you a brand new column called Meet the Q12 where we interview our brother apostles. The objective is to help you get to know them both as individuals and as spiritual leaders. We're starting with Brother Paul Aaron Palmieri, who was recently called to become an apostle and was ordained at this past October General Church Conference.

Keep your eyes peeled for more interviews with the Quorum of 12 in the coming months! And … check upcoming issues of the Gospel News for additional interviews with our brother apostles. Learn how they met the church and other fun facts, and understand their heart for God's great work.

Heavenly Harvest in Burundi

Written by Brother Deo on Monday, 16 November 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 1884

Heavenly Harvest in Burundi

Today's missionary-themed Miracle Monday comes from the mission field — Burundi to be exact. Enjoy this beautiful testimony from Brother Deo in his own words.

I grew rice in one of the valleys of Bujumbura during the summer season, and it was not easy to water it. You know we have two main seasons here in Burundi, the winter, and the summer. The winter is more productive than the summer.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Timothy 6:6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 13 November 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2003

Spread the Good Word: 1 Timothy 6:6

No need to fear Friday the 13th, especially with an encouraging Good Word like today's, which gives us two very important attributes of a joyful, meaningful life: godliness and contentment.

Do you remember the famous verse that comes right after this one? Hint: it's similar to the title of an Academy Award winning 1938 Frank Capra film starring Jimmy Stewart. Post it in the comments if you know it.

Cool in School

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 12 November 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2118

Cool in School

In 2008, I was asked to address the sixth grade class at Glassport Central Elementary on Dr. Seuss Day. This is the poem the Lord gave me.

Cool in School

My pursuit to be
is cool, you see.
To be accepted and admired
by those who I know and who know me!

I Will Go and Do (1 Nephi 3)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 11 November 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2388

I Will Go and Do (1 Nephi 3)

After Lehi and his family had walked for three full days into the wilderness, Lehi informed his sons that the Lord wanted them to return to Jerusalem to retrieve a set of records referred to as the "plates of brass." You can imagine the responses: Wait, what? Are you kidding me? Why didn't you have this dream three days ago?

Only Nephi received the directive in a suitable manner, responding, "I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded."

Nephi's statement has two parts to it – "Go" and "Do." Both are often necessary to be successful in an undertaking.

Playing Defense

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 10 November 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1970

Playing Defense

Have you ever had someone ask you to explain your beliefs or The Church? I've had a few opportunities, and each time there has always been a feeling of excitement. I can't wait to tell all about it.

I remember one of the first times I was asked. I couldn't wait to talk about Christ, The Church, the Book of Mormon, everything. I started to imagine how it was going to go. Everything would be wonderful and maybe, just maybe, this man would come to church. The day came for our lunch discussion, and I just couldn't wait.

They Are in My Hands

Written by Brother Richard Scaglione on Monday, 09 November 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2120

They Are in My Hands

Today's missionary-themed Miracle Monday is an account from Brother Richard Scaglione about a trip to South America. Enjoy!

Brother Frank P. and I made a missionary trip to Colombia and Venezuela from June 3 to 15, 2010. The blessing actually began the week before we left.

On Saturday, May 29, Sister Rose P. had a dream in which she saw the late Apostle Frank Calabrese laying hands on Brother Frank and me. He asked God to be with us on the upcoming trip.

Spread the Good Word: Alma 42:30

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 06 November 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2499

Spread the Good Word: Alma 42:30

Today's Good Word isn't an ear-tickler, but it's a refreshing reminder of how we should view our own sin. Do you have a favorite verse? Send it to us, and we'll turn it into a pretty graphic like this one.

The Lost (Cat) Shall Be Found

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 05 November 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1826

The Lost (Cat) Shall Be Found

I work at a memory care assisted living community. Part of the home-like environment includes a plethora of animals for pet therapy, companionship, and humor. Last week, I felt like I was living in a zoo. All eight of the fluffy, white haired, 12-pound poodle breeds were running amok; the parakeets were chirping incessantly; and one of the miniature horses slipped in the side patio door and was walking down the hallway leaving presents like it owned the place.

Midway through last week's hectic Thursday afternoon, someone dropped off another cat for our community. And not just any cat. A $2,000 orange Persian "grumpy face" cat that wouldn't even get out of its cage for two days.

All In (1 Nephi 2)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 04 November 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2073

All In (1 Nephi 2)

Note: This article is part of a series on 1 Nephi. Click here to read the first article.

I’ve seen the phrase “All In” used in various scenarios. A baseball team that feels it has a good chance to win this year may be willing to sacrifice future young talent in order to go for the championship this year. The team is considered to be “all in” for the year. A card player who feels he has a winning hand may push all his chips into the middle of the table. At that point, he is “all in” for that hand, holding nothing back.

It’s easy to draw parallels to our service to God. The concept of being willing to sacrifice and hold nothing back because we know we have a “winning hand” or that we’re on the “winning team” is something we should all strive for to be effective servants of God.

He Is Enough

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Tuesday, 03 November 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1848

He Is Enough

One of the things I enjoyed most during the 2015 GospelBlog Summer Reading Challenge of the four gospels was rehearsing and going over all the stories and parables found there. I remember learning many of them as a child in Sunday school and VBS, and they are precious.

But there is something about reading them as an adult, taking in the nuances and the depth of meaning that we cannot understand as children.

Remarkable Rigatoni

Written by Sister KarenJo Pandone on Monday, 02 November 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2459

Remarkable Rigatoni

We're kicking off our first missionary-themed Miracle Monday with a testimony from the journal of Brother Joseph Milantoni sent by Sister KarenJo Pandone. She says, "First miracle I ever witnessed personally. I remember standing next to Sister Maness as she turned the pasta in the roaster and I could see that as she turned she prayed. While she prayed I literally saw the roaster fill up to the top with pasta! I couldn't believe my eyes!"

Spread the Good Word: 1 Cor. 3:11

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 30 October 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2226

Spread the Good Word: 1 Cor. 3:11

Today's Good Word reminds us of what we should be standing on: the foundation of our Savior. When trials and troubles come, we can stand strong if our feet are firmly planted in Jesus Christ.

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