Five Steps to Becoming a Conqueror

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Wednesday, 08 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2968

Five Steps to Becoming a Conqueror

Note: This is part two of a two-part article. See yesterday's post for part one.

Yesterday, we talked about being more than a conqueror. Today, let's discuss how we become that way. How do I get my name written in the Lamb's Book of Life?

As a church, we believe that obedience to the Gospel is necessary to obtain salvation by taking the following actions:

  • Believe and have faith that Jesus Christ is the risen Savior of the world
  • Repent of your sins with a desire to sin no more
  • Be baptized by immersion in water for a remission of sins
  • Receive the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands
  • Live righteously, remain faithful, and endure to the end of your life

More Than Conquerors

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Tuesday, 07 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2304

More Than Conquerors

Ever wonder what you have in common in with Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great and Attila the Hun?

Probably not a lot, but there may be one exception — they were conquerors and so are you!

Webster's dictionary defines a conqueror as someone who acquires gain by force, but it goes on to say that it's also someone who acquires gain by overcoming obstacles.

Best of Miracle Monday: The Lost Lens Miracle

Written by Sister Melanie Suska on Monday, 06 July 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 1863

Best of Miracle Monday: The Lost Lens Miracle

Today, we're kicking off the "Best of Miracle Monday" series. We're digging back in our archives for special experiences that we shared in the blog's early days so that those of you who weren't with us back then can experience them. Today, we're republishing "The Lost Lens Miracle" from April 2, 2012 submitted by Sister Melanie Suska.

One winter day in school, when I was around 10 years old, the bell rang at the end of the day, and I rushed outside to get to my mom's car.

Happy Fourth of July!

Written by GospelBlog on Saturday, 04 July 2015. Posted in Holidays Hits 2080

Happy Fourth of July!

Wishing you a very happy July 4 from all of us here at the Gospel Blog!

Spread the Good Word: Alma 46:12

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 03 July 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1659

Spread the Good Word: Alma 46:12

We're posting today's Good Word, Alma 46:12, in anticipation of a wonderful holiday weekend celebrating the freedom we enjoy in this country.

Here's something to think about, though — will we always enjoy this level of religious freedom in the future? Can you think of ways in which religious freedoms are coming — or have come — under attack in the U.S.? Let's pray that God moves His hand so that we can continue enjoying our liberties — and maintain godly standards of righteousness in our nation.

The Sun Is Always Shining

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Thursday, 02 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2212

The Sun Is Always Shining

When I was young, a big priority in the United States was the quest to explore outer space. I am old enough to remember when men first walked on the moon. At the time, there was talk about eventually putting together an expedition to travel to Mars and perhaps even other planets at some point.

Around this time, I heard someone suggest that we should organize a trip to the sun. "How ridiculous," we said. You couldn't possibly come anywhere near the sun without burning up. But wait, this person had it all figured out — we can go there at night!

Blogger's Choice: Straight and Narrow But Not Always Flat

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Wednesday, 01 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1890

Blogger's Choice: Straight and Narrow But Not Always Flat

Today's Blogger's Choice is from Brother Rich Nath. He chose "Straight and Narrow — But Not Always Flat," originally published on June 6, 2012.

He says, "I chose this article because the vision of the straight and narrow is one of my favorite stories in scripture. Plus, it reminds me of how I got to one of, if not the worst, times of my life and how God brought me up and over the mountain. Life is full of hills and valleys, but no matter what, Jesus Christ is always there to guide me along the way."

I've heard the story of the straight and narrow path many times (1 Nephi 8), whether it be during sermons, classes, seminars, or reading the chapter myself. Lehi describes a dream where he saw the Tree of Life and a straight and narrow path leading to it. A rod of iron was seen next to the path, acting as a guide to those walking along.

Lehi said that when a mist of darkness came over the path, only those clinging to the rod of iron were able to press forward and make it to the Tree of Life. The others, who did not hold on to the rod, wandered off the path and were lost.

Kids' Question of the Month – June

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 30 June 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 2193

Kids' Question of the Month – June

You may notice we say "brother and sister" 'round here
It's because we're a family and these folks are so near
When one has a heart ache, we all shed a tear
And rejoice in each victory in this family so dear

I'm so glad I'm a part of the family of God
I've been washed in the fountain cleansed by his blood
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod
For I'm part of a family — the family of God!

Nothing to Fear

Written by Sister Rosanne Champine and Brother Kevin Murphy on Monday, 29 June 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2033

Nothing to Fear

Today, we're wrapping up the month with two beautiful anointing-related testimonies.

Submitted by Sister Rosanne Champine

In 2011, I discovered — and my doctor confirmed — a large tumor in my body. I was facing further tests, which caused me great concern. On a Sunday morning, I went before the ministry of the branch to be anointed. That day, a sister shared the following vision:

Spread the Good Word: Job 27:5-6 (Plus Trivia Answers!)

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 26 June 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2026

Spread the Good Word: Job 27:5-6 (Plus Trivia Answers!)

Do you feel convicted by today's Good Word? Society is constantly calling us to compromise our integrity, to choose what's easy and convenient over what's right. Stand firm in God's word! Send us your favorite scripture, and we'll turn it into a share-worthy graphic like this one.

It's Not Fair!

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Thursday, 25 June 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2634

It's Not Fair!

One of the hardest things I discovered about parenting is that saying "No" to your child is no small, easy task, especially as they get older.

I guess one of the inevitabilities of parenthood is that, at some point, your children begin uttering phrases like "It's not fair," "I never get to have any fun," and "You never let me..."

A parent's reasons for saying no can range from "You're too young" to "It's not appropriate for you." It may be an act of discipline, not the right "season" in the child's life, or a simple lesson in patience — that a child must wait for or earn a desired thing.

Blogger's Choice: Casting Out Demons

Written by Sister Stefanie on Wednesday, 24 June 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1750

Blogger's Choice: Casting Out Demons

Today's Blogger's Choice is from Sister Stefanie. She chose "Casting Out Demons," originally published on July 31, 2013.

She says, "It's my favorite because it was the most powerful experience I've ever had. I had been struggling with it for weeks, and I had asked to be anointed because I wasn't feeling well, not for the issue — and God knew what I needed even when I didn't think to ask."

Going into the Mountain

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Tuesday, 23 June 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 3143

Going into the Mountain

"...the voice of the Lord came unto me, saying: Arise, and get thee into the mountain. And it came to pass that I arose and went up into the mountain, and cried unto the Lord." (1 Nephi 17:7)

"Nephi, get up and go up." That was the Lord's command after eight-plus years into his wilderness journey. No doubt, God had some big news to share. We read of His great plan for Nephi to build a ship, that curious workmanship which would inevitably carry him and his family across the depths of the untamed sea to the promise land. Notwithstanding how pivotal that moment was, God had never called Nephi up the mountain before. God required something more, and this encounter helps us learn an important lesson — how our relationship with God must grow.

Consider Nephi's journey up to this point. His entire expedition had been one continual cycle of faith building. It was a daily "wash, rinse, repeat" of facing trials, enduring persecution, and receiving God's deliverance. Through it all, God communed with Nephi.

The Healing Power of Holy Oil

Written by Brother Fred Bartuccio and Brother Charles Love on Monday, 22 June 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2095

The Healing Power of Holy Oil

Today, we're bringing you two Miracle Monday experiences that display the power of anointing. Enjoy!

Submitted by Brother Fred Bartuccio

As a young boy of about 8 or 9 years old, I used to get tonsillitis very often, so much so that I was scheduled for surgery. The surgery date had been set and canceled a few times because every time it was set, my tonsils would become infected, and they couldn't proceed.

Spread the Good Word: Romans 5:8

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 19 June 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1684

Spread the Good Word: Romans 5:8

Can today's Good Word be any more encouraging? We hope it brings you joy that carries you through the weekend. Send us your favorite scripture, and we'll turn it into a sharable graphic that you can like, tweet, pin, or post.

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