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It's Just the Beginning of Lively Hope

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 12 July 2019. Posted in Church News Hits 433

It's Just the Beginning of Lively Hope

On the final day of camp, we started the day at the water’s edge! Four baptisms were performed. The four new converts are Jonas Bodo, Elizabeth Tenorio, Alexa D’Orazio, and Cristina Scolaro.

A Day in the Life at GMBA Camp 2019

Written by GospelBlog on Thursday, 11 July 2019. Posted in Church News Hits 467

A Day in the Life at GMBA Camp 2019

Wednesday at camp began with a chapel service addressed by Brother Doug Obradovich on the subject of “Who Was It?” The final day of seminars followed. The 56-64 age group had some special visitors from the 9-10-year-olds. The children held up cards that spelled out “Lively Hope” and shared something from each card that Jesus does to give us hope, beginning with the letter on the card. At the end of their presentation, the children each found one person in the regular class to give the card to.

GMBA Camp 2019 Continues

Written by GospelBlog on Wednesday, 10 July 2019. Posted in Church News Hits 439

GMBA Camp 2019 Continues

Tuesday at camp began with a peppy rendition of “Like a Child” performed by a group of young people pictured below. During the ensuing chapel service, Brother Joe DiBattista shared two easy-to-remember scripture references and stated that we can’t live abundantly (John 10:10) without the hope that comes from the resurrection of Christ (John 20:20). This was followed by the second day of “Lively Hope” seminars.

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The afternoon featured the annual Kids' Day, with face painting, a petting zoo and snow cones. The kids loved it!

Having Lively Hope

Written by GospelBlog on Tuesday, 09 July 2019. Posted in Church News Hits 397

Having Lively Hope

The first regular day of the GMBA Campout began with Brother Brandon Dulisse, this year’s seminar director, addressing the congregation regarding the camp theme.

After that, Brother Brandon introduced each of the seminar leaders. Every year, the seminar director is challenged with having to come up with a creative way to introduce the teachers. For this year, the teachers were introduced as sports All-Stars, with their heads superimposed on an actual sports figure. Some were quite humorous, especially the brothers who are “hair-challenged” who had hair added to their photos.

Today was the first day of regular seminars on the theme of “Lively Hope.” Everyone went to the class for their respective age groups to explore the theme. Some classes (as depicted below) put the chairs in a circle and used creative activities to reinforce the theme.

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The annual Market Day had several tables set up with items for sale to benefit Church branches and missions throughout the world. Many shoppers stopped by the tables, and one in particular sold out of its items within the first hour.

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Although the sky was foreboding, the rain held off so kids 'recreation could happen. We are appreciative of the adults who give of their time to help the kids have fun at camp.

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For the evening meeting, the GMBA officers and seminar leaders for the younger age groups (ages 13 to 23) met with that age group to minister to them directly. At the same time, the adults (ages 24 and up) enjoyed the preaching of Brother Paul Ciotti and Brother Tony Ricci, after which the Apostles brought the young adults up front for singing, testimony, and prayer requests.

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Following the evening meeting, the adults congregated for fellowship while the young children were treated to a pajama party with a movie. Good night, all — we’ll be ready for another day tomorrow.

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GMBA Camp 2019

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 08 July 2019. Posted in Church News Hits 1558

GMBA Camp 2019

The 2019 GMBA Campout is underway! This year’s camp is back at the familiar location of California University in California, PA. It was a blessing walking on campus and being greeted by Cal U staff members who said they missed us last year and are so glad to be hosting us again!

The theme of the camp this year is “Lively Hope.” This is based on 1 Peter 1:3: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

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In lieu of the regular Sunday morning meeting, the GMBA officers felt directed to hold a special chapel and seminar on the subject of “Unity.” Brother Tom D’Orazio, GMBA Vice-President, addressed the congregation during chapel and used The Church logo to show how we can be more unified. He pointed out that we need to put “us” above “i” as depicted below. This was a great visual of the message.

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Everyone then gathered by age group in their respective classrooms for the “Unity” seminar. The goal was to have everyone feeling unified as we go into the week’s topic of “Lively Hope.” Each set of instructors took a different approach to achieve unity among the members of their class. One example was a class in which everyone was asked to sit on the stage of the meeting room and then form an impromptu choir to sing hymns on subjects that unify us (Birth of Christ, Resurrection, Restoration, Zion, etc.). Having everyone sit close together and focus on these hymns helped promote unity among that group.

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Sunday evening was dedicated to the distribution of the Lord’s Supper. Brother Peter Scolaro addressed the congregation and then nine brothers distributed the bread and the wine to a large congregation. A wonderful spirit was felt by all.

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We look forward to the remainder of the week as we focus on the theme of “Lively Hope.”

This article has undergone ministry review and approval.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Circle

Written by Sister Gelsa Staley on Monday, 27 March 2017. Posted in Church News Hits 6475

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Circle

Today we're pausing Miracle Monday to share a nice report from the General Ladies Uplift Circle (GLUC) written by Sister Gelsa Staley.

When Sister Lisa and I first became President and Vice President of the GLUC, we decided that it would be a good idea to travel to different Circles to encourage the sisters. We were off to a good start, going to Omaha, Nebraska — in the middle of winter! — and Columbus, Ohio. Then, life got in the way, and various other duties that required our attention as officers of the GLUC.

Recently, Sister Lisa and I decided that it would be nice for her to come to Florida when it was cold in Michigan and just visit with me and not do anything else. Sister Lisa was just going to have a nice little vaca. Well, the Lord had something else in mind.

Psalm 19 Wrap-up and Top 10 Takeaways from April Conference

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 22 April 2016. Posted in The Good Word, Special Series, Church News Hits 3579

Psalm 19 Wrap-up and Top 10 Takeaways from April Conference

Today concludes our mission to memorize Psalm 19:7-14. How did you do? Was it difficult? Easier than you expected? Post a comment telling us about your experience. 

We've also got another free printable page with this week's graphics. When printed, they should be roughly the size of a business card so that you can cut them out and keep them handy so you can keep up your memorization in the future. We really hope that memorizing scripture has brought you into closer contact with God's word! 

 

Meet the Q12: Apostle Joel Gehly

Written by Brother Joel Gehly on Thursday, 03 March 2016. Posted in Special Series, Church News Hits 4771

Meet the Q12: Apostle Joel Gehly

Today, we're bringing you another Meet the Q12 interview! The objective is to help you get to know our brother apostles both as individuals and as spiritual leaders. Today, we're interviewing Brother Joel Gehly.

What branch or mission do you attend?

Erie Branch, PA (Midwest Region). I grew up in the Fredonia Branch (Penn/Mid-Atlantic Region).

What is your favorite Bible or Book of Mormon verse?

I love the Book of Mormon, and have many favorite verses, but I would say my favorite verse is Revelation 14:6-7. This verse is so important for me, for us, our church, our future. I preach this message of the “everlasting gospel” everywhere.

Carry the Word with You

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 23 February 2016. Posted in Church News Hits 3150

Carry the Word with You

There are probably certain things you wouldn't consider doing without your cell phone or smartphone … like leave the house. Am I right?

You wouldn't drive without it — it's your GPS.

It sits on your desk at work — and knows all your important phone numbers.

And you make sure to keep it handy whenever you have to wait. Might as well crush some candy at the doctor's office.

My point is that we bring our phones everywhere. Whether our fingers are constantly flying over the touchscreen keyboard or we tuck it away in case of emergency, there are places we just won't go without it.

Meet the Q12: Apostle Frank Natoli

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Tuesday, 01 December 2015. Posted in Church News Hits 3093

Meet the Q12: Apostle Frank Natoli

Today, we're bringing you another Meet the Q12 interview! The objective is to help you get to know our brother apostles both as individuals and as spiritual leaders. Today, get to know Brother Frank Natoli, who was ordained at this past October General Church conference.

Meet the Q12: Apostle Paul Aaron Palmieri

Written by Brother Paul Aaron Palmieri on Tuesday, 17 November 2015. Posted in Church News Hits 3490

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.

Top 10 Takeaways from October Conference 2015

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Tuesday, 13 October 2015. Posted in Church News Hits 2422

Top 10 Takeaways from October Conference 2015

For those who were unable to attend the recent General Church Conference, here is a quick “Top 10” points you may find of interest:

1. We witnessed the ordination of two new Apostles on Sunday, October 11 as Brother Frank Natoli and Brother Paul Aaron Palmieri were ordained into that office. A wonderful vision was witnessed in which several deceased Apostles entered the room to participate in the ordinations.

Top 10 Takeaways from April Conference 2015

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 29 April 2015. Posted in Church News Hits 2763

Top 10 Takeaways from April Conference 2015

For those who were unable to attend the recent General Church Conference from April 17 to 19, here are our top 10 takeaways from the weekend.

1. As previously announced, Apostle Isaac Smith has now retired from the Quorum of 12. Brother Ike was given the opportunity to address the Conference on Sunday.

2. The Quorum of 70 Evangelists announced the pending ordination of two new Evangelists, Brother Tom D'Orazio (on May 17) and Brother Ken Lombardo (on May 24).

Gospel Blog Subscription Drive

Written by GospelBlog on Thursday, 05 February 2015. Posted in Church News Hits 3100

Gospel Blog Subscription Drive

On our year-end survey, we asked, "What can we do better here at the Gospel Blog?" Many of you said "Publicity!" We heard 'ya.

So, for the month of February, we're hosting our first annual subscription drive. And we need your help!

Here's how it works.

Year-End Survey Results

Written by GospelBlog on Thursday, 08 January 2015. Posted in Church News Hits 2874

Year-End Survey Results

Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to the survey a few weeks back! It's our desire to do two main things with the Gospel Blog this year: glorify God and serve you.

God willing in 2015, we intend to continue publishing the great things God has done by sharing your testimonies, experiences, and miracles. We also hope that the devotionals, lessons, and other writings will be a spiritual supplement to your everyday scripture reading routine.

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