Holidays

Happy New Year 2021

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Friday, 01 January 2021. Posted in Holidays Hits 266

Happy New Year 2021

It's January 1, 2021.

Now things are supposed to go back to normal, right?

2020 is over, so the bad stuff has to stop.

We all know this isn't true. Pandemics know nothing of calendars. Disasters don't care about dates. The times and seasons of Almighty God are known to Him alone.

Here are some things we do know about God's timing.

Merry Christmas 2020 from the Gospel Blog

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Friday, 25 December 2020. Posted in Holidays Hits 437

Merry Christmas 2020 from the Gospel Blog

On behalf of the Gospel Blog team, I want to wish you a very merry Christmas! Wherever you are, however you're celebrating, no matter the circumstances, I pray that Jesus Christ fills your heart today.

Our team of columnists thought it fitting to send you seasons greetings by way of Zoom. (How else?) We recorded a short video for you, where we pick on 2020 a little and also wish you heartfelt blessings — all while enduring the technological foibles that pester every Zoom meeting. Sister Colleen and Sister Erin weren't able to make it but send their love. Brother P, as you'll see, remains a mystery.

The Weary World Rejoices

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 24 December 2020. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 467

The Weary World Rejoices

“O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”

You know the song.

This year, the phrase "weary world" is vivid with meaning.

I think we're all feeling a little more weary than usual — weary from illness, from worry, from change, from decisions, from isolation. Take a look at everything that's happened this year, and you've got a living, breathing illustration of what a weary world is.

Your Christmas Prayers: The Finale

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 21 December 2020. Posted in Holidays Hits 482

Your Christmas Prayers: The Finale

Today, we're sharing the last of your responses to our December prompt, which was, "What's your Christmas wish (or prayer) for the New Year?" May you enjoy the words of your brothers and sisters in Christ.

As the scripture in Philippians reads, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” My Christmas wish is that no matter our circumstances, we can always choose joy. With God’s gift of joy in our hearts, we can face anything! – Sister LuAnn Carson (Monongahela Branch, Pennsylvania)

My Christmas wish/prayer for 2021 is to find that all of my brothers, sisters, and friends have not only survived 2020, but God has given us a greater love for and understanding of each other! That we might know there are differences in our looks, our lives, our thoughts sometimes, yet He’s helped us to look beyond the outer parts, to see the beauty that lies within us all — and ultimately, draw us closer together, so no one ever feels separated or alone! May God’s love bind us closer together in 2021! – Sister Lori Kimmel (Lake Worth Branch, Florida)

My Christmas Wish for the Coming Year

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 14 December 2020. Posted in Holidays Hits 577

My Christmas Wish for the Coming Year

Today, we're sharing your response to our December prompt, which was, "What's your Christmas wish (or prayer) for the New Year?" We hope you enjoy what your fellow readers had to say.

If my prayer for the coming year could be boiled down to a Christmas wish — like the kind my kids ask of Santa — then I think I'd wish for a fear-free heart. I know many people who seem to have the gift of a fear-free heart — not a foolhardy heart, but one that's genuinely free from anxiety and undue worry. This past year has shown me how much I'm willing to give up in the name of fear, and I don't want to live like that. – Sister Michelle Watson (Lakeside Branch, Arizona)

My wish is that God would not only heal my grandson, but that He would heal all of my brothers and sisters and their loved ones. – Sister Carla King (Lorain Branch, Ohio)

Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving

Written by GospelBlog on Thursday, 26 November 2020. Posted in Holidays Hits 330

Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

We at the Gospel Blog pray that you feel Jesus very near to you today as you praise, honor, and thank Him for every good thing you've been blessed with. It hasn't been an easy year for anyone, and some have suffered more than others, but we still have so much to be thankful for. May Christ open your eyes to your blessings today.

We'd like to share with you some poetry inspired by thanksgiving and gratitude. Enjoy!

God's Recycling Program (3 Nephi 25)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 01 January 2020. Posted in Scripture Study, Holidays Hits 1017

God's Recycling Program (3 Nephi 25)

Most of us are familiar with the concept of recycling. In general, recycling is a process by which materials we no longer need can be submitted for eventual reuse by someone else, sometime in the future. Participating in this type of program helps ensure that resources will be available for future generations.

What types of resources does God provide to people as His servants? The scriptures outline the various spiritual gifts that are given to the servants of God. Some may receive one gift while others may receive many gifts. Some are blessed with great power from God to do great things in His name.

So, what happens to these gifts and power when someone passes from this life? Do they die too? Do they go in the landfill of the spirit realm to rot away? Or does God grant the same gifts and power to other people for the benefit of each generation?

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Written by Sister Dianne Maddox on Tuesday, 31 December 2019. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 887

Happy New Year’s Eve!

September 28 is my New Year’s Eve. My life was changed on September 29, 1974 when I chose to follow Jesus and be baptized. If you’re under the age of 30, that seems like a lifetime ago; it’s the “olden days” to you. When my kids were young, they asked me if everything was black and white when I was growing up. Like color hadn’t been invented yet! I laughed and said, “Of course not.” But were more things black and white in 1974? Possibly, but that’s a completely different subject… let’s get back on track.

So, happy New Year’s Day to me every September 29! When is your New Year’s Day? Is it just another day that rolls by, or do you stop and think about the commitment you made the day you gave your life to Christ? I was speaking with one sister, and she couldn’t remember the date she was baptized. I was kind, so I didn’t say anything, but I wanted to say, “Do you forget your natural birthday?” (For those of you who know me, that took great restraint because I tend to be sarcastic.)

Merry Christmas 2019!

Written by GospelBlog on Wednesday, 25 December 2019. Posted in Holidays Hits 616

Merry Christmas 2019!

Merry Christmas to you from all of us here at the Gospel Blog! We hope that your cup is running over with blessings today!

We're celebrating Jesus' birth into the world — the remarkable time when God condescended to human form and sacrificed Himself for His sinful creation.

We get a prophecy of Jesus' birth in Isaiah 7:14 (and 2 Nephi 17:14):

"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."

Matthew 1:22-23 explains what the name "Immanuel" means:

"Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."

Christmas Eve Verses

Written by GospelBlog on Tuesday, 24 December 2019. Posted in Holidays Hits 667

Christmas Eve Verses

Merry Christmas Eve! Today, we're bringing you something a little different — several classic Christmas poems that you may not have read before. Don't speed through these. Enjoy the beautiful language. Relish the messages. Most importantly, rejoice in Christ!

Thanks, Thanks Again

Written by Catherine Poma on Monday, 25 November 2019. Posted in Holidays Hits 785

Thanks, Thanks Again

Today, in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, we are publishing this poem, written by Catherine Poma, that appeared in the November 1955 issue of The Gospel News. We hope it inspires you to gratitude!

For the clasp of a hand
In a weary land,
When you're sure nobody cares;
For the pat on the back
When the skies are black,
And the pain's too great to bear;

For the friendships based
On a love as chaste
As the love of God to men;
For all these things
My glad heart sings,
"Thanks, thanks again!"

Fill Your Mind

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 31 October 2019. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 1584

Fill Your Mind

It's Halloween, and I’m filled with childhood memories of how much fun it was getting candy as a child. I couldn’t wait to get home and see what I wanted to eat first — ha ha! Now that I have three children of my own, it's even more fun seeing things through their eyes.

Halloween is about dressing up in fun, silly costumes and filling candy bags full of things that will cause a cavity or two. We walk with our children from house to house and let them fill their bags with goodies.

Halloween can also invite evil into our midst. Our children need to know not only right from wrong, but right from "almost right." We know they are filling their bags with candy, but what are they (and we) filling our minds with?

5 Reasons to Not Share Your Testimony on the Gospel Blog

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 01 April 2019. Posted in Holidays Hits 1165

5 Reasons to Not Share Your Testimony on the Gospel Blog

Today's article is a list of reasons why you definitely should NOT send your testimony to the Gospel Blog for publication on Miracle Monday. We know this may seem odd, but it's kind of an odd day, so here goes:

1. People will think you want attention.

If you get your testimony published on Miracle Monday, then everyone will think you only did it for the attention. You'll be branded as a limelight-hog forever, and no one will ever look at you the same way again. How embarrassing.

What to Expect When You're Expecting to Marry

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 14 February 2019. Posted in Holidays Hits 1149

What to Expect When You're Expecting to Marry

Happy Valentine's Day! Today, the world shines a huge spotlight on romantic love — to the intense delight and equally intense chagrin of millions. Whatever side of the fence you find yourself on, we can all probably agree that God prepared the ideal place for romantic love to flourish. That place is marriage.

When done right, marriage is one of the most fulfilling relationships that we can experience in this life. But doing marriage right isn't easy. Newlyweds often enter marriage with certain expectations only to find that reality is quite different.

Happy New Year! It's 2019!

Written by GospelBlog on Tuesday, 01 January 2019. Posted in Holidays Hits 1219

Happy New Year! It's 2019!

It's officially 2019, and we are so excited for a brand new year full of God's blessings. 

We've got some fun things planned for the Gospel Blog this year. For starters, we've got a special lineup of articles for the month of January, and we want you to know what to expect.

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