Holidays

So Unworthy, So Blessed

Written by Sister Karen Watford on Saturday, 04 April 2015. Posted in Holidays Hits 1564

So Unworthy, So Blessed

Thirty-four years have passed since the signs of the birth of the Son of God, Jesus Christ: a new star in the sky and the day and the night passed as one with no darkness. The joy, the belief in Christ and repentance swept the land. Man, however, is quick to return to his sin.

The great and terrible day of the crucifixion of Christ has finally passed with only the more righteous having been spared. The tempests, quakings, whirlwinds, lightnings and thunderings, rocks being rent in twain, the mountains sinking and the valleys raising up brought fear even into the hearts of the righteous. Even they mourned, feared, and had regrets ... I know for I am one of them.

A Victorious Visit

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Friday, 03 April 2015. Posted in Holidays Hits 1698

A Victorious Visit

Thirty-three years ago, almost to the day, I, Nephi, wrote to you about the wonderful events that occurred to mark the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Today I'm here to tell you about an even greater event.

Almost 40 years ago, Samuel prophesied the events to mark His birth and also the signs of His death. Not long after, our society grew so corrupt and evil that the government was destroyed, and that second set of signs came to pass.

Four days into the new year, the 34th since the sign of His birth, the storm of all storms hit. Words cannot express what the sky looked like. Not only did we have horrible weather, but there were earthquakes as never before and fires everywhere. Mountains were literally destroyed, and new ones were created. Many areas fell into the sea and are now covered with water. The whole landscape changed.

Fish and Forgiveness

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 02 April 2015. Posted in Holidays Hits 1741

Fish and Forgiveness

Did it really happen? Racing to the tomb. Finding the linen grave clothes. Not knowing what to think. Hiding in fear ... and then — Him. Right there, alive. Feeling His breath on my face and hearing Him whisper, "Holy Ghost."

Did it really happen? And what did it mean? He said, "I send you." But where?

I don't understand.

Seeing Him again, I wanted to bawl for joy and at the same time hide for shame. That final night ... what I did...

There's just one thing I understand. And that's fishing.

On The Road to Emmaus

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 01 April 2015. Posted in Holidays Hits 2161

On The Road to Emmaus

My name is Cleopas. I came to Jerusalem about 50 days ago to take part in the various feasts and observances leading up to and including the Passover. However, I observed much more than I ever expected to, some of it quite sad and some downright hard to believe.

My friend and I are leaving Jerusalem today to head for home. We've just entered the main highway — affectionately referred to as "The Way" — and we're now passing a sign that reads, "EMMAUS - 60 furlongs." It will be about a four-hour walk, so we'll have plenty of time to talk about the events of the past few days.

From Doubt to Belief

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 31 March 2015. Posted in Holidays Hits 2042

From Doubt to Belief

I'll be the first to admit that sometimes I see the glass as half empty — and by "sometimes" I mean "most times." I'm not the best at staying positive in the midst of a struggle and I tend to think the worst. It's a bad habit, I admit.

But maybe you would feel the same if your world fell apart right before your eyes.

For three years I followed the Master. For three years I listened and learned, tried to understand His teachings, attempted to comprehend His ways. I left my nets and life as a fisherman to be a "fisher of men," instead.

I saw with my own eyes Jesus arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane and I watched from a distance when the Romans nailed Him to a cross. As His blood drained, so did my hope.

He Is Here

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Monday, 30 March 2015. Posted in Holidays Hits 1702

He Is Here

As promised, today we're kicking off our week of creative Easter stories! We're starting with Sister Alena Ricci writing from the perspective of Mary Magdalene. Before the story, a quick note from Sister Alena:

Let me first begin by saying that this is one of the hardest blog articles I've ever written. Why? Because this woman was the first woman to see Jesus after the resurrection, and she was the one who washed His feet. Because my first thought was: what do I possibly have in common with Mary Magdalene to write as her voice?

And then I realized that we have a lot in common: we are both saved by undeserving grace.

This article is a mash-up of songs, poems, scripture, and any articles or books I could find in my university library (you may recognize some). So I hope that you enjoy this story of the woman to see Jesus after the crucifixion, and that you have a happy Resurrection Day!

Something Special for Easter!

Written by GospelBlog on Sunday, 29 March 2015. Posted in Holidays Hits 1316

Something Special for Easter!

Dear brothers and sisters, we hope you all have a most blessed Palm Sunday!

We're interrupting our regularly scheduled programming because we've got something special planned on the Blog this coming week — a collection of creative articles inspired by the resurrection. We hope they draw your heart out to the Lord in the days leading up to Easter.

We asked a few of our writers to get a little creative. Each person chose a character from scripture who saw Jesus after His resurrection. The writers tried to imagine how that character might have felt seeing the Lord after His death.

These articles are imaginative interpretations. Just like the Christmas series from 2013, we took a little creative license and, through studying scripture, tried to really connect with the individuals' experiences. We hope these articles inspire you to do the same.

Even though we can't go back in time and actually witness Christ's resurrection, we can still personally encounter Him today. How wonderful and powerful to know that He is just as real to us, who never saw Him in the flesh, as He was to the historical men and women of faith that we'll read about this week. 

Till then, God bless you!

This article has undergone ministry review and approval.

Happy New Year!

Written by GospelBlog on Thursday, 01 January 2015. Posted in Holidays Hits 1763

Happy New Year!

So long 2014.

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: Million-Dollar Performance

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 26 December 2014. Posted in Special Series, Holidays Hits 3151

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: Million-Dollar Performance

We hope you've enjoyed the Virtual Christmas Program, brothers and sisters! To wrap things up, we've got something very special. The youth from the Mesa Arizona Branch staged an original production, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Christmas Special" written by Brother Jared Scolaro and starring some of the greatest kids west of the Mississippi.

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Written by GospelBlog on Thursday, 25 December 2014. Posted in Special Series, Holidays Hits 2941

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, dear brothers and sisters! We hope you're basking in the glow of God's fulfilled promises today!

It's also time for our yuletide musical message from the blog writers and regular contributors — we beg your forgiveness in advance! And, of course, we wish you a very merry Christmas!

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: Choir Clips

Written by GospelBlog on Wednesday, 24 December 2014. Posted in Special Series, Holidays Hits 3134

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: Choir Clips

Welcome back to the Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program — and merry Christmas Eve! If all the gift wrapping and cooking and suitcase-packing have got you down, then take a few minutes and watch this video of choir performances from around The Church.

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: The Littlest Give Praise

Written by GospelBlog on Tuesday, 23 December 2014. Posted in Special Series, Holidays Hits 2756

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: The Littlest Give Praise

Welcome back to the Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program!

Warning. What you are about to see is terribly cute. Today, we've got songs and plays by the littlest performers around The Church.

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: Branch 1 and San Diego

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 22 December 2014. Posted in Special Series, Holidays Hits 2675

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: Branch 1 and San Diego

Welcome to the Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program!

We've got a wonderful lineup of Christmas specials from around The Church to share with you this week. We're so thankful to all the branches that participated! From east coast to west, we have songs, plays, and performances courtesy of your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Written by GospelBlog on Thursday, 27 November 2014. Posted in Holidays Hits 1210

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Gospel Blog team wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving! We hope you enjoy praising God for the things He's done in your lives today. We serve a Savior who is worthy indeed to be praised!

Remind Me Who I Am

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Friday, 31 October 2014. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 2623

Remind Me Who I Am

Last night, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" was on TV, and it reminded me of a beautiful conversation I saw unfold on Facebook a while back. One of my friends posted the following on her brother's timeline:

Friend: I think about all the stuff you and (other brother) are doing and I hear this little voice in my head that says..."I got a rock."

Brother: Huh? What do you mean?

Friend: You know, from Charlie Brown when everyone is showing all the good candy they got and Charlie opens his bag and says..."I got a rock."

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