Holidays

From Doubt to Belief

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 31 March 2015. Posted in Holidays Hits 2748

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 2512

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 1888

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 2437

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 4201

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 3861

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 4306

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 3840

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 3750

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 1823

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 3683

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."

Happy Independence Day!

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 04 July 2014. Posted in Holidays Hits 2535

Happy Independence Day!

Have a wonderful Fourth of July, dear brothers, sisters, and friends!

And now it came to pass that when Moroni, who was the chief commander of the armies of the Nephites, had heard of these dissensions [...] he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it — In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children — and he fastened it upon the end of a pole.

And he fastened on his head-plate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should a band of Christians remain to possess the land

Alma 46:11-13

Happy Easter!

Written by GospelBlog on Sunday, 20 April 2014. Posted in Holidays Hits 2473

Happy Easter!

All of us here at the Gospel Blog want to wish you a happy resurrection day!

Dropping the L-Bomb

Written by Brother Josh Gehly on Friday, 14 February 2014. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 4029

Dropping the L-Bomb

Happy Valentine's Day! We're wrapping up our relationship series with this article for singles and unmarried couples. May God bless you in all your relationships.

Marrying Outside The Church

Written by Sister Stefanie on Thursday, 13 February 2014. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 3861

Marrying Outside The Church

We're shifting gears back to you marrieds today. May this topic be thought-provoking.

I've been having what feels like the same conversation with different people about this, so I felt I should share it with you.

Growing up, I always thought that the man I married would already be a member of The Church or at least would convert before we got married, just as my grandfather and father had done. I felt that was expected of me.

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