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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 1985

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! 

 

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 19:7-9

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 15 April 2016. Posted in The Good Word, Special Series Hits 1539

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 19:7-9

So, after one week, do you agree with us that memory is muscle? 

Are you trying to memorize Psalm 19:7-14 with us? If so, leave a comment below to show that you're in.

Today, we're including a free printable of the scripture graphics from this week. Print it out on cardstock or another type of heavy-weight paper, and the images should be about the size of a business card. Cut them out, and use them as flash cards to aid your memorization. Or stick them in your wallet or purse, and thumb through them in your downtime. Another idea: stick them in spots you look often (your keyboard, bathroom mirror, dashboard, fridge, etc.)

We hope you're enjoying these articles and that you're benefiting from the effort of placing God's word in your heart.

This article has undergone ministry review and approval.

Kids' Question of the Month – March

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 29 March 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 1142

Kids' Question of the Month – March

In anticipation of Easter celebrations this month, we asked the kids to flex their imaginations on a very heavenly topic: the paradise of God. Because of Christ's sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection on the third day, we have the hope of living with Him forever in heaven!

Many of us have wondered what heaven will look like, where we'll live, what we'll do. Here are the musings of our littlest ones when we asked them, "What do you think heaven looks like?"

Meet the Q12: Apostle Joel Gehly

Written by Brother Joel Gehly on Thursday, 03 March 2016. Posted in Special Series, Church News Hits 2145

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.

Kids' Question of the Month – February

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 25 February 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 1345

Kids' Question of the Month – February

I've carried this note in my briefcase for years, so it's now tattered and stained. It still brightens any day when I read it because it was a powerful love note left on my pillow by my little boy who witnessed his mom have a really bad day.

Not knowing how to fix things for me, he offered up sweet stress coping techniques, including letting me borrow his prized "slime." For those not familiar with slime, it was a gelatinous concoction sold in plastic containers by toy stores. It served no purpose other than letting it ooze through your fingers, which the elementary age crowd found mesmerizing.

Spoiler Alert! (1 Nephi 12)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 03 February 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 1377

Spoiler Alert! (1 Nephi 12)

Spoiler Alert! Annalise was shot by Wes.
Spoiler Alert! CeCe is "A."
Spoiler Alert! Glenn wasn't the one attacked by the zombies.

If you're a fan of any of the TV shows associated with the above, you'll recognize these tidbits of information that would have spoiled the ending of a segment of the show had they been revealed to you prior to arriving at that particular ending. When these bits of information are included in articles that appear online especially, they are generally preceded with the warning of "Spoiler Alert!" so that you know that if you continue reading, you may read something that will give away the ending.

A "Spoiler Alert!" should be issued in 1 Nephi 12 as the ending of The Book of Mormon is revealed to Nephi (and thus to you).

Tips for a Powerful Pair-up

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 01 February 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 1662

Tips for a Powerful Pair-up

Today's the big day! Everyone who signed up for the Power of a Pair program will receive an email at some point today with the name and email address of a study buddy.

After the initial pair-up, the rest of the relationship is up to you. If you're nervous-excited about reaching out to someone you don't know, then here are some tips to help.

Kids' Question of the Month – January 2016

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 28 January 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 957

Kids' Question of the Month – January 2016

"I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change"
"Man in the Mirror" (1988)

Kids are keen observers of the world around them. This month we asked, "What changes would you like to see in the world in 2016? And how do you think you could help make it happen?"

The Power of a Pair

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 12 January 2016. Posted in Special Series Hits 1857

The Power of a Pair

God told Adam that He would make a companion for him so he wouldn't go through life alone. (Hello, Eve!) And God gave us His Son so we'd never be alone, either. Adam had someone to lean on — and the Lord knew we'd need someone in this life, too.

Our "someones" are named Brother Paul and Sister Sharon. They are Sister Dianne and Brother Joel. Or, maybe they are in your Sunday school or MBA class. They attend your branch or mission each Sunday, but they also attend thousands of miles away. How is this possible?

When the Lord Conducts the Plan (1 Nephi 7)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 30 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1527

When the Lord Conducts the Plan (1 Nephi 7)

As Lehi prepared to continue the journey with his family deeper into the wilderness, the Lord spoke to Him and said it would not do for his family to go alone. It was God’s intention that this family would begin a new nation in a new land, and how could they do that if none of the sons had wives to bear children? So, Lehi was instructed to send his sons back to Jerusalem again to bring a specific family, the family of a man named Ishmael, with them into the wilderness.

On the surface, this plan would seem to have a low likelihood of success. Specifically:

Kids' Question of the Month – December

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Monday, 28 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1458

Kids' Question of the Month – December

Little baby
I am a poor boy too
I have no gift to bring
That's fit to give our king…
Shall I play for you?
Mary nodded
The ox and lamb kept time
I played my drum for him
I played my best for him…

Pa rum pa pum pum… rum pa pum pum.

Doesn’t the beat of this classic Christmas carol echo the beat in all our hearts? Because isn’t there a little drummer boy in all of us? The moment when we recognize our own poverty in stark contrast to the magnificence of Jesus? We understand our nothingness, emptiness, and inability to ever offer Him anything worthy or fit for a king. Yet when we offer Him the best of ourselves, He accepts it and magnifies the gifts we bring as only He can do.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Sweater

Written by Brother Jared Scolaro on Thursday, 24 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1706

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Sweater

*~*~*Merry Christmas Eve!*~*~*

Today's post is part of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image.

When I was younger, I had mixed feelings about Santa Claus. Sometimes I would really love him, like when he got me that LEGO set from "The Return of the Jedi" or that new pair of rollerblades. Other times, however, he would let me down with citrus, dental floss, and the dreaded sweater.

When the presents were all opened and I was left sitting amidst a pile of socks, Chex Mix, and a "Barry Manilow Greatest Hits" CD, all I could think about was that Santa was getting old and had lost touch with my generation.

What Are You Waiting For?

Written by Sister Erin Light on Wednesday, 23 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1672

What Are You Waiting For?

Today's post is part of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image.

More likely than not, you'll be spending time waiting for someone or something this Christmas season. Maybe you're traveling for a long-overdue reunion with loved ones, and you're excitedly awaiting long TSA screenings at the airport. (Just kidding.)

We're all enveloped in the hustle and bustle of the season, from Black Friday (which apparently now begins on Thanksgiving afternoon?) to the Christmas Eve "How-could-I-forget-to-buy-something-for-them?" dash to the greeting card aisle at the nearest pharmacy. Ironically, waiting is a big part of all that running around.

A Rainy Day, Lost Luggage, and Tangled Christmas Tree Lights

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Monday, 21 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1657

A Rainy Day, Lost Luggage, and Tangled Christmas Tree Lights

Today's post is part of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image.

"You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle these three things: A rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.” – Maya Angelou

I laughed aloud the first time I read this quote, yet I felt immediately convicted. More often than I’d like to admit, I don’t deal well with simple frustrations like these.

Looking closer at the three common challenges in the quote and what they can represent, note that two are out of our control and one may be the direct result of poor planning.

Stretch Out Your Hand — and Heart

Written by Sister KarenJo Pandone on Thursday, 17 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1357

Stretch Out Your Hand — and Heart

Today's post is part of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image.

This picture immediately brings my life and the way I was brought up to mind. It’s the Reason for the Season!

For many years as a child, I spent the Sunday before Christmas with my parents on the Muncey Reservation in Ontario, Canada and the San Carlos Apache reservation in Arizona. The weeks leading up to Christmas Sunday were busy with planning the program, getting gifts for all the kids who attended Sunday school throughout the year, and preparing a Christmas dinner for all who entered the doors of the church that day.

Muncey was the place where I saw my first miracle happen right in front of me. Click here to read all about it!

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