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Spare Change

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 08 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1472

Spare Change

If you missed yesterday's post, today is the start of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo (Sister Natalie's is of a bell-ringer) and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image.

When I was young I collected my spare change in a giant purple Crayola crayon bank. Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters would get tossed in each week. Clink, clink, clink.

Soon, the bank would get heavier and heavier, the coins adding up (literally).

It seemed like such a small effort — dropping a penny or two into the bank. And yet, after a few months it made me a tiny fortune.

'Picture This' Christmas Kickoff

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 07 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1141

'Picture This' Christmas Kickoff

When you think of Christmas, what is the first picture that pops into your mind?

Is it this?

Christmas collage1

Or maybe this?

Christmas collage2

Or perhaps something more along these lines?

Christmas collage3

Or does the picture have something to do with this?

Christmas nativity

Kids' Question of the Month – November

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Monday, 30 November 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1248

Kids' Question of the Month – November

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Miracle Monday to bring you the November Kids' Question of the Month. We got a ton of responses!

It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy.

That's the lesson that Madam Blueberry learns in one of my favorite "Veggie Tales" episodes.

Although it's been years since I watched it with our kids, whenever I hear the word "thankful" my brain instantly fires up this song in my head...

"Because a thankful heart is a happy heart,
I thank God for what I have,
That's an easy way to start..."

Click here to enjoy Madam Blueberry's "Thankfulness Song," and read on to learn what makes our little ones' hearts happy and thankful! (We told them they couldn't answer "my parents" — too easy!)

Kids' Question of the Month – October

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 29 October 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 984

Kids' Question of the Month – October

When I was a little girl, Sister Lucy passed out butterscotch candies to all the kids in church. At region meetings, you'd find a pack of Wrigley's gum in Brother Buzzy's handshake.

Brother Jess and Sister Ruth gave me quarters to buy cheeseburgers after midweek church services, and when I was older, took me to GMBA campouts when my parents could not.

Sister Yolanda taught me how to make gnocchi. These are just a few of my fondest memories of my church family loving me.

Kids' Question of the Month – September

Written by Sister Vicki Ali and Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 30 September 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1398

Kids' Question of the Month – September

When I was a kid, I could never understand how grown-ups could just sit around — for hours! — and just talk to each other … without even playing a game or pulling out a solitary toy. What strange creatures! And will I ever be like them someday?

That's why it always surprised me to learn that I had something in common with an adult. I remember admiring the older brothers who were artistically inclined — like me! — and the sisters who liked listening to "The Little Mermaid" soundtrack just as much as I did.

Kids' Question of the Month – August

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 25 August 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1379

Kids' Question of the Month – August

Not too much is written about the early life of Jesus. After the account of His glorious birth, His childhood remains a mystery until we read about Mary and Joseph leaving Him behind in Jerusalem when He was 12 years old.

As a parent who has survived various lost child incidents at the mall, the zoo, and Walt Disney World, I can relate to the anxiety Mary and Joseph must’ve felt when they realized Jesus was not with them after they left the big city. My emotions while one of my kids was MIA ran the gamut of paralyzing fear, immense relief upon seeing my child again, frustration at their constant wandering, and even shame at my less than stellar attentiveness to the most precious things in the world to me when it was my job to protect. I wonder if Mary and Joseph were worried about what God would think of them after they lost His only Son?

Summer Reading Challenge Wrap-up

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 07 August 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1085

Summer Reading Challenge Wrap-up

To all of you who completed the Summer Reading Challenge, congratulations! We hope you recieved many blessings during your journey through the four gospels. 

We had over a dozen people tell us that they planned to participate. So, our question to ya'll ... how did you do? What did you learn?

Kids' Question of the Month – July

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 28 July 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1336

Kids' Question of the Month – July

If there’s one parent-ism I’ve said to our kids a zillion times, it’s this: “You might not agree or understand this now, but someday you will.”

It’s different than “Because I’m the mom (or dad) and I said so,” although that’s been heard in our home too. Less dismissive and authoritarian, the first statement stems from a parent realizing (usually after intense bargaining) that no amount of explanation will satisfy the child and the awareness that he/she is not developmentally ready to fully grasp the gravity behind your decision or action. Born out of great love, it implies the child needs to trust you enough to accept what they do not like or understand at the moment.

Kids' Question of the Month – June

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 30 June 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1380

Kids' Question of the Month – June

You may notice we say "brother and sister" 'round here
It's because we're a family and these folks are so near
When one has a heart ache, we all shed a tear
And rejoice in each victory in this family so dear

I'm so glad I'm a part of the family of God
I've been washed in the fountain cleansed by his blood
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod
For I'm part of a family — the family of God!

Announcing the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge!

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 05 June 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1770

Announcing the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge!

It's back again for the third year running — the Summer Reading Challenge.

In 2013, we read the entire Bible in three months. In 2014, we tackled the Book of Mormon. This year, we're doing a 60-day deep dive into the four gospels.

We're starting this Monday, June 8, and we'll wrap up on August 6. We hope the leisurely pace gives you the time to really savor these beautiful scriptures. We've even built in a handful of catch-up days so that you can get back on track if you fall behind.

Kids' Question of the Month – May

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Wednesday, 27 May 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1508

Kids' Question of the Month – May

For May, in celebration of mothers, we asked kids, "Why do you think God created mothers?"

Sister Jessie, the teacher in Herndon, VA, sent a very insightful response from Abigail, age 4, who was visiting from Monongahela, PA one Sunday: "God made Mommy so she can run away and then I can call for her."

Kids' Question of the Month – April (with Video!)

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 30 April 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1079

Kids' Question of the Month – April (with Video!)

When our children were little, my husband and I were invincible to them. There wasn't anything we couldn't do. Intricate hair braiding, face painting, pumpkin carving, advanced train track configurations, lemonade stand and Lego kit building are just a few skills on our parenting résumé. We felt confident in our abilities to keep them safe and warm, bellies full, kissing away fears and boo-boos.

Until that day. The day when one of them scraped a knee or something and I swooped in puckered up and ready, 
only to be bluntly told, "Thanks Mommy, but your kisses don't work. I need a band-aid, please!"

Ka-pow! I'd been dethroned and replaced by a SpongeBob band-aid.

Kids' Question of the Month – March

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 24 March 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1820

Kids' Question of the Month – March

Our sincere apologies to all the kids, teachers and parents who participated in the Kids' Question of the Month! We're resending this email because — for some reason — only a tiny part of the article got published this morning. Enjoy the MANY responses and adorable pictures! 

March Question: If you could go back in a time machine, what event in the scripture would you like to see with your own eyes? Why?

Elizabeth T. (Age 10, Edison NJ) would crank the machine all the way back because she would "like to see the Creation to see what the world looked like at that time"

Animal lovers abounded in our respondents. Haley S. (Age 6) and Evan G. (Age 5) from Imperial, PA as well as Abigail G. (Age 4) and Emma N. (Age 5) from Monongahela, PA want to see Noah and all the animals on the ark. Elijah K. (Age 4, Monongahela, PA) is especially thankful that Noah "saved the lions and I wish Jesus would have saved Dinosaurs on the ark too."

From the Mouths of Babes

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Wednesday, 18 February 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1216

From the Mouths of Babes

"And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?" (Matthew 21:16)

Children are very animated and expressive about things they love. They also have very literal interpretations of the world around them and say things that are just plain funny to adults. When our kids were little, I would share funny things they said with friends and family. One friend always told me, "You need to write these down!" I did not heed her advice often enough, and some of those comedic childhood conversations have slipped from memory.

Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program: Million-Dollar Performance

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 26 December 2014. Posted in Special Series, Holidays Hits 2846

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.

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