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Youth in Action Field Journal: Day 4

Written by Brother Liam Turley on Thursday, 07 August 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 1955

Youth in Action Field Journal: Day 4

Here's the next installment in our special YIA series. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

By Brother Liam Turley

Today's Timetable

9 a.m. Chapel led by Brother Josh Benyola, Dominic Mora, Brother Lucas Ali, and Brother Jacob Goode on the topic "No Man's an Island."
10 a.m. Sing hymns at Skylan Assisted Living
2:15 p.m. Sing at Magnolia Place (retirement home)
4-6 p.m. Break/nap time
6-8 p.m. Vacation Bible School

Youth in Action Field Journal: Day 3

Written by Sister Dayana Cosme on Wednesday, 06 August 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 1838

Youth in Action Field Journal: Day 3

Today, we're continuing with our special series chronicling the adventures of the Spartanburg YIA participants. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

By Sister Dayana Cosme

Today's Timetable

8:30 a.m. Chapel led by Sister Dayana Cosme, Sister Taryn Haugh, and Brother Emilio Alverson on "Making God Your No. 1 Priority"
9:20 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Volunteer at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch at McDonalds
2-3 p.m. Singing at a nursing home
3-6 p.m. Break/nap time
6-8 p.m. Vacation Bible School

Youth in Action Field Journal: Day 2

Written by Sister Kathryn Genaro on Tuesday, 05 August 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 2124

Youth in Action Field Journal: Day 2

Today, we're continuing with our YIA field journals from the Spartanburg tour in July. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

By Sister Kathryn Genaro

Today's Timetable

9 a.m. Morning chapel led by Brother Liam Turley, Brother Jared Stone, Brother Jackson Hamet, and Brother Justin Benyola on finding our strength through God
10 a.m. Singing at a nursing home
12 p.m. Lunch at the Spartanburg Branch
1-3 p.m. Canvassing for VBS
6 p.m. Branch cookout

Spartanburg Youth in Action Field Journal: Day 1

Written by Brother Jake Goode on Monday, 04 August 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 2394

Spartanburg Youth in Action Field Journal: Day 1

This week, we have a very special treat for you! Directly after GMBA Campout, a group of young people traveled to Spartanburg for Youth in Action, where they dedicated the week to community service. The theme was "Make Me a Blessing."

Each day, one of the tour participants kept a field journal, recording tidbits from the trip. This week, we're sharing thoughts, reflections, and humorous anecdotes as told by five different young people. We want to give a big thanks to Sister Alyssa Maddox for coordinating this at our request! She did an awesome job recruiting writers for each day.

So, without further ado...

Monday, July 21, 2014

By Brother Jake Goode

Today's Time Table

9 a.m. Morning chapel led by Sister Kathryn Genaro, Sister Elizabeth Zaccagnini, and Sister Camille Hamet on changing the "Impossible" to "I'm Possible" with God
10 a.m. Singing at Valley Falls Nursing Home
12 p.m. Lunch at the Spartanburg Branch
2 p.m. Singing at Wesley Court Nursing Home

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 8:15

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 25 July 2014. Posted in The Good Word, Special Series Hits 2816

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 8:15

We hope you enjoyed Beach Week on the blog. Hopefully you felt warm breezes, scented ocean spray, and powdery soft sand — especially if you are landlocked — and, most importantly, we hope it brought you insight into how we can see God reflected in His creation.

Roadside Showstopper

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 24 July 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 2563

Roadside Showstopper

My husband, Michael, and I were driving along the CA-1 coastal highway on our way to Big Sur when I piped up, "Oh! The sunset! Let's stop and watch it."

Michael pulled the car to the side of the road, which was bordering a picturesque craggy cliff with waves crashing at the bottom and the whole bit. We sat on the grassy ledge to watch the show.

And we weren't alone.

There were maybe a half-dozen other carloads of folks who stopped to witness the sun as it did its graceful dip.

Holy Hurricanes

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Wednesday, 23 July 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 2230

Holy Hurricanes

When I chose "hurricanes" as my topic for this series, I had no idea what I could really say. So I started doing some research, watching videos of recent hurricanes and the damage that they've left behind.

Although watching the actual storm was a little awe-inspiring because of how amazingly frightening they are, what I found most interesting was the destruction after the storm.

Keep Calm and Be a Mollusk

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 22 July 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 2985

Keep Calm and Be a Mollusk

When I was little, I spent hours combing the sand to pick out the tiniest seashells I could find. My collection grew, and I've since used them in Pinterest-inspired crafts or decorative vases.

They're pretty, sure, but I don't often think that an empty, open clam or mussel shell (one that looks like a butterfly) was once the outer, protective layer of a tiny, otherwise helpless animal. By the time a seashell gets into our hands, it has already served the great purpose of protecting a clam for its lifetime.

Summer Series: Beach Week! | Traveling Like a Sea Turtle

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 21 July 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 2397

Summer Series: Beach Week! | Traveling Like a Sea Turtle

We have a special treat for you! To celebrate summer, we've dedicated this week to beach-themed posts that explore how the physical world — waves, sand, palms, and more — reflect our relationship with God (Job 12:7-10). Beach Week was inspired by Sister Vicki's article from a few weeks back. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy! Today's post is a rewrite of an article that a few of our bloggers liked and forwarded to us.

Do you remember that Disney movie "Finding Nemo"? Remember when the uptight clownfish, Marlin, meets the laid-back sea turtle named Crush? Marlin is surprised by the amount of freedom that Crush gives his little boy, Squirt, allowing him to roam around the ocean and make new friends.

Summer Reading Challenge Discussion Forum — And a Prize Winner!

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 13 June 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 4235

Summer Reading Challenge Discussion Forum — And a Prize Winner!

We officially have 50+ people participating in the Summer Reading Challenge! We're so pleased that you've signed up. (So pleased, in fact, that we have a little surprise for you at the end of this post.) We also suspect there may be more of you who are participating but haven't officially emailed to tell us.

Last year, we dedicated a space where readers could discuss the assigned scriptures. We've decided to dedicate this post for that purpose this year. It's not super fancy, but please consider this blog post your official spot for comments and discussion about the passages you're reading.

Announcing the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge!

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 16 May 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 2504

Announcing the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge!

Last year's Summer Reading Challenge was so much fun, we're doing it again, and it starts on May 26, so mark your calendars!

We're taking things down a notch this time. Instead of trying to tackle the entire Bible in three months, we're going to read the whole Book of Mormon! The Book of Mormon is totally doable in 90 days. We've come up with a calendar that you can download and print.

The Christmas Story as Told by Mary

Written by Cristina Scolaro and Brother Andrew McNamara on Tuesday, 24 December 2013. Posted in Special Series, Holidays Hits 6550

The Christmas Story as Told by Mary

Happy Christmas Eve! Today, we bring you the final installment in our Christmas Character Series. Today's article was written by 10-year-old Cristina Scolaro, and Brother Andrew McNamara provided the artwork — yesterday's illustration of Joseph was only part of the larger picture.

One day, an angel named Gabriel came to me and told me that I was favored by God and that I would be the mother of the son of God. I thought, Me, the mother of God's son? That's a huge responsibility!

The Christmas Story as Told by Joseph

Written by Brother Jonathan Scolaro and Brother Andrew McNamara on Monday, 23 December 2013. Posted in Special Series, Holidays Hits 6764

The Christmas Story as Told by Joseph

Today we're continuing with our special Christmas Character Series. The creative writing is by Brother Jonathan Scolaro, and Brother Andrew McNamara provided the artwork.

Shuff, shuff, shuff...

The steady rhythm of my planer slicing delicate shavings from the soft wood pauses at the sound of chirping insects. Glancing up, I notice my workbench gathering a pale orange tinge from the setting sun. Dusk. A cool breeze and dimming sky signal my permission to close shop for the day.

The Christmas Story as Told by a Shepherd

Written by Brother Chris Gehly and Monongahela Branch Sunday School on Friday, 20 December 2013. Posted in Special Series, Holidays Hits 5859

The Christmas Story as Told by a Shepherd

Join us for another installment of our Christmas Character Series. Today's creative story was written by Brother Chris Gehly, and the kids from the Monongahela Branch Sunday School created the artwork.

I couldn't believe it. Had it all really just happened? I knew when I got old enough to tend the sheep that it would entail long nights and sleeplessness. I just didn't think that my mind would play these kinds of tricks on me.

The Christmas Story as Told by the Angel Gabriel

Written by Sister Karen Jo Pandone and Sister Holly Hemmings on Thursday, 19 December 2013. Posted in Special Series, Holidays Hits 6299

The Christmas Story as Told by the Angel Gabriel

Today we're continuing our Christmas Character Series. Sister Karen Jo Pandone provided the story, and Sister Holly Hemmings did the artwork.

I'd been hearing rumors that a big announcement was about to come out and that a very special messenger was going to get the assignment, but when I received word that my Heavenly Father wanted to see me, I had no idea that I would play such an important role.

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