Divine Forgiveness

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 16 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 153

Divine Forgiveness

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to forgiveness. We hope this theme resonates with you as we start a new year. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 22, 2014.

"A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh." (Ezekiel: 36:36)

In yesterday's blog post, we saw how this verse epitomizes what happened to a man's heart when he prayed for the ability to forgive a person who caused immeasurable pain in his life.

The Process of Forgiving

Written by Brother Joe Saeli on Monday, 15 January 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 304

The Process of Forgiving

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to forgiveness. We hope this theme resonates with you as we start a new year. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 21, 2014.

Our Sunday school recently studied the concept of forgiveness, a vital act that is red-lettered in Matthew 6:12, "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors" and in numerous other scriptures, such as Colossians 3:13, "Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye."

We quickly concluded that this concept of forgiveness is easier "read than done," so we attempted to develop strategies to fulfill this commandment. We discovered that forgiveness is not always like lightning and thunder but more often more like a work in progress.

Spread the Good Word: Ezekiel 36:26

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 12 January 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 384

Spread the Good Word: Ezekiel 36:26

We hope that you enjoyed this week's New Year's-inspired articles. May today's Good Word remind you of the fresh start that Christ offers.

The S-Diet

Written by Sister Betty D’Orazio on Thursday, 11 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 206

The S-Diet

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to the New Year — new beginnings, fresh starts. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 21, 2015.

"Dieting" is the key word today, along with "better nutrition," "watch the fats," "lowering our cholesterol," and "exercise." This is very good advice for healthier living. And we need to keep this in check. But I would like to talk about a different diet, one that is also necessary for a healthy and long life.

This is our spiritual diet, or S-diet.

Spiritually Rotated New Year’s Resolutions

Written by Sister Erin Light on Wednesday, 10 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 185

Spiritually Rotated New Year’s Resolutions

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to the New Year — new beginnings, fresh starts. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 2, 2013.

I am not a mechanic. So when I took my car to the automobile shop to get new tires, I assumed they would do everything correctly. But my father is a fantastic mechanic, and he came with me to get new tires because he assumes there’s a good chance the mechanics’ work won’t be up to his standards.

So when my car was finished in the shop, it was time for the real inspection to begin. As Dad walked around my Honda to check the new tires, he immediately pointed to the front left tire and said, “That was put on backwards,” and then he pointed to the back left tire and said, “That’s not balanced correctly.” So the mechanics got back to work and fixed their errors.

Out With the Old and in With the New

Written by Sister Christina Miller on Tuesday, 09 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 190

Out With the Old and in With the New

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to the New Year — new beginnings, fresh starts. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 10, 2013.

My husband decided to clean out our basement. In doing so, he noticed many items we no longer used that were just taking up space, causing clutter. A lot of it was old clothing that we used to wear at one point in our younger days, worn out shoes that no longer fit, furniture that no longer had its shine, and our children’s baby items and toys they eventually outgrew. Some of our belongings brought back precious memories, and some brought back “not so pleasant” thoughts.

A Fresh Start — But Not Just for Me

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 08 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 200

A Fresh Start — But Not Just for Me

As our Gospel Blog writers enjoy a few weeks of well-deserved vacation, we’re going to devote the next three weeks to some articles from our archives which focus on three different themes. This week’s articles will focus on the New Year, next week’s articles will be on forgiveness, and the following week will be about prayer. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 8, 2014.

At New Year's, we often evaluate ourselves based on how many pounds we weigh, how much money we make, our marital status, or the possessions we own. What if our biggest priority was to evaluate ourselves based on our relationships with other people?

In 3 Nephi 11:30, Jesus says, "Behold, this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men with anger, one against another; but this is my doctrine, that such things should be done away."

Spread the Good Word: Luke 11:28

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 05 January 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 676

Spread the Good Word: Luke 11:28

Let's start off 2018 with this beautiful verse that encourages us to be doers as well as hearers. 

He Loves Us

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 04 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 272

He Loves Us

Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends

Greetings in the love of Jesus Christ. I recently posted an article titled "A Loose Society." Within the article, and in previous postings, I have identified some of the terrible, sinful conditions that exist in our society and throughout the world. In so doing, I have failed to identify and to proclaim the most important aspect of my writings. (Please forgive me.) That proclamation is that JESUS CHRIST LOVES US!

Gather Together Oft (Alma 6)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 03 January 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 4056

Gather Together Oft (Alma 6)

In Alma 6, Alma establishes some order to the church in the capital city of Zarahemla, ordaining ministers and getting the membership roles in order. As the overall leader of the church, he recognizes that he will need to travel around and provide support to the churches in the various Nephite cities, so he wants to make sure the church in Zarahemla can function in his absence. Among the instructions he gives to the church members:

“The children of God were commanded that they should gather themselves together oft, and join in fasting and mighty prayer in behalf of the welfare of the souls of those who knew not God” (Alma 6:6)

Happy New Year!

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 01 January 2018. Posted in Holidays Hits 374

Happy New Year!

We here at the Gospel Blog want to wish you all a very happy New Year! Today, we thought we'd do something fun. Here's a little year-end review of 2017.

Since Jan. 1, 2017…

  • We've published 256 posts
  • We've grown to 699 email subscribers
  • We've sustained 5+ years of continuous blogging (starting March 5, 2012)

Spread the Good Word: Romans 6:23

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 29 December 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 617

Spread the Good Word: Romans 6:23

What do all the kids ask each other the first time they see each other after Christmas? (Nobody teaches them to ask this question. They just ask it.)

"What did you get?" 

Or maybe, "Did you get what you wanted?" Or "Did you get anything good?"

Please God First, Not Other People

Written by An Original Atlantic Coast Member on Thursday, 28 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 327

Please God First, Not Other People

Today's article is Part 4 in a series about meekness written by an Original Atlantic Coast Member.

Many people seem to be overly concerned about how they "look" to others. This should actually be our least concern. Our major concern instead should be how we "look" to God.

He is the only one who knows our deepest being — our heart and soul — so therefore, He also knows our true intentions.

Can You Sing It? (Alma 5)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 27 December 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 268

Can You Sing It? (Alma 5)

Let’s all sing it together:

“What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought since Jesus came into my heart…”

It’s easy to sing, but is it a true statement? It doesn’t say that a wonderful change has occurred in someone’s life; it says that a wonderful change has occurred in my life. So, can I truthfully sing that a wonderful change has occurred in my life since Jesus came into my heart? Or am I just singing along for the sake of the melody?

My First Trip to Guatemala

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 02 January 2018. Posted in Missionary Trips Hits 138

My First Trip to Guatemala

In mid-November 2017, I made my first missionary trip to Guatemala with five others from the U.S. We were all in country by Thursday night, with our itinerary starting first thing Friday morning. We would go pretty much non-stop from that point until our departure on Tuesday morning.

Currently, we have two groups of saints in Guatemala City and San Mateo, a small town just west of Quetzaltenango. Neither group has a resident minister yet, so we held a communion service in each location and had feet washing in Guatemala City to ensure the saints could partake in these two blessed ordinances.

Here are some highlights from the four full days:

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