The Basics of Life

Written by Sister Mallory Batson on Tuesday, 16 October 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 154

The Basics of Life

I recently ran across a bookmark I have in my Book of Mormon from GMBA Campout 1996. The theme was “Back to the Basics.” I was 9 years old at the time, so I can’t say I remember much from this particular campout, but that theme immediately reminded me of a song called “The Basics of Life” by 4HIM. Although this song was released in 1992, its lyrics are more relevant today than ever. The chorus sings like this:

"We need to get back
To the basics of life
A heart that is pure
And a love that is blind
A faith that is fervently grounded in Christ
The hope that endures for all times
These are the basics, we need to get back
To the basics of life"

The Date on the Other Side of the Dash

Written by Sister Cheryl Cervone on Monday, 15 October 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 167

The Date on the Other Side of the Dash

Today's Miracle Monday from Sister Cheryl Cervone is a 15-year-old testimony that is just as powerful today.

July 16, 2003. It seemed a Wednesday like any other. I set off to the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market at around 1:30 p.m. to get my favorite salad greens before the market closed. I walked with purpose down the middle of Arizona Avenue, one of the streets that is closed and lined with vendors on market day.

Off to the right was a vendor giving out samples of chips and guacamole, and I couldn’t resist. No sooner did I get to the table when I heard a sudden loud commotion and, looking to my right, there was a car barreling toward us at high speed, mowing down everything in its path! Surreal!

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 25:26

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 12 October 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 215

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 25:26

Today's Good Word reminds us of how Christ should be central to our lives.

When we get together with others, do we talk about the Lord? Does He come into play during casual discussions — or even when we're grappling with weightier matters? Or does His name never quite make it out of our mouth?

What are we rejoicing over most in life? Is it Jesus, or something else? Are we experiencing deep joy, or are we satisfied with passing happiness?

Letter to My Younger Self From Rich

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 11 October 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 199

Letter to My Younger Self From Rich

Rich,

Greetings from 25 years into the future. Typically time capsules are letters to yourself with future predictions, stored for a specific amount of time (like 25 years), and then opened to see what came true or did not. In this case, we'll look back from the future to provide some support and guidance.

First things first. God has a plan for you. The best thing you can do is lean on Him for guidance and direction. There are going to be challenges that you must face over the next 25 years in high school, college, your career, and your marriage — yes, you do get married, but I won't give you any spoilers. Some of those challenges are going to be because life is life, while others, unfortunately, will be self-inflicted.

Justice for All (Alma 42)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 10 October 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 135

Justice for All (Alma 42)

Revenge against someone who has wronged you. Prosecution, conviction, and imprisonment for committing a crime. Condemnation by God for sins committed. All of these can be described by the word "justice."

When we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and end with words describing our country as a place where there is "justice for all," which of the above are we wishing on everybody?

Clearly, there has to be more to justice than penalties, punishments, and paybacks. There is — the actual definition of the word includes an aspect of fairness and impartiality. Looking at it that way, when we say "justice for all," we are claiming fair treatment for all.

Letter to My Younger Self From Erin

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 09 October 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 222

Letter to My Younger Self From Erin

Dear Younger Self,

First, let me tell you your life has been blessed! God is never going to let you down, and He’s going to perform miracles for you that you didn’t even know were possible.

Let’s start with the basics:

In middle and high school, don’t worry about who is going to be your friend — you’re actually not going to want to hang out with some of those kids after you get baptized! — and don’t pretend to be less smart just because you think you need to “fit in.” Embrace the way you were made. Your freckles are actually cute; your nose isn’t too small; and you don’t need self-tanner — you actually need sunscreen, daily! (You’ll be at peace with your glow-in-the-dark light skin soon enough.) Also, God will lead you to your career — He knows best!

The Prayers of the Righteous are Powerful and Effective

Written by Sister Mary Ann Heaps on Monday, 08 October 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 189

The Prayers of the Righteous are Powerful and Effective

In June 1982, I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor that had attacked my right optic nerve, causing complete blindness in that eye. The tumor was growing toward the left optic nerve, and I was at risk of losing my eyesight completely. Surgery was recommended, but it would mean opening my skull from ear to ear and lifting the brain to allow access to the tumor. The surgery was very risky.

Spread the Good Word: James 4:7

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 05 October 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 225

Spread the Good Word: James 4:7

Today is our final Good Word Friday from the book of James. In chapter four, James gives us an important key to spiritual growth and maturity. In order to grow in God, we must submit ourselves to Him and resist the devil. 

Letter to My Younger Self From Natalie

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Thursday, 04 October 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 231

Letter to My Younger Self From Natalie

Dear Natalie,

It’s Future Natalie writing to say hello. Strange to receive a letter from yourself I’m sure, but hopefully also helpful and insightful in a way. So, here goes…

I’m writing to you as a new mom and almost 34-year-old. If you’re reading this, you’re probably curled up somewhere with a cozy cup of tea (newsflash: not much has changed on your beverage of choice), excited to receive a message (though handwritten would have been even better).

Kingdom Hashtags (Alma 41)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 03 October 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 150

Kingdom Hashtags (Alma 41)

Depending on how familiar you are with social media, you may or may not know the term "hashtags" or how hashtags are used. Briefly, hashtags — designated by the # symbol — are used to group together social media postings and photos under a single heading for easy retrieval.

For example, if you open a web browser and type #alma41, you will see a varied collection of photos and commentaries that people (from various faiths) have posted relating to Alma 41. This article will show up in that list as well. If you type #TCOJC, you will see a wide variety of photographs, posted (mostly) by members of our Church.

Letter to My Younger Self From Charity

Written by Sister Charity Lombardo on Tuesday, 02 October 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 307

Letter to My Younger Self From Charity

Hey little girl. It’s me. The future you. The 26-year-old you, to be exact (stop saying “ew,” I’m not THAT old). And I’m here to let you in on a few things. No, not like a lecture, relax. More like a cheat sheet—a few insider tips that’ll help you on the road ahead. Yes, you need it. Trust me.

Two Flights, One Wedding, and Lots of Prayers

Written by Sister Valerie Dulisse on Monday, 01 October 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 238

Two Flights, One Wedding, and Lots of Prayers

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony of praise written by Sister Valerie Dulisse.

God takes care of every situation when we fervently pray! Our son, Steven, and soon-to-be daughter in law, Chelsie, were to be married in Hawaii on August 1.

My husband, Chuck, had recently passed out on an airplane, and when he had a nuclear stress test, the doctor found two blocked arteries. They immediately scheduled a heart catheterization, which they said had to be done a day after we were scheduled to fly out for the wedding. The doctor told Chuck that he should not fly until this was taken care of, even though Chuck told him our son was getting married.

Spread the Good Word: James 3:17

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 28 September 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 182

Spread the Good Word: James 3:17

Today's Good Word is from the third chapter of James, and it describes God's holy wisdom.

We sometimes think that in order to be wise we have to also become somewhat jaded and hardened to life's dark side. But this verse reminds us that God's wisdom is pure, peaceful, gentle, submissive, merciful, and fruitful. It's a budding branch, not a withered vine. 

Letter to My Younger Self From Brother P.

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 27 September 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 244

Letter to My Younger Self From Brother P.

Dear Gospel Blog Readers,

We have some exciting news for you. While playing around on social media, we discovered a digital time warp that allows us to send typewritten messages to ourselves back in time. So, Older Me can write a letter to Younger Me. Pretty neat, huh? We're publishing our letters here on the blog in hopes that you can also benefit from our hindsight, as we explain some of the things we wish we'd known or that we'd learned earlier in life.

We call this series of articles "Letter to My Younger Self," and you'll be seeing them sprinkled around the blog over the next three weeks.

Following is the first of these letters. Enjoy!

OK, You're Dead — What Happens Next? (Alma 40)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 26 September 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 290

OK, You're Dead — What Happens Next? (Alma 40)

Alma 40 reveals information that is of great interest to many people and is not spelled out as plainly anywhere else in the Word of God. It tells us what happens right after we pass from this life. It's not too surprising that this information is not more readily available since anybody who has experienced this is not exactly in a position to write about it for us. In the case of Alma, he has an inside source — an angel has shared the information with him — so we can benefit from knowing what he was told. We all know we're going to die someday. Here's what happens next:

Step 1: The Soul Leaves the Body and Returns to God

"The spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body…whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life." (Alma 40:11)

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