One Size Fits All

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 26 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 271

One Size Fits All

I have to admit that I’m not a fan of shopping for clothes. It can be easier to shop for my children, but when they are in between sizes, the task can still be quite daunting. Jean shopping for myself?! Yeah, that’s real fun … either the waist is too big but the jeans fit perfectly, the jeans are too tight but the waist is perfect, or they are too long on me. It’s a guessing game that I don’t like to play. Just point me in the right direction where I can find yoga pants and let's call it a day. Haha!

Merry Christmas!

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 25 December 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 226

Merry Christmas!

Everyone here at the Gospel Blog wishes you and yours a very merry Christmas!

This year, our Christmas message is nothing fancy, just sincere wishes that you draw close to Christ on this day and in the coming year. That your communion with Him deepens. That your trust in Him holds fast. That your desire to follow Him never wavers.

Spread the Good Word: Acts 5:31

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 22 December 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 598

Spread the Good Word: Acts 5:31

We here at the Gospel Blog hope that you have a wonderful Christmas weekend ahead of you! May you enjoy all the happy moments that are in store, but may you also find time to reflect on Jesus Christ and what His birth represents. 

Christmas Always

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 21 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 245

Christmas Always

There is much anticipation as the Christmas celebration approaches. We try our best to keep a balanced perspective, knowing it is the observance commemorating the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

It is difficult to avoid some of the retail madness, yet we trudge through it with an expectation of joy to be shared with family and friends. Each individual family embraces its own tradition, be it food or gift exchange. We press on with the preparation effort. The expense is sometimes hard to keep within budget as the gift list seems to grow and grow.

Pruning Your Tree of Life (Alma 4)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 20 December 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 246

Pruning Your Tree of Life (Alma 4)

PRUNING: Trimming (a tree, shrub, or bush) by cutting away overgrown branches, especially to increase fruitfulness and growth

When addressing His disciples at the Last Supper (John 15), Jesus used a familiar metaphor to compare His followers to the branches of a fruit tree. Branches with no fruit are cut away, but even branches bearing fruit require attention — these are purged (or pruned) in order to allow them to bring forth even more fruit. Pruning can include cutting away twigs and leaves that are in the way, but it can also include removing excess fruit that weighs down the branch and leaves no room for additional fruit to grow.

What I Really Want for Christmas Is...

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Tuesday, 19 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 258

What I Really Want for Christmas Is...

With Christmas right around the corner, I've been thinking about what I actually want for gifts this year. At first, I thoguht of easy things like new cute boots or maybe more film for my polaroid camera. Thinking on another level, money for traveling over the summer is an obvious thing to ask for. However, keeping to what Christmas is really about, what I want can be summed up in one word: love.

Christmas, from its foundation, has always been about love. God sent His only Son to earth as a baby so He'd eventually grow up to sacrifice Himself to take away the sins of the world. He did all of this because His love for us is incomprehensible. I can’t think of a better gift of love than that.

Laminate It in Your Heart

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Monday, 18 December 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 238

Laminate It in Your Heart

Today, we're re-publishing an article by Sister Vicki Ali that first appeared on the Gospel Blog on Dec. 13, 2012. Enjoy!

Last week as I was unpacking the Christmas boxes to decorate our home for the season, I came across an item that caused a sudden feeling of gratitude to rush through me.

It was a cutout of an elf holding a list that was carefully colored and filled up with my son’s Christmas wishes in his own kindergarten handwriting, and it was laminated by his teacher.

Yep, I was overwhelmed by gratitude for lamination and the teacher who so lovingly preserved this memory for me!

Spread the Good Word: John 1:29

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 15 December 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 653

Spread the Good Word: John 1:29

Christmas is in full swing. The hum of carols and the aroma of cookies fill the air, and our eyes are constantly drawn to sparkling decorations and glowing lights. We're more than a little distracted by all the trimmings.

Simple Sentiments Instead of Seasonal Slogans

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Thursday, 14 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 286

Simple Sentiments Instead of Seasonal Slogans

When it comes to the holidays, there are hundreds of songs and sayings that seem to get stuck in our heads. You know the kind: “Don’t get your tinsel in a tassel,” and “Merry everything!”

What if, instead of getting caught up in the retail world’s slogans and watered-down approach to the Christmas season, we focused our attention and thoughts on the things above?

One of my favorite songs is “I Pray on Christmas.” The lyrics are simple:

Equally Yoked (Alma 3)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 13 December 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 275

Equally Yoked (Alma 3)

Yoke: A wooden bar that joins two oxen to each other and to the burden they pull

Try to envision the arrangement described above. The two animals are connected to each other and need to move forward together, pulling a load behind them. Now, what would happen if the two oxen who are connected to each other in this way are significantly different in terms of size or strength? The weaker or shorter ox would walk more slowly than the stronger or taller one, causing the load to go around in circles. When oxen are “unequally yoked” they cannot perform the task set before them. Instead of working together, they are at odds with one another.

Lessons I Learned From a Bad Dude

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 12 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 294

Lessons I Learned From a Bad Dude

Today's article is another installment in Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home."

We had this guy in the nursing home, and he was the meanest, nastiest, rudest, most demanding, inappropriate, complaining, and argumentative guy you could find.

Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that I am the guy that I'm talking about. I'm not, so you can quit thinking that. He's a real person.

First Things First

Written by Brother Jared Scolaro on Monday, 11 December 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 436

First Things First

Today's Miracle Monday is for all you students out there who are facing exams, papers, presentations, and other projects leading up to the Christmas break.

Before my last semester of undergraduate school, I attended the Southwest Area MBA Camp, and the theme was Rock Solid in Christ. During my seminar, the leaders emphasized the importance of reading the scriptures and challenged us to make it a daily habit. I decided to accept the challenge and see what would happen if I tried to read the scriptures every day, no matter what.

Spread the Good Word: Matt. 11:28

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 08 December 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 826

Spread the Good Word: Matt. 11:28

If you find yourself feeling a little weary right now, then today's Good Word is for you.

Tis the season for weariness. It's the busiest time of the year, after all, and there are a lot of things to think about and prepare for, and do.

But those are probably all good things — privileges really, even though they can be stressful.

A Loose Society

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 07 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 333

A Loose Society

Consider well that the intimate joy of love that God intended husband and wife to share is an ingredient that helps hold the marriage together. Any intimate contact outside of the bonds of marriage between a man and a woman is sin, be it fornication or adultery.

It was the sexual revolution of the '60s and '70s that lowered the moral standards of our nation: no-fault divorce, casual sex, abortion, pornography... The populace began its tolerance of the many moral violations — a little leaven leavens the whole lump — and from tolerance to acceptance and from acceptance to protection by the law of the land. Such a debased condition brings humanity into the depths of human defilement. Aberrant lifestyles are looked upon with praise and protection. There are no shades of grey in the Word of God.

Are They With Us? (Alma 2)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 06 December 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 372

Are They With Us? (Alma 2)

In Alma 2, a man named Amlici campaigns to become a king over the Nephite people, actually forcing a vote on the issue. When Amlici and the proposal to have a king are defeated in the election, Amlici takes his supporters and forms his own little kingdom anyway, eventually coming to battle against the Nephites. After the battle, Alma sends some spies to follow the remaining Amlicites and they return with the following report:

“Behold, we followed the camp of the Amlicites, and to our great astonishment…we saw a numerous host of Lamanites; and behold, the Amlicites have joined them” (Alma 2:24)

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