Strength Test

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 07 June 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 278

Strength Test

I attended a conference recently and heard a motivational speaker talk about strengths and weaknesses, and I was surprised at what I heard:

"Strengths are not what you’re good at. Weaknesses are not what you’re bad at. We’ve all been raised to believe that our strengths are best judged by the success we achieve. If that’s the case, then a strength is the same as performance. But we instinctively know that’s not true. If you’re like most people, you have some activities or tasks you do well, but hate doing. You have the ability; you can do it. You just wish you never had to do it again because it drains you. Such activities cannot be called strengths. They are weaknesses. The simplest and best definition of a strength is 'an activity that strengthens you.' And the proper definition of a weakness is 'an activity that weakens you' — even if you’re good at it." (Marcus Buckingham, motivational speaker)

The Golden Rule (Alma 25)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 06 June 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 287

The Golden Rule (Alma 25)

Let's begin with a little quiz. Which of the following statements best expresses the concept of what is traditionally referred to as "The Golden Rule"?

A. Do unto others as they do unto you
B. Do unto others as you would want others to do unto you
C. Whatever you do unto others will be done unto you
D. Whoever has the gold makes the rules

I Can Because He Can

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 05 June 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 313

I Can Because He Can

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Has there been a time in your life when you felt like you couldn’t do something? When you felt like giving up? Were left feeling discouraged? No matter what happens in life, Christ wants us to know that we CAN do ALL things through Him.

The Quiet Need

Written by Sister Rosanne Champine on Monday, 04 June 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 357

The Quiet Need

Today's Miracle Monday is a very sweet experience and song that we asked Sister Rosanne Champine to share with us. 

One Sunday in church, when it came time for anointing, I was so surprised to see an older sister walk up and sit in the chair. This sister represented to me great spiritual strength and wisdom. As a ‘mother’ to all the Saints, she was always concerned about others, helping and tending to their needs, serving as a wonderful spiritual example. It never occurred to me that SHE might need something from the Lord.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 23:23

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 01 June 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 545

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 23:23

Today's Good Word suggests an interesting question — how do we "buy" truth? Take a second to think about how you might respond.

The word "buy" means to "obtain in exchange for payment." If the objective is to acquire truth, then what must we give (or pay) for it? Here are some ideas: 

Two Weeks Left

Written by Brother Richard Lowman on Thursday, 31 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 298

Two Weeks Left

The Bible and Book of Mormon tell us we are going to live forever. This much we know, and we hold as truths. As Christians, we believe that we will live forever in Paradise with our Lord and Savior.

I have a friend whose brother has been sick for several years. He has a plethora of health conditions although he is in his 60s. He doesn’t have cancer, but he seems to have every other ailment possible. Last Friday, he was told that he has two weeks to live. It started me thinking about death and dying.

Burying the Old Man (Alma 24)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 30 May 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 289

Burying the Old Man (Alma 24)

"Put off…the old man, which is corrupt…be renewed in the spirit of your mind…put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness" (Ephesians 4:22-24)

In Alma 24, the converted Lamanites, now known as Anti-Nephi-Lehies, bring the above scripture to life. The king expresses this group's collective praise to God that "he hath forgiven us of those our many sins and murders which we have committed, and taken away the guilt from our hearts, through the merits of his Son" (verse 10).

The king then expresses fear as to how God might react should they ever go back to their former ways of killing and murdering. Based on this, the entire group comes to a collective decision:

The Courtesy of Christ

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 29 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 404

The Courtesy of Christ

What do you think of when you think of the word “courtesy”? The first thing that comes to my mind is courteous, but the word, courtesy, can have a deeper meaning. It can also mean a gift or privilege.

Recently, someone near and dear to me who happens to live in my house — wink, wink! — started her first job at a local grocery store. Her title is courtesy clerk, which is a euphemism for grocery bagger. In explaining this to a friend of mine, she said, “You know that job really makes a difference when you go shopping. Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter.”

Happy Memorial Day

Written by Brother Lou Pietrangelo on Monday, 28 May 2018. Posted in Holidays Hits 342

Happy Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day, we're re-publishing an article from May 19, 2014, called "Fall, Run, Stop." It's a WWII experience shared by Brother Lou Pietrangelo and taken from The Church History Vol. 2.

After being trained on B-29 aircraft, I flew overseas to the Pacific Theater to a U.S. air base on a small island called Tinian, about 1,500 miles off of Japan's main island. One evening while preparing for flight takeoff (one per minute), as we waited in our positions to get on the runway, I decided to write a letter to my mother.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 34:14

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 25 May 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 527

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 34:14

If you want a motto for your everyday interactions with other people, here it is. Let's think about how we can all apply today's Good Word in our day-to-day lives.

 

Too Many Directions

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 24 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 300

Too Many Directions

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

As you may have heard (unless you are new to the Gospel Blog) my career involves getting people to walk in a nursing home. Often times, it is tempting to tell the resident whom I am walking with all the things that they need to fix while walking.

A New Name (Alma 23)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 23 May 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 333

A New Name (Alma 23)

Receiving or assuming a new name is typically indicative of some major change in a person's life — a change for which the former name no longer is totally suitable or sufficient to describe the new status that the person has entered.

At the very least, each of us received a new name when we were born. That name replaced the generic term, "the baby," or the default name ("Baby Boy Doe") that would otherwise have been given at the hospital. Instead, the name we received identified us as part of a specific family.

Always on Our Side

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 22 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 391

Always on Our Side

Words mean a lot to me. My husband, Brother Justin, can attest to this — I often lovingly hint he can write me a letter instead of buying fancy perfume or chocolate. As a writer by profession, I find myself collecting meaningful phrases constantly. Here’s a sampling of those visible on my desk at the office:

While we are waiting, God is working.

Trials are preludes to blessings.

His ways > my ways

He’s never failed me; He’s never failed me, yet.

Our Obstacle, God's Opportunity

Written by Brother Tim Scolaro on Monday, 21 May 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 377

Our Obstacle, God's Opportunity

Today's Miracle Monday is a story of protection from Brother Tim Scolaro that puts an interesting perspective on life's mishaps.

We were going home from Southwest Campout on a holiday weekend with the family in our minivan. We had been driving for over three hours through rural mountains and desert on two-lane highways. Along this drive, there are many stretches of road where you don't see a building for over 30 minutes at a time. Also, we did not have cell phones with us. (There was no coverage in those remote areas even if we had.)

Spread the Good Word: Romans 5:1

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 18 May 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 390

Spread the Good Word: Romans 5:1

"For the wages of sin is death; but ..."

What comes next, Bible scholars?

"...the gift of God is eternal life..."

There's more! What comes next?

"...through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Romans 6:23 goes right along with today's Good Word from the previous chapter of Paul's letter. 

"Therefore being justified by ..."

  • All of our good deeds
  • How long we've been serving God
  • The number of people we've led to Christ
  • How much money we tithed

No. Being justified by faith, we have peace with God. Translation: Christ's sacrifice on our behalf satisfies God's justice, and we are no longer the sinful enemies of God but His repentant, devoted children.

Thank God for the plan of salvation through Jesus Christ!

This article has undergone ministry review and approval.

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