Spread the Good Word: Psalm 92:1

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 07 December 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 473

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 92:1

The next time you're thinking of staying home from Church on Sunday, remember today's Good Word. It reminds us that thanking God and praising Him with song is a great way to spend our time.

The next time you're thinking of taking credit for something that the Lord has done, remember today's Good Word. It reminds us that thanking God rather than singing our own praises is the best way to go.

Silent Night: Christmas Playlist 2018

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 06 December 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 220

Silent Night: Christmas Playlist 2018

Christmas is my most favorite time of the year!

I love playing Christmas songs and baking cookies with our daughter. I love hearing our children laugh as they come back inside our home all rosy-cheeked from sledding. I enjoy hearing their stories of who went the fastest and how many times someone fell in the snow.

I love watching Christmas movies together as a family and enjoying my cup of coffee. I look forward to making homemade cinnamon rolls every year for Christmas morning; it's one of my favorite family traditions.

I just love this time of year. It gives me that warm, fuzzy feeling.

When the Game Is Over, Everything Goes Back in the Box (Alma 50)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 05 December 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 180

When the Game Is Over, Everything Goes Back in the Box (Alma 50)

When I go in my basement, I see several shelves stacked with brightly colored boxes containing the board games from my younger days (and my children's younger days). It seems that board games have gone out of style today, but we have many fond memories of taking out the game boards and the various pieces and competing against one another to be the winner of the game. Here are some of the board games we played:

  • Monopoly: The object of this game is to amass property, houses, hotels, and money. If I am the winner of the game, I eventually own Boardwalk, Park Place, and all of the property on the board as well as having lots of money. And then…everything goes back in the box.
  • Risk: The object of this game is to conquer countries with your armies. If I am the winner of this game, it means my armies have taken over every country in the world such that I own the whole world! And then…everything goes back in the box.
  • The Game of Life: In this game, sometimes you get married and sometimes you don't. Sometimes you have children and sometimes you don't. You could have a high-paying career (such as a doctor or lawyer) or perhaps earn a somewhat lower salary. At the end of the game, you can wind up at Millionaire Acres or in the Poor House. And then, regardless of how your journey has gone or how it has ended…everything goes back in the box.

With Love: Christmas Playlist 2018

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 04 December 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 213

With Love: Christmas Playlist 2018

When I think about Christmas — and especially its tunes — I tend to love the ones that have a special meaning more than any others. Perhaps it’s the time of year and what the season truly means, or perhaps it’s because I write for a living and words mean a lot to me.

One of my favorite songs to listen to during the holidays is “I Come with Love” by Harry Connick Jr. (surprise, surprise to anyone who knows me).

In a world that’s seemingly full of tragedies and evil at every turn, this song reminds me that there is something bigger at work. It reminds me that God had a purpose for sending His Son here — and it was to bring love to those who needed it most.

A Feet Washing Miracle

Written by Sister Tish Palensar on Monday, 03 December 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 204

A Feet Washing Miracle

Today's Miracle Monday happened during feet washing. Sister Patricia (Tish) Palensar relates the short, sweet tale.

We went into feet washing, and I had a strong feeling to ask Sister Wendy Giannetti to wash my feet. I normally never ask anyone specific to wash my feet.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 15:57

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 30 November 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 223

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 15:57

Are you in need of a victory today? Many of us have ongoing challenges and troubles that dampen our spirits and burden our minds. You may feel like you're in a perpetual boxing match with life's problems, and after a while, you're too bruised and beaten to keep fighting.

If you're all battled out today, we pray that this Good Word directs you to the only one who can overcome what you're facing. Our Lord Jesus Christ holds the key to victory. In the context of this verse, we understand "victory" to mean victory over spiritual death and the hope of spiritual life eternal in God's Son.

Ponder Them in Your Heart: Christmas Playlist 2018

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 29 November 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 295

Ponder Them in Your Heart: Christmas Playlist 2018

I can’t say it is easy to narrow down a Christmas song that inspires me during the Christmas season. Yet, the song that pricks my heart every time is “Mary Did You Know.” Perhaps it is because Mary has always intrigued me. As scriptures reveal, she was very special and chosen by God to bear His Son, Jesus. The lyrics of this song pose many questions to Mary that portray the life of Christ, such as miracles of healing, walking on water, calming the storm, etc.

I believe that Mary knew Christ was no ordinary child, and she took her calling very seriously. Like most mothers, she loved and nurtured her child and watched him grow. The scripture points out two occasions where she pondered things in her heart. The first mention of this is in Luke 2:19. This scripture depicts the manger scene and the amazement of all witnesses. Verse 19 says, “But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.”

The Scout Motto (Alma 49)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 28 November 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 200

The Scout Motto (Alma 49)

Had there been such a thing as Boy Scouts at the time Moroni lived, he would have been a great example of one. The Scout Oath sounds almost like the Title of Liberty:

"On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty, to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight."

Much of Alma 49 is dedicated to describing how the Lamanite armies are frustrated at every turn because the Nephite armies, under the direction of Moroni, have followed the Scout Motto of "Be Prepared." Every Nephite city has had high piles of earth arranged all around it such that the Lamanites can only enter through the city entrance, which is heavily guarded by a Nephite army:

'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,' 2018 Style

Written by Sister Charity Lombardo on Tuesday, 27 November 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 248

'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,' 2018 Style

Have you ever realized you have no clue as to the meaning of a song you’ve been listening to for years? Or a scripture you’ve read over and over that never actually clicked until the 100th time? That was me with “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” a 279-year-old Christmas song I’ve always loved for its uplifting, celebratory, and classic Christmas-y feel, but never understood. Till now.

One would think, me, a Christmas Eve baby, a.k.a. that annoying person playing Christmas music way before Thanksgiving, would know all the season’s carols like the back of my hand. Turns out, not so much when it comes to the oldies. As a kid, I thought Herald was the name of one of the angels or something. To be fair, the song was written in super Old English that no one under the age of 279 could understand. And while beautifully poetic, it’s just plain confusing. But now that I’m an “adult,” I’ve realized there’s a big wonderful message about light, hope, and life I’ve been missing all along.

Praise God for Providing

Written by Sister Helen Campitelle on Monday, 26 November 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 203

Praise God for Providing

Since we just enjoyed a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend, we'd like to once again share this experience from The Church history book. Travel back in time 90 years to the home of Sister Helen Campitelle.

It was in the year of 1928. My husband was out of work because of sickness. As it was the night before Thanksgiving, my children wanted me to go to the store to buy food for a Thanksgiving dinner. I did not have any food in the house except beans. I told my children I was very sorry that I was unable to make a dinner for them as their father was out of work, and they would have the beans which I had in the house.

Spread the Good Word: Alma 34:38

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 23 November 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 223

Spread the Good Word: Alma 34:38

We hope that yesterday you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with those closest to you. Chances are good that, at some point, you reflected on all the things you're thankful for in life. Chances are good that those reflections made you feel happy and content.

Do you need more of that happiness and contentment every day of the year and not just on Thanksgiving? If you do, then try to "live in thanksgiving daily" as today's Good Word encourages us to do.

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 22 November 2018. Posted in Special Series, Holidays Hits 231

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours on this day when we celebrate everything God has done for us!

To continue with our Christmas Playlist series that we kicked off earlier this week, Brother P. is sharing why he thinks that "O Come All Ye Faithful" fits the bill today.

Strip the Enemy of His Power (Alma 48)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 21 November 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 233

Strip the Enemy of His Power (Alma 48)

Alma 48 includes a fairly detailed description of the character of Moroni, the leader of the Nephite army. The description concludes with this powerful statement:

"If all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men." (Alma 48:17)

Since Moroni is held up as a model servant of God, it would certainly be wise to examine his traits more closely to see how we are or might be similar to him such that we can be part of the effort to strip the enemy of his power.

It's Fa La La La La Time!

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 20 November 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 236

It's Fa La La La La Time!

Actually, it's not quite fa la la la la time just yet. Thanksgiving Day is the traditional start of the holiday season. Many of you have been anxiously awaiting Thanksgiving Day for one very specific reason. You're not exactly anticipating the turkey dinner or even the pie. You're not pining away for a football-watching marathon.

What you've been looking forward to is the nonstop Christmas music on the radio. (We all know who you are.)

To celebrate the start of the (early) holiday season — and 24/7 caroling on the airwaves — we're kicking off our 2018 Christmas Playlist series. Over the next few weeks leading up to Christmas, you'll read about the Christmas songs, traditional and contemporary, that our columnists hold dear to their hearts.

Miracle From the L.A. Fires

Written by Sister Erin Light on Monday, 19 November 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 364

Miracle From the L.A. Fires

Today's Miracle Monday is told by Sister Erin Light. She's the director of a memory care facility in Southern California. The healthcare company has several locations, and one just happens to be where the wildfires are burning in Los Angeles. Here's her tale of God's protection.

The afternoon of Thursday, November 8, I got word that we needed to assist in an evacuation of our Calabasas community in north L.A. I was the only administrator who went to support the other community administrator in Calabasas, along with many drivers and buses to transport residents to other communities.

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