Blessing Bits from the Gospel News

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 09 October 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 701

Blessing Bits from the Gospel News

Those of you who read the Gospel News are familiar with the Blessing Bits that occupy the back page of the paper. These are concisely told testimonies from saints around the church, and we want to make sure you know about them.

Here are a few Blessing Bits from the 2017 summer issues.

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 46:5

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 06 October 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 613

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 46:5

Today's Good Word reminds us that we serve a God beyond compare. There is no other god beside Him. There is no greater power. He stands alone.

The Orange Balloon

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 05 October 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 625

The Orange Balloon

Our 10-year-old daughter, Audrey, recently had a vision while staying at my in-laws' house. I love that God gives us experiences that fit us perfectly. Her vision was made just for a child. It was so precious and touched my heart so much that I wanted to share it with you.

Drunk or Filled with the Spirit? (Mosiah 22)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 04 October 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 330

Drunk or Filled with the Spirit? (Mosiah 22)

In Mosiah 22, Gideon shares a plan with King Limhi to free the Nephites from being in bondage to the Lamanites. Knowing that the Lamanite guards get drunk every night until they pass out, Gideon suggests that the Nephite people gather their belongings and prepare to depart during the night after the guards have passed out. Limhi agrees with the plan and even sends a gift of extra wine to the Lamanite guards.

Chief Meteorologist, Jesus Christ

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 03 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 345

Chief Meteorologist, Jesus Christ

If Jesus hadn’t been the son of a carpenter with a fondness for woodworking, I like to think he’d have worked for the National Weather Service. Our Lord seemed to particularly enjoy using His creation — anything involving the weather — to His advantage. In His perfect way, the Master Weatherman helped those of His day (and us today) understand life’s spiritual lessons:

Weathering the Storm With God

Written by Brother Tony Micale on Monday, 02 October 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 390

Weathering the Storm With God

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony of God's protection submitted by Brother Tony Micale.

This past month has been anything but normal. The Lord is surely showing us that we are in the latter days as the scriptures tell us — fires in California, earthquakes in Japan and Mexico, three major hurricanes with record destruction. The pain and suffering is felt everywhere. I truly believe this is a wake-up call to the nations. If there ever was a call to prepare and get closer to God, then it is now.

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 51:7

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 29 September 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 809

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 51:7

Nobody likes to be ridiculed in public. Chances are pretty good that you — yes, you! — remember a particularly embarassing moment when people laughed at you for one reason or another. You're cringing right now just thinking about it.

God's Hand in the Hurricane

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 28 September 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 442

God's Hand in the Hurricane

Today we're sharing the testimony of Brother Rich Nath and his family as they weathered the storm of Hurricane Harvey. (Brother Rich previously shared this miracle via the Gospel Email.)

Around noon on August 28, 2017, our street began to flood as the creek behind the house rose too high. I prayed, asking God for direction, and I felt that we needed to stay put. "Be still" came to mind, and I knew that we had been protected thus far and would continue to be.

God Eases Your Burden – But You Still Have It (Mosiah 21)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 27 September 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 635

God Eases Your Burden – But You Still Have It (Mosiah 21)

After losing several battles to the Lamanites, the Nephites under the rule of King Limhi find themselves in bondage to the Lamanites in Mosiah 21, “submitting themselves to be smitten, and to be driven to and fro, and burdened, according to the desires of their enemies.” (Mosiah 21:13)

Now, these particular Nephites were not exactly godly people; they were followers of the late King Noah. However, as often happens when people are in trouble, they now turn to God to deliver them from their condition. God hears their cries and responds, though not exactly as they may have hoped:

“The Lord did hear their cries, and began to soften the hearts of the Lamanites that they began to ease their burdens; yet the Lord did not see fit to deliver them out of bondage.” (Mosiah 21:15)

When God Feels Far Away

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 378

When God Feels Far Away

This article is Part 6 of Sister Michelle Watson's series "Dealing With Divine Delays."

Have you ever experienced a time in life when God felt far away — distant, out of the picture, unconcerned, aloof? Times like this are often characterized by not feeling God's spirit as strong — or at all — and apathy about godly things, such as churchgoing and basic Christian disciplines (reading, praying).

We Christians are always talking about how God wants to shower us with His love, so when we go through one of these dry spells, it's confusing. Why does God go silent sometimes? There are a few reasons.

Miracle on Dead Man's Curve

Written by Sister Kathy Golling on Monday, 25 September 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 393

Miracle on Dead Man's Curve

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony of thankfulness from Sister Kathy Golling.

One evening, not long after my son had gotten his driver’s license, I received a phone call that every parent dreads. It was the police telling me my son had been in an accident, and when the officer told me the location, my heart sank. It was on a bend of a local road known to everyone in our town as Dead Man’s Curve.

Spread the Good Word: Ether 12:12

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 22 September 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 769

Spread the Good Word: Ether 12:12

Many people sincerely believe that there are no miracles. Everything that happens has an emperical explanation, even if we can't understand it at this time. When we come to this conclusion, we do live in a world without miracles. We don't receive what we don't seek or believe.

Total Eclipse of My Heart

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Thursday, 21 September 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 426

Total Eclipse of My Heart

I’ll bet most people never heard of Carbondale, Illinois, until August 21 when the Great American Eclipse passed over the U.S. Carbondale just so happened to be the closest city to the point of longest duration of totality, and I just so happened to be in the city to witness it myself. An estimated quarter of a million people flocked to the small Illinois town to spend the weekend on Southern Illinois University’s campus to watch the amazing phenomenon.

A total solar eclipse is when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, and its shadow completely covers the sun, temporarily blocking its light. On August 21, I sat in a stadium with 14,000 people waiting to watch the eclipse — with our eclipse-approved glasses, of course. Around 11:52 a.m., the moon started to pass in front of the sun. Totality wasn’t reached until about 1:20 p.m.

Facing Irma in the Caribbean - Part 2

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 20 September 2017. Posted in Missionary Trips Hits 496

Facing Irma in the Caribbean - Part 2

Today is part two of a two-part article about the most recent missionary trip to Dominica. We're picking up the story where we left off yesterday, with Brothers Jerry and Patrick trying to get a flight home to the U.S. with Hurricane Irma on her way towards them.

We informed our families of our situation, and the word quickly spread throughout the church of the need for prayer. Many, many people prayed for us, and many contacted our families to encourage them. A brother sent us a vision he had of a white mist with gold letters spelling out the message, “I will not forsake my own, thus saith the Lord.”

God heard all of your prayers on our behalf. The hurricane bypassed Dominica on Tuesday night, and we were all kept safe. There was some heavy rain and some power outages, but things were back to normal by Wednesday afternoon, so we ventured out to set up some appointments for Thursday.

 

Facing Irma in the Caribbean - Part 1

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Tuesday, 19 September 2017. Posted in Missionary Trips Hits 550

Facing Irma in the Caribbean - Part 1

Today is part one of a two-part article about the most recent missionary trip to Dominica.

Going into our recent missionary trip to Dominica, there was no reason to expect this trip to be markedly different from other recent trips that have been taken. However, when Brother Patrick Monaghan and I arrived there on August 31, the people there informed us that there was a hurricane named Irma on its way to the Caribbean, and it was expected to arrive on Wednesday, September 6. Since we were scheduled to leave on Tuesday, it appeared that we would get out in time, but the threat of the oncoming hurricane loomed.

Our days were filled with our normal activities, such as spending time with the local elder, visiting the members, and inviting people to church for Sunday. In addition:

 

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