The First Resurrection (Mosiah 15)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 09 August 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 252

The First Resurrection (Mosiah 15)

As the prophet Abinadi continues his message to King Noah and his priests in Mosiah 15, he describes the concept of a “resurrection,” an event during which people who have died are “raised to dwell with God” (verse 23).

This brief description helps us to understand that a resurrection is not an event when a person is restored to life on earth but is something very different.

Peace in the Midst of the Storm

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 205

Peace in the Midst of the Storm

Our present-day world is filled with division and strife, malice and hatred, lying and dishonesty, immorality and shamelessness — a lost world of uncertainty such as we have never experienced.

The perplexity of this present day filters down into our individual lives, bringing storms of problems, fear, anxiety, doubt, confusion ... We are tossed to and fro in an ever-changing world with little or no relief on the horizon of time.

No Matter How Many Times You Fall

Written by Brother Mark Cotellesse on Monday, 07 August 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 557

No Matter How Many Times You Fall

Our August Miracle Monday theme is "help in difficult times." Today, we're reposting an article from May 16, 2013, and it's actually a story printed in the July 2000 issue of the Gospel News. This is a dream had by Brother Mark Cotellesse.

One night, I was very sad because I was struggling to grow closer to the Lord and having a difficult time. I suddenly had a desire not only to pray for myself, but for all the struggling young people in The Church. I prayed with my whole heart and soul.

Spread the Good Word: Alma 41:8

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 04 August 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 436

Spread the Good Word: Alma 41:8

Today's Good Word is a timely reminder that God's word in scripture is unchanging. In a world where values and morals make tectonic shifts with each passing year, the only solid rock we can cling to is Jesus and God as revealed in scripture.

Unapologetic Belief

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Thursday, 03 August 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 214

Unapologetic Belief

Today, we'd like to call attention to a recent article published by the Student Support Program (SSP). It's titled "Unapologetic Belief" and written by the Gospel Blog's very own Brother Jordan Champine.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

Standing Up for Jesus Christ (Mosiah 14)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 02 August 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 250

Standing Up for Jesus Christ (Mosiah 14)

If you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ, then you have probably been called upon at various times to stand up for the restoration of the gospel, the Book of Mormon, and various other beliefs of our church. Such conversations most likely occurred with people who are associated with other Christian faiths.

Have you ever had a conversation about Jesus Christ with someone who doesn’t already believe in Him? If you wanted to try to convince someone that Jesus is the Savior of the world, what approach would you take?

Sunday School Answers – Part 2

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Tuesday, 01 August 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 247

Sunday School Answers – Part 2

As a follow-up to my article titled “The Sunday School Answer,” I decided to seek some Sunday school answers myself. I decided to ask a handful of seasoned saints from my branch a simple question: How do I keep my faith strong? I set the scene by asking them if somebody of any age approached them with this question, how would they respond? I even dared to ask them a follow-up: Why?

From Wreck to Worship

Written by Sister Tammy Valenti on Monday, 31 July 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 594

From Wreck to Worship

On Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, I was driving across a small bridge and found myself on black ice. The car began to skid, and as I drove off the bridge, the car fishtailed, crossed the oncoming lane, and hit a guardrail head-on. The impact was so severe that the rear tires lifted off the road.

At this point, I had no doubt that the car was going to flip over the guardrail. Had this happened, I would have rolled down an embankment and landed in water. Of course, I was praying from the moment the car began to skid. God heard the prayers and intervened.

The rear tires came down and the car began to spin completely out of control. I hit the same guardrail three more times (rear end, front end, rear end) until I finally was able to stop the car across the two lanes of the road.

The miracles had already begun on the road:

Spread the Good Word: 1 John 1:9

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 28 July 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 645

Spread the Good Word: 1 John 1:9

Today's Good Word reminds us of how right and refreshing it is to come clean. God already knows everything about us — what we do, what we think, and all the reasons why. He asks us to confess our sins, not because He doesn't already know about those sins, but because He wants us to know about them — recognize them and repent. 

Let's Get up and Walking, Saints

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 27 July 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 265

Let's Get up and Walking, Saints

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

My job mainly consists of getting the residents in a nursing home up and walking. A part of my job that I find particularly challenging is the situation in which someone has the ability to easily get up and walk, but he just doesn’t want to. (In contrast to the guy who has two broken legs and two broken arms and is recovering from a heart attack and a stroke, and all he wants to do is work hard so that he can walk.)

He Protects You While You Work (Mosiah 13)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 26 July 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 224

He Protects You While You Work (Mosiah 13)

In Mosiah 13, King Noah and his people react to the preaching of Abinadi by attempting to put him to death. However, Abinadi halts their attempt with these words:

“Touch me not, for God shall smite you if ye lay your hands upon me, for I have not delivered the message which the Lord sent me to deliver ... therefore, God will not suffer that I shall be destroyed at this time.” (Mosiah 13:3)

The people of King Noah felt the power of God emanating from Abinadi, so they backed off and let him finish his message.

When Opportunity Knocks

Written by Sister Sylvia Curry on Monday, 24 July 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 277

When Opportunity Knocks

For today's Miracle Monday, we're re-publishing this story from the early days of the blog, Jan. 17, 2013. It's an out-of-body experience told by Sister Sylvia Curry.

I was in the living room of my home in Simi Valley, California, running the sweeper over the carpet, but my mind was troubled. I was thinking about several people who were going through a particularly difficult time. Their burdens were heavy on my heart because I loved them. I’d offered many times to help, but they’d refused. I cried silently to the Lord, “Father, you know that my heart wants to help, but they are just pushing me away. I’m so frustrated. Please help.”

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 2:27

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 21 July 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 420

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 2:27

We live in a society that prizes free, independent choice above almost all other things. This impulse to be in charge of our own lives, to choose what we feel is best for us, to ultimately do what we want ... it's powerful. 

Holy Hikes

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 20 July 2017. Posted in Special Series Hits 266

Holy Hikes

I love to hike. The definition of hiking, according to dictionary.com, means "to walk or march a great distance, especially through rural areas, for pleasure, exercise, military training, or the like."

While visiting with family last weekend, a cousin told me I was crazy for enjoying hiking. She asked me what was the point of hiking since you don't actually go anywhere. A few days after that conversation, I went on a hike by myself. This hike didn't take me to the top of a mountain. Rather, it was an 8-mile loop through a variety of terrain, going down, then back up, then down, and ending with an incline. Because it's still early in the summer, everything is lush and green here, which will not last long. There were wildflowers starting to bloom. It was beautiful!

The Desensitizing of God’s People (Mosiah 12)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 19 July 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 303

The Desensitizing of God’s People (Mosiah 12)

The difference between then and now:

  • In 1939, some moviegoers reportedly ran out of theaters with their hands over their ears after viewing the movie “Gone With the Wind” and hearing the leading man say, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a d***." Today, it would seem laughable to have such a reaction to hearing that word, and we have in fact “advanced” to the point where there are no words that are off limits when it comes to entertainment, regardless of the venue.
  • In 1960, people were afraid to take a shower after witnessing the brutal murder of the female star in the movie “Psycho.” Today, that scene is considered extremely tame; on-screen murders are now commonplace and are depicted in increasingly graphic ways.
  • In 1997, the TV show “Ellen” ended its fourth season with the lead character coming out as a lesbian. The fifth season’s ratings were so poor that the show was cancelled. Today, it seems that virtually every TV series has a gay character and story line as well as some poor misguided oaf (or religious person) who needs to be straightened out.

Each of the above illustrates how people become desensitized over time. Something that is shocking or draws a strong emotional reaction today becomes less shocking and even commonplace as time passes and as we are exposed to it over and over again.

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