What’s That Smell?

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 18 July 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 294

What’s That Smell?

Have you ever driven behind a garbage truck and caught a whiff of what’s inside? How about on a hot, summer day while your windows are open?! Pretty gross, huh? I have been blessed with a heightened sense of smell. Sometimes, that’s a good thing. And other times, not so much.

If sin had a scent, don’t you think it would be pretty awful? It would be the most horrible, rotting smell imaginable ... like death. A smell that would leave such a lasting impression that we wouldn’t ever want to revisit it.

God Spared My Life — and My Limbs

Written by Brother Jim Alessio on Monday, 17 July 2017. Posted in Testimonies Hits 299

God Spared My Life — and My Limbs

Today's military-themed Miracle Monday is an account of the late Brother Jim Alessio's experiences during WWII. The following is an edited version of a write-up he did for his grandson, Jared, who used it for a school project. Brother Jim was awarded the Purple Heart and Certificate of Merit for his service.

I was 18 years old when I was drafted in World War II. I was assigned to the medics and had 17 weeks of basic training in Texas where we learned much about administering first aid.

After basic training, I was sent to England where I was assigned to the 82nd airborne division, which consisted of paratroopers and glider infantry. I was assigned to the 325th glider infantry as a medic for an infantry platoon.

Spread the Good Word: Romans 6:22

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 14 July 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 287

Spread the Good Word: Romans 6:22

We here at the Gospel Blog are still thinking about Independence Day, and Romans 6:22 helps us better understand the concept of spiritual freedom.

In exchange for freedom from sin — and its eternal consequences — we become servants of God. The fruit (or reward) of our service? Holiness through Christ's cleansing blood and everlasting life in heaven.

Heart Keeper

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Thursday, 13 July 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 374

Heart Keeper

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life,” Proverbs 4:23. As the treasure box of our soul, we find within our heart all the precious sentiments and beliefs we value and hold dear. Just as with the physical heart, the spiritual heart is vital to our growth and well-being. We must do all we can to keep it “with all diligence,” as spoken by Solomon through his God-given wisdom (1 Kings 3:12, 4:29-31). Yet, this diligence is only preserving if we fully understand God’s intent for how our heart is meant to function.

Jesus says, "For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil...” (Luke 6:44-45).

Parents, Don’t Blame Yourself (Mosiah 11)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 12 July 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 243

Parents, Don’t Blame Yourself (Mosiah 11)

In Mosiah 11, Zeniff retires as king and names his son, Noah, as the new king. Unfortunately, Noah was nothing like his father:

  • He did not keep the commandments of God.
  • He had many wives and concubines.
  • He was lazy and levied a 20 percent tax on the people to support his lavish lifestyle.
  • He fired all the priests of his father and replaced them with men who were like him.

Under the leadership of King Noah, the people also became sinful. It got so bad that God sent a prophet to preach repentance to the king and his people, but the words fell on deaf ears, and they threatened to kill the prophet.

Letting Go of Why

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 11 July 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 355

Letting Go of Why

This article is Part 4 of Sister Michelle Watson's series "Dealing With Divine Delays," chronicling the lessons she learned during a time of infertility.

"You owe me an explanation!" Have you ever said this to someone else? I think we use the word "owe" because we feel like the information is somehow payment in exchange for whatever we lost in the scenario, whether we lost time because the other person was late or we lost confidence because the person lied.

I admit that, in the past, I felt like saying, "God, you owe me an explanation."

Not Even a Scratch

Written by Brother Mark Rabe on Monday, 10 July 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 550

Not Even a Scratch

Today is the first of our military-and-service themed Miracle Mondays, and this one was submitted by California Highway Patrol officer Brother Mark Rabe.

During my typical graveyard shift as a patrolman, I was partnered up with my friend, Scott. It was a somewhat quiet night, and I got a routine call from my dispatch to go check for a road hazard on a rural mountain highway called Ortega Highway. Many Southern Californians know it as a very dangerous and fatal road. In fact, most of the fatal traffic collisions in our jurisdiction usually occur on this highway.

Spread the Good Word: Matt. 18:11-14

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 07 July 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 683

Spread the Good Word: Matt. 18:11-14

We hope you've enjoyed this past week of GMBA Camp posts! A huge thank you to Sister Linda Scolaro for bringing the spirit of the gathering to the Gospel Blog. 

Today, we leave you with the camp theme scripture, Matthew 18:11-14:

Five Souls Who Are All In

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 06 July 2017. Posted in Special Series Hits 498

Five Souls Who Are All In

We continue to delve into the GMBA campout theme, "Are You IN?" Our Wednesday seminars focused on the subtopic: "All In." This topic is based on Mosiah 18:8:

"And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another's burdens, that they may be light."

In the Fold

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Wednesday, 05 July 2017. Posted in Special Series Hits 363

In the Fold

We hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July yesterday! Today, we're continuing campiversary with more from GMBA Campout at Cal U of PA.

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The topic for Tuesday's camp seminars was "In the Fold." This topic is based on the parable of the lost sheep that were found in Luke 15:4-7. Verse 4 states, "What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?"

Happy Fourth of July!

Written by GospelBlog on Tuesday, 04 July 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 218

Happy Fourth of July!

Everyone here at the Gospel Blog wishes you a very happy Fourth of July! We hope you have a blessed day celebrating the liberty we enjoy in the U.S.

Happy Campiversary!

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Monday, 03 July 2017. Posted in Special Series Hits 353

Happy Campiversary!

We've got an exciting surprise for you, Gospel Blog readers. This week is GMBA Campout held at California University of Pennsylvania, and our very own columnist, Sister Linda Scolaro, has volunteered to bring a little bit of the camp to us here on the blog by sharing stories, testimonies, and thoughts from her fellow campers.

The seminar theme for the week is "In Him," and it's broken down into four daily topics:

Monday: Building in Him

Tuesday: In the Fold

Wednesday: All In

Thursday: Confidently in Him

Spread the Good Word: 1 Cor. 15:57

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 30 June 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 498

Spread the Good Word: 1 Cor. 15:57

It's easy to feel defeated and victimized. Whether life has dealt you some hard hits lately, or you feel like you're always getting the short end of the stick, know this:

Tell Me Something Good

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Thursday, 29 June 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 398

Tell Me Something Good

My husband and I play a little game sometimes where we ask each other to “tell me something good” after a long day. It’s usually just something simple and we don’t tend to give each other grand answers — maybe just a, “I love going on walks with you,” or “You make the best pancakes!” But regardless of the response, it’s a mood lifter and cause for smiles.

King David must have played a similar game when he wrote, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name...Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.” (Psalm 103:1, 5).

Wroth I Are, Eh? (Mosiah 10)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 28 June 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 323

Wroth I Are, Eh? (Mosiah 10)

In Mosiah 10, Zeniff provides some explanation of why the Lamanites despise the Nephites. He explains that it goes back to the original Laman and Lemuel who always felt that they were wronged by their brother Nephi. As a result, it seemed like everything that Nephi did made his brothers “wroth” (or angry) with him. Verses 14 to 16 make the following statements regarding Laman and Lemuel:

  • They were wroth with Nephi because they didn’t understand how God was working (and Nephi did).
  • They were wroth with Nephi when he instructed them how to behave during the voyage to America.
  • They were wroth with Nephi when he was recognized as the leader of the people.
  • They were wroth with Nephi when he took his followers and departed.
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