More Than Just a Name (3 Nephi 27)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 15 January 2020. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 514

More Than Just a Name (3 Nephi 27)

3 Nephi 27 is a chapter that's remembered because it's the one where Jesus tells His disciples what to name the church. His logic is impeccable:

  • Whatsoever ye shall do, ye shall do it in my name (verse 7)
  • If [the church] be called in the name of a man, then it be the church of a man (verse 8)
  • If it be called in my name, then it is my church (verse 8)

Based on the above, it's a no-brainer why our church is called The Church of Jesus Christ. However, it surely has to be more than just a name that defines the Lord's Church. And there is more — Jesus adds the following caveat to the above: "It is my church, if it so be that they are built upon my gospel" (verse 8).

What does it mean to be built upon the gospel of Jesus Christ? Let's go through the characteristics that Jesus lists in this chapter that define what is meant by His gospel:

The Value of Unity

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 14 January 2020. Posted in Church Values Hits 427

The Value of Unity

Value: Unity 

Definition: Oneness; harmony; continuity without contention; brotherhood 

Vital Verses

  • “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” – 1 Corinthians 1:10
  • “And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another.” – Mosiah 18:21

Scriptural Example 

When we think of unity, we often think of everyone having the same job or acting in the same manner. But, in 1 Corinthians 12, Apostle Paul explains to the people of Corinth that unity doesn’t have to be thought of as “sameness or being identical,” but rather all working together for the same purpose.

The Value of Congruence

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Monday, 13 January 2020. Posted in Church Values Hits 319

The Value of Congruence

Value: Congruence 

Definition: Doing the things we say we should/will do. Making our actions prove out our claims: our yeas, yeas and our nays, nays. 

Vital Verses

  • “Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not theyself? Thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?” – Romans 2:21
  • “And again he said unto them: If ye teach the law of Moses, why do ye not keep it? Why do ye set your hearts upon riches? Why do ye commit whoredoms and spend your strength with harlots, yea, and cause this people to commit sin, that the Lord has cause to send me to prophesy against the people, yea, even a great evil against this people?” – Mosiah 12:29

Scriptural Example 

There are many examples in the scriptures about Jesus teaching people to live in accordance with His teachings. A short example of this is with Mary and Martha. Jesus came to their house. Martha was flustered, trying to make sure everything was ready to be served to her guests, while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, listening to Him. Martha tried to get Jesus to tell Mary to help her, but Jesus told her that Mary was doing the right thing by listening to Him and His teachings. 

Rachel: God Remembers and Listens

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Friday, 10 January 2020. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 507

Rachel: God Remembers and Listens

Today's article is another installment in Sister Alena X. Ricci's series on the women of the Bible.

Rachel is the beautiful, coveted sister. She is the one who you expect much of. But in her story, she experiences heartbreak. She wants children, and it is a long and difficult time before she gets them.

I’m going to focus on one verse in her story, Genesis 30:22. It is one of those verses that makes you stumble in your reading and pause, realizing how powerful this moment was for this woman.

Here was a woman who only wanted children, and she didn’t have them.

But verse 22 says that God remembered her.

The Value of Honor

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Thursday, 09 January 2020. Posted in Church Values Hits 367

The Value of Honor

Value: Honor 

Definition: Special esteem or respect, given or received 

Vital Verses 

  • "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s."  – I Corinthians 6:20
  • "And they did all, both they who had been healed and they who were whole, bow down at his feet, and did worship him; and as many as could come for the multitude did kiss his feet, insomuch that they did bathe his feet with their tears." – 3 Nephi 17:10

Scriptural Example

The Word of God directs us to show honor toward a number of people: our parents, the aged, and those in authority. It speaks of the honor between a husband and wife in marriage and even of a group of people who are deserving of “double honor,” those who labor in furthering The Church. But we also understand that all honor belongs to God and His son Jesus Christ because God prepared a plan of salvation that included the sacrifice of His only Son for the sins of every man and woman. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). 

A Loose Tongue (3 Nephi 26)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 08 January 2020. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 373

A Loose Tongue (3 Nephi 26)

Typically, a loose tongue is an undesirable characteristic. It usually means you tend to gossip or can't keep a secret. "Loose tongues sink ships" is a saying meant to depict what happens when people say things that they should keep to themselves. (OK, I know the saying is really "Loose lips sink ships," but "tongues" is more accurate; it just doesn't rhyme with "ships" — work with me here.)

Anyway, as Jesus demonstrates in 3 Nephi 26, a loose tongue can actually be a good thing when it means that the person is enabled to speak words from God:

"And it came to pass that he did teach and minister unto the children of the multitude of whom hath been spoken, and he did loose their tongues, and they did speak unto their fathers great and marvelous things, even greater than he had revealed unto the people, and he loosed their tongues that they could utter." (3 Nephi 26:14)

The Value of Leadership

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 07 January 2020. Posted in Church Values Hits 323

The Value of Leadership

Value: Leadership 

Definition: The capacity and ability to lead with appropriate urgency 

Vital Verses

  • "Come now therefore, and I will send thee (Moses) unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt." – Exodus 3:10
  • "And he (Moroni) fastened on his headplate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should a band of Christians remain to possess the land." – Alma 46:19

Scriptural Example 

There are many leaders mentioned throughout scripture. Some were governmental, some were military, some spiritual, and some all of the above. One example is Moroni. He was a military and spiritual leader who, at age 25, was given command of all the Nephite armies. Moroni was a strong and mighty man, with a perfect understanding. He did not take joy in the shedding of blood but in the liberty and freedom of his country. It was said that if all men had been and were and ever would be like Moroni, the devil would have no power over the hearts of the children of men.

The Value of Empathy

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Monday, 06 January 2020. Posted in Church Values Hits 301

The Value of Empathy

Value: Empathy 

Definition: The ability to understand and share the feelings of another. 

Vital Verses

  • "And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you." – Ephesians 4:32
  • "But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another." – Mosiah 4:15

Scriptural Example 

Christ wants us to be kind and to love each other as He loves us. It’s so important that we follow this! What better example do we have than Christ? He showed nothing but kindness and empathy towards others, and we should follow in his footsteps. Have you ever heard that saying, “Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes before you judge their journey?” We all have a different walk in life, different trials to endure, and many ups and downs.

Dorcas: Blessed in Good Deeds

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Friday, 03 January 2020. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 423

Dorcas: Blessed in Good Deeds

Today's article is another installment in Sister Alena X. Ricci's series on the women of the Bible.

For such an amazing story, Dorcas doesn’t have a lot of “screen time” in Scripture. You can read her story in Acts 9, but, basically, she is an early Christian and is active in her new faith and church, and she dies. Peter is called, and she is brought back to life.

That’s a pretty amazing miracle for only eight verses.

The lesson here for me is the first verse of her story. In Acts 9:36, it says, “This woman was full of good deeds.”

That’s passable, right?

We read it and we’re like, “OK, cool, she did a lot of stuff. Great.”

But hang on, that is a big deal.

The Value of Faith

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 02 January 2020. Posted in Church Values Hits 360

The Value of Faith

Value: Faith 

Definition: Applied belief and trust in God 

Vital Verses

  • "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." – Hebrews 11:1
  • "And now as I said concerning faith — faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true." – Alma 32:21

Scriptural Example 

There are many famous scriptural examples of faith. Here’s one that’s lesser known: King Jehoshaphat. The Moabites gathered a big, bad army against Israel, and King J was scared. The whole kingdom fasted and prayed, and God told them that He’d fight the battle for them. All they had to do was march out and see His salvation. King J was so confident that God was with them, he placed musicians on the front lines where they sang praises — before they’d even won the battle. Singers aren’t soldiers. If King J didn’t have faith, he never would’ve put those musicians where they could be instantly killed. Read 2 Chronicles 20 to see how the story ends. 

God's Recycling Program (3 Nephi 25)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 01 January 2020. Posted in Scripture Study, Holidays Hits 466

God's Recycling Program (3 Nephi 25)

Most of us are familiar with the concept of recycling. In general, recycling is a process by which materials we no longer need can be submitted for eventual reuse by someone else, sometime in the future. Participating in this type of program helps ensure that resources will be available for future generations.

What types of resources does God provide to people as His servants? The scriptures outline the various spiritual gifts that are given to the servants of God. Some may receive one gift while others may receive many gifts. Some are blessed with great power from God to do great things in His name.

So, what happens to these gifts and power when someone passes from this life? Do they die too? Do they go in the landfill of the spirit realm to rot away? Or does God grant the same gifts and power to other people for the benefit of each generation?

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Written by Sister Dianne Maddox on Tuesday, 31 December 2019. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 440

Happy New Year’s Eve!

September 28 is my New Year’s Eve. My life was changed on September 29, 1974 when I chose to follow Jesus and be baptized. If you’re under the age of 30, that seems like a lifetime ago; it’s the “olden days” to you. When my kids were young, they asked me if everything was black and white when I was growing up. Like color hadn’t been invented yet! I laughed and said, “Of course not.” But were more things black and white in 1974? Possibly, but that’s a completely different subject… let’s get back on track.

So, happy New Year’s Day to me every September 29! When is your New Year’s Day? Is it just another day that rolls by, or do you stop and think about the commitment you made the day you gave your life to Christ? I was speaking with one sister, and she couldn’t remember the date she was baptized. I was kind, so I didn’t say anything, but I wanted to say, “Do you forget your natural birthday?” (For those of you who know me, that took great restraint because I tend to be sarcastic.)

The Value of Values

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 30 December 2019. Posted in Church Values Hits 297

The Value of Values

We're on the brink of a new decade, and we want to thank you, readers, for following and supporting the Gospel Blog. Next year, we'll celebrate our ninth anniversary, and we are so thankful that God has sustained this effort, using many of you to make it a success.

January on the blog is going to be exciting.

Brother Jerry's Book of Mormon series will continue to appear each Wednesday. Fridays will be devoted to Sister Alena Ricci's popular series on women of the Bible. As for the rest of the days, we're bringing back the 2013 series that we did on The Church's values.

Throughout the month, you'll see 13 separate articles devoted to sharing each of The Church's 13 values, their definitions and applications. You'll see articles written by elders and members of all ages and walks of life, drawing on a multitude of perspectives.

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 28:29

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 27 December 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 381

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 28:29

Today is the last Good Word for 2019 and the final scripture in our series on "Wonder." This verse tells us that the counsel, teaching, and instruction of God is wonderful and amazing when we see it working.

Learning is great, but sometimes we become weary students. Reading God's Word can be tiring. Following His Word can be even harder. It doesn't seem all that wonderful.

As we approach the New Year, it's important to retain a sense of wonder in the face of God's counsel.

More Happy Than Sad

Written by Sister Mallory McNamara on Thursday, 26 December 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 566

More Happy Than Sad

“I am okay. I have more happy than I do sad.”
– Anonymous 6-year-old

Sometimes I think kids have a better understanding of life than we do as adults. As we get older, we let life experiences and other’s opinions get in the way, but the truth is, we should always have more happy than sad. We’re blessed with the understanding that our God has offered us eternal life. What could make us happier?

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