Ways to Revive That Gathering Spirit

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 26 April 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 334

Ways to Revive That Gathering Spirit

Today, we're bringing you the second part of Tuesday's article, "Don't Scatter … Gather!" Go back and check it out if you missed it.

When going to Church falls lower on my priority list, I know that I'm in need of a mindset shift. Here are some ideas and inspirations that I use to revive the spirit of gathering in myself.

Seizing the Opportunity (Alma 19)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 25 April 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 388

Seizing the Opportunity (Alma 19)

Opportunity: A set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something

Alma 19 is an exciting part of the story of Ammon's missionary effort among the Lamanites. In this chapter, the Lamanite king and queen are overcome by the Spirit of God, an angry Lamanite tries to kill Ammon only to be struck dead by God, and many Lamanites are converted, and the church is begun in that city.

One of the key participants in this episode is a Lamanite woman named Abish, who had been converted to the Lord many years earlier. She had kept her faith secret until this time, waiting for the opportunity to be used by God. Seeing the king and queen overcome by the Spirit, Abish recognizes that the circumstances exist for her to do something to further the work of the Lord, and she seizes the opportunity:

Don't Scatter ... Gather!

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 24 April 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 301

Don't Scatter ... Gather!

This article is Part 1 of a two-part series on gathering together as saints of God.

There are 168 hours in a week. I spend one hour at Church on Wednesday night and roughly four hours at Church on Sunday for both Sunday School and the service. And when I did the math, I couldn't believe that I am only with the saints of God a grand total of 3 percent of my week.

Wait, that's it?

My Calling as an Apostle

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Monday, 23 April 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 545

My Calling as an Apostle

Let me begin by saying that I am truly humbled and honored to have been called and ordained as an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ. If you were able to attend yesterday’s Sunday service at the General Church Conference, then you heard me relate three dreams that I was blessed with that confirmed for me my calling as an Apostle. I believe it was no coincidence that “Dreams” was selected as the Miracle Monday theme for this month of April, so I am going to share my three dreams in today’s blog, especially for the benefit of those who were unable to attend the Conference.

Spread the Good Word: 2 John 1:6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 20 April 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 551

Spread the Good Word: 2 John 1:6

Have you ever wondered how you can show more love to the people around you? Today's Good Word gives a hint.

In fact, this verse and the surrounding verses draw a strong connection between loving one another and keeping God's commandments, as if they're almost reciprocal. If you do one you'll do the other. We can best love others when we're doing our best to be like Christ.

Meet the Pillars: Brother Ken Jones

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Thursday, 19 April 2018. Posted in Generation Gap Interviews Hits 457

Meet the Pillars: Brother Ken Jones

Today, we're bringing you another Meet the Pillars interview with Brother Ken Jones from Fort Worth, Texas. (What's Meet the Pillars?)

A Little About Our Brother

Our dear Brother Ken Jones grew up in Pennsylvania and was baptized at the young age of 11. Shortly after his baptism, he and his family moved to California where he resided for almost his entire life until moving to Texas in 2007, where he now lives with his dear wife Sister Bennie.

From a young age, Brother Ken knew that his work was in California. After arriving in California, he was ordained a deacon and then a teacher and then a minister in 1980. He has always had a heart for the Lord.

Power of God Provides Credibility (Alma 18)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 18 April 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 320

Power of God Provides Credibility (Alma 18)

Alma 18 continues the story of the missionary effort of Ammon (one of the four sons of Mosiah) among a group of Lamanites under the rule of a king named Lamoni. In the previous chapter, Ammon had singlehandedly defeated a group of men who were attacking the flocks of Lamoni. In a memorable episode, Ammon cut off the arms of the attackers, thereby preserving the king's flocks and saving the lives of his fellow servants who would have otherwise been executed for failing in their duty to the king.

When King Lamoni hears this amazing story, he calls for Ammon but doesn't even know what to say to him. Being filled with the Spirit of God, Ammon states the exact thoughts of the king regarding this meeting, and Lamoni is even more amazed.

Be Kind and Shine Your Light

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 17 April 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 560

Be Kind and Shine Your Light

On the day after the school shooting in Florida, while walking on the college campus where I currently teach, I spotted words beautifully etched on the colorful stones in the photo above. I was praying as I walked. Prayers uttered for teachers, our children, my children, students, my students, our schools, my school, and our nation.

There is a quiet place on my campus called The Meditation Garden. On February 15, I decided to sit on a ledge rather than at the tables and chairs because one little ray of sunlight shone there on an unusually cloudy day in Arizona. As I finished my prayer, I looked down and spotted these stones. I immediately took comfort in these words, and I felt God’s presence in hearing my prayers.

And the Lights Went Out...

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Monday, 16 April 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 448

And the Lights Went Out...

My grandfather, the late Brother Peter Capone, was a prime example of a godly man. He was kind to everyone; he loved people; he loved the Lord; his smile lit up any room. When I would talk to him, his eyes always showed such kindness. Anyone who met him loved him. He was such a beacon of light — a man who served the Lord with all of his heart, a man others looked up to, a man who led others to Christ, a man who I was proud to call my grandpa.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Samuel 15:22

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 13 April 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 693

Spread the Good Word: 1 Samuel 15:22

Today's Good Word comes from a particularly memorable moment in the Old Testament where God tells Saul, the king of Israel, to do battle against the Amalekites and to utterly destroy them and all that they have.

Saul destroyed most everything and everyone — except the king and the best of the livestock. Saul figured it was a good idea to make an example of the king and sacrifice the animals to God. 

Do you remember what Saul said when he returned from battle? In verse 13 he proclaimed, "I have performed the commandment of the Lord."

In his mind, he'd done what God had told him to do. Except that he didn't.

Easy Catch

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 12 April 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 367

Easy Catch

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

If you read the Gospel Blog, then you may remember that my job is walking people around in a nursing home. Occasionally people will start to fall during walking, and then my job description changes to “keep them from falling.”

The Value of Attending Gatherings (Alma 17)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 11 April 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 384

The Value of Attending Gatherings (Alma 17)

In Alma 17, Alma continues his travels between the cities of the Nephites to check on the spiritual health of each. As he is on the road to the land of Manti, he is surprised to have a chance encounter with four old friends, the four sons of Mosiah. Even though they are just passing each other on the road, this a joyful reunion as they haven't seen each other in 14 years. What makes it so joyful?

A Little Kinder Than Necessary

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 10 April 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 397

A Little Kinder Than Necessary

I’ve mentioned before that I like to read – well, “like” is an understatement. If I’m lucky enough to make it to heaven one day, I’ve made my request known that God fills my mansion with books upon books.

Throughout my 33 years, I’ve read hundreds of tales — some real, some not. Short stories, poems, novellas, 500-plus pages, you name it. But only a select few make it onto my coveted “favorites” list and shelf.

Have You Considered My Servant Job?

Written by Sister Cathy Genaro on Monday, 09 April 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 400

Have You Considered My Servant Job?

Many times life throws us a curveball. It seems to come out of nowhere, and it changes the course of our lives forever. How do we handle it? How do we prove faithful when an enormous trial comes our way? We can look to the life of Job.

Imagine for a moment that we are walking in Job’s shoes. We have been blessed beyond measure — a beautiful family, nice home, possessions — and God has placed a hedge of protection around us.

Along comes Satan. He notices us praising God for the blessed life we have, and he decides to have a talk with the Lord about us.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 141:3

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 06 April 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2416

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 141:3

Today's Good Word sounds like a great prayer that we can all pray at the start of each day. Wouldn't it be wonderful to go an entire day without saying something negative, hurtful, or careless? What about that imaptient, demanding tone we sometimes use? I'm sure we'd all like to reach out and grab some of the words we said yesterday and put them back into our mouths. 

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