Holidays

God's Recycling Program (3 Nephi 25)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 01 January 2020. Posted in Scripture Study, Holidays Hits 208

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 202

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.)

Merry Christmas 2019!

Written by GospelBlog on Wednesday, 25 December 2019. Posted in Holidays Hits 203

Merry Christmas 2019!

Merry Christmas to you from all of us here at the Gospel Blog! We hope that your cup is running over with blessings today!

We're celebrating Jesus' birth into the world — the remarkable time when God condescended to human form and sacrificed Himself for His sinful creation.

We get a prophecy of Jesus' birth in Isaiah 7:14 (and 2 Nephi 17:14):

"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."

Matthew 1:22-23 explains what the name "Immanuel" means:

"Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."

Christmas Eve Verses

Written by GospelBlog on Tuesday, 24 December 2019. Posted in Holidays Hits 238

Christmas Eve Verses

Merry Christmas Eve! Today, we're bringing you something a little different — several classic Christmas poems that you may not have read before. Don't speed through these. Enjoy the beautiful language. Relish the messages. Most importantly, rejoice in Christ!

Thanks, Thanks Again

Written by Catherine Poma on Monday, 25 November 2019. Posted in Holidays Hits 251

Thanks, Thanks Again

Today, in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, we are publishing this poem, written by Catherine Poma, that appeared in the November 1955 issue of The Gospel News. We hope it inspires you to gratitude!

For the clasp of a hand
In a weary land,
When you're sure nobody cares;
For the pat on the back
When the skies are black,
And the pain's too great to bear;

For the friendships based
On a love as chaste
As the love of God to men;
For all these things
My glad heart sings,
"Thanks, thanks again!"

Fill Your Mind

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 31 October 2019. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 506

Fill Your Mind

It's Halloween, and I’m filled with childhood memories of how much fun it was getting candy as a child. I couldn’t wait to get home and see what I wanted to eat first — ha ha! Now that I have three children of my own, it's even more fun seeing things through their eyes.

Halloween is about dressing up in fun, silly costumes and filling candy bags full of things that will cause a cavity or two. We walk with our children from house to house and let them fill their bags with goodies.

Halloween can also invite evil into our midst. Our children need to know not only right from wrong, but right from "almost right." We know they are filling their bags with candy, but what are they (and we) filling our minds with?

5 Reasons to Not Share Your Testimony on the Gospel Blog

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 01 April 2019. Posted in Holidays Hits 696

5 Reasons to Not Share Your Testimony on the Gospel Blog

Today's article is a list of reasons why you definitely should NOT send your testimony to the Gospel Blog for publication on Miracle Monday. We know this may seem odd, but it's kind of an odd day, so here goes:

1. People will think you want attention.

If you get your testimony published on Miracle Monday, then everyone will think you only did it for the attention. You'll be branded as a limelight-hog forever, and no one will ever look at you the same way again. How embarrassing.

What to Expect When You're Expecting to Marry

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 14 February 2019. Posted in Holidays Hits 706

What to Expect When You're Expecting to Marry

Happy Valentine's Day! Today, the world shines a huge spotlight on romantic love — to the intense delight and equally intense chagrin of millions. Whatever side of the fence you find yourself on, we can all probably agree that God prepared the ideal place for romantic love to flourish. That place is marriage.

When done right, marriage is one of the most fulfilling relationships that we can experience in this life. But doing marriage right isn't easy. Newlyweds often enter marriage with certain expectations only to find that reality is quite different.

Happy New Year! It's 2019!

Written by GospelBlog on Tuesday, 01 January 2019. Posted in Holidays Hits 807

Happy New Year! It's 2019!

It's officially 2019, and we are so excited for a brand new year full of God's blessings. 

We've got some fun things planned for the Gospel Blog this year. For starters, we've got a special lineup of articles for the month of January, and we want you to know what to expect.

Merry Christmas 2018 From the Gospel Blog Team!

Written by GospelBlog on Tuesday, 25 December 2018. Posted in Holidays Hits 785

Merry Christmas 2018 From the Gospel Blog Team!

From all of us at the Gospel Blog, Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Today we celebrate Jesus Christ's birth into the world! We celebrate God taking on flesh and living among us.

Hebrews 1:1-2 says, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son."

Today, we celebrate that God, in the form of Jesus, came to earth so that we could hear Him speak, so that we could feel His healing touch, so that we could better understand the nature of God by experiencing God made flesh. Christ offered us the chance to draw nearer to our Heavenly Father than ever before.

May the birth and life of Jesus be real to you today and every day. 

This article has undergone ministry review and approval.

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 22 November 2018. Posted in Special Series, Holidays Hits 1044

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours on this day when we celebrate everything God has done for us!

To continue with our Christmas Playlist series that we kicked off earlier this week, Brother P. is sharing why he thinks that "O Come All Ye Faithful" fits the bill today.

Honoring Our Heavenly Father

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 14 June 2018. Posted in Holidays Hits 1369

Honoring Our Heavenly Father

We all have different relationships with our fathers. But dads do tend to have a special place in our hearts. This may be a little stereotypical — and this is not intended to mean that moms do not do this too! — but dads are hardworking, yet they still make time to help us with our homework or projects we have going on. They lovingly share and teach us their special talents without complaint. They may be tough on us, but it's only because they want us to grow up to be the best human being possible.

Since it's Father's Day this week, we tend to think more about our natural fathers and father figures than we may the rest of the year. If we are lucky enough to still have our father with us, we may stress out to find the "perfect" gift for him and a card that says exactly how we feel. We may plan to go visit him over the weekend or give him a call. Regardless of what we do, this Sunday, we tend to honor and celebrate our father figures for everything they have done for us throughout our lives.

Approved and Proven

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 12 June 2018. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 1740

Approved and Proven

With Father’s Day approaching, my thoughts are drawn to my father, who left this earth to be with Jesus in 2014. Naturally speaking, my dad’s life taught me many things. He worked a LOT to keep my childhood happy and carefree, so I inherited a strong work ethic, learning to work hard and save for things in life. As a kid, though, I didn’t understand why lights always had to be off when we left a room or why the refrigerator door or front door to our house couldn’t remain open because “money doesn’t grow on trees” or “we don’t live in a barn,” as just a few examples of perplexing things fathers say to kids.

As a rebellious teen, even more things my dad said and did wore on my nerves. I often viewed him as annoying and sometimes getting in the way of what I wanted to do and hopelessly not able to understand my world. I failed to see him as the foundation of my security and well-being in the tireless daily contributions my parents both invested in our family.

Happy Memorial Day

Written by Brother Lou Pietrangelo on Monday, 28 May 2018. Posted in Holidays Hits 1264

Happy Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day, we're re-publishing an article from May 19, 2014, called "Fall, Run, Stop." It's a WWII experience shared by Brother Lou Pietrangelo and taken from The Church History Vol. 2.

After being trained on B-29 aircraft, I flew overseas to the Pacific Theater to a U.S. air base on a small island called Tinian, about 1,500 miles off of Japan's main island. One evening while preparing for flight takeoff (one per minute), as we waited in our positions to get on the runway, I decided to write a letter to my mother.

Happy New Year!

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 01 January 2018. Posted in Holidays Hits 1648

Happy New Year!

We here at the Gospel Blog want to wish you all a very happy New Year! Today, we thought we'd do something fun. Here's a little year-end review of 2017.

Since Jan. 1, 2017…

  • We've published 256 posts
  • We've grown to 699 email subscribers
  • We've sustained 5+ years of continuous blogging (starting March 5, 2012)
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