Posts Tagged ‘scriptures’

“May They Be One”- 2014 National Bible Week Celebration

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Thanksgiving Day in the United States is traditionally observed on the fourth Thursday in the month of November. It is a day in which family members and friends from far and near gather together to give thanks for their bounteous blessings, both great and small, and to enjoy good company and conversation as they participate in the festivities of the day. This tradition was set forth in a proclamation penned by Abraham Lincoln on 20 October 1864. The Proclamation, known as Proclamation 118, states in part: Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may then be, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe. And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust and from thence offer up penitent... Read the rest of this entry »

Scripture Study Brings Us Closer to Christ

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Is scripture study important? I believe whole-heatedly that it is! As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”), I follow the counsel from our prophets to be immersed in the scriptures every day. I know that both the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the Word of God, they teach Christ’s teachings, and the very words which we have before us can change souls. In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons, and published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc. (pp 136-137), Gibbons teaches the power of scripture study and how it can bless the reader with protection and strength: Read the rest of this entry »  Read More →

The Scriptures Can Be Applied to Our Lives and Bring Us Closer to Jesus Christ

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the “Mormon Church” by friends of other faiths), I follow the counsel of our Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, to read the scriptures every day. Mormons believe the scriptures to include the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price; as well as words of the living prophets. These sacred texts can be applied to our lives in a very personal way—thus lifting us towards God in a most gratifying manner. Every day I read them, I can find a new truth that helps me in what ever situation I am currently in. They truly are a never-ending source of learning. In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons, and published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc.we read of some precious examples of how these truths can be realized: When I departed from Logan, Utah for my mission in Brazil, I took my father’s scriptures with me. Dad passed away when I was seventeen... Read the rest of this entry »

My Spiritual Experience and Conversion

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

By Steven O’Dell I was raised by good parents who cared for their children, seeing to their needs and education in all ways within their means. We were rich in love, if not in money. I attended the occasional church meeting over the years, but not enough to say I was religiously inclined or informed. My grandparents on both sides of the family were worthy of being called saints, if ever there were any. They were God-fearing and -respecting believers. No better people existed than them. While in high school, I got an interest in attending a church that some friends were affiliated with. It was a local branch of The Church of Christ. I was even baptized by the pastor while I was there. We went on trips as a youth group and had a good time, but there always seemed to be something missing from the experience. It felt like there needed to be more than social gatherings. Read the rest of this entry »  Read More →