I’ve been reading the Book of Mormon fairly consistently now since September 1, 2011. Part of it has to do with a Facebook challenge to finish the whole book by December 31, 2011.
Not only am I about a month or so ahead of schedule (I hope to finish it by the end of this month), but I’m so excited to read it every day, be reminded of new things, and am even reading a book along side it called “By the Hand of Mormon” by Terryl L Givens.
As I consider how things have gone with my addiction since reading the Book of Mormon, one of my favorite scriptures comes to mind that I just read tonight (I started in Alma, read to Moroni, and am finishing from the beginning):
1 Nephi 15:23-25
23 And they said unto me: What meaneth the arodof iron which our father saw, that led to the tree?
24 And I said unto them that it was the aword of God; and whoso would hearken unto the word of God, and would bhold fast unto it, they would never perish; neither could the ctemptations and the fiery ddarts of the eadversary overpower them unto blindness, to lead them away to destruction.
25 Wherefore, I, Nephi, did exhort them to give aheed unto the word of the Lord; yea, I did exhort them with all the energies of my soul, and with all the bfaculty which I possessed, that they would give heed to the word of God and remember to keep his commandments always in all things.
This is so true.
The fiery darts are still there, but they don’t seem to be as strong.
As I give heed unto the word of the Lord with all the energy of my soul and with all the faculty with I possess, I’m strengthened and protected.
It’s been fun to read the book this time and notice Mormon’s voice and Nephi’s voice as writers inspired by God. Neither one of them really knew completely WHY they were doing this work, but they knew it was necessary.
I love the Book of Mormon. I love the clarity it gives me about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love how it makes me feel as I read from it’s pages.
My hope is that I can help my children want to read the Book of Mormon as they see me diligently reading from its pages every morning.
That’s all I have to talk about tonight.