A place to share thoughts and experiences during our journey.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

So...I think we are set to end our reading on Dec 30 instead of the 31st.  Am I retarded??  Well, this is actually good, gives us a few buffer pages!!  Not many, but a few!!  I was really sick over the weekend and got behind, but I finally caught back up tonight.  Can you believe we are into Helaman?

I am teaching a Relief Society lesson in January about this reading challenge, and I'd love to use any of your quotes/comments or special experiences you have to share with me.  Let me know if you have anything to share.... I'm looking for ways the Book of Mormon has brought you peace and a stronger desire to love and serve our Savior.  Thank you!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sorry I have been slacking on this blog lately.  I hope you are all still reading...no matter how much or little you are reading, the blessings will come.  I have felt that the Lord is pleased with this "gift" we have given Him.  I love my Savior, Jesus Christ.  I know He lives.  Happy Holiday season!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Halfway There!!

We're halfway!!

I love that today's reading ended with Alma 24.  It's my favorite story in the Book of Mormon.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Today, Alma 5:62 stood out to me.  Alma is speaking to two groups of people.

Alma Chapter 5 is:
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints = a Command
Everyone else on this earth = an Invitation

Once we are baptized and become members of the LDS Church, we have taken upon ourselves very sacred covenants that we can NOT take lightly.  Obviously amazing blessings come with Church membership, but at the same time, we are bound to very serious responsibilities.  We are lifted higher....but this means we will fall further if we choose to reject the truth and light we now have.  Alma 9:23-24 sums this up perfectly.

Something to think about... and not just think about, but act on.  Do and be a little better each day.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

“I love our scriptures. I love these wonderful volumes, which set forth the word of the Lord—given personally or through prophets—for the guidance of our Father’s sons and daughters. I love to read the scriptures, and I try to do so consistently and repeatedly. I love to quote from them, for they give the voice of authority to that which I say. I do not claim distinction as a scholar of the scriptures. For me, the reading of the scriptures is not the pursuit of scholarship. Rather, it is a love affair with the word of the Lord and that of his prophets."  -President Gordon B. Hinckley

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Head over to Ashley's blog to read some of her great Read With Me thoughts. 

Page 200 today!  Are ya'll still with me?  With the Holiday weekend, I've had to stay up late to finish my pages, but now I can't even sleep without my reading being done.  Remember on my other blog a few weeks ago, I talked about how I felt when I read the scriptures daily on my mission?  How I wanted that feeling back?  Well, it's back, and I NEVER want it to leave again!  I crave those 10 pages a day now.  Last night I was so into my reading that I read 3 pages ahead before I realized it!  I love how it feels to have scriptures be a priority again.  Now I plan my afternoon or evening around my scripture study instead of hoping I can squeeze it in.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My sweet friend Ashley wanted to share her thought with us:

"Verse 22 in Mosiah 2 and the very beginning says, "And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments;" - (My thoughts --->) "This one stuck out to me as like a, duh scripture. I just need to keep the commandments of the Lord. That's all. I just need to read my scriptures, ponder and pray. I just need to be an example and follow the Holy Ghost. I just need to be a Daughter of God. He's just asking that much from us."

Thank you Ashley!  I'm glad you brought up the word "ponder".  The concept of pondering the scriptures and the Gospel has become more clear to me in this process of reading the Book of Mormon.  Elder L. Lionel Kendrick of the Seventy said, "To ponder is to meditate, to think, to feast, and to treasure. It is more than a mental method, it is a spiritual striving to obtain and to understand truth."  I have felt the strongest impressions and new truths have been taught to me when I take a few minutes to just sit and think about what I've read and what's going on in my life right now.