Today I have spent a few hours studying the Old Testament for my seminary lessons of the week. I love the stories found in the Old Testament. I love the principles of the gospel they so beautifully illiterate. I love to carefully mark passages in the margins of my scriptures with thoughts and impressions as I study.
Today I also read the first two talks in the November 2011 Conference issue. I feel inspired to act on an impression I had a few weeks ago. Today's post is to test the waters.
Elder Richard G. Scott spoke on the power of Scriptures in our lives.
"Scriptures are like packets of light that illuminate our minds and give place to guidance and inspiration from on high."
I made a list of the principles he taught us regarding the scriptures:
1.) Scriptures offer "solutions to life's most perplexing problems." All this is available at our finger tips... if we open the book.
2.) Scriptures are "inspired... through the Holy ghost." thus "they are pure truth." We can trust them. "Their use provides a foundation of truth..."
3.) Scriptures are "the key to open communication with our Father in Heaven." Prayers are answered through the scriptures.
4.) Scriptures, when used correctly, "provide the strength of authority" to our testimonies.
5.) Scriptures are "available when needed."
6.) "Learning, pondering, searching, and memorizing scriptures is like filling a filing cabinet with friends, values, and truths that can be called upon anytime, anywhere in the world." He then taught of the great power that comes from committing scripture to heart.
7.) Scriptures "give great direction in life."
8.) Scriptures are a "key to unlock revelation and guidance and inspiration of the Holy Ghost."
9.) Scriptures "calm an agitated soul, giving peace, hope, and restoration of confidence in one's ability to overcome the challenges of life." Scriptures are also a "potent power to heal emotional challenges."
10.) Scriptures have different meanings at different times in our lives.
I've been pondering all these thoughts.
I've been pondering what I can do to improve my personal scripture study.
I've been longing for an opportunity to have a meaningful scripture conversation with adults. (I serve in Primary as the pianist on Sundays and haven't been to Sunday School or RS in 3 years.)
I've been toying with the idea of starting a blog dedicated to study of the Book of Mormon. I just didn't know if it was a good idea.
The end of Elder Scott's talk bares testimony that "those who consistently read the Book of Mormon are blessed with an added measure of the spirit of the Lord, a greater resolve to obey His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the divinity of the Son of God."
I think I have my answer. DO IT.
Now the question is, should a start a new blog or should I just add the posts to my existing blog?
What do you think? Are you with me? Would you study with me and make comments? I'm dying for scripture conversation.
Here are my goals:
1. Read one chapter in the Book of Mormon a day and comment on the thoughts I had while I read. I will reserve 1 day a week to reading and commenting on a conference talk. I need to develop a better habit of studying modern revelation.
2. Get a simple copy of the Book of Mormon and mark it as I go. I've been marking my Standard Works as I prepare for seminary and have decided to give each child a set that I've marked when we all get older. Interesting thing is that I've basically marked each set as I parented each kid through their teen years. I am hoping that these books become a treasure to them as they are to me. I now have the goal to repeat the Book of Mormon over and over, one chapter at a time, until I have a copy for each grandchild, the first to be born in February.
3. For now, I will publish my reading thoughts here on this blog. I will tag them as BofM study. you can go directly to each post from the clicking on that tag in the subject list to the left of the blog.
Elder Scott threw down the challenge. "May each of us avail ourselves of the wealth of blessings that result from scripture study..."
So there you have it. What do you think? Please tell me. I plan on starting my Book of Mormon study December 1. Are you with me?