President Eyring said that the Book of Mormon makes things clear and leads us to eternal life. I have found this to be true. He points out how the Book of Mormon teaches us, through word and example, that as members of the Lord's church we promise to become more charitable, to become a witness of God, and to endure to the end.
I was reminded of the testimony of my Bishop this morning... about service and helping those in our ward in need of just a little extra. President Eying's example was King Benjamin, who taught that "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of you God. I know that I feel more charity in general the more I try to serve others around me.
The part of his talk that I've been obsessing over is this, "Parents who struggle to get a witness of the Savior into the heart of a child will be helped as they seek for a way to bring the words and the spirit of the Book of Mormon into the home and all the lives in their family."
Gosh! I hope so! I mourn for my Chad. His anger and sadness are heart breaking.
On the up side, there has been a change in my home since I've started to "daily feast from the Book of Mormon" and blogging about it.
Chad hasn't made any major changes, but every once in a while there is a little glimmer of light... he's quiet and respectful during family scripture reading and prayer... he wants to do more activities with the family... he finally sees the value of an education and has been talking college plans... or is considering finally cleaning his room so he can earn his driver's permit. He even tried out for a school play and got a descent part. Weird. But I know it's because I am doing what I can to feast on the Book of Mormon and receive inspiration as to just how to reach him. President Eyring's comment was like a blast of wind in my sail and I feel like the effort is worth continuing... enduring.
My study, this time around, has helped me "to build faith..." and to "draw closer to God..."
I must say, reading and recording my thoughts, has been the greatest gift I've ever given myself.
Elder Robert D. Hales on the purpose of this life is to grow, develop, and strengthen through our experiences.
I think the most enlightening fact I learned was that to wait, means to have hope and to trust. To wait requires faith, patience, humility, meekness, long-suffering, keeping the commandments, and enduring to the end. It means planting a seed. It means praying. It means to ponder and to receive answers through the Holy Ghost. It meas to stand fast and to press forward. It means relying on the merits of Christ. It means to be immovable in keeping the commandments.
This talk also encouraged and up lifted me as I struggle with the feeling of loss and hopelessness concerning my loved ones that stray from the Savior.
What a great personal study today. I needed that.
What did you learn?