Monthly Archives: February 2008

Sleepy Reader

I do feel that reading the Book of Mormon each day is having a good effect on me, and there is something about reading it all at once fast that gives a perspective that can’t be had going over it verse by verse.

I have really been struck by the idea that prophets are regular people, but they are people interested in knowing God. Nephi gains so much information simply because he has heard what his father says and he wants to know for himself and see it with his own eyes. There is so much to be gained from just asking in faith. I really want to invest more time in prayer and asking to understand. When I’m immersed in the scriptures and have a strong line to my Heavenly Father, my mind opens up and I see new things, I understand differently, and I start to feel changes in every part of my life as things start to line up more with the Lord’s will. President Packer once said that the saints live well below their blessings. The fact that so much light, knowledge, love, understanding and personal transformation is right there to reach out and hold on to–He is so close–yet I simply don’t “look and live” attests to that.

 There’s something for me to work on.

The Hinckley Challenge

I decided to take the Hinckley Challenge and read the Book of Mormon in 97 days as a tribute to our great prophet. That means 5.5 pages a day.

I started last night, and have to say I was so tired I practically had to march in place while reading to stay awake.

I was struck as always by that wonderful phrase on the “tender mercies” of the Lord:

“But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance” (1 Ne. 1:20).

David A. Bednar said: The Lord’s tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts which we receive from and because of and through the Lord Jesus Christ. Truly, the Lord suits “his mercies according to the conditions of the children of men” (D&C 46:15). source

I have seen these little miracles of mercy in my life and want to renew my effort to look for them more.