Monday, January 14, 2008
Last night at 9:39 I completed the Book of Mormon. I entered this challenge lightly thinking that I easily read books this size in a week. I finished Roots and Anna Karenina under a week, no big?
This was big, this was huge. I believe there is opposition in all things, I also believe that with God all things are possible. I experienced both. I am so grateful for the experience and I challenge anyone out there to try it. I was carried and assisted by Heavenly Father. I am pretty sure I won't do this again for at least another year, but this really jump started my reading which was beginning to wane. I loved the story line. I loved reading all that Nephi had experienced with his father Lehi, experiencing the love and then going on to his lament in losing him in the Psalm of Nephi (2 Nephi 4). I loved seeing Alma witness Amuleks great sermon and humbling himself and being willing to give up all things to bring others to Christ after only hearing the word. I loved seeing his prayers for his son Alma jr. and the miraculous event that occurred. My heart swelled when I read of his sons experience with repentance and then conversion and his then complete change once he had "received his image in (his) countenance" (Alma 5) I was amazed to see his great commitment he showed in being willing to return to a city that he had just been kicked out of. I love that he found Amulek who was prepared and willing to sacrifice his social standing to testify. I loved hearing that Alma loved Amulek and took time to minister to him so freely after they had completed their mission. Lehi and Nephi also were willing to give up all in order to teach the gospel and were miraculously preserved. Moroni and his title of liberty made me want to rally and protect my family from a man who will stop at nothing to "dethrone" my children of a Heavenly King.
You get the point. I have now set a more reasonable goal of 10 pages a day, and hope that I can continue to hear the spirit and follow the promptings I receive.
I will get off my soap box and just give you a bit of diet advice that is my blogs original purpose: Today, remember what Amulek said to Zeezrom and just modify it a bit i.e. "oh thou (chocolate from) hell, why tempt ye me? Knowest thou that the righteous yeildeth to no such temptations?" (Alma 11:23)
Good luck today.