"How sweet are thy words unto my taste!
yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth."


~Psalm 119:103


Monday, November 1, 2010

An Attitude of Gratitude
(Alma 34:38)


"Live in thanksgiving daily."

Consider the account of the loaves and the fishes in Matthew 15 (with emphasis):
32 ¶ Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.
33 And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?
34 And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.
35 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.
36 And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
37 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.
38 And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.

Jesus gave thanks - and a miracle followed! "Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things" (D&C 59:7).

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Spiritual Preparation
(Alma 48:7)

Now it came to pass that while Amalickiah had thus been obtaining power by fraud and deceit, Moroni, on the other hand, had been preparing the minds of the people to be faithful unto the Lord their God.

What does it mean to be spiritual prepared? How can I prepare my mind to be faithful?

Monday, August 9, 2010

Are Mormons Christian?
(Alma 46:15)

And those who did belong to the church were faithful; yea, all those who were true believers in Christ took upon them, gladly, the name of Christ, or Christians as they were called, because of their belief in Christ who should come.

As in the time of Captain Moroni (estimated to be about 70 B.C.), those who belong to the Mormon church today, who are true believers in Christ, gladly take upon themselves the name of Christ, or Christian! As stated in the prayer on the bread of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper (the Eucharist or Holy Communion):
O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them; that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen. (D&C 20:77; emphasis mine.)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Spiritually Begotten of Christ
(Mosiah 5:7)

And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters.
What are covenants? What does it mean to be spiritually begotten of Christ? How are our hearts changed through Him? What does it mean to be His son or daughter?
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).

The Wise Woman Built Her House
Upon a Rock (Helaman 5:12)


Helaman counseled his sons Nephi and Lehi:
And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall (Helaman 5:12).

Jesus taught this same concept during His ministry:
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it (Matthew 7:24-27).

He affirmed the importance of building on His rock - and helped define what that means - in latter-day revelation:
Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail.

Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.

Behold the wounds which pierced my side, and also the prints of the nails in my hands and feet; be faithful, keep my commandments, and ye shall inherit the kingdom of heaven (D&C 6:34, 36-37).

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Answers to Prayer
(Alma 58:10-12)

Therefore we did pour out our souls in prayer to God, that he would strengthen us and deliver us out of the hands of our enemies, yea, and also give us strength that we might retain our cities, and our lands, and our possessions, for the support of our people.

Yea, and it came to pass that the Lord our God did visit us with assurances that he would deliver us; yea, insomuch that he did speak peace to our souls, and did grant unto us great faith, and did cause us that we should hope for our deliverance in him.

And we did take courage with our small force which we had received, and were fixed with a determination to conquer our enemies, and to maintain our lands, and our possessions, and our wives, and our children, and the cause of our liberty.

Answers to prayers come in many ways. I love the answers that Helaman's people received in response to their cries to the Lord. I desire these answers to my own prayers:
  • Peace.

  • Faith.

  • Hope.

  • Courage.

  • Determination.

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Tender Mercies of the Lord
(1 Nephi 1:20)

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 Nephi 1:20).
The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works (Psalm 145:9).
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.
            ~Elder David A. Bednar (April 2005)
How have you experienced the tender mercies of the Lord?

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Introduction


I'm excited about this opportunity to read the Book of Mormon in a different way than I've done before. I love the idea of reading as a community, and I'm eager to see what thoughts and insights are shared on the challenge blog. I also like the format of the reading schedule, especially the quotes and questions.

I have read the Book of Mormon many times, and this time I want to focus on learning how to become a better disciple of Jesus. For me the goal of this project is to find the peace and joy that come through Jesus Christ.