Monday, January 02, 2006

I failed to heed to the Prophets call!

I tried to comply with the Prophets call to read the Book of Mormon in 2005, but I didn't make it. It was 11:59 New Years Eve when I realized that we hadn't finished reading The Book of Mormon. It was too late. If I had only had the foresight to read earlier in the day the 2 1/2 pages we had left, I wouldn't have been disobedient. Oh well.

All kidding aside, about 6-7 months ago, my wife suggested that we take up the Prophets counsel to read the Book of Mormon. We have been married for nearly 7 years and we have not been diligent in reading the scriptures or having FHE. So when she said we should do it, I was all for it. I just wanted to share a couple of things.

First off, I had been struggling with keeping my mind off of worldly things. I struggled and prayed and struggled some more. We have said a prayer as a family for a while now and I nearly always say my individual prayers. But doing this was not enough apparently. Almost immediately after we began reading the Book of Mormon, my mind became clear. I no longer had a desire to partake in the worldly things I'd had so much of a problem with before. It's amazing. Occasionally I will think of going back, but the desire never stays with me.

We are going to try to make some new years resolutions this year.

1. We are going to read through the Book of Mormon as a family, two pages at a time (I have a 1 year old, a three year old and a 5 year old. I'm not going to push it.)

2. We will hold FHE every Monday.

3.My wife and I are going to read each Gospel doctrine reading assignment every Wednesday, and the Priesthood/Relief society manual every Friday.

Perhaps we can finally get our act together.

Has anyone else noticed any changes as they have read the scriptures?


Dallas Robbins said...

Those are some great goals for your family. I wish you luck. As for me, I haven't even started reading the Book of Mormon since the prophet's message, except for a few times here and there. And speaking of worldly things, geez, I sure can relate. Your idea of reading the assignments ahead of time, I think I'll put that into practice. I haven't done that for a long time.

Ian said...

Dallas, I suggest you read it. The last time I read the Book of Mormon every day was on my mission. I never noticed the profound effect that it has until now though.

P.S. I am going to try and check out some of your podcasts. It sounds interesting.