Friday, September 18, 2015

Beginning to read the Book of Mormon

Today I am starting to read the Book of Mormon. Long ago, Elder Bednar came and spoke here in Texas, he said we should read the Book of Mormon looking for "strength of the Lord". I didn't think there was a whole lot of times that exact phrase was used so I decided to take it a step further. I will look for the times when man/woman reaches out to God and for the times God reaches out to man.

I look for the time that the people are reaching out to the Lord and the time when the Lord is reaching out to the people. I then apply it to myself using IF.. I do this... THEN...this will happen. Then I think about how I can make it happen.

I have also read the Book of Mormon with my children and have found great meaning in color coding the book. Growing up the there were Bibles where the words spoken by Christ were printed in red. So taking that and adding to it. The children and I have decided to mark:

Names of God--red (2nd down)
Priesthood/Power of God--yellow (2nd down)
Commandments--blue (2nd down)
Food-- green (2nd down)
Metal-- gray (4th from the right)
Animals--purple (2nd down)

The latter 3 are really fun for young children.

So here I go...

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Title Page

The Book of Mormon

An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi

Wherefore, it is an abridgment of the record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites—Written to the Lamanites, who are a remnant of the house of Israel; and also to Jew and Gentile—Written by way of commandment, and also by the spirit of prophecy and of revelation—Written and sealed up, and hid up unto the Lord, that they might not be destroyed—To come forth by the gift and power of God unto the interpretation thereof—Sealed by the hand of Moroni, and hid up unto the Lord, to come forth in due time by way of the Gentile—The interpretation thereof by the gift of God.

An abridgment taken from the Book of Ether also, which is a record of the people of Jared, who were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people, when they were building a tower to get to heaven—Which is to show unto the remnant of the house of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever—And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations—And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment-seat of Christ.

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So... is man reaching out to God? God reaching out to man?

There is a lot of yellow... it was through the priesthood that Joseph Smith was able to translate the Book of Mormon. What better example of reaching out to God and God reaching out to man.

I know that later on in the Book of Mormon there is concern when some family members fall away from the Lord while others stay true. The followers of Christ prayed fervently for their family who fell away. The Book of Mormon might be the end result of such prayers.

I like it said "in due time". God's time is certainly not our time. As a new member of the church I tried to picture my future-- a big happy family living in peace and comfort. When I tried to marry right away the Lord had other plans. He sent me on a mission and then had a wonderful, faithful, Godly man waiting for me when I got home. When I tried to have as many kids as I could the Lord stopped me at #5. Now my wonderful husband sees our future as not going on missions all over the world like we thought but perhaps we'll stay home and foster children. God certainly has different plans for us sometimes. I imagine the people who prayed fervently for the salvation of others-- Lehi, Enos. How much they must have wanted the Lord to help the people to change their ways, to seek God, to follow the commandments and have faith in Christ. How heart wrenching it is when people around us choose to walk away from the Lord. But all is not lost, "in due time" everyone will be given multiple opportunities to seek the Lord and find Him.

IF... THEN...

IF.. I pray fervently THEN... I need to wait for the "due time" of the Lord. Its hard.

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