I love the scriptures!!! Review: Inviting the Holy Ghost into our lives allows us to understand the mind and will of God and helps us to better understand the world around us. It is important to invite the Spirit when we read the scriptures and to be willing to listen to the "still small voice" within us as we read the scriptures so that we will better understand the meaning of the teachings as they are given to us. When I am having a tough day or I feel sad or troubled I go to the scriptures because they comfort me and remind me of the reason for life at this time. Today we began the book of 2nd Nephi. Lehi, Nephi's father, is about to die and he brings his children together and gives them council. He reminds them of the blessings of God that they can see in the history of their people where he has preserved them and he reminds them how God preserved them by bringing them out of Jerusalem. He speaks about this land that they have been brought to and the promises of the Lord on it. He calls it a promised land, a land where people will have liberty, and he tells how those who come to this land are brought here by the Lord. We can understand the power of God as we read this. Power to preserve the righteous, power to hide things away (as he did with the knowledge of this land and keeping it preserved for those he brought here), and also the power to take it away as the people forget God and turn on one another in anger and in greed. We stopped our reading at verse 13 and it was a sad place. Lehi tells how the people turn away from God and yet even in this there is a call to awake and turn from sorrow and back to God. Today we talked about how the scriptures will repeat themselves, two, three, even four times. It is not that God thinks we cannot hear but that he understands the human mind and knows that it can take some time for the message to be understood. I am so grateful that he understands us and that he reaches out to teach and caution us.
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