I love to read the scriptures!!! In the Book of Mormon we see the difference in attitude of those who choose to do the will of the Lord and those who choose to do what is convenient and comfortable. Not unlike today, the scriptures can reveal that which is pleasing to Heavenly Father and that which is not. As we go through life do we look about us and ask God why things are not going our way? Or do we look about us and ask what is it that God would have us do? To me, this defines a lot of the differences between Nephi and those that sought God's will and those that murmured and complained against those who sought God's will. This is a casual setting; the scriptures and my sharing of thoughts along the way. It would be easy to just read the scriptures and that be it but I do not believe this is the way the scriptures are to be read. I believe they are to be held up to the light and seen with eyes that reflect the circumstance we live in on a personal level as well as a community, nation, and world. My hope is that you may give yourself a chance to ponder and enjoy the scriptures yourself. And that you will not be afraid of them of them as something that does not have anything to do with your life today. In the D&C we spoke of Joseph Smith, JR and a simple phrase in verse 8 "marvel not that I have called him to mine own purpose". It causes me to reflect on the concept that it is not my place to tell people where they ought to be in their lives. It really makes me take a step back and think. I have been accused of judging others as Laman and Lemuel accused Lehi and Nephi of doing to the people of Jerusalem. To judge and to admonish or council or encourage are very different things. I want others to show me by action and by words how I can improve. But I do not want them to tell me I do not have the ability to be what God has called me to be. I do not wish to do this to others either. God's word applies to us today. Till next time...
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