Thursday, January 1, 2009

"For my soul delighteth in the scriptures"

This morning I finished reading the Old Testament through for the second time. I was hoping to finish yesterday, but I don't think one day off really makes that much of a difference. It took me 3 years or so to do it.. mostly because I would go through phases, (like we all do), where I either didn't want to read from the OT any more or even read scriptures at all. The first time I did it, I had read the entire standard works in 1yr and 3mo.
It wasn't until a few weeks ago that I became determined to finish this reading of the OT. I had just finished the challenge my Home Teacher gave me to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year, and I think I just wanted to keep going with something. I love the OT. I can honestly say that it's my favorite book of scripture after the BOM. I find it funny when people say they hate it or don't like it, because I think to myself, you don't know what your missing! There is so much in the OT. I will say that it's a lot of dry reading... and there are a lot of times when I think to myself, "how many more chapters in this book?" I think that is just because there is so much in it that we do not understand. But really, it's eloquent. It's teachings have the same theme as all the other books of scriptures; love, humility, charity, purity. Of all the things I've learned from reading the OT, the thing that stands out most is how much our Heavenly Father and Savior love us and how merciful they are, even when we turn away.
I'm excited that we will be starting the Doctrine & Covenants study in Mormon Doctrine this year. It's funny how when you start something or are about to finish it, you get excited or anxious. But when your in the middle... you just want it to be over with. Why is that? How do you get to the point like Nephi where all of it is a delight? (2 Neph 4:15) I love that scripture in Alma that says... "the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me" (Alma 32:28). I love the scriptures... and sometimes I love to read them. How do you get to the point where you ALWAYS love reading them?


Lehmann Adventures...... said...

I love reading the scriptires and will miss reading them each night with Adam as he is deploying this next week. I recieved your picture and letter and hope to see a baby in the 2009 version!! we are keeping you in our prayers. We hope this new year will bring new adventures!

CM Stephensen said...

Thank you sooooo much!
You will be in my thoughts and prayers while Adam is away.

I look forward to family scripture study when Steve is home. Sometimes we do better than others.