The Book Of Mormon

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I love this book. I find myself more thankful for it each and every day. Every time I read it I can feel the truth of it and the joy and understanding that it brings to my soul. I gain new knowledge and strength when I read it. I love reading the stories of ancient times and seeing the struggles and hard times the people went through. Their struggles, I find, are similar to ours. Although these stories are old, I can see myself in them. I can gain strength from the wisdom and knowledge of the people, and learn correct principles. I see how the people’s faith in god affects their lives. How some people grow and prosper, while some falter and fall because of unbelief and because they do not listening to what is right. I have had countless times in my life where I needed an answer or direction in my life. I struggled and didn’t know who I could turn to or to what source I could go to, for comfort and clarity. The book of Mormon, however, has always been there. I know, from numerous experiences, that when I need help I can open up this book and learn. It is for me. It is for US. All of us. We all can learn from it. This is a promise. This book is another testament of Christ. What is a testament? A testament is by definition: “Something that serves as tangible proof or evidence”. So, just like the bible testifies that there is a god, the book of Mormon also testifies that there is a god. They go hand-in-hand to teach the teachings of Christ. I know this. I know Christ lives. I know that he has given us these tools so that we may learn of him and follow him. He has blessed us. & I am so thankful for this.

One thing that I do to help make my scripture study more meaningful and to help me focus on what I am reading is something I call…

   S.O.A.P!

S stands for SUMMARIZE! So after I read I summarize what I read, in my journal.

O stands for OBSERVATION! I write down any observations I found or anything I think is interesting.

A stands for APPLICATION! We are to liken the scriptures to ourselves and apply it to our lives to help us. I write down possible applications to my life.

P stands for PRAYER! Don’t forget to pray! Scripture study can become much more meaningful if after we study we pray to ask if what you are reading is true, if there is anything more we can learn, and anything other questions we may have.

I love this strategy I know that it will help so much!!! 

The scriptures are true. God loves his children. He has given us so much. I testify of this.

Always remember to fill your day with things that make you happy & lift others 🙂

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What Makes You Happy?

What Makes You Happy?

What makes you unique? What are your passions? Your fears? Your goals and aspirations?

The world sees you by your appearance, your age, your occupation, and other things.

But that is not you.

You are more.

Much more.

I think in life we see and talk to people everyday, but we rarely actually get know a person, get to know their dreams, their goals, their trials, and strengths.

Their divine potential.

     I have found in my life that in the times when I have allowed myself to really get to know someone, I have found more love for that person. People are amazing. People are strong. Each of us have unique trials and strengths. Learning about others trials has given me strength and has showed me how amazing humans are. How much they can fight, endure, and press forward even when their situation seems hopeless.

What strengthens them?

What gives them the ability to endure so much?

What makes them happy and bring them joy even when life is hard?

 There are many things that bring us joy, like family, religion, our passions. So I decided to think about my passions. What makes me uniquely me? God has given us each unique gifts for us to develop and to bring us joy. What are those gifts that I have? what were my strengths? How could I improve upon them? I know I’m not musically or artistically inclined. However, because I know that God has given us each skills, I knew that I did have some. But maybe they aren’t as apparent, maybe I needed to develop my talents, and maybe as I grow and experience more I will discover my talents. As I thought about it, I came to the conclusion that in my life, one thing I am very passionate about is other people. Now that doesn’t mean that i’m perfect at showing it. It’s something I continually have to work at. I am an extrovert. Talking to people makes my day. I am a very social person. & I want to help others but I don’t always know how. I have always admired those people who know exactly what to say and have the courage to do it. This Is something I need to work on.There has been countless times where I have wanted to say something. wanted to help. But didn’t quite know how to say it. I hope that this blog will help me get more in tune with that so I can become better at teaching and helping others as a missionary.