1.Decide to make time each day for spiritual growth.
growth does not come from focusing on the critical activities, nor the
leisure activities, and certainly not from wasteful activities, but rather
on important activities.Critical activites are crucial, and often deadline driven events
(your job, an illness, a family emergency).Leisure and true recreation is important, in proportion, but
mindless pursuits (mindless TV, computer games, gossiping, etc.,) should
be avoided at all costs.Important
activities usually take a back seat to critical activities because they
don't have a deadline.Important
activities are those such as spending quality time with your companion or
family, exercise, self-improvement activities, a priesthood visit, a phone
call to a friend with spiritual/emotional need.These are vital to life, but are activites often
pushed aside for the daily grind of life.Rarely will anyone ever force you to do this type of
activity--but your spiritual life depends on them!
study is one of these important activities that no one will force us to
do.But your spiritual growth is
important.For it to happen, one
has to MAKE IT happen.Put a daily
plan in place to do something important for yourself.
each session with prayer.Remember
to ask God for His spirit's presence, wisdom, understanding.
Develop a discipline to keep your study regular.
specific time for 15 minutes of regular study daily. For instance, if
evening home life is too busy from working all day, use your lunch break
to eat and make time for study.Another option would be to get up 20 minutes earlier each morning
to find quiet time to study.
out T.V. and time wasting distractions from your life. Free-time will
appear from nowhere.
person reads about 10 pages a day, he or she can read the entire Bible,
Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and covenants in about 9 months time! Less than one year, to easily read what
many never read in a lifetime.
3. Pray for a testimony of the truth.Not once, but ALWAYS.
hint is for everyone, not just people contemplating their baptismal
covenant.The Book of Mormon makes
a clear spiritual truth known in the book of Moroni.If anyone will ask God in sincerity if
these words are His words (i.e. that they are true), God has promised to
show the truth to anyone who will openly and honestly ask.( see Moroni 10:5) But everyone needs the continual
affirmation of the scripture's truth--that's what spiritual growth
through study really is: the
process of God continually showing light and truth to His people through
the power of the Holy Ghost.The
promise Moroni makes is extended to every person no matter what their
Read from the 1908 version of the Book of Mormon, or
Restored Covenant Edition, if possible.
1908 is the authorized version of the RLDS church.
1966 version omits several important forms of speech that contribute to
the Hebrew authenticity of the original text.
Mormon Book of Mormon uses different chapter/verse divisions.
Use a highlighter and/or pen to mark your scriptures.
bring spiritual meaning to your life--many people enjoy highlighting
scriptures that bring personal meaning in the moment they are
discovered.These are useful to
find later for spiritual strength and witnessing.
cross references in the margins if you care to.The Book of Mormon is another testimony of Jesus that
perfectly meshes with the stories and lessons of the Bible.Often, a reader will find truth in one book only to later discover the
same truth in the other book.Cross-referencing helps to solidify our testimony.
6.Keep a notebook handy
these down spiritual understanding as it “hits you.”
study opens spiritual understanding.Sometimes our thoughts while “in the spirit” are on a higher plane
of understanding.It helps to
write these understandings down as they occur for future cohesive
7.Decide to tell some one something you learned.
have proven that orally communicating thoughts and understandings
increases retention of the one who shares the ideas.You can actually understand scripture
better if you tell someone else about it!
of the best ways to learn is to take the stories and try to explain them
to a child.If what you relate
makes sense to them too,
scripture with others is one of the best and fastest ways to commit the
principles and verses to memory, and one of the best ways to share your
witness of Jesus Christ.
the history, the lives, the emotions of the people who lived in this land.
the promises and prophesies that God has not forgotten his people.The scattered will be gathered, and He
will return and bless the land.
Searching for Scriptures regarding Sexuality?
Searching for scriptures regarding sexuality and homosexuality? It is a popular search topic, and with good reason: people want to know what God's word says about it.
Jesus reveals himself to a notable Jewish scientist.
Dr. James Tour shares his life-changing testimony of Jesus here:
"Yea, when ye shall call upon the Father in my name, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then shall ye know that the Father hath remembered the covenant which he made unto your fathers, O house of Israel;"
"And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications; and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.