Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Reading Every day

When I was expecting our first child, I was going through all of the "New Mommy" stages, where you begin to evaluate every single aspect of your life to make sure that you will be the best mother possible. I looked at the ordinary: child safety, proper bedding and vehicle restraints, etc. Then I began looking into the more personal and spiritual. How will I teach this child everything he needs to know so he can live a happy and good life?! So, I evaluated the basics.

We were good people, from good families that went to church and lived good lives. We magnified our church assignments and always tried to take the high road. But we weren't perfect. There were things that needed improving and one of those things was reading the scriptures every day. This needed to change.

So the hubs and I started reading at least one chapter of the Book of Mormon every day. We would read, and discuss what we learned. Every night I would have something new to ponder about and every night I felt strengthened by the Spirit that comes into your life when you read the scriptures. The Book of Mormon teaches you how to be a better parent. All throughout the book you read about how someone is teaching their child how to be better; how to follow the Savior; how to be closer to God. The Book of Mormon teaches what Christ taught here on earth. It expands on what we learn from His teachings in the Bible.

Reading this book intensely changed our lives. We were happier, we were more sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, we were closer to one another and we felt it's power. We went through the book almost twice before our little one arrived. We felt so strengthened, and I'm so grateful we began this endeavor to read every day.


Anonymous said...

So true. I can't imagine being a parent without the power of the scriptures - especially the Book of Mormon. Thanks for sharing your testimony.

Joy said...

Thanks for sharing this, I now realize this. At the opening of the Book of Mormon Nephi states, I was taught of goodly parents. It is amazing how much knowledge we can gather from this sacred book.

Jen said...

What a great way to prepare for being a mother! It's amazing how the scriptures you've read so many times before seem to take on a whole new meaning when you become a parent!

LeAnn said...

What a lovely post on reading the Book of Mormon. I do know that is a great parenting book.
Blessings to you and keep enjoying the journey!