Faced with another prospect of "I Nephi, having been born of goodly parents etc. etc. etc." in my scripture study, I started yesterday on the title page of the Book of Mormon. This morning I read the introduction.
Did you know the church is still under condemnation for not reading the Book of Mormon as it ought to? (Doctrine and Covenants 84:57) Zion cannot arise and put on her beautiful garments until we are no longer under this condemnation (Doctrine and Covenants 82:14).
Guess we got some work to do.
So I read. And I read in the introduction a bit why we are supposed to read the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct book on earth and that a man would draw nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than any other book.
Well....then. If you wish to draw closer to God, it will be by the Book of Mormon. I think that is the reason right there.
The church will draw closer to God by reading this book than by any other book. I guess that is why Zion will arise and put on her beautiful garments when this is done.
I honesty am coming to believe that we can attend the temple and do home teaching and fulfill callings which is all well and good, but if we neglect our scripture study and personal prayers we are missing out on the greatest blessings that can be had of them all. I think temple worship and other callings and ordinances enhance our spirituality but ultimately we need to read the Book of Mormon.
There is so much hidden there in plain sight! The mysteries of God and of Godliness. We don't need to make pilgrimages of thousands of miles, we simply need to make the journey into our heart and the Lord's spirit and open his word which has lain hidden for 1,400 years and others that have never been revealed until now in this book. Can we say we love the Lord if we do not read his words? I don't think we can. He was a teacher and this is how his salvation is administered and taught to us so we can walk before him and return to him.
Just....my thoughts as I read this morning.