One thing we try to do as a family is read our scriptures together daily. We're far from perfect, but we're always trying. In August we started a challenge in Primary to read The Book of Mormon by the end of the year. Because we're far from perfect, we'll finish it this week (and can I admit how sheepish/guilty/lame I feel about that fact since I was the one who organized this challenge? finishing is always a success, but this one is mixed with a healthy dose of humble pie/fail). Several families have finished and it's been exciting seeing the kids be so excited about such an accomplishment.
I remember reading The Book of Mormon for the first time somewhere around age 12. I made little pink index cards for myself filled with boxes that I colored in on the nights I read. I had another one for the nights and mornings I prayed. And I also kept a food journal. Obviously this being better thing is nothing new, but I'm getting side-tracked. I was at a rough place in life and found peace in that book. I became excited as stories unfolded and I learned life lessons from people who lived thousands of years ago.
Today as I was doing my regular blog reading Courtney's post was totally unexpected and hit me. Hard. I have grown to love The Book of Mormon over the years. I turn to it as an old friend, familiar and comfortable but always teaching me something new. But the lesson that she pointed out- the power it's given her to make bold decisions, is something I've never connected. I can second her motion as it has done the same for me. And when I think about the reasons that we make an effort to read as a family, this is it. An unexpected blessing that has never occurred to me, but so extremely important- the power to make bold decisions. If this is part of the legacy that my children get from reading The Book of Mormon, then I have a renewed determination to keep reading.
I'm excited to finish it together this week. And then I'm excited to start it all over again. I had a hard time finding the words I wanted to express on Bee during Jocelyn's Book of Mormon forum several months ago, so I sat on my hands. But today, with tears on my cheeks, they have come. I know it's true. If you want to know, too, let me know. I'll send you a copy.