My Motherhood Book of Mormon Challenge
25 September 2016
Since I have just finished the Book of Mormon, I decided to read the entire book again in the next 5.5 weeks before Baby Girl is born. I wrote down several blessings and revelations I would like as I read. One being to have a relaxed and fast labor, with all my preparations coming forward to serve me.
Then, a speaker in Sacrament Meeting today shared about his experience accepting a challenge by a man in the Quorum of the 70 to read the Book of Mormon 3 times in 3 months. That is about 17 pages a day for three months! Wow. This man shared that those were a distinctively happier three months. He could think more clearly and felt the power of the Spirit a lot more. I felt the Spirit really powerfully inside of me and highlighting truth in my own mind. I completely share this man's faith that reading the Book of Mormon opens the doors wider for blessings. I want to live up to my privileges in this Gospel more. Continue trading good for better and best. I know I'm under-living and under-requesting and under-aware of privileges in Jesus Christ's Gospel. How many days of life or transitory periods pass by where I could have received greater divine assistance and wisdom had I only offered my efforts and asked for specific blessings?
So, while this man continued to speak, I made a choice to step up into my privileges. I offer more faith and effort to Heavenly Father, and I will receive more bonuses that I specifically need. I thought of how I could self-challenge myself to get more involved with the Book of Mormon when I foresee difficult or transitory times coming. Like a pre-emptive way to strengthen my foundation, instead of scrambling for added strength during or after.
I thought of my challenge to read the whole Book of Mormon in the next month and a half. And then I extended another challenge to myself to read the whole Book of Mormon again, right after Baby Girl is born, in the couple months of newborn sleepless transition.
So I pulled out my paper of desired blessings again, and I wrote down some blessings that I would like to receive in my second reading of the Book of Mormon, when I have a babe in my arms. It seems pretty understandable that one of my top requests from Heavenly Father is that in the interim times I have for rest that my sleep will be deep, relaxed, and maximized in the REM cycle, ha!
I look forward to pulling out my list in the future and seeing how much I was aided in these next couple of months.
Upward and onward,
Also, these pictures of "Ryan" and "Charlotte." Loving.