A young couple talked in Sacrament Meeting at church today about the 8th Article of Faith:
“We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.”
She talked about the Bible, how we got it, and why it is important. She mentioned a quote by one of the General Authorities saying that the Bible is a miracle, and is a great blessing not only to us but that many people have learned from it and improved their lives. They have led very good lives as they did their best to follow the teachings found in it. She also pointed out that though we learn about Jesus from all our scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price), it is from the Bible that we learn about Jesus’ mortal life here on the earth, the things He taught, the things He did, etc.
He first brought up the Eskimos. He said they have many words for “snow”. There’s snow you use for water, snow you use for building igloos, snow you don’t walk on, and so forth. Then he said that he thinks of the phrase “search the scriptures” in a similar fashion. There are many ways to search the scriptures:
- Memorize – he doesn’t always have time to ponder the scriptures as he is reading them, but has found that when he memorizes a scripture it can pop into his mind later and he has time to dwell on it and think about it.
- Read – as he reads the scriptures through he sees the storylines unfold. He read in the Book of Mormon about Alma, and the sons of Mosiah, etc. He reached Alma 31 where all these great men decided to serve a mission together to teach the gospel to the Lamanites, their enemies. He was very excited and wanted to continue reading to see what they would teach, etc. He said it is the ultimate dream! I totally agreed with him. I, too, love to share this greatest gift of the gospel whenever I can. I loved serving a mission when I was a young adult!
- Study by topic – when he studied about the sacrament, he read in the Bible about where Jesus introduced the sacrament to His disciples, the Last Supper. Jesus told His disciples to remember, every time that they partook of the sacrament, that He is always with them.
- Chapter Headings – He said you can read just the chapter headings as they give a pretty good overview of the chapter. Then you can delve further into the chapter if you find one of particular interest.
- Watch for parables – he loves to find the parables, or stories, in what he is studying. Then later he might find another scripture that helps explain a parable even more. He read in the Bible the story of the judge and the woman who wanted something from him and kept asking and asking until she finally received it. He didn’t think too much about it, but later when he read where Jesus asked, “What man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, wilt he give him a stone?…If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matt. 7:9, 11) and thought about how great God is and what great gifts He gives to those who ask.
- Write the stories – writing down the stories and things you learn from the scriptures helps them stick with you better and can help you understand them more. You can pick up similarities in them, and inspiration can come.
- Inspiration – sometimes a scripture really hits you when you read it. It can come to your mind often to help you in your life. Proverbs 3:5-6 did this for him. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
- Use the dictionary – you find additional insights and meaning as you look up words in the dictionary. For instance, redeem also means take something bad and make it good again. This is a great example of what Jesus does for us as The Redeemer.
It was a very inspirational meeting, and an excellent example of why I go to church every Sunday. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings so much additional light into my life. I love the scriptures and learning more about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Many of the examples given today are things I have felt in my own life. Hearing about them again reminds me of my own testimony-building experiences and helps me draw closer to God, and to others.
Is it any wonder that Mormons go to church every week?