Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My Soul Delighteth in the Scriptures

For some time I have felt like Nephi, "And upon these I write the things of my soul, and many of the scriptures which are engraven upon the plates of brass. For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them, and writeth them for the learning and the profit of my children." 2 Nephi 4:15

Today at our CES Inservice meeting, our teacher talked about the remedy for those who say: "I don't understand the scriptures." He referred us to two scriptures that point out what we need to do.

"Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again. 3 Nephi 17:3

"For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments." Ezra 7:10

We must 1) PONDER, 2) ask God, in Christ's name, for help understanding scriptures, and 3) PREPARE our hearts TO DO His Will.

We have learned that reading scriptures should be a DAILY commitment. Just like playing piano, you can't expect to play a masterpiece your very first time. With every practice, you become more comfortable. Your anxiety gives way to enjoyment and appreciation. If you struggle, you get help--your piano teacher if you want to master music or God, the Father, in Jesus Christ's name, if you want to understand scripture. With daily practice, prayer and understanding, YOU DO IT!

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