Welcome to “Feast on the Word!”

Welcome to my shiny new blog! In this first post, I delve into the intent of this blog and what I mean by “feasting on the word.” I’m also sticking this piece into the “about this blog” section so I can remember why I’m doing this in the first place! =)

I hope my post inspires you to gain even more gospel insight today!

Thanks,

Angelica

“…feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.” 2 Nephi 32:3

I am not a so-called “scriptorian,” an expert on the scriptures. But I do love the gospel and the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon. I didn’t start this blog with the intent to teach: I did so to invite others to learn right along with me. The insights I receive when I read the scriptures and ponder the gospel infuse me with joy and excitement. I want to share those insights and feelings with you and encourage you to experience them for yourself by feasting on the word.

Brigham Young lamented: “[We] may have the Spirit of the Lord to … direct [us]. … I am satisfied, however, that, in this respect, we live far beneath our privileges” (Deseret News Semi-Weekly, 3 Dec. 1867, 2).

The Lord wants to direct us through the Holy Ghost. One excellent way he does this is through the words of the scriptures and living prophets.

The question is: do we let the Lord teach and direct us?

The Lord will never force-feed us. By studying the scriptures and his gospel, we show the Lord we are open to his teaching and direction. But it’s still a matter of degree. When we read the scriptures “because we have to,” or read without really thinking about what we’re reading, how open to his guidance are we really? Besides, what message does our half-hearted efforts send to the Lord? He’s prepared glorious dishes for each of us. Should we be surprised if he’s more willing to share them with us when we show some enthusiasm rather than make faces and whine and wrinkle our noses with each bite? Or worse, ignore the well spread table altogether?

With this blog, I am making a conscious effort to not live “beneath [my] privileges.” So many times in my life (like, all the time?), I have been satisfied with breadcrumbs when the Lord is offering me the feast of a lifetime every single day. And we never have to get tired of that feast because there’s always something new to discover, some exotic flavor or dish that will tantalize our spiritual taste buds.

To me, feasting means not only to partake freely but also to savor every flavor, to enjoy every bite. To appreciate smell and taste, but also texture, color, shape…To the best of my (very limited) abilities, I strive to do that on this blog.

I invite you to Feast on the Word right along with me. Let’s dig in!

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