The Scriptures Are Not Just Words: Part 1

scriptures1Quick: give me three words that describe the scriptures.

If you haven’t really connected yet to scriptures like the Bible and the Book of Mormon, you might have provided words like these:

Difficult. Confusing. Time-consuming.

If you, on the other hand, have found treasures hiding in their pages over and over again, you might have come up with something like this:

Comfort. Power. Inspiration.

Ok, so even if you adore the scriptures you might have included one or more of the words in the first set! Studying the scriptures isn’t always easy or convenient. That said, the scriptures contain real power. They can be instruments of peace and comfort. Words written to a wide audience thousands of years ago can speak to us in a very personal and current way, helping us in our daily problems and guiding us as we make important decisions.

In short: the scriptures are not just words.

I recently asked some of my friends and family to each share a scripture that’s been influential in their lives, adding just a few sentences on how the particular scripture helped them.

For the next few weeks, I will share their responses. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Maria

My brother recently gave a talk in church, and one of the scriptures he mentioned really struck me:

“And I said unto them: Have ye inquired of the Lord?” (1 Nephi 15:8)

Not only short and sweet, but really simple if you think about it. If we have questions or concerns, we should just ask the Lord! He’s always there and He wants to hear from us. There’s nothing He refuses to discuss with us or help us with, so if we have something on our mind or don’t see a solution to one of our problems or whatever, we should do as Nephi and ask ourselves: Have we inquired of the Lord? I think that’s going to be my new motto in life, because the Lord really does know everything and always wants what’s best for us!

Eivor

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10)

I memorized this scripture in preparation for my first surgery. It gave me comfort, power, and courage to endure what was necessary.

Sharman

“And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.” (Ether 12:27)

This scripture has always been a comfort and encouragement to me. So many times I know I fall short, and I seem to be struggling with the same challenges (patience was one that I was so very conscious of on my mission and when my children were young…still is when I’m behind the wheel!). But I know that The Lord doesn’t make empty promises, and this is why we’re here on earth. It’s humbling, but I know He will guide us and give us strength to make the changes we need to. Often my weaknesses are shown through church assignments or other service opportunities. How ironic… 😉

 Erica (Let Why Lead)

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalms 118: 24 )

I have a tendency to complicate things. I sometimes stand in the way of my own happiness by dwelling on my problems and flaws. When I feel my mind starting to swirl with the same old issues, I remind myself God made this day for me and that he wants me to experience joy. This verse helps me get over myself. It has also come to mean even more to me since becoming a mother. As a mom, I’ve gone through periods where the days feel so routine that I can barely remember what day of the week it is. When I refocus myself and think of this verse, I remember that every day—even the most mundane one—is worth really living.

Johanna

“And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.” (1 Nephi 11:17).

I love this scripture because often in life it is hard to accept our current situation in life and understand why some bad things are happening to us and those we love. This scripture makes me calm and gives me peace, because all we really need to know is in that scripture!

Don’t you love these? I’m excited for Part 2!

Comments

  1. Such a great pick-me-up, Angelica! Thanks!

  2. I just love this! What great thoughts on the Scriptures

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