Question Yourself – Jacob 6:5

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~Jacob 6:5 (The Book of Mormon)~

Context: The prophet Jacob invites us to come closer to God.

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I beseech of you in words of soberness that ye would repent, and come with full purpose of heart, and cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you. And while his arm of mercy is extended towards you in the light of the day, harden not your hearts.

Question Yourself: What does it really mean to come to God with full purpose of heart? Similarly, what does it mean to cleave unto God? How can I better grab hold of God’s extended arm of mercy in my daily life?

Question Yourself – Mosiah 5:13

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~Mosiah 5:13 (The Book of Mormon)~

Context: In a final address to his people, King Benjamin poses an excellent question.

For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?

Question Yourself: As a follower of Christ, how well do I know my master? How can I get to know him better? How can I make him more a part of the thoughts and intents of my heart? Do I let other masters compete for my attention?

Question Yourself – 2 Nephi 4:15

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~2 Nephi 4:15 (The Book of Mormon)~

Context: The Prophet Nephi, one of the authors of the Book of Mormon, expresses his intentions and feelings in writing and reading scripture.

And upon these [plates] 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.

Question Yourself: Do I give myself enough opportunities to ponder and delight in the scriptures? How can I better appreciate and channel the passion, hopes, and wisdom of the many authors of the scriptures as I read their words? How can I maximize the learning and profit I get from studying the scriptures?

 

Question Yourself – Moroni 7:48

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~Moroni 7:48 (The Book of Mormon)~

Context: In this chapter of the Book of Mormon, the Prophet Mormon (through his son, Moroni) teaches several important principles about charity – the true love of Christ.

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.

Question Yourself: Do I pray with “all the energy of heart” to be filled with love (or, conversely, do I expect that love to automatically materialize and flourish)? How can God’s love transform me and help me become more like Him?

Question Yourself – Mosiah 4:27

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~Mosiah 4:27 (The Book of Mormon)~

Context: King Benjamin gives some important instruction on performing charitable service (see Mosiah 4:26 for examples), which can be applied to other areas of life as well.

And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order.

Question Yourself: How can I better balance not running faster than I have strength with being diligent? How can I better develop the wisdom and order King Benjamin suggests I apply?

Question Yourself – 3 Nephi 29:9

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~3 Nephi 29:9 (The Book of Mormon)~

Context: This response to people who feel the Lord shouldn’t keep His promises to the house of Israel has every-day application.

Therefore ye need not suppose that ye can turn the right hand of the Lord unto the left, that he may not execute judgment unto the fulfilling of the covenant which he hath made unto the house of Israel.

Question Yourself: In what ways do I try to “turn the right hand of the Lord to the left,” i.e. try to change God’s mind instead of changing my mind to align with God’s? Do I trust that choosing God’s wisdom over my own is the best way to exercise my ability and right to choose? How do I increase my understanding of God’s will, particularly when it comes to my own life, and align myself to that will?

Question Yourself – 2 Nephi 4:34

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~2 Nephi 4:34 (The Book of Mormon)~

Context: The prophet Nephi expresses his trust in the Lord.

“O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.”

Question Yourself: Do I trust the Lord more than I do human beings, including myself? Do I trust Him more in certain types of situations, and why? How can I show my trust in Him and His promises today?

Question Yourself – 2 Nephi 31:3

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~2 Nephi 31:3 (The Book of Mormon)~

Context: Nephi prefers to explain the doctrine of Christ in a plain manner, and shares his reasons for not unnecessarily complicating his teachings.

“For my soul delighteth in plainness; for after this manner doth the Lord God work among the children of men. For the Lord God giveth light unto the understanding; for he speaketh unto men according to their language, unto their understanding.”

Question Yourself: How has the Lord communicated with me according to my language and understanding? Do His methods change as I progress (or regress) spiritually? How can I be more attentive to His individualized teachings and invite His light to fill my understanding on a daily basis?

Question Yourself – Omni 1:26

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~Omni 1:26 (The Book of Mormon)~

Context: Amaleki, one of the writers of the Book of Mormon, encourages those who read his words to come unto Christ.

“And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved.”

Question Yourself: Am I offering my whole soul to Christ? If not, what is holding me back? In what specific ways can I dedicate myself to Him today?