Question Yourself – Proverbs 18:8

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~Proverbs 18:8 (The Old Testament)~

Context: This verse in Proverbs is spot on.

The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

Question Yourself: Do I sometimes gossip about or bad-mouth other people in their absence? Would the tales I tell of others – even if they aren’t meant to demean or hurt – be best left untold? What do the tales I tell of others tell those who listen (including myself) about me? How can I improve in this area today?

Question Yourself – Psalms 150:6

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~Psalms 150:6 (The Old Testament)~

Context: This final verse in Psalms nicely summarizes several psalms with the same message.

Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Question Yourself: Do I praise and show gratitude to the Lord sufficiently, especially considering my grumblings and list of I-really-wants? How can I make praising God as instinctual as breathing?

Question Yourself – D&C 19:38

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~Doctrine and Covenants 19:38~

Context: In this revelation given through the prophet Joseph Smith to Martin Harris, the Lord teaches an important principle.

Pray always, and I will pour out my Spirit upon you, and great shall be your blessing—yea, even more than if you should obtain treasures of earth and corruptibleness to the extent thereof. 

Question Yourself: Am I guilty of thinking material blessings – those involving “treasures of the earth” – are some of the greatest blessings the Lord can bestow on me? What are some of the non-material blessings the Lord might be referring to? Am I currently enjoying any of these blessings and recognizing them as such?

Question Yourself – D&C 11:24


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~Doctrine and Covenants 11:24~

Context: In this revelation given through the prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord provides an important piece of instruction.

Build upon my rock, which is my gospel

Question Yourself: How can I better build my life on the gospel? What kind of “buildings” have I erected on that gospel rock, and are any of them in need of a fresh coat of paint, significant repair, or even complete restoration/rebuilding? Am I asking the Lord to help me design and maintain these edifices? Are they pleasing to Him, and do they honor Him sufficiently?

Question Yourself – John 17:4

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~John 17:4 (The New Testament)~

Context: This brief glimpse into Christ’s Intercessory prayer to His Father offers much food for thought.

I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

Question Yourself: How can Christ’s life goals and strong sense of purpose guide my own? What work has God given me to do, and how can I best glorify Him through that work?

Question Yourself – Proverbs 3:11-12

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~Proverbs 3:11-12 (The Old Testament)~

Context: These words of wisdom remind us of an important principle.

My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:

For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Question Yourself: Do I view the Lord’s correction as evidence of his love for me? How can I develop the kind of humility that gladly receives the Lord’s redirection, and even seeks it?

Question Yourself – Matthew 13:9

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~Matthew 13:9 (The New Testament)~

Context: During His ministry, Jesus often spoke to the people in parables. Sometimes the parables were (and still are) difficult to understand. Jesus had His own reasons for half-hiding important principles in stories (see e.g. Matthew 13:10-17), one of which seems to be to challenge us to stretch our spiritual senses.

Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Question Yourself: How good is my “spiritual hearing”? How will I develop the listening skills I need to better learn and discern God’s words to me? How do I better translate that hearing to doing?

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 – D&C 123:17

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~Doctrine and Covenants 123:17~

Context: In this letter to the early members of the church, the Prophet Joseph Smith (who was wrongfully incarcerated in Liberty Jail at the time) gives an important piece of instruction.

Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.

Question Yourself: Do I cheerfully(!) do all things that lie in my power, or do I expect God to “reveal his arm” without much effort on my part? On the other hand, do I allow God to step in and help me with my needs? How can I become better at standing still, with the utmost assurance as I wait for God’s help, instead of being a frazzled, insecure mess?