Sunday, April 14, 2013

Finding the motivation

         I do "scripture study" with my kids during school. So I felt like I was good with the whole family scripture study thing. We had tried to do it as as a family before, but it was hard. Josh has to leave for work early in the morning, and I really like to have my morning to myself to fill my cup up so I have something to give my family. Yet, I knew that if we weren't reading the scriptures with dad, somehow it didn't really count.  I had tried to be up, get my stuff done, and make breakfast so we could grab a couple of scriptures in before he left for work, but it only lasted about a month.

          At my cousin Cherie's funeral her husband talked about how she would wake everyone up at 6:45 am in order to have scripture study. When he spoke of that, my heart knew that I needed to get back into that habit. 

It just seemed so hard! 

Later that week, I was struggling with some things that I wanted for my family, not knowing how to bring them to pass. As I was pondering on it, I went to a class by Bruce Newbold on the hope The Book of Mormon promises. When he was speaking, he quoted a very powerful quote by Marion G. Romney. When he read it, I couldn't even write it down. I was overcome with the spirit, it testified to me that the things I was looking for, for my family could be found by reading the scriptures with my family everyday. Luckily for me, I emailed Bishop Newbold later that week, and he was kind enough to send me the quote again. 

·         “I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity—the pure love of Christ—will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness.” (Ensign, May 1980, p. 67).

Is that motivation to get up a little earlier? It has been for me. 

Worth every yawn!

1 comment:

  1. Tiffany,

    For a long time our devotionals have been comprised of doing a memorized scripture and or poem, out of knee jerk habit really. From another lady's example, I realized I need to read with Milly to sample to her how apply the scriptures. We've done it two mornings, and its been so good! And today I shared from my scripture study with the kids, what it meant to me. It was such a wonderful conversation. I realize this is so true, thank you for this quote. The Book of Mormon is such a powerful book, we've just got to let it come alive in our families. And NOW, to that marriage talk at conference, Riley and I need to find time to read it together too.


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