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Spiritual Preparedness–July 2015

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Feast Upon the Word of the Lord

scripturesWe live in the Last Days, Satan has been loosed upon the Earth, and we can no longer afford to be casual in our Gospel study. Lehi’s vision of the Tree of Life was very clear in its lesson that those who let go of the iron rod (the word of God) would be lost in the mists of darkness. Following is the counsel of the Apostles and other Church leaders concerning personal scripture study:

“Testimony requires the nurturing by the prayer of faith, the hungering for the word of God in the scriptures, and the obedience to the truth we have received. There is danger in neglecting prayer. There is danger to our testimony in only casual study and reading of the scriptures. They are necessary nutrients for our testimony. You remember the warning from Alma: “But if ye neglect the tree, and take no thought for its nourishment, behold it will not get any root; and when the heat of the sun cometh and scorcheth it, because it hath no root it withers away, and ye pluck it up and cast it out. Now, this is not because the seed was not good, neither is it because the fruit thereof would not be desirable; but it is because your ground is barren, and ye will not nourish the tree, therefore ye cannot have the fruit thereof.” 10 –Henry B Eyring, “A Living Testimony”, April 2011

“Search the Book of Mormon and the words of the living prophets every day, every day, every day! It’s the key to spiritual survival and avoiding deception. Without it, we are spiritually lost. … If you are struggling, confused, or spiritually lost, I urge you to do the one thing I know will get you back on track. Begin again to prayerfully study the Book of Mormon and live its teachings every day, every day, every day! I testify of the profound power in the Book of Mormon that will change your life and strengthen your resolve to follow Christ.” –Kevin W Pearson, “Stay by the Tree”, April 2015

“Don’t yield to Satan’s lie that you don’t have time to study the scriptures. Choose to take time to study them. Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than sleep, school, work, television shows, video games, or social media. You may need to reorganize your priorities to provide time for the study of the word of God. If so, do it!” –Richard G Scott, “Make the Exercise of Faith Your First Priority”, October 2014

 

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