Every one of us knows we should read our scriptures daily, but wouldn’t it be interesting to see the percentage of members who actually do it? Bishops and Stake Presidents tell us all the time that, when they counsel members with problems, the first thing they ask is if the members are reading the Book of Mormon regularly. And, sure enough, they usually aren’t.
For decades leaders have urged us to make daily reading of the Book of Mormon a priority in our lives. There’s tremendous power in it, even if all you read are three verses a day. It’s the regularity and the routine that elevates your mind and heart, and brings the Holy Ghost’s inspiration clearly into focus. Short of the word “magic,” there’s almost no other way to describe the transformative power of obeying this one admonition.
Some people have no problem whatsoever; it’s built into their daily schedules. But others struggle and “fall off the wagon” repeatedly. They know their lives would be better for it, they know the prophets have told them to do it, but there it is—the equivalent of the broken diet. Its numbers might even be worse than our home and visiting teaching stats.
For those who know better but let busy lives and other excuses get in the way, take heart. You are among thousands, perhaps millions, of friends. It’s okay to admit you need a gimmick. Satan would have you think a contrived trick to get you to read your scriptures is cheap and lowly. And, sure enough, it would be better if we were all paragons of discipline who never needed the occasional motivational ruse. But, cheap and lowly or not, it’s better to use whatever method you have to, than no method at all. No method leads to exactly where you are now—and that’s even cheaper and lowlier, right?
So here are a dozen ways to frustrate the adversary and sneak a powerful new habit into your schedule:
In short, find what works for you, and don’t buy Lucifer’s message that it’s silly to use contrived reminders. Remember the adage, “You can’t knock success.”
Remember, also, that you don’t have to carve a solid hour out of every day. Someday you may wish to do that. But if you’re just starting out, take it in small steps and see what happens if you read just three verses a
And, along with trying to break a few bad habits, you can start a wonderful new one.
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Joni Hilton has written 17 books, three award-winning plays, and is a frequent public speaker and a former TV talk show host. Her latest book, "Funeral Potatoes-- The Novel," has just been scheduled for publication by Covenant Communications. She is also the author of the "As the Ward Turns" series, "The Ten-Cow Wives' Club," and "The Power of Prayer." Hilton is a frequent writer for "Music & The Spoken Word," many national magazines, and can be reached at her website, jonihilton.com. She is married to TV personality Bob Hilton, is the mother of four, and currently serves as Relief Society President in her ward in northern California.