Monday, October 31, 2011

Day 7

Hey sorry that it took me longer today to get this up! I didn't get the chance to read in the morning today like I would've liked. But I just finished here is today's reading!

Day 7:
-Read: 1 Nephi 15-16
-Mark: 1 Nephi 15:23-24

"If there is any thing most needed in this time of tumult and frustration, when men and women and youth and young adults are desperately seeking for answers to the problems which afflict mankind, it is an 'iron rod' as a safe guide along the straight path on the way to eternal life."
~President Harold B. Lee

Something to think about: How can you 'hold fast' to the iron rod?

Hope ya'll have a wonderful family home evening!!!!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Day Six

I'll keep it short and simple, here is today's reading!!

Day 6:
-Read: 1 Nephi 13-14
-Mark: 1 Nephi 14:14

"This great American nation the Almighty raised up by the power of his omnipotent hand, that it might be possible in the latter days for the kingdom of God to be established in the earth."
~President Joseph F. Smith

Something to think about: Nephi saw that "other books" would come forth through the gentiles. What important things would the "other books" do? What are those "other books?"

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Day 5

Good morning everyone!! What another beautiful day to start off by reading your scriptures! ;)
Here's today's reading:

Day 5:
-Read: 1 Nephi 11-12
-Mark: 1 Nephi 11:20-23

"You need time to meditate and ponder, to think, to wonder at the great plan of happiness that the Lord has outlined for His children. You need to read the scriptures.....I heard President David O. McKay say to the members of the Twelve on one occsasion, 'Brethren, we do not spend enough time meditating.'"
~President Gordon B. Hinckley

Something to think about: How often do you take time to ponder, to meditate on things that are important?

Good question. Do we allow ourselves to always get caught up in the things of the world? Or do we ever take a moment where we turn off our music, stay away from our cell phones and computers, and just think? This provides a great opportunity for the spirit to share precious things with us....things we might not catch in the hustle and bustle of our every day lives. I challenge you all to try it; turn off the music in your car when you drive sometime and just think. Remove yourself from your computer or phone and focus on other things, or the people around you.

I hope all of you are able to have a wonderful Saturday! The church is true!

Friday, October 28, 2011


Since all of my latest posts have been about this Book of Mormon challenge, I thought I would do another post today just for fun :)

This video was made by my friend Sam from a trip we took up North to Snowbird, Utah for Oktoberfest. (It's the 2nd video out of the two from our trip!) For those of you who don't know what Oktoberfest is, let me tell you a little bit about it. So basically it's a 2 week beer festival. (No, we didn't drink when we were there!) It's held in Munich, Germany during late September and early October. It is attended by 6 million people each year and has inspired numerous similar events using the name Oktoberfest in Germany and around the world, many of which were founded by German immigrants or their descendants. Snowbird ski resort in Utah is one of the many places that holds it.

Only beer which is brewed in the city limits of Munich is allowed to be served in this festival. Upon passing this criterion, a beer is designated Oktoberfest Beer. Large quantitites of German beer are consumed, with almost 7 million liters served during the 16 day festival in 2007! Visitors may also enjoy a wide variety of traditional German food such as: Hendl (chicken), Schweinebraten (roast pork), Wurstl (sausages), Sauerkraut, Weisswurst (a white sausage), etc!

Since 1950, there has been a traditional festival opening: a 12 gun salute and the tapping of the first keg of Oktoberfest beer at 12:00 by the mayor (Bürgermeister) opens Oktoberfest.

Anyway, that's just some info I found on Wikipedia and some things that I learned from going to Oktoberfest. I hope you enjoy the video! Sam and I had a fun adventure filled with lots of German food, music, dancing the chicken dance and the polka, seeing the Alp horns, snow....and bomb threats. :)


Today is day four!! Keep up the reading :) I hope you have been noticing a difference in your life like I have. Just by starting off my day everyday by praying and reading scriptures, really changes the spirit about my day. It's been a great sacrifice to make! Like I've mentioned before, don't be afraid to share this challenge with all of your friends and people you care about! Just think: the more people we can get to do this challenge, the greater the spirit about all of us will be. That would make a big difference! Especially in the world we live in now.

Day 4:
-Read: 1 Nephi 6-10
-Mark: 1 Nephi 10:17-19

"The intensity of our desire to share the gospel is a great indicator of the extent of our personal conversion."
~Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Something to think about: What was Nephi's response when the people in the strange building mocked him and the others who were partaking of the fruit? Why?

I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Day 3!

Today (for me) is day three of my Book of Mormon reading challenge! For those of you who don't know what this is exactly, start reading a few posts back and join in if you would like! I am going to post every day what the reading for that day is. Good luck :)

Day 3:
-Read: 1 Nephi 3-5
-Mark: 1 Nephi 3:7

"I have learned not to put question marks but to use exclamation points when calls are issued through inspired channels of priesthood government."
~Elder Russell M. Nelson

Something to think about: Why did Laman and Lemuel murmur? Why did Nephi support his father? What determines whether you are a murmurer or a supporter of the Lord's work and His prophets?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Day 2!

For those of you who didn't already see my post from yesterday and don't know what I mean by "Day 2"...I'll fill you in. I was recently given a challenge, so to say, to read the Book of Mormon in 100 days. I was given a neat outline that I wanted to share with all of you! So if you haven't already seen the first post and gotten started, don't fret! Just go to my posts and find it. It's from yesterday :)

Day 2:
-Read: Brief Explanation, 1 Nephi 1-2
-Mark: 1 Nephi 1:20

"The Lord's tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindness, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts which we receive from and because of and through the Lord Jesus Christ... The Lord's tender mercies do not occur randomly or merely by coincidence. Faithfulness, obedience, and humility invite tender mercies into our lives, and it is often the Lord's timing that enables us to recognize and treasure these important blessings."
~Elder David A. Bednar

Something to think about: How have you experienced the tender mercies of the Lord?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

100 Day Challenge~~

Recently I was given a thick packet of papers entitled, "The Book of Mormon in 100 Days." It's basically an outline of a reading schedule to read the Book of Mormon in 100 days. The person who gave this to me said they didn't care if I got it done in the 100 days or not, just that I try and finish it. It's a neat layout, however, because it has "Get back on schedule" days, so if you are behind on the reading you have multiple days where you can just read and get caught back up (if you are sticking to doing it in 100 days).

I really appreciated receiving this packet and am really going to try and do it! I started this morning, before my run, and I completed the reading for Day 1. I don't know if any of you who are reading this are interested in doing this challenge, but I am going to try and post every day what the reading for that day is if you want to follow along and join me! :)

Day 1:
-Read: Preface (Title page), Introduction, Testimony of Three Witnesses, Testimony of Eight Witnesses, Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith
-Mark: The quote from Joseph Smith in the Introduction, "I told the brethren....any other book."

"I would like to urge [everyone] to again read the Book of Mormon....There is nothing we could do of greater importance than to have fortified in our individual lives an unshakable conviction that Jesus is the Christ, the Living Son of the Living God. And, my brothers and sisters, that is the purpose of the coming forth of this remarkable and wonderful book."
~President Gordon B. Hinckley

I know this church is true and I'm so grateful to have it as a part of my life. I know that the Book of Mormon is the truest book there is....and I hope to be able to read it again all the way through, for my second time, and be able to gain a full understanding of it. I hope you (whoever you may be) will take this challenge as well. It can only make us better! And can only teach us lots! :)