A Prophet’s Call and Apostles’ Answer

Hello dear friends!

It’s lovely to write again. I miss it. My life has taken some amazing new turns over the past few months. I still have some videos that I created in the Isaiah in the Book of Mormon Series that I haven’t posted and more planned that I haven’t filmed. I know excuses are weak, but here it is – I shifted from part-time work, to full-time work. We also moved and my husband had knee surgery. It just seems that when it rains it pours! And yet, I keep feeling a desire, yearning, and yes, prompting to continue writing. So I’ve stolen a moment to catch up.

Now I teach religion at BYU-Idaho (as a three-year visiting professor). It is heavenly! I love the strength and faith of the students and the support of the college. And, as I prepared for one of my classes tomorrow, I put together a video, which got me thinking of this blog and finding a way to steal a precious moment.

Tomorrow we are discussing the Power of the Book of Mormon in the conversion process for my Mission Prep (REL 130) class. I was profoundly touched and humbled this conference with the example of two apostles to head the Prophet’s call, and this video and lesson stem from that. I admit to not studying the Book of Mormon as I should at times. Though, in the last few months of teaching I have been struck by the clarity of the gospel message as taught through that Book. I am going to make a more serious study of it and request to teach it in the coming years. Funnily enough, it is the only book of scripture that I have only taught once. Twice the New Testament and Doctrine & Covenants, and three times the Old Testament.

Anyway, I invite you to share your thoughts (either publicly, or in your own personal journals) on different ways that you have studied the Book of Mormon (President Nelson gave some wonderful ideas) and goals for studying it in the future. Remember that the Lord will consecrate our efforts to study, even when we can only give “stolen moments”. For example, I laugh with other women as we talk about reading or praying on the toilet because when your house and life are packed, that’s about all you can give! I know that the Lord appreciates any gifts of righteousness, and there are seasons – the ability to study more (because of time) will come, and when it does, if you are already in the habit, it will be even better!