Wednesday, October 12, 2011

GCBC - Elder Scott

General Conference Book Club - Week Two
(You can find Week One here.)
This time around, we're going through the conference talks in order. That means the first one to focus on is Elder Scott's talk on the scriptures. This morning I woke up with the song "Scripture Power" running through my head. I think that about sums up this talk. Reading, studying, pondering, and memorizing scripture gives us the power to avoid temptation. It gives us courage to remember our covenants and keep the commandments. We're even promised that in the scriptures themselves:

"Yea, we see that whosoever will may lay hold upon the word of God, which is quick and powerful, which shall divide asunder all the cunning and the snares and the wiles of the devil, and lead the man of Christ in a strait and narrow course across that everlasting gulf of misery which is prepared to engulf the wicked—
"And land their souls, yea, their immortal souls, at the right hand of God in the kingdom of heaven, to sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and with Jacob, and with all our holy fathers, to go no more out" (Helaman 3:29-30).

"Whoso would hearken unto the word of God, and would hold fast unto it, they would never perish; neither could the temptations and the fiery darts of the adversary overpower them unto blindness, to lead them away to destruction" (1 Nephi 15:24).

Whether we read the Bible, Book of Mormon, words of living prophets and apostles, or any other scriptures, we can find those "packets of light" that Elder Scott mentioned. My day isn't complete (and I wouldn't want it to be) without spending time with my friends, the scriptures. I hope yours isn't either.

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2 comments:

  1. I came across a really interesting editorial on memorizing and the Book of Mormon prophets. Here it is: http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2009/05/old-school-scripture-mastery/

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  2. My favorite part of this talk was when he said that memorizing a scripture is like forging a new friendship. What a wonderful way to put it- and it really is true!

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