We are promised great blessings in this life also, if we will study and live the word of the Lord. Here are just a few of the blessings we may receive:
1. Power to live righteously2. Power to overcome evil3. Power to change the heart and attitude4. Increase in hope and joy5. Increase in knowledge and understanding6. Increase in testimony
Jay E. Jensen, “Promises,” Friend, August 1995
“It is not just that the Book of Mormon teaches us truth, through it indeed does that. It is not just that the Book of Mormon bears testimony of Christ, though it indeed does that, too. But there is something more. There is a power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book… You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path. The scriptures are called “the words of life” (D&C 84:85), and nowhere is that more true than it is of the Book of Mormon. When you begin to hunger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance.”
President Ezra Taft Benson, October General Conference 1986
2 Nephi 25:29– And now behold, I say unto you that the right way is to believe in Christ, and deny him not; and Christ is the Holy One of Israel; wherefore ye must bow down before him, and worship him with all your might, mind, and strength, and your whole soul; and if ye do this ye shall in nowise be cast out.
Energizer: Righteous desires* inspired by today’s quote.
How would your life be better if each ‘desire’ below were true for you? When you see one you’d like to acquire, or one that’s already true for you, add a “yes” at the end and notice how it feels.
- I would believe in Christ and accept Him as my personal Savior. (yes)
- I would believe His way is the right way and the only way back to my Heavenly Father’s presence. (yes)
- I would never deny Him. I would bear testimony of Him. (yes)
- I would bow down before Him and worship Him with all my might, mind, and strength, and my whole soul. (yes)
- I would believe His promise that I shall not be cast out, no matter how hard the adversary tries to tempt me to believe otherwise. (yes)
I’m grateful to have a friend in Jesus Christ who knows and understands everything I feel. I’m thankful I can be His friend as well by striving to keep His commandments. I know He lives and atoned for our sins and loves us unconditionally. Of this I bear witness.
- Grandpa Tony
* “Each of us will stand to be judged of Him according to our works and the desires of our hearts.” (The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles)
The “I would” format for the energizer activity above was inspired by the following lyrics of the LDS Hymn, Lord I Would Follow Thee: “I would be my brother’s keeper. I would learn the healer’s art. To the wounded and the weary I would show a gentle heart.”
If you’d like, you can think of a favorite statement above as an expression of a desire of your heart, or come up with a better one of your own. This activity is spiritually energizing for me, but only every time I do it. May it prove to be so for you as well.