Monday, February 4

Book of Mormon Challenge

To honor President Hinckley, a challenge has been made to read the Book of Mormon in 97 days. To be honest, I have never read the entire Book of Mormon. I have started it a thousand times but have never completed it. I have had such strong feelings these past few years that I need to read it, but I've let a million things (and excuses) get in the way.

I am excited and completely DETERMINED to achieve this goal and take on the challenge. I was so touched watching President Hinckley's funeral, and with tears rolling down my face, I felt in my heart that I need to do better to follow his great example and stand a little taller. I had an overwhelming feeling to go to the temple more, as it would have a direct effect on my becoming a better mother. I just felt so many different emotions during the funeral that I know need to be acted upon.

I am thankful for a loving prophet, who even in is death, has continued to inspire me and touch my life. Last month when I was writing my New Year's Resolutions, I decided this would be the year to have my testimony and spiritual growth my #1 priority. Yes, I need to lose weight. Yes, I need to stop biting my fingernails. Yes, I need to me a better mother, wife, and homemaker.......But in order to do all of this, I first need to recognize that I am a Child of God, and he loves me. I need to find a way to love myself so I can love and serve others the best I can-I think the key is in my own spiritual journey.

I hope all of you can strengthen your own testimonies in some way this year, also. I hope you will all rededicate your lives to living the example our great prophet has shown us. There has never been a better time than now. Jim and I recently heard a quote that we both loved: "It is never too late to become what you could have been."

I'm sure some of us will fall short at times; feel inadequate or think we can't possibly do anymore. I'm sure some of us will have small successes along the way; little moments of growth that will change us forever. But along the way, if we support eachother and remember we are not alone, I think it will be a really great year! If you want to take on this challenge with me, go to and let me know so we can do it together. Good Luck!


Rasmussen Family said...

Thank you for sharing that!! Really, thank you!!!! I had those same feelings while I watched the funeral. I have accepted the challenge and have challenged everyone I know. Thanks again and Good Reading to you!!!!!

Our Family said...


Hello to you, I also signed up to read the Book Of Morman. I have tried a lot of things to get my chart on my blog but I haven't got it yet. Could you help me if you get a minute. Keri

Gina Lee said...

Chris, I'm doing the challenge too. (It's on the bottom of my blog) I'm also very dertermined to read it- begining to end! I love getting up in the morning before my family to read my 5 or 6 pages and have that time to focus on what I'm reading. Yeah for us for reading it at age 27!!!

Calli said...

Pretty neat Christine. I took the challenge when Pres. Hinckley challenged us a few years ago to read it by the end of the year. I had read it before, but never in just a few short months. It was amazing. Now I am reading it again but this time with a reference companion and doing some digging...pretty interesting stuff when you really dig in there.