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 http://www.hinckleychallenge.com/ and let me know so we can do it together. Good Luck!

4 comments:

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...

Christine,

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.