Wednesday, November 07, 2018

5th time



Last Friday our family finished reading The Book of Mormon for the 5th time.
Mr. Nielson and I had planned for our family to
 finish The Book of Mormon by the first week of
November so we could read the
 Gospels in the New Testament for the remainder of 2018.
With only three more chapters left in the book, we decided to drive
to  Maple View Farm in rural Hillsborough for delicious ice cream
to celebrate this happy occasion.
The ride to the creamery was sublime.
Autumn here is amazing.  A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  
We pulled into the parking lot and
 in our car we finished the last three chapters together.
I read the very last verse of the book and felt very emotional.
Actually, I could barely get through it because as I read the words
 I was thinking about all that had happened to our family in the last year.
We experienced so many life changes and now here we were in
Orange County, North Carolina at a dairy farm parking lot
 finishing the last pages of this beloved book, again.
I was emotional because The Book of Mormon has always been
 a constant in our life.

No matter how tired we were, how late it was, how many trips we went on,
(wherever we went our basket of books came too!),
 or even our big move to North Carolina, we just read.
We pushed through and we kept at it.
And in return The Book of Mormon never failed us.
We always felt strength, and peace, and hope.
And we needed that this last year- we always need that.
One of my favorite promises in The Book of Mormon is that if
we keep God's commandments, we will PROSPER.
Our family has prospered so abundantly because we are vigilant in keeping
God's commandments, including reading His holy words.
We've seen miracles, experienced joy,
 increased love and patience in our family, and in our home.
And best of all we feel hope for a bright future ahead of us.


Some reading days were messy and we were grumpy.
Often we missed reading altogether,
but we pushed through and met our goals
and we did it!
 "...love God with all your might, mind and strength, 
then is his grace sufficient for you,
 that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; 
and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, 
ye can in nowise deny the power of God."
-Moroni 10:32