Sunday, November 8, 2009

I get by with a little help from my friends

I am having issues with one particular set of 'the written word' right now.

The Scriptures. For some reason I just can't read them. To be honest the only time I really could was when I was out on the trail all by myself and the scriptures were the only book available to me. But right now, 5 minutes in and I'm out cold. And whatever I just tried reading is %100 gone and hadn't sunk in whatsoever. So, I had to turn to some friends for help.

Neal A. Maxwell and Jeffrey R. Holland seem to be my most understanding friends at the moment.

Right now, I'm mostly enthralled with this friends stories. He just happens to throw several scriptures references into his stories. Sometimes 5 or 6 per page. You see, I will be the first one to tell you that during the hard times in our lives the words and teachings of our Heavenly Father can sometimes be the one and only way to regain comfort, if not Hope.
These friends in particular help me with my scripture issues. This way I understand and even enjoy what I am reading and the scripture references are enough to keep me interested in the actual scriptures without falling asleep. I also have complete understanding of what I am reading and it sticks.

I must say that Neal A. Maxwell's 'All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience' and Jeffrey R. Holland's 'However Long and Hard the Road' are my friends of choice right now.

However, I am looking forward to getting to know this new friend as well.
In my opinion I think anyone who has trouble getting through the scriptures and yet believes full heartedly that they should be trying to read them, like myself, should pick another book by and author they know and love about a topic that you might need some added strength and let it help you. One word of advice, first make sure it's a book that will keep your attention and that will keep your attention for quite a while. Then make sure it has a few scripture references to keep your eyes and mind in the scriptures as well. It has definately helped me. Give it a try.




4 comments:

Janeen Cohee said...

I have heard alot about "These things shall give thee experience" I think it's a sign that I should read it! I'm glad you like it! I have a hard time with scriptures too! Thx for sharing! :)

Dave and Rachel said...

i definately need to give that a try. I have a hard time with reading scriptures sometimes too. I feel like i do good every once in a while, then i dont. And then there is sometimes i read and read and nothing makes sence. So thank you for the advice, mucho helpo:)

Sarah said...

Hey Callie...we bought those little desserts...they were so super yummy too. They are from a little bakery in Thousand Oaks, CA. I don't think it's a chain, but if you are ever up this way, drop me a line and we'll swing by!

sherry said...

Awesome CAllie. Maybe I can borrow one when you're done? ;)