I can't believe a month has passed! I am so grateful to all of you who joined me in reading. Don't worry if you haven't finished. Keep reading. I have really enjoyed this as I have learned so much. One thing that struck me more than ever is how it centers around Christ and testifies of Him.
My testimony has strengthened and I have a stronger desire to be better. It's amazing how making the Book of Mormon a priority helps other parts of my life go well.
Thank you again for doing this with me. It is a great feeling to be surrounded by people who believe the same things and are striving to do what's right.
Stay Tuned for the next challenge. Don't worry. It's less intense :)
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Posted by Malerie at 7:02 AM
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I just updated the reading guide and i can't believe we're almost there! How is everyone doing? I know some of you have considered "dropping out" but keep reading! It doesn't matter if you finish on time. The goal was to make reading the Book of Mormon a priority. I have had my ups and downs with this, but I have really enjoyed reading the Book of Mormon at such a fast pace. I sure love this book!
Posted by Malerie at 7:27 AM
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Book of Mormon: 1830 Replica Edition This is the version of the Book of Mormon that I'm reading right now. I love it. There are no verses marked and it reads just like a novel. I do like that part of it, but the best part is that I can really feel Joseph Smith when I'm reading it. He writes a letter as an introduction and mentions the lost 116 pages, and you can just feel how sorry he is - he apologizes to the reader. Throughout the book, every time I read a grammatical error, I can feel the man, Joseph Smith, and when I read doctrine that really speaks to my soul and reaffirms my commitments, I feel the prophet, Joseph Smith. Reading this version, this way has been a truly testimony-building experience for me.
Posted by Anonymous at 7:12 PM
Throughout today's and yesterday's reading, I couldn't stop thinking about how all this (the conversion of the Lamanites) had happened because of one man - Ammon (and his brothers too, of course - hence the cheesy clipart I attached here - but c'mon, you know we give most of the [non-Heavenly Father] credit to Ammon)
That was a long sentence. Hope it makes sense.
I wonder if Ammon, as he was turning down his father Mosiah's kingdom, had even an inkling of the amazing journey he would take and the incredible success he would have as a missionary. Because of him, thousands (tens of?) Lamanites found the gospel. And they weren't just converts, they were SUPERconverts - "zealous for righteousness." And even when their brothers, the Amalekites and Amulonites (after the order of Nehor - who Malerie probably feels compassion for like Sherem, but I think he's a stinker) came against them to fight, they wouldn't. They were in the act of praising God as they were murdered. Which brought some Lamanites (Laman and Lemuel's actual descendants) to the gospel and repentance - even more than the number that were slain (1,004, right? Can you imagine whose job it was to count all those dead bodies?!). They became the Anti-Nephi-Lehis, then the people of Ammon, whose sons later became the famous stripling warriors (every YW's fantasy boyfriend).
All because of one man.
I hope someday I can do something cool enough to have such a tremendous effect on the world.
Posted by chelsea mckell at 10:05 AM
Friday, May 22, 2009
Posted by chelsea mckell at 9:17 PM
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Wow - this challenge has really made me examine my priorities. I have recently started blogging and spend some time doing it. Somehow I always have time. When I accepted this challenge, I decided that I would not blog until I had read my assignment for the day. That has really put a crimp in my blogging! . . . and made me realize that priorities are something that I always need to re-examine. What a blessing to have this challenge and re-aim my focus.
Speaking of which, I had better get off here and read my assignment for the day!
Posted by Anonymous at 8:15 AM
Monday, May 18, 2009
Reading at such a fast pace has made me think about things a little differently. It has been easier to follow the story line and pay more attention to the people. I almost said characters, but they were real people. In today's reading, several people stood out to me:
Posted by Malerie at 11:04 PM
Friday, May 15, 2009
We did a long car drive this week (726 miles, to be exact) and I get a little nauseous if I try to read while in the car. So I borrowed the BOM audio CDs from the library and LISTENED to my 18 pages per day!
Is that cheating?
Posted by chelsea mckell at 7:06 AM
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Yes, I am motivated to read the Book of Mormon in one month because of Twilight.
Stop sneering at me.
I can explain.
See, this morning when I saw Malerie's blog post about this little escapade, I initially thought, "nice idea. Too bad I just don't have the time to read that much."
But fortunately my husband was there to give me a kick in the pants. He's always good for that. I shared the idea and my qualm with him, and he kindly reminded me that I've read 4 thick novels in the last couple weeks.
So - here we go! I've grabbed a small paperback copy for this project so I can keep it in my purse. With the great weather we've been having, I'm sure to be spending a lot of time at the park with my little girl. Perfect time to get in some reading!
Posted by chelsea mckell at 8:38 PM
I posted the reading chart on the side bar and I sent an email out to you with an attachment that you can print out, or make into a bookmark. I'm a visual person and I like checking things off! If you didn't get my email, or didn't get an invite to be an author on this blog i probably don't have your current email. Leave a comment with your address and I will make sure I add you.
Good luck and feel free to write posts so we can all motivate each other.
Thanks for doing this with me!
Posted by Malerie at 10:42 AM
Saturday, May 2, 2009
I'm really excited to get started on this one month read. Thanks for joining me. I know it will be a memorable experience that will make us stronger and more faithful. Besides learning from scripture, I am excited to hear your thoughts as you read. I am surrounded by such intelligent and thoughtful friends and I am anxious to learn from you. If you would like to post anything, please email me and I will add you as a contributor.
We will be starting Monday, May 11 and finishing Tuesday, June 9. I have a reading chart that I will post so you can track your reading. If anyone has any other tips or ideas to make this a great experience, please let me know!
Posted by Malerie at 8:25 AM