Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Scripture Power Quotes

My favorite quotes about the power of the Scriptures

Linda S. Reeves
Coupled with prayer, the Book of Mormon carries the power to protect families, strengthen relationships, and give personal confidence before the Lord(Protection from Pornography -- A Christ-Focused Home, General Conference, April 2014)

President Gordon B. Hinckley 
Without reservation I promise you that if each of you will [read the Book of Mormon], regardless of how many times you previously may have read the Book of Mormon, there will come into your lives and into your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God. (A Testimony Vibrant and True, Ensign, August, 2005)

I hope that for you [reading the scriptures] will become something far more enjoyable than a duty; that, rather, it will become a love affair with the word of God. I promise you that as you read, your minds will be enlightened and your spirits will be lifted. At first it may seem tedious, but that will change into a wondrous experience with thoughts and words of things divine. (The Light Within You, General Conference, April 1995)

President Ezra Taft Benson
I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein.
1) The spirit of reverence will increase;
2) mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow.
3) The spirit of contention will depart.
4) Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom.
5) Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of 
        their parents.
6) Righteousness will increase.
7) Faith,  
 8) hope, and  
9) charity – the pure love of Christ – will abound in our homes and 
        lives, bringing in their wake
10) peace, 
11) joy, and  
12) happiness.
(The Book of Mormon -- Keystone of our Religion, General Conference, Nov. 1986, Quoting Marion G. Romney, numbers added)

There is a power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book. You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path. (The Book of Mormon -- Keystone of our Religion, General Conference, Nov. 1986) 

President Spencer W. Kimball
I find that when I get casual in my relationships with divinity and when it seems that no divine ear is listening and no divine voice is speaking, that I am far, far away. If I immerse myself in the scriptures the distance narrows and the spirituality returns. I find myself loving more intensely those whom I must love with all my heart and mind and strength, and loving them more, I find it easier to abide their counsel. ... I find that all I need to do to increase my love for my Maker and the gospel and the Church and my brethren is to read the scriptures. (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, 135)

The Prophet Joseph Smith
The Book of Mormon [is] the most correct of any book on earth, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book. (History of the Church, 4:461)


Lisa said...

Two weeks ago today I deactivated my facebook account (which became a serious addiction) and since then, I have started to read the scriptures more regularly and I look forward to my daily scripture study! I am also reading the Book of Mormon study manual with it and I am blown away with how much I am learning. I'll have to reread all of these wonderful quotes with my husband to rekindle our desire to read the scriptures as a family. I KNOW that when I am reading the scriptures, that I am much much happier and I have more confidence. :-D

Becky Edwards said...

Lisa, what a beautiful testimony of the power of personal scripture study in your life. Thank you for sharing! I know that you will be blessed even more when you start studying the scriptures as a family. I'd love to hear some of the blessings you notice once you start. Keep in mind that Satan will do whatever he can to try to stop your family or interfere, so don't give up!

I know that when I study the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, and especially when I do it in the morning, I feel more happy, peaceful, strong, confident, disciplined, loving, and it's easier for me to spend my day on right priorities.

Good for you for recognizing a Facebook addiction and taking action to change. What a great example to your children too. As they notice themselves feeling addicted, hopefully they can follow your example and disconnect, either temporarily or permanently in certain areas, to find balance again. I've had to make changes myself over the years. Electronics simply have an addictive tendency. Way to go!

I love the LDS seminary and institute manuals to help you get more from your scripture study. Another treasure I started using this year is David Ridges "Made Easier" series. So far I've purchased his Old Testament and D&C books. The next time I study the Book of Mormon I plan on getting that one too. He is my favorite resource for getting more from the scriptures, because he adds helpful definitions, clarifications, background context, and plenty of great quotes and life lessons to help bring deeper meaning to what you're reading. Here is The Book of Mormon Made Easier: Part 1, if you're interested.

Stephanie Larsen said...

Hi there!! I miss you! I was actually studying to teach Fin more about the Holy Ghost before her baptism and found this on pinterest, and it turned out to be your blog! :>

Becky Edwards said...

Hi Stephanie! I miss you too, sweet friend! I hope you're enjoying your new home. I love you!