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Your ability to be more like Him will increase. ~ by Pres. Nelson

posted Feb 28, 2017 20:32:18 by LorrieLou
Pres. Nelson's FB post today...

Russell M Nelson
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Last month, I invited you to tell me about your experience with consecrating a portion of your time to studying everything Jesus said and did in the scriptures, an invitation I issued at the worldwide devotional. I want to thank you for sharing your experiences with me on my Facebook post.
What I didn’t mention then was that I recently completed this very same assignment myself, for the very first time. I have devoted much of my 92 years to learning about the Savior, but rare are the occasions when I have been able to learn as much as I did over the six weeks I completed this task. In fact, I learned so much about Him from this study that I am planning to share much of it in other upcoming addresses that I am currently preparing.
I challenge you to undertake this task. I promise you that if you will study His words, your ability to be more like Him will increase. I know this is true.
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LaceyArchibald said Feb 28, 2017 20:37:48
that is some awesome advice. Thanks for posting this.
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David.Clark said Feb 28, 2017 21:14:06
I heard that address, but didn't undertake the challenge. Reading his post motivates me to follow through this time. Thank you for sharing this!! I needed it.
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Bob Walker said Feb 28, 2017 21:18:31
My nephew is on his mission in Wisconsin and they have President Nelson coming to visit their mission on Saturday the 11th of March. I just sent this post to him so he could think about undertaking it so he could report to President Nelson that he is underway in the challenge.

I thought that might be good motivation for him to look into doing it. :-)
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JulieK said Feb 28, 2017 22:16:17
Wow, that's a testimony that one can always be learning, no matter how much you've studied throughout your life.
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Dawn said Mar 01, 2017 00:59:23
Here's the entire blog post.

https://www.lds.org/blog/i-studied-more-than-2200-scriptures-about-the-savior-in-six-weeks-here-is-a-little-of-what-i-learned?lang=eng&__prclt=2pZepIcT

During the January 2017 Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults, I challenged those watching to increase their testimony of the Savior by taking time each week to:

Study everything Jesus said and did as recorded in the Old Testament.
Study His laws as recorded in the New Testament.
Study His doctrine as recorded in the Book of Mormon.
Study His words as recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants.

I promised those listening that if they would proceed to learn all they can about Jesus Christ, their love for Him and for God’s laws would grow beyond what they could currently imagine.

What I didn’t mention during this address was that I knew this promise was true because I was in the midst of completing this very same assignment myself for the first time.

On December 1, 2016, I obtained a new set of scriptures and proceeded to begin the same assignment that I would later extend to young adults in January. When I finished the assignment six weeks later, I had looked up and marked more than 2,200 citations from the four books of scripture.

For me, to be able to accomplish this assignment was just thrilling!

Something I found to be most insightful was that the Savior was telling us about Himself through these various periods of time—Old Testament, New Testament, the Restoration period, and our day. In all books of scripture, the story is the same and the Storyteller is the same.

I have devoted much of my 92 years to learning about the Savior, but rare are the occasions when I have been able to learn as much as I did over this six-week study period. In fact, I learned so much about Him from this study that I am planning to share much of it in other upcoming addresses that I am currently preparing.

Upon beginning this assignment, I didn’t expect that this study would help me to receive a new testimony of the divinity of the work of Joseph Smith—but it did! The revelations recorded by Joseph Smith and the insights found in the Bible are amazingly consistent. It was so enlightening for me to see this in my study.

Joseph Smith wouldn’t have possibly had time to correlate and cross-reference with the Bible at the rapid rate at which he was translating the Book of Mormon—but it’s all here!

So not only do I now have a greater testimony of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, but I also have a reaffirmation of my absolute conviction that the system Joseph Smith had for translating the Book of Mormon was a gift from God.

Now, I realize some of you are probably thinking to yourselves that you couldn’t possibly have time to complete an assignment like this.

I know how you feel. I thought the same thing of myself—that there’s no way I can have time to do all of this. I needed to remind myself that a comment like this is not a faith-promoted comment. A faith-promoted comment would be “I know I don’t have time for this, but I’m going to make time for it. And I’ll fulfill it with what time I have.”

Each of us who takes this challenge will finish in our own time frames. For me, much of the joy of this came from getting it all done in just six weeks. This intense study over a relatively short period of time allowed me to appreciate the complementary nature of the learnings to be found in the Old Testament, the Book of Mormon, the New Testament, and the Doctrine and Covenants.

To those of you who feel you don’t have time, if you will make a sacrifice, you will be well rewarded and very, very grateful for the change of perspective, increased knowledge, and improved depth of your conversion. I know this is true because I have seen the same rewards in my own life.

As I mentioned at the devotional, in a coming day, you will present yourself before the Savior. You will be overwhelmed to the point of tears to be in His holy presence. You will struggle to find words to thank Him for paying for your sins, for forgiving you of any unkindness toward others, for healing you from the injuries and injustices of this life.

You will thank Him for strengthening you to do the impossible, for turning your weaknesses into strengths, and for making it possible for you to live with Him and your family forever. His identity, His Atonement, and His attributes will become personal and real to you.

But you don’t have to wait until then. Choose to be one of His true disciples now. Be one who truly loves Him, who truly wants to serve and lead as He did. I promise you that if you will study His words, your ability to be more like Him will increase. I know this is true.
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IvyKeawe said Mar 01, 2017 03:49:26
I'm going to remind my students tonight about this in institute. I felt a bit of a spiritual lag happening last week in class. Where much is given ...much is required and they must respond with a step up in their quest of true discipleship. In the last couple of classes we have been truly blessed with AMAZING spiritual experiences. Thank you for the post... it was an answer to my prayers before class tonight.
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SharonMoake said Mar 01, 2017 15:45:53
sooo...do we start in the Bible dictionary? Topical guide? start reading all four books of scripture...I am at a loss of how to do this. :/
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HelenPirtle said Mar 01, 2017 16:10:09
From what I heard him say, I thought he meant to go to the topical guide and look up every reference. In a notebook I wrote each reference down the left side of my paper, skipping a line between. I looked up Jesus Christ... and you will see so many subtopics. Just start with the first one, write down the references. When I came to a new subtopic, I started another page with that as the title. Then you go back and look up each reference on your page and write a summary or statement about what you are taught in that scripture.

That is how I interpreted what he taught.
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JulieK said Mar 01, 2017 16:11:45
Helen, that is how I understand it also. There are just over 50 subtopics and Pres. Nelson said he had more than 2,200 citations. He said that he just looked up the references and marked them in his scriptures. He had just gotten a new set of scriptures.

You could use a certain unique marking technique in your scriptures for this activity to distinguish these scriptures. (color, asterisk, etc.)
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AliciaBlickfeldt said Mar 01, 2017 16:24:32
David ... ME TOO! I always feel like there is SO much to study that I get distracted as to WHAT to study first. I think this merits my attention for the weeks it will take to complete. What better topic could we possibly study? None. HE is the way, the truth and the light. :) Thank you for the reminder.
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JulieK said Mar 01, 2017 18:13:00
6 weeks from now is just before EASTER! What a wonderful to do an in depth study on to prepare for General Conference and Easter!

I completed the first subtopic today. I am using the LDS gospel Library App so that I can learn to use it more to it's full capacity.

First I look in the topical guide under the first subtopic (which in Jesus Christ, Advocate) and in turn click on each scripture. Once on the scripture, I tag it under a tag that I've created for that subtopic (i.e. Jesus Christ, Advocate), I underline it and I add a note if I want to add a comment to that particular scripture. After this I move it to the NOTEBOOK that I've created called "Jesus Christ".

I know that there are many on here that most likely have a great grasp on using the Gospel Library to study. Can you offer any suggestions?

I am also looking up and marking my leather bound scriptures right along side doing the other.
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LoryVanValkenbur said Mar 01, 2017 18:21:31
The Brethren have also asked us to study a talk from last conference every day until our April conference. I'm excited to do this as well. I'm thinking that we could combine the two quite easily.
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JulieK said Mar 01, 2017 19:24:07
Oooo, yes Lory, that would really be good!
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Kathryn Blose said Mar 02, 2017 00:42:52
This may sound weird, but I started to read the Book of Mormon again and wrote down the quotes that had to do with what the Lord said or did...and I found enough in just the first ten chapters to start making me realize how to better apply those scriptures to myself.
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David.Clark said Mar 02, 2017 01:08:11
Kathryn, great idea!

Lory, awesome reminder! My wife, instead of listening to the radio in the car, listens to the general conference talks and the Ensign. With the children and serving as my full time caretaker, she doesn't have much time to read the hard copy versions. But, in between conferences, she's able to listen to all of conference through three to four times. She's remarked on how much more she gets from conference from the repetition.

JulieK, thank you for taking the time to go step by step in how you are using the Gospel Library app to study these scriptures. Really helped me!
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