Notes for my writing

This blog is made up of notes on the gospel as found in the only true and living church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes notes that are either excerpts from or ideas for books I either have in draft or may yet write.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

We must return to and treasure the scriptures

I am horrified at how our lack of actual scripture study is so embarrassingly prevalant among us.

In saying that, I confess that my personal knowledge of the scriptures is deeply inadequate.

I believe we think we can hide it. We think we can do service, be good home teachers, smile, get doors for people at church, and if we get a verse or two read here and there it will be good enough. But it is like a student who thinks to fool his professor on an exam. I have graded many such exams. It is simply embarrassingly apparent the student has never studied the text.

So it is with us. We are inundated with circumstances that desperately need the scriptures, but we haven't the faintest idea what we are missing. Perhaps if we get the door for that person at church and smile at a few more members then the Holy Ghost will spell it out for us. Or so we seem to believe.

Was the restoration not ignited by a search for truth? Do we not need to know truth, or is it enough simply belonging to the true church? Are we not commanded to ask, seek, and knock? What purpose is there to the scriptures if we treat them like no more than desktop calendar quotes - grab a favorite line or two for the day, give it a quick thought, and then move along with the rest of the day knowing that we have been "inspired".

The rising generation, speaking collectively and not individually, seems particularly guilty in having devoted little, if any, serious study to the scriptures.

If we are to reject scripture mingled with the philosophies of men, it would be advisable if we at least knew what part was scripture in the first place.

The Lord gave, to my knowledge, the only right way to teach our children the scriptures.

Deuteronomy 6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

And THAT is how we need to be treating the scriptures. Not only to say, but to do according to that which is written.

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