Monday, February 26, 2024

The Book of Mormon and My Gas Cap

(Guest post by Spencer's dad)

Last time I mentioned that my gas cap cover was frozen. When I pulled the opening lever, the gap cap panel did not open. How was I going to put gas in the vehicle?

My first reaction was to come back to our apartment and find a screw driver. With a screwdriver I could pry open that stubborn panel. What do you think would happen if I had done this? At best it would scratch the paint of the car. If I pushed and pulled hard enough I could bend the panel out of shape. My next tool might have been a hammer, so you can imagine not much good would happen if I went that route.

Before I got out the door with the screwdriver my wife offered another suggestion. We both agreed that something had frozen in the mechanism. She suggested I pour cold water on the panel. This would melt the ice on the sticky mechanism. With one quick splash of water the ice in the mechanism melted and open it went.

Sometimes our hearts are iced over like that mechanism. Fixing the broken pieces of our hearts will often be easier by melting rather than by poking (or hammering).

Reading the Book of Mormon is one of the best medicine available to a broken human (which is all of us). Here are a few promises of blessings we can receive by studying the Book of Mormon.

Peter M. Johnson has a unique conversion story. In this 17-minute video below Peter shares his story in a unique way.

In Brother Johnson’s first (and so far) only General Conference talk he said “Read and study the Book of Mormon every day, every day, every day. My Book of Mormon studies tend to go better when I read with a question in mind…The Book of Mormon contains the words of Christ and helps us remember who we are.”

His formula every day, every day, every day will help us know who we are. Remembering that you are a beloved child of God could help melt the ice that builds on our hearts during the storms of life. Reading Book of Mormon, every day, every day, every day is a simple medicine.

President Russel M Nelson made another simple and promise filled encouragement to read the Book of Mormon:

“I promise that as you prayerfully study the Book of Mormon every day, you will make better decisions—every day. I promise that as you ponder what you study, the windows of heaven will open, and you will receive answers to your own questions and direction for your own life. I promise that as you daily immerse yourself in the Book of Mormon, you can be immunized against the evils of the day. (October 2017 Conference)

Which of these promises do I need most in my life?

A). Making better decisions every day

B). Answers to my own questions

C). Direction for my life

D). Immunized against the evils of this day.

In this chapter of my life I need all four. (Seems like I needed all four promises in every chapter of my life). You and I can have all four of these soul healing cures from one spiritual medicine … Read the Book of Mormon every day.

Try it. Test it. You will be blessed.

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