Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Diligent Scripture Search

The following quotes are from four separate prophets, and all four tell us why we need to search the scriptures diligently. President Howard W. Hunter (1907-95) said, "I commend to you the revelations of God as the standard by which we must live our lives and by which we must measure every decision and every deed. Accordingly, when you have worries and challenges, face them by turning to the scriptures and the prophets" ("Fear Not, little Flock," in 1988-89 Devotional and Fireside Speeches [1989], 112). President Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994) said, "Success in righteousness, the power to avoid deception and resist temptation, guidance in our daily lives, healing of the soul - these are but a few of the promises the Lord has given to those who will come to His word. … Certain blessings are to be found only in the scriptures, only in coming to the word of the Lord and holding fast to it…. Recommit yourselves to a study of the scriptures. Immerse yourselves in them daily so you will have the power of the Spirit to attend you in your callings. Read them in your families and teach your children to love and treasure them" ("The Power of the Word," Ensign, May 1986, 82). President Spencer W. Kimball (1895-1985) said, "As you become more and more familiar with the truths of the scriptures, you will be more and more effective in keeping the second great commandment, to love your neighbor as yourself. Become scholars of the scriptures - not to put others down but to lift them up! After all, who has any greater need to `treasure up' the truths of the gospel (on which they may call in their moments of need) than do women and mothers who do so much nurturing and teaching?" ("The Role of Righteous Women," Ensign, Nov. 1997, 95) President Thomas S. Monson said, "The holy scriptures adorn our bookshelves. Make certain they provide nourishment to our minds and guidance for our lives" ("The Mighty Strength of the Relief Society," Ensign, Nov. 1997, 95). There are many ways to study the scriptures. My particular type of scripture study is to look for information in the scriptures that might help my grandchildren. A suggested way to study the scriptures is to follow the counsel given by Nephi (1 Nephi 19:23) and "liken" them to ourselves. Another way is to search for knowledge about a specific principle. I recently gained much knowledge about faith simply because I focused on one principle. The important thing is to start studying the scriptures and make them a daily part of life. Reading from the scriptures daily helps us to learn about Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ as well as what we need to do to be like them. Scripture study accompanied by prayer helps us to gain the knowledge that brings peace and keeps our focus on eternal principles. The scriptures are a source for discovering rich treasures of truth. In order to gain the most truth, we must go often to the source of truth.

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