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Are we reading the BOM again?

Don - August 11, 2005

I almost didn’t do it!  You know the first presidency suggested/told us to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year.  My first thoughts were how can I get out of this.  I’ve read it many times, taught it many times, why do I need to read it again right now? I’m in the middle of my own personal scripture study…Pearl of Great Price……so why the BOM now?

Anyone else feel this way? 

Reading just to finish by the end of the year seems a bit silly. 

Ryan Bell at The Millenial Star has a great idea to make the process more valuable for everyone.

So are we going to read the BOM?  Are we going to make it worthwhile?  Or do we have a good reason to skip reading it and/or study something else instead?


  1. “Are we reading the BOM again?”


    Am I trying to finish i by the end of the year?


    Comment by Kim Siever — August 11, 2005 @ 3:25 pm

  2. “Without reservation I promise you that if each of you will observe this simple program, 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.”

    I need some of that… I’m doing it for that promise.

    Comment by C Jones — August 11, 2005 @ 3:47 pm

  3. I’m doing it, and enjoying it very much. My results thus far: Nephi could really be a jerk sometimes.

    Comment by Steve Evans — August 11, 2005 @ 3:55 pm

  4. Kim,
    I feel the same way with many of the same reasons as you do as to why NOT to re-read it. I just finished a fundamental scripture study class last semester and one of the main points driven into us was that we should not fit into this cliche that predominates in the church to have the goal of finishing. We get so worked up about finishing the book by such and such date or wanting to read a chapter a night or something like that.
    Instead, we were encouraged to read for a minimum time limit (at least 20 minutes, or whatever we felt comfortable with) this way we could dig into the text instead of feeling we shouldn’t ponder too long or we might not finish. This opened up a LOT to me in my personal study (much like studying on the mission).
    However, in this instance, I personally am going to do as I am told and hold the prophet to his word and EXPECT some blessings from doing so:)

    Comment by Bret — August 11, 2005 @ 3:57 pm

  5. I fail to see how reading the Book of Mormon this time will provide any greater blessings than the last time I read it. I also fail to see how I will receive additional benefits from reading it faster than I am now.

    Comment by Kim Siever — August 11, 2005 @ 4:58 pm

  6. I suspect because a testimony requires constant maintance to maintain. For some reason I can’t fathom, the Prophet thinks we as a people are neglecting it. I felt like Kim felt having read the Book of Mormon at least 50 times cover to cover in my life. Yet, looking back, I realize it has been far too many years since I did this last. Perhaps there is something I could gain? Something affecting my spirituality?

    Comment by Clark Goble — August 11, 2005 @ 10:16 pm

  7. Doesn’t Pres. Hinckley know that Bushman’s biography is coming out soon? I’ve been waiting a year for it to come out, and now I’m supposed to put off diving into it until I finish the BofM again?

    To paraphrase Spanky from The Little Rascals, “I’ll do it, but I won’t like it.”

    (I guess I should explain that. Spanky said he didn’t like mush. His father told him, “You’ll eat it and you’ll like it.” Spanky replied, “I’ll eat it, but I won’t like it.” It’s just something that stuck with me from when I was a kid.)

    Comment by Jared — August 11, 2005 @ 11:40 pm

  8. “the Prophet thinks we as a people are neglecting it”

    Agreed. That doesn’t mean, however, that I specifically am neglecting it. I can’t be. I’m reading it. Just not at a breakneck pace.

    Comment by Kim Siever — August 11, 2005 @ 11:53 pm

  9. Don, I hear ya. A lot of people I’ve talked to are really enthusiastic (for lack of a better word)about this. Me, not so much.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m reading the BOM but I’ve decided the time limit thing works better for me than the 10 pages a day goal.

    I had a Bishop challenge us to read a half hour a day for a few months. I took up the challenge and was surprised at how much more I got out of the BOM by doing it. I guess I’ll get back to it.

    Comment by kristen j — August 12, 2005 @ 12:08 am

  10. I’ve read it about 15 times and am personally rather burned out on it…but…the man asked; and i’m doing.

    Comment by lyle — August 12, 2005 @ 4:50 pm

  11. I’ve read the Book of Mormon countless times. If I hadn’t, I might feel differently. But now I’m doing the D&C.

    When we go to the Book of Mormon in SS, I will do that then. I have too much to do. Do not give me one more thing to do.

    Comment by annegb — August 15, 2005 @ 11:30 am

  12. IMHO With all the ‘limited Geography’ of the BOM stuff, I think the prophet is trying to get the ‘Spirit’ of the BOM into us to prepare us for future challenges.

    Comment by jared — August 16, 2005 @ 5:23 am

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