As many of you know I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm a Mormon. If you've read my blog for very long you know that I occasionally write about my beliefs, not because I'm trying to convert anyone or push my theology on you. My faith is part of my daily life and I want this record to be true to who I am, the real me that you would meet in person.
So with that prologue...
I don't typically read a book more than once. On occasion and if it's been at least 10 years in between (and I've forgotten everything) I will reread something, but even then it's rare. However I have read and reread the scriptures almost daily for years. (I wish there were days I didn't forget, but that is something I'm still working on).
I have often wondered how it is that I can continue to read the same text over and over again. How is it that the same words can have such an impact on the 5th read as on the 1st and sometimes have even greater significance? How it is that I find myself drawn to a book whose origin seems improbable and mythical?
I'm an intelligent, educated person (if you exclude my spelling and a few other flaws). I'm not one to blindly follow. I question and research, I want to know things for myself. The Bible and The Book of Mormon are some of the things that I have put to the test and here are a few things I have found. I'm going to talk specifically about The Book of Mormon because it's less known of the two scriptural works.
I gain something new every time I read the same verse. There is always something new, not because the words change, but because I change. As I grow and my life experiences give me new wisdom (hopefully) I learn new things reading the same inspired words. They have new meaning and insight.
When I read and ponder the words, I have found that I learn other non-related things. Answers to problems, sometimes problems that I'm not actively seeking answers for. For example, a few years back I was struggling with some parenting problems. As I read (I'm usually really good about immersing myself when life is tough and I need added help) and prayed I started to receive answers and solutions to the problems I was facing. It was a slow process, a thought here and an impression there. As I was studying the scriptures I was learning how to be a better parent.
A year or so later while reading a parenting book, I marveled that the same information I had learned while immersed in the scriptures was written in these pages. The prominent doctor had spent a great deal of time and money in research and come to the same information I had received in the scriptures and on my knees.
The words of Jesus Christ written within the pages give me hope and peace. This witness of His divinity and life add meaning to my life. I have greater love.
So here is the deal. If you would like to read my favorite book I would like to send you one, remember I'm not trying to convert you. I'm just trying to share something that brings me great joy and inspiration. (I would offer to share one of the children, but unfortunately there is only one of each of them, and I'm far to selfish to give them away.)
If you would like to receive a copy of The Book of Mormon follow this link and fill out the form and I will send you a copy with a little note from me (I love to personalize things). I will not share your name or address with anyone. You will not go on some list, and our missionaries will not be knocking at your door.
It's just one friend sharing a book with another friend, for anyone anywhere.