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My Missionary Scriptures

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As I mentioned in previous posts, my friend and I are kind of studying the Book of Mormon together, quite long distance. We are taking it slow and steady. I am also reading the scriptures by myself at random times and places, and I try to make an effort of doing some scripture journaling every few days, so I am at three different places in the scriptures simultaneously. To make it easier for me, I use three different copies for the three studies. At this point, I have to admit, that none of them is in Hungarian. I am still getting used to the “new” translation, and the comfort of familiarity only comes with the English copies. So in addition to having my journalized scriptures I use a pocket-sized Book of Mormon in my individual study. It is small, but it’s not a screen. I can carry it everywhere, and just mark it as needed.

I for the study with my friend, and usually for reading anything other than the Book of Mormon I use my missionary scriptures. It’s huge. It has everything. It is easy to read all the cross references, and it’s easy to have a Wikipedia-like experience when starting with a single verse in 2 Nephi one ends up three hours later somewhere in the Old Testament, via the Bible Dictionary, the Doctrine and Covenants, and thanks to a footnote, the New Testament as well.

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On this photo the book in the middle is the standard sized soft-cover copy of the Book of Mormon. I think it is quite evident why I don’t carry my missionary scriptures around much! I love them, though. I bought them a few months into my mission, and gifted my previous set to a friend. I hardly ever used the previous set, I used an individual copy of the Book of Mormon most of the time, but I really wanted a quad to make study more comfortable. It was made possible when a former missionary who had served in Hungary and had taught me invited my companion and I to dinner, and gifted us with some cash. So scriptures and a new-to-me pair of boots were purchased one P-day, and that quad became what I refer to as my missionary scriptures. It came with me to Anaheim, I used it the one time I was asked to give a talk, I used them for individual and companionship study, I used it to give the spiritual thought when it was my turn. So many memories are attached to this book. Over my years of not being active I still used it whenever I needed to turn to the scriptures for a story or a discussion, or even an online argument.

Using them again regularly has been fun. A lot of times reading my old notes and finding things that I thought was relevant to me 18 years ago brings back memories, and remind me of things that can be helpful in my life again. I love how all the new member enthusiasm shows through those comments! I love reading the scriptures, and I love how my Heavenly Father keeps guiding me as I study them.

 

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Being Consistent

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From the amount of posts I keep forgetting to schedule and then backdate them to the date when they should have been posted, you might guess I have a problem with being consistent with my posting. I try my best to write every day of October, and I usually manage that just fine, I just forget to post. Oh well.

Fortunately there are other areas in life where being consistent goes better–and these are areas where being consistent matters a lot more.

This past summer was nothing short of a miracle. Coming back to the Church was not easy, and there are ongoing challenges, but there have been some great moments along the way. Getting back into the habit of scripture study and prayer helped a lot. The reminder from my dear friends was always the same: the key is in being consistent.

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There have been a few things that have helped me with that were extremely simple. Getting pocket-size scriptures was one of them. Reading them on the tram is the easiest thing ever, and they don’t require batteries. I ride the tram twice a day Monday to Friday, so even if life gets super hectic, I have that time for the scriptures. I still have days, however, when I fail at keeping consistent in reading. I might fall asleep a few verses in, while on other nights I can read through the whole book of Alma.

In addition  to praying in the morning and evening, I often find myself praying while I crochet. I was making the Salt Lake Temple pattern, and I found myself praying for all the people I met there. It was just a great reminder to pray. I have also decided to focus more on journaling, and combine that with scripture study, and studying the words of living prophets.