Here’s an invitation for you this Christmas season.
First, let me explain. The other day I had the opportunity to share a lesson during church. I used as my resource President Boyd K. Packer’s General Conference address “The Reason for Our Hope.” It is a great talk on how we need to be nurturing our testimonies in Christ daily. It will be our testimony of Christ that will enable us to withstand the trials and adversities life tends to throw us.
I attest that this is truth.
Here is a link to the talk for you to check out. The Reason for Our Hope.
Now for the invitation.
President Packer told a story of when he and his wife went to Oxford University doing family history research. To show their gratitude, they returned a year later with a gift set of scriptures for the library. At first, the chaplain was nervous to accept the gift. To show him we are, in fact, true Christians, President Packer showed him 18 pages in the Topical Guide all focused on Christ. He explained, “It is one of the most comprehensive compilations of scriptural references on the subject of the Savior that has ever been assembled in the history of the world—a testimony from the Old and New Testaments, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price” (The Reason for Our Hope).
It is quite impressive. I have decided to set aside 20 minutes a day (I started with 10 but it was not nearly enough) for studying this collection of scriptures. I am slowly making my way through each subject heading. I originally intended to do this until Christmas but at the rate I’m going, I will have to extend my timeframe. There is simply so much to study! I am having a wonderful experience as I go through the list, subject by subject.
Here is the online version of the Topical Guide.
I invite you to join me. Set aside a certain amount of time each day and dive in. You will not regret the experience. As I always tell my youth when I extend an invitation – what happens if you don’t accept and do it? Absolutely nothing. But what will happen if you do choose to follow through?