Yesterday, I ran into a couple from our ward while out shopping. I was thrilled to hear that they have been reading the Book of Mormon as a family this year and have only 10 chapters to go before they finish. It will be the first time that they have read the Book of Mormon completely through as a family. They also said—and I loved this!—that even though the kids didn’t “get” everything that they read together, they still benefited from the consistent habit of reading.
Well, that made my day hearing that a family took on one of our ward goals seriously. We have taken it on seriously in our home, too. It looks like we will actually finish reading the Book of Mormon this year (though we have to read Ether and Moroni to get there). I have to admit that we started reading the Book of Mormon as a family several years ago, and we are finally finishing this year. Woo hoo! It’s a long time coming and I can’t tell you how happy I am to get there.
I love the Book of Mormon. It is a gift from God, a treasure that I discovered when I was 17 years old. I have read it many times, and it becomes more and more powerful to me each time I read it. Not only have I read it in English, but also in German, French, and Spanish. I have also read a facsimile of the original 1830 edition.
The Book of Mormon has been a constant companion of my life since I joined the Church when I was a senior in high school. It is the book that saved me—from spiritual ignorance and serious self-doubt and confusion. It has been a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path (Psalms 119:105). Most of all, it is a magnificent witness of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, of whom it testifies on nearly every page. It is an anchor to my soul.
I have read it once myself this year so far, and will also finish it again with my family by December 31. I am also part way through it on my own, in German once again. I am so proud of all of you who have read it this year, and to the rest: Parley P. Pratt read it in a day and we have three whole weeks left until the end of the year! You can do it! Don’t give up! Just keep reading, keep trying. God will bless you in your efforts, and you will never be sorry that you did it.