Doctrine and Covenants Listening Times

https://www.lds.org/media-library/images/scriptures-eye-glasses-758818?lang=engAs I said in a previous post, I’m working on a little project of tabulating the lengths of scripture audio recordings, for both female and male narrators. Here’s my second installment, the Doctrine and Covenants. The total listening time for the female voice is just under 15 hours while the male voice is 47 minutes longer—about 15 3/4 hours.

Doctrine and Covenants Time (Female) Time (Male)
Title Page
0:00:32 0:00:26
Introduction 0:13:48 0:13:34
1 0:08:16 0:07:37
2 0:01:15 0:01:16
3 0:05:01 0:04:28
4 0:01:40 0:01:34
5 0:08:03 0:07:28
6 0:08:42 0:08:00
7 0:02:18 0:02:10
8 0:03:14 0:03:01
9 0:03:05 0:02:28
10 0:14:29 0:12:46
11 0:06:27 0:05:58
12 0:02:26 0:02:14
13 0:01:17 0:01:22
14 0:03:13 0:03:09
15 0:01:29 0:01:30
16 0:01:23 0:01:19
17 0:03:05 0:02:56
18 0:08:41 0:07:51
19 0:07:40 0:07:23
20 0:17:21 0:16:12
21 0:04:01 0:03:47
22 0:01:15 0:01:11
23 0:02:36 0:02:25
24 0:05:03 0:04:38
25 0:03:34 0:03:25
26 0:00:58 0:00:57
27 0:05:11 0:04:43
28 0:03:57 0:03:45
29 0:12:10 0:11:22
30 0:03:08 0:03:03
31 0:02:53 0:02:48
32 0:01:46 0:01:47
33 0:04:13 0:04:05
34 0:02:34 0:02:31
35 0:06:54 0:06:39
36 0:02:13 0:02:03
37 0:01:11 0:01:07
38 0:09:24 0:08:36
39 0:05:25 0:05:04
40 0:01:08 0:01:07
41 0:03:21 0:03:09
42 0:18:48 0:17:03
43 0:08:20 0:08:20
44 0:01:41 0:01:50
45 0:14:59 0:15:53
46 0:06:19 0:06:49
47 0:01:32 0:01:37
48 0:02:15 0:02:20
49 0:06:54 0:07:27
50 0:08:41 0:08:51
51 0:04:26 0:04:48
52 0:07:53 0:08:12
53 0:01:55 0:01:56
54 0:02:44 0:02:52
55 0:02:10 0:02:16
56 0:05:19 0:05:36
57 0:04:45 0:05:02
58 0:12:08 0:12:58
59 0:05:20 0:05:25
60 0:03:56 0:03:58
61 0:08:00 0:08:03
62 0:02:30 0:02:26
63 0:13:47 0:13:51
64 0:08:45 0:08:43
65 0:01:59 0:01:57
66 0:03:37 0:03:37
67 0:04:09 0:04:25
68 0:07:47 0:08:12
69 0:02:30 0:02:41
70 0:04:24 0:04:38
71 0:02:34 0:02:41
72 0:05:44 0:05:55
73 0:01:32 0:01:39
74 0:02:14 0:02:14
75 0:06:41 0:07:07
76 0:19:41 0:21:19
77 0:07:45 0:08:01
78 0:05:42 0:06:05
79 0:00:59 0:00:59
80 0:01:03 0:01:04
81 0:02:50 0:02:57
82 0:06:01 0:06:04
83 0:01:24 0:01:27
84 0:22:48 0:23:01
85 0:03:43 0:03:52
86 0:02:44 0:02:43
87 0:02:37 0:02:43
88 0:30:11 0:30:45
89 0:04:22 0:04:30
90 0:07:25 0:07:38
91 0:01:26 0:01:24
92 0:01:06 1:08:00
93 0:10:07 0:10:21
94 0:03:21 0:03:29
95 0:04:14 0:04:11
96 0:02:50 0:02:51
97 0:06:43 0:06:51
98 0:11:05 0:11:19
99 0:02:06 0:02:08
100 0:03:40 0:03:42
101 0:19:31 0:19:40
102 0:09:48 0:10:21
103 0:08:47 0:09:01
104 0:17:54 0:18:24
105 0:09:30 0:09:57
106 0:02:09 0:02:20
107 0:21:00 0:21:46
108 0:01:59 0:01:53
109 0:19:25 0:17:03
110 0:04:20 0:04:16
111 0:02:42 0:02:43
112 0:08:37 0:08:05
113 0:02:43 0:02:32
114 0:00:58 0:00:56
115 0:04:23 0:04:01
116 0:00:29 0:00:32
117 0:04:11 0:03:52
118 0:01:58 0:01:42
119 0:02:51 0:02:59
120 0:00:40 0:00:41
121 0:10:49 0:10:01
122 0:03:29 0:03:25
123 0:04:54 0:04:39
124 0:38:32 0:34:33
125 0:01:23 0:01:17
126 0:00:56 0:00:58
127 0:05:19 0:04:41
128 0:17:32 0:15:50
129 0:01:45 0:01:43
130 0:05:10 0:04:59
131 0:01:28 0:01:25
132 0:23:48 0:21:24
133 0:14:54 0:13:29
134 0:07:09 0:06:37
135 0:06:58 0:06:12
136 0:08:10 0:07:24
137 0:02:09 0:02:05
138 0:13:54 0:13:01
OD 1 0:10:18 0:10:16
OD 2 0:05:12 0:05:25
Total Time 14:56:15 15:43:48

My Wife, the Chaplain

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One day in 2015, my wife refused to leave the celestial room of the Salt Lake temple until she got an answer to a particular prayer. As she says, she “stomped her foot” and refused to move until she was clear on what her new direction should be. She got a very clear message of love and support that day, but not a compass point to walk towards.

The nest was empty, and she felt she was ready to launch in a new direction. She was persistent and she eventually got the answer she was looking for.

“You go on. You set one foot in front of the other, and if a thin voice cries out, somewhere behind you, you pretend not to hear, and keep going.” —Geraldine Brooks

About four months later (two years ago this month), she was sitting at her desk at home. The message she had gotten at the temple was taped to her computer screen. She was thinking about the message when a clear voice said to her, “Look into chaplain school.”

Well, that’s what she did. With gusto. Within weeks she was accepted and enrolled in a 2,100-hour Clinical Pastoral Education program, eventually becoming a board-certified professional chaplain.

Yesterday was a first. As a chaplain, she can legally perform marriages, and she performed her first marriage of a young couple. She was well prepared. The ceremony was beautiful. And so was she!

“A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” —Ruth Bell Graham

I am very proud of her accomplishment. She followed her heart and didn’t give up. She now works as a hospice chaplain, administering comfort to the dying and grieved. She is setting an example for our three daughters, stretching her limits and breaking down barriers. When most people at our age are ready to ride into the sunset, she galloped into the sunrise. She is truly a remarkable woman. I love her so much, and I am still busting buttons over what she has done. Hurray and bravo, [endearing nickname deleted]!!

Key Verse: “Eyewitnesses of His Majesty” (2 Peter 1:16)

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It was was the last talk on conference Sunday, October 2, 1977. President Spencer W. Kimball quoted a verse of scripture that stuck with me ever since. I had read it before, but this was different.

I had been on my mission for nearly a year. Oh, how we hungered and thirsted for the word of God in those days! For the first time, all of conference was piped into the chapels by telephone (what they called a WATS line in those days). To here these words live while serving in the mission field was a treasure and a blessing.

Here are the words, a prophet quoting a prophet:

For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. (2 Peter 1:16.)

Of Peter’s testimony, President Kimball also said:

Perhaps one of the last of Peter’s testimonies was borne to all the people, both those who had been converted to the gospel and those who would in the future be influenced by his statement, throughout all time a memorial to be remembered. As this great prophet faced his death and knew that it would not be long until he would discard this body tabernacle and pass into the other world, he determined to write his testimony message so that coming generations might all have his witness. It has been read and heard by countless millions.

While serving as a missionary, the prophet’s words were seared on my soul. Clean, pure words, words of testimony. It was as if he said, “I am not making this up, nor have I been deceived. I am an eyewitness of His majesty.”

I remember that day feeling that these words were true, that President Kimball was letting us know what he knew for himself, though he quoted on of his predecessors. I haven’t forgotten the power of those words. I hope I never do.

The Humility of King Hussein

I recently read a story about King Hussein bin Talal of Jordan who showed great humility after what was known as the Island  of Peace massacre in 1997.

A group of 80 Israeli schoolgirls from Beit Shemesh, 20 miles west of Jerusalem, were on a field trip to the Jordan Valley and were visiting the Island of Peace park on Thursday, March 13, which was under Jordanian rule.

A Jordanian border guard opened fire on the girls, killing 7 and wounding 5 or 6 others, including a teacher. The border guard was subdued by other Jordanian soldiers on the scene. The girls who were killed were only 13 and 14 years old.

The following Sunday, March 16, King Hussein flew to Israel and visited the homes of each of the victims, who were in mourning (shiva). He reportedly knelt before the parents, begging their pardon and asking forgiveness. Among other things he said, “I feel as if I have lost a child of my own. If there is any purpose in life it will be to make sure that all the children no longer suffer the way our generation did.”

This act of deep humility was remarkable and well received by the victims’ families. Some mocked him, but it as an incredibly wise, courageous, and timely act. It seems to have avoided more open conflict between the countries.

Recently, as I have struggled with conflict, the Lord has whispered this instruction in my ear, “Be humble. You will win by humility.” I believe those words whole-heartedly. King Hussein was a living example of them.

I’ll Be Homeward Bound in Time

I was recently listening to “Homeward Bound” on YouTube when I noticed this:

“One year tomorrow since we laid my dearest wife to rest. I miss her sometimes so much it is near unbearable then I hear music from heaven and I feel much closer and rested. There are no words I can think of to tell how beautiful this music is.”

The comment helped me remember that music can be a healing balm when other remedies fail. I am so grateful for these reminders of our hometown—the gift of music and the talents of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Here are the lyrics:

In the quiet misty morning,
When the moon has gone to bed,
When the sparrows stop their singing,
And the sky is clear and red,
When the summer’s ceased its gleaming,
When the corn is past its prime,
When adventure’s lost its meaning—
I’ll be homeward bound in time.

Bind me not to the pasture
Chain me not to the plow
Set me free to find my calling
And I’ll return to you somehow.

If you find it’s me you’re missing,
If you’re hoping I’ll return,
To your thoughts I’ll soon be listening,
In the road I’ll stop and turn.
Then the wind will set me racing,
As my journey nears its end.
And the path I’ll be retracing,
When I’m homeward bound again.

Bind me not to the pasture,
Chain me not to the plow,
Set me free to find my calling
And I’ll return to you somehow.

 

Key Verse: “Put Your Trust in That Spirit Which Leadeth to Do Good” (D&C 11:12–14)

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Here’s another passage I discovered while still in my teens. It’s been an important part of my spiritual foundation ever since.

And now, verily, verily, I say unto thee, put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good—yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit. Verily, verily, I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy; and then shall ye know, or by this shall you know, all things whatsoever you desire of me, which are pertaining unto things of righteousness, in faith believing in me that you shall receive. (Doctrine and Covenants 11:12–14; compare Micah 6:8; emphasis added.)

These simple, straightforward verses have resonated with me since I first read them at age 18. They’re also a practical measure that inspire a few questions in me.

  • Are you putting your trust in the Spirit that leads you to do good or in that spirit that leads you to do wrong or bad?
  • Are you trusting in the Lord or in man and and reason—”the arm of flesh” (see 2 Nephi 4:34)?
  • Is it okay with you to not be right? Are you humble?
  • Do you set aside judgments and harsh opinions in favor of understanding others and listening to them?

If you do these things, you’ll be led by the Spirit. You will be joyful and enlightened and, if you truly believe, your righteous prayers will be granted.

When Nephi broke his his steel bow (see 1 Nephi 16), he didn’t slip into murmur mode, as his brothers and even father did. He went out and made himself a new bow and arrow and asked his father for directions to the nearest hunting hot spot (see v. 23). He clung to “that Spirit which leadeth to do good.”

With his “can do” attitude, he humbled his father and older brothers. He had a successful hunt. He had a successful life!

He wrote a successful book (the small plates of Nephi) that was included in a larger work, the Book of Mormon. He left behind an unforgettable name and example. All this because he “put [his] trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good.”

Pearl of Great Price Listening Times

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I’m working on a little side project: tabulating the lengths of scripture audio recordings, for both female and male voices. Here’s my first installment for the Pearl of Great Price. The total listening time is just over three hours.

Pearl of Great Price Time (Female) Time (Male)
Title Page
0:00:28 0:00:26
Introduction 0:04:02 0:03:31
Moses
1 0:10:31 0:10:23
2 0:06:49 0:06:53
3 0:05:37 0:05:47
4 0:07:04 0:06:53
5 0:13:26 0:13:05
6 0:16:49 0:16:13
7 0:18:21 0:18:23
8 0:06:03 0:05:59
Abraham
1 0:09:09 0:08:48
2 0:06:45 0:06:35
3 0:08:11 0:07:38
4 0:07:36 0:07:01
5 0:04:15 0:03:49
Facsimile 1
Facsimile 2
Facsimile 3
JS-Matthew 0:10:30 0:09:40
JS-History 0:48:46 0:50:21
Articles of Faith 0:03:15 0:02:51
Total Time 3:07:37 3:04:16