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It was a quote from Marion G. Romney, which President Ezra Taft Benson used in his talk from 1986, Cleansing the Inner Vessel, that impressed upon me the importance of the scriptures in my daily life.
"... make reading in the Book of Mormon a few minutes each day a lifelong
practice. I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book
of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their
children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and
all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect
and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will
depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom.
Children will be more responsive and submissive to that counsel.
Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity—the pure love of
Christ—will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace,
joy, and happiness."
--- Marion G. Romney, in Conference Report, Apr. 1960, pp. 113
This is exactly what I wanted for myself and my family; this spirit, this reverence, and this respect. From that time, scripture study became a very important aspect of my daily life. I yearned longingly for the comfort of its pages as I attempted to "liken" the passages unto myself.
Now, after 15 years of reading the scriptures straight from its pages, I could feel something was missing. My study was reaching a stagnation point, a plateau, that I just couldn't seem to breach. My once eager thirst was waning. I still wanted to read them but the drive and eagerness of discovery was lacking.
Recently I received the Scriptorian CD-ROM, and was excited about adding a new gospel resource to my family collection. Little did I understand its full, potential impact on my own study. I had thought that it was more of a child's tool, which in fact, my daughter used to memorize the Articles of Faith. I was wrong.
Sure, the Scriptorian is a wonderful tool for the children, as well as seminary scripture mastery, but I have also found that it has greatly revitalized my own scripture study. Daily, I randomly pick 4 or 5 scriptures to add to my own personal list in the program. I scan through the scriptures available in the program itself, or use my Topical Guide to find those most important to me. With Scriptorian's "pop up" option, these then appear on my computer screen in varying intervals and chosen activities, as I work on computer related projects. This gives me the opportunity to take a reprieve from my tasks, and reflect, learn, as well as ponder upon the things of eternity.
What impresses me most about the Scriptorian is how personalized and versatile it really is. The entire family can benefit from its applications. From child to adult, mastery or study, quotes and scriptures, its incorporation can meet the different needs and goals of all.
by Jennifer Foust
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