It’s been awhile. Why? I started working. Yeah! I’m so excited that I finally feel good enough to be able to work. Plus, and unrelated, my hands have been hurting to the point of being unbearable. I was waking up in tears because it hurt so bad. I can’t use the laptop anymore and I have to be careful with how much time I spend on my phone and tablet. I’m using those wrist brace things at night to sleep to keep them from hurting as much in the morning. Some days it works well and others it doesn’t. So, that explains the absence. The real question is why am I back?
Our new Bishop has challenged our congregation to read the Book of Mormon by the end of summer. I have a twenty minute drive each way to work, so I thought I’d use the time to listen to it through the Gospel Library app. I was positive I wouldn’t get as much out of it as I do reading, but this morning (day 1) I was feeling like I needed to do a happy dance because of the learning I was doing. I thought about it all day too.
I bet the first few chapters in the Book of Mormon brought Joseph Smith such comfort. Here was Lehi, a man who began listening to the prophecies, went in prayer to God, and was given a tremendous vision and was taught by the Lord Himself. He was called, prepared, and sent out to preach what he had learned. Those around him were so angry they wanted to kill him and he had to wander from place to place with no home – dragging his wife and children along with him. Sound familiar?
What a great example Joseph had as he translated these plates and learned of Lehi’s (and Nephi’s) faith and commitment to the call of the Lord. Oh, that I might be committed to the will of God and His plans for me.