Does anyone else feel like they start The Book of Mormon only to restart it a few months later? I feel like this all the time. It’s like I’ll get through 2nd Nephi and all the sudden I’m back in 1st Nephi for one reason or another. I found myself in this exact situation when President Nelson extended a new Book of Mormon reading challenge during the Women’s session of October general conference.
To be honest, I was dragging my feet about accepting the challenge. Like I said, I really had just finished 2nd Nephi. However, as I continued to listen to conference, I felt that I should accept the challenge, but I knew that I needed to find a new way to study and read the scriptures if I was going to stay on track with the challenge. As I looked at all the schedules, I started to feel overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the challenge. Six pages a day of The Book of Mormon. That’s a lot. It’s way more than I would read on my own. But then I got to thinking, I can whip through six pages of a novel in no time flat. I do it all the time. Yes, The Book of Mormon has more text per page and it’s smaller print than a typical novel, but still, even 12 or 24 pages of a novel is no biggie. So what was my struggle with The Book of Mormon?
As I sat down to begin President Nelson’s challenge, I realized that I have always thought that I needed to agonize over every word of scripture. I sat and thought, “If I want to stay on track with this challenge, I need to read this differently.” So, I did. I started reading it like I would read a novel, and let me tell you, it has made a huge difference. I no longer feel like my daily scripture study is a huge chore and ordeal. I feel like President Nelson’s challenge is doable. And more than that, I feel like I’m beginning to piece together the story of The Book of Mormon. Even reading at a faster pace, I have found new insights and inspiration.
I know that President Nelson issued this challenge for a reason, and I urge you to keep reading. If you have fallen behind, start where you should be, and keep going from there. I know this challenge will improve your life—just as I’ve seen it improve my own.