One of the statements that stood out to me while I was listening to General Conference this weekend was this one by Richard G. Scott: "Great power can come from memorizing scriptures." and "A memorized scripture becomes an enduring friend that does not weaken with the passage of time."
My heart immediately recognized this as truth that was important for me, so I wrote it down. Later I wondered just how I should go about memorizing scriptures to help me have more power in my life. I mean, there are sooo many verses to choose from.
As I was reading The Book of Mormon this morning, the answer came. I immediately started thinking of key words found in my favorite verses of scripture, and I realized that I could use the alphabet to help me remember them. (Remember my Family Proclamation ABCs study plan?) Yeah, it's kind of like that.
Now, I have focused specifically on scriptures from The Book of Mormon, because my major focus this month is to testify of and share the truths found in this sacred book to my friends online. As part of this effort, 50 other bloggers have agreed to join me in sharing their testimonies online. There will be testimonies, guest posts, and basic truths shared here on my blog, and I invite all of you reading to join me. (Please comment here or email me if you'd like to get on-board!)
Anyway, an interesting thing happened as I searched for Book of Mormon scriptures using key words that matched up with the ABCs. I found that every single scripture I looked up mentioned Jesus Christ, either explicitly or implicitly. (I included most of those, but swapped out a few verses to include a few of my very favorites.)
I have included the list of scriptures below that I will be working to memorize, because I think it gives a pretty good introduction to some of the truths found in The Book of Mormon. I have many Christian friends, who like what we say and do, but wonder what The Book of Mormon really says and really teaches. Well, my friends, your time to find out the answer to that question is now...starting with these scriptures that I am sharing with you below.
If you like what you see here, and would like to read more, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be happy to send you a copy of the Book of Mormon.
The Book of Mormon ABCs
B – “BELIEVE in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all things which the Lord can comprehend.” Mosiah 4:9, Page 155
C – “And we talk of CHRIST, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophesies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” 2 Nephi 25:26, Page 100
D – “…there is a DEATH which is called a temporal death; and the death of Christ shall loose the bands of this temporal death, that all shall be raised from this temporal death.” Alma 11:42, Page
E – “…I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but his is unchangeable from all ETERNITY to all eternity.” Moroni 8:18, Page 526
F – “FEAST upon the words of Christ; for behold the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.” 2 Nephi 32: 3, Page 115
G – “It is by GRACE that we are saved, after all we can do.” 2 Nephi 25:23, Page 98
H – “…Seek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written, that the grace of God the Father, and also the Lord Jesus Christ, and the HOLY GHOST, which beareth record of them, may be and abide in your forever. Amen.” Ether 12:41, Page 511
I – “I soon go to the place of my rest, which is with my Redeemer; for I know that in him I shall rest. And I rejoice in the day when my mortal shall put on IMMORTALITY, and shall stand before him; then shall I see his face with pleasure, and he shall say unto me; Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my Father. Amen.” Enos 1:27, Page 138
J – “And now the plan of mercy could not be brought about except an atonement should be made; therefore God himself atoneth for the sins of the world, to bring about the plan of mercy, to appease the demands of JUSTICE, that God might be a perfect, just God, and a merciful God also.” Alma 42:15, Page 312
K – “But seek ye first the KINGDOM of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” 3 Nephi 13:33, Page 435
L – “Charity is the pure LOVE of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.” Moroni 7:47,Page 524
M – “If there were MIRACLES wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.” Mormon 9:19, Page 486
N – “For the NATURAL man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticing of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.” Mosiah 3:19, Page 153
O – “…Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; for he that asketh receiveth, and unto him that knocketh, it shall be OPENED.” 3 Nephi 27:29, Page 460
P – “…Ye must PRAY always, and not faint…pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.” 2 Nephi 32:9, Page 115
Q – “And not many days hence, the Son of God shall come in his glory; and his glory shall be the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, equity, truth, full of patience, mercy, and long-suffering, QUICK to hear the cries of his people and to answer their prayers.” Alma 9:26, Page 231
R – “…the RESURRECTION of Christ redeemeth all mankind, and bringeth them back into the presence of the Lord.” Helaman 14:17, Page 402
S – “When ye are in the SERVICE of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God.” Mosiah 2:17
T – “By the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the TRUTH of all things.” Moroni 10:5, Page 529
U – “And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in UNITY and in love one towards another.” Mosiah 18:21,Page 182
V – “…there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no VICTORY, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.” Mosiah 16:8, Page 178
W – “Do not suppose, because it has been spoken concerning restoration, that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness. Behold, I say unto you, WICKEDNESS never was happiness.” Alma 41:20, Page 310
X – “It showeth unto the children of men the straightness of the path, and the narrowness of the gate, by which ye should enter, he having set the EXAMPLE before them.” 2 Nephi 31:9, Page 113
Y – “YE must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.” 2 Nephi 31:20, Page 114
Z – “And they were numbered among the people of Nephi, and also numbered among the people who were of the church of God. And they were also distinguished for their ZEAL towards God, and also towards men; for they were perfectly honest and upright in all things; and they were firm in the faith of Christ, even unto the end.” Alma 27:27, Page277