Sunday, July 26, 2015

A new perspective

Last Christmas, I bought my sister and I the same book:

I FINALLY decided to start reading it, and let me tell you, it is an amazing book. I had to stop reading on vacation, because I wanted to be able to take notes and to get my sister to start reading it too, so we could talk about it.

Let me tell you how it has already changed my perspective. On page 11, yes, I was 11 pages in and my mind was blown...

There is a shaded square on that page with the following verse from the Book of Mormon, "But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds,...even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not." (Mosiah 4:30)

I have read, reviewed, and recited this verse many times in my life, but in the context of this book, it has taken on a new meaning. This book is about how we see ourselves, and adjusting that view to make it as accurate as possible. With that perspective, this verse means that we need to watch how we think of ourselves, how we speak of ourselves, how we treat ourselves...WHAT!?!? I have always thought of it in the way of making sure we are good to those around us, that we are kind, nice, thoughtful, etc. This outward view is a great way to think of this scripture, BUT how much more will we care for ourselves throughout our entire life (as it says in this verse) with this new mindset? In turn, the more we care for ourselves, in a healthy way, the more we will care for others. Our self love can radiate from us, and we can help others find and feel that love for themselves.

I am so excited to continue reading and studying and applying this book!


thinkmother said...

It is interesting that scriptures can have so many facets, depending on how you look at them. Thanks for sharing - sounds like a 'must read'.

Amy said...

It's a wonderful book and one I should probably read again:). Keep sharing your insights- they are wonderful!