Monday, December 22, 2008

Rachelle’s Book Club: The Best Book I read in 2008

One of the goals I made for 2008 was to read 50 books. I had never kept track of every single book I read during the year and figured that was a number I could probably reach. To date I have read 57 books this year.

I have read some pretty amazing books, some which gave me cause to consider and think about things I hadn’t before. I was disappointed by some and happily surprised by others. In my next post I will list all of the books I’ve read, but first I wanted to tell you about the best book I’ve read this year:

The Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ is #53 on my list. I started reading this book in January and finished reading it earlier this month. Most days I began my day by reading a chapter out of the Book of Mormon. I read The Book of Mormon for Latter-day Saint Families, which is the same scripture with some illustrations, extra footnotes, definitions and explanations. I have read the Book of Mormon several times already in my life but I learned so many new things in this reading and understood some things I hadn’t grasped before. Of course, I think I will probably be able to say the same thing with every reading of this inspired book of scripture. I look forward to reading it again because every time I read from The Book of Mormon, I feel closer to my Savior Jesus Christ. I love Him and I want to be like Him!

Life seems so difficult at times, but The Book of Mormon has served as my own ensign on the hill, guiding me through each day. I could tell a difference in the days when I didn’t get to read from the scriptures. Some days would seem so crazy and out of control and I would lose my patience with my children and husband and just feel downright cruddy and then I would realize that my Book of Mormon was still sitting on the shelf and I hadn’t made time to read that day.

During the year 2008, I was pregnant and then gave birth to my third baby. There were many days when I felt sick and exhausted and sometimes I would even start to fall asleep while attempting to read my scriptures. But I had made a goal to myself that this book, the most important book in my life, would be on my list of books read this year and so I prayed for help and inspiration to understand the scriptures. So many stories came to life for me. As I read about Nephi, Laman, Lemuel, Alma, Ammon, King Benjamin, Abinadi, Jesus Christ, and so many others, it was like clearing the fog from a window and I was able to see their lives and missions more clearly.

I am so grateful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and to have my own copy of The Book of Mormon which helps me come to know Christ and His attributes so that I may try to emulate Him.

I am reading from the Bible now about our Savior’s birth and I know that Jesus Christ was sent to this earth to redeem all of mankind and teach us how to love one another. I am so grateful for the good books available to us and I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas!

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