In the October 2015 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Devin G. Durrant, First Counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency, challenged us to “ponderize” one verse of scripture every week.
I was browsing WordPress’s Blogging Events page this past week, and discovered that the ones that caught my attention the most were the ones on expressing gratitude. I realized that gratitude is something I needed to study more on and apply in my own life, and so went to the Bible Dictionary and wrote down all the topics and scriptures having something to do with thanks, or thanksgiving, and began right away.
One of the verses I came across in my study is 2 Nephi 29:4. In the previous verses, the Lord said that there would be many among the Gentiles who would reject the Book of Mormon, saying “We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible!” (verse 3).
Nephi then writes:
“But thus saith the Lord God: O fools, they shall have a Bible; and it shall proceed forth from the Jews, mine ancient covenant people. And what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them? Yea, what do the Gentiles mean? Do they remember the travails, and the labors, and the pains of the Jews, and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles?”
That second sentence struck me – “And what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them?”
How often do we thank the Jews for the Bible that we have? I know it hasn’t occurred to me until now. But how exactly do I thank them? I imagine that I can start by saying thank you to the ancient House of Israel for keeping the records that were eventually compiled to become the Holy Bible that is available to us today. And I’m grateful to God for commanding them to keep these records.
But I’m sure I can do more. I can actually take the time to study their words and learn how to better live by them. These sacred records, after all, help us learn how to become like Christ and Heavenly Father.
That will be one of my goals in this coming year: to learn the Bible and learn how to live by it, and by all the sacred records God has given to the world.
What will you ponderize on this week? What is something you are grateful for, that maybe you don’t express as often as you’d like?