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"Today, reading and studying the scriptures continues to build our faith, helps us resist temptation, and allows us to grow closer to Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

"However, reading scriptures can present a challenge for everyone. President Boyd K. Packer shares his first attempts as a teenager at reading the Book of Mormon. He says: 'I opened it and read, 'I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents' (1 Nephi 1:1).... It was interesting, and I could follow it until I got over to the Isaiah chapters.... So a few months later I decided to try again to read the Book of Mormon. I read, 'I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents,' but every time I'd hit the barrier of those Isaiah chapters.... Finally I decided I was even going to read them.'

"And of course President Packer did read them. Persistence is the key. With every reading of the scriptures, unfamiliar words will take on meaning. You can read about heroes and great acts of courage. You can learn of the tender mercies of the Lord. And above all, you can feel the love of God and know that Jesus Christ is our Savior." - Vicki F. Matsumori, "A Lesson From the Book of Mormon," General Conference, April 2007

Because the Spirit is often described as a still, small voice, it is also important to have a time of quiet in our lives as well. The Lord has counseled us to ‘be still, and know that I am God.” If we provide a still and quiet time each day when we are not bombarded by television, computer, video games, or personal electronic devices, we allow that still, small voice an opportunity to provide personal revelation and to whisper sweet guidance, reassurance, and comfort to us.” – Vicki F. Matsumori, “
Helping Others Recognize the Whisperings of the Spirit,” Ensign, November 2009

We can help others become more familiar with the promptings of the Spirit when we share our testimony of the influence of the Holy Ghost in our lives. Remember that some experiences are too sacred to relate. However, by sharing testimony of the Spirit in our lives, those who are unfamiliar with these promptings are more likely to recognize when they have similar feelings. - Vicki F. Matsumori, "Helping Others Recognize the Whisperings of the Spirit,” Ensign (CR) October 2009

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