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Living by the scriptures

But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words. - Alma 32:27.

As a teen I attended Church regularly and was active in Sunday meetings, seminary and Mutual. I was encouraged to read the Book of Mormon, along with the other standard works of the Church. I studied the Book of Mormon in seminary and our teacher gave us incentives to read and study. Unfortunately, I never read the Book of Mormon all the way through.

One summer I had a job working at a cleaners. I would open the store at 7 a.m. and take care of my required duties. After a few weeks I realized I had plenty of time on my hands while sitting and waiting for customers. I decided to spend the time between customers reading the Book of Mormon. I knew it would be hard to read on a consistent basis, but I was determined to try.

One morning as I was reading Chapter 32 in the Book of Alma, I grew more relaxed and comfortable. My eyes grew heavier, and I was reading slower and slower, the words becoming a blur. I then stumbled over the words in verse 27 and quickly became alert, straightened up, and read it again. I realized as I read the rest of the verse I was not exercising enough faith to be able to understand the scriptures. I did have a desire to read and learn, but I was not letting that desire work in me properly.

I have now read the Book of Mormon several times and love what I read. Though I still do not understand everything in the scriptures, I will continue to take Alma's advice and stay awake, and exercise my faith for the desire to know and understand the scriptures.

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