Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The #1 thing that has changed my life recently

The Book of Mormon.

It's been about 6 months since I wrote this post, about how I wanted to work on some things to become a better person. The "thing" that has made the biggest difference in this "project" of mine has been the study of the Book of Mormon everyday.

I'm a rule follower, so reading the Book of Mormon has been part of my daily routine for a long time. But now the Book of Mormon has started to define my daily routine.

I knew I had some attributes I wanted to develop, specifically humility. I also knew that I was not exactly sure how to get there. Yes, I knew it was something we should strive for in this life, but I didn't exactly know how to reach it. What does a humble person look like? How is a humble person's thought process different than mine? How does a humble person live their day-to-day life? What are their hopes and dreams?

I knew where to look for the answer. The Book of Mormon. Why did I choose the Book of Mormon for this search? Because it is the "most correct of any book on earth." And if I really believe that statement, I'm going to turn to it before the Bible, a self-help book, or any talk by a modern day prophet.

I knew there were some different approaches I could take to studying the Book of Mormon. This is how I chose to look for the answer: Read The Book of Mormon chronologically. Search every page, every verse, for "clues" to humility. Study specific people in the chronology. What led them to being humble? What led them to become prideful? Then, I would write down what I learned. I would flesh out these little "blips," make them applicable, write down what I needed to do in my own life.

The things that I have learned could fill up pages (88 pages, to be exact). 88 pages of things I could do, specific to my self and situation in life. And although I have not "perfected" humility by ANY means, I can begin to see my life change.

I know the Book of Mormon is true.


  1. Love this post Ash! you definitely inspired me to work harder on my studying (study, not reading which is a pit I often fall into). Don't let this comment go to your head though:) Jk jk.

  2. So I just found this blog of yours! Gol so much to catch up on. I am touched by this post because I am currently "studying" the Book of Mormon different than I ever have before. You write so well and this post is so eloquent...I loved this, especially at this time.