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Living by the scriptures

Nevertheless, because those miracles were worked by small means it did show unto them marvelous works. They were slothful, and forgot to exercise their faith and diligence and then those marvelous works ceased, and they did not progress in their journey. — Alma 37:41

In my quiet hours of reflection I have pondered how God speaks to us and how we can develop a greater spirituality. My reflection reminded me of an experience in which God spoke to me and planted a true seed to spirituality.

It happened in my high school years, a point in life where I had a feel for the scriptures, yet it came through family scripture study, seminary and Church only and not from any personal study I had done on my own. My sister Mary, a spiritually in-tune and devout Christian, came to me one evening to encourage me to read from the scriptures.

She told me God speaks to us personally through the scriptures. I was not so personally convinced. She then held up a Book of Mormon and had me select a page. She told me to close my eyes and point to a verse. This was to be my personal message for that night. The verse I pointed to was Alma 37:41.

Does God speak to us through the scriptures? Are there messages written for each one of us? I testify that these principles are true. I will never forget that verse and its personal message to me. I know the power of the scriptures firsthand.

I have since, not immediately after that day but through the years, developed a love to read and ponder the scriptures. They are my quiet hours of reflection.

How grateful I am for the faith of my sister. I testify of messages, answers, and peace that come as we read from the scriptures. It opens the windows of heaven so revelation can come. I will always cherish those moments in the quiet hours of reflection in which God communicates to us. — Kari Joseph Olsen, Kaysville, Utah