A few weeks ago I listened to President Nelson’s devotional to young adults. I was cleaning the kitchen and felt uplifted and then continued on. Last week I stumbled across a blog post on lds.org from President Nelson discussing what he learned from studying the Saviors life in the scriptures. That’s when a vague recollection about an assignment surfaced. A highly specific assignment actually.
“I challenged those watching to increase their testimony of the Savior by taking time each week to:
- Study everything Jesus said and did as recorded in the Old Testament.
- Study His laws as recorded in the New Testament.
- Study His doctrine as recorded in the Book of Mormon.
- Study His words as recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants.”
I spent a few days debating whether now was a good time to undertake such a task. It isn’t, not really. But it boils down to obedience, hope, and trust. And having a plan. I felt really overwhelmed until I saw President Nelson’s picture of his print out of the Topical Guide. I thought that was a brilliant idea.
Yesterday morning I copied all of the topical guide references onto a google doc to print it out. 83 pages later and I realized I’d have to spend a bit of time formatting the list. Here is the final copy of the topical guide references for anyone that wants to print it out (32 pages, I printed double sided). I took out all the “see also” references as almost all of them are included. The one’s that were left out were clearly tangental, but I figured I could turn to the actual topical guide and look it up if I wanted to study it further.
After my initial study last night and this morning I am feeling so grateful for this assignment. I hope you’ll join me (or let me join you!) and share what you are learning along the way too.