Saturday, February 28, 2009

My Favorite Scriptures

I could regale you with a long tale on why I haven't blogged lately, but mostly it's because I'm just too lazy. School is going well, work is going well, life is going well. I can't complain.

I love the scriptures. When someone asks me what my favorite scripture is, it's hard for me to come up with a response because I have so many favorites. Today, I'm going to blog on my favorite scriptures, choosing two from each of the standard works.

Old Testament:

-Deuteronomy 6:3-12. This one shouldn't come as much of a surprise. After all, it's where I got the title of my blog from. I just love the reminder that we need to put God at the forefront of our lives, and that we need to remember Him in everything we do.

-Isaiah 1:18. I just love the promise of forgiveness in this verse. It's poetic and succinct all in one. The imagery of crimson sins being changed to pure white snow is profound.

New Testament:

-Matthew 11:28-30. When people ask me my favorite scripture, this is usually the one I respond with. In a very real way, I've come to know that Christ's yoke is easy and His burden is light.

-1 John 4:8. "He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love." I like this one because it's a concise reminder of the most essential attributes of God, and a reminder of how we need to be.

Book of Mormon:

-2 Nephi 25:26. I love the focus on Christ as the center of everything we do, and a reminder that He is the source of our salvation.

-Mosiah 18:8-11. This is a good explanation of the baptismal covenant. I especially like the reminder to mourn with those who mourn and comfort those who need comfort.

Doctrine and Covenants:

-D&C 6:34. This is a good reminder that the Lord sustains and upholds His followers.

-D&C 76:69. This is a portion of the description of those who inherit the Celestial Kingdom. I love this verse because it reminds us that we attain Celestial glory not by being perfect on our own, but by being perfected by the Atonement of Christ.

Pearl of Great Price:

-Moses 7:18. This is a good reminder that Zion is wherever the Lord's people are- that it's a state of mind, not a physical location. This fits in very well with last week's multi-stake conference for northern California. The speakers emphasized over and over that Zion was wherever the stakes are established, and that we don't need to go to Utah to be there.

-9th Article of Faith. I love the principle of continuing revelation. I love the promise that God will reveal many great and important things regarding His kingdom. I can't wait to see what's in store!

What are some of your favorite scriptures?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'd have to name one from each of the "standard works" myself:

Old Testament: Psalms 103:8-12,17-18 Beautiful scripture on repentance.

New Testament: Matthew 25:31-40 - This is the scripture "A Poor Wayfaring Man Of Grief" is based on - and a good one it is.

Book of Mormon: Moroni 6:4-5 - I've been a clerk or secretary for too long not to appreciate this scripture.

Doctrine & Covenants: 128:18 happens to be the longest one verse in the scriptures - there are chapters shorter than it. But the promise at the end is powerful.

Pearl of Great Price: Moses 7, but especially 23-29, 31-40, 43-51, 54-58, and 60-62 - Enoch's vision on Mount Simeon is very powerful, and it shows just how much the Lord cares about us.