Relief Society message: 'Strengthening faith through scripture study'
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Starting this month, the Church News will publish a monthly message to complement the Relief Society's visiting teaching message found in the Ensign magazine. The following account is based on this month's theme, "Strengthening faith in God the Father and Jesus Christ through personal scripture study."
When I was a new bride, I was invited to a lunch for all of the Relief Society sisters in my ward who had read either the Book of Mormon or a short Church history book. I had become casual in my scripture reading, so I qualified to attend the luncheon by reading the short book because it was easier and took less time. As I was eating my lunch, I had a powerful feeling that though the history book was a good one, I should have read the Book of Mormon. The Holy Ghost was prompting me to change my scripture reading habits. That very day, I began to read the Book of Mormon, and I have never stopped. Because I started reading the scriptures daily, I have learned about my Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and what I need to do to be like Them.
Every woman can be a gospel doctrine instructor in her home, and every sister in the Church needs gospel knowledge as a leader and teacher. If you have not already developed the habit of daily scripture study, start now and keep studying in order to be prepared for your responsibilities in this life and in the eternities.
We know that the purpose of Relief Society is to prepare women for the blessings of eternal life by helping them increase their faith, strengthen their families and homes, and offer relief and service to the Lord's children. Personal scripture study gives us insight and revelation to do that vital work.