Sunday, January 13, 2008


Hey everyone - It's been a year since the Schneiders all met to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. This year, it was great to have the Aberdeen, Edmonton and one of the LA contingents of the family visit over the holidays. After New Year's we had an FHE focused on OMWH (On My Way Home). Just to refresh everyone's memory, this is an attempt to focus on the essential activities we need to navigate the treacherous shoals of life and lead us to safe harbor with Heavenly Father. These include daily scripture study, daily prayer, and regular temple attendance.

For our FHE, we decided to focus on scripture study, since this is the most essential part of individual worship. We thought that the discipline needed to continue scripture study daily would lead to discipline and strength in other areas of our lives.
Nano related how daily scripture study builds up reservoirs of peace and calm and that these reservoirs can be drawn upon in times of stress or turmoil. She related how her friend, DiAnn Hirsche, taught her this, as she needed to draw on this reservoir at the time of the death of a loved one. Our spirits need to be nourished just as our physical bodies need to be nourished, and one of the best ways to nourish our spirits is through scripture study. The word has great power and the words of the prophets, revealed through the Holy Ghost, have the greatest power of all.

During our discussion, Gramps made the observation that the only two times that would work for consistent long term daily scripture study were first thing in the morning or last thing at night. The middle part of the day was just too variable and unpredictable. Jordan observed that the morning worked best for him because it allowed him to ponder the scripture during the day and filled his mind with uplifting thoughts.

Nano made the comment that scripture study was like an investment that grows over time and pays big dividends down the road. Char noted that using different approaches helped to maintain interest in the study, and Rach said she sometimes used the topical guide to study different gospel topics.

We decided that the best way is to try different approaches and find what works best for you. It is a marathon, not a sprint. Tryyour new approach for a month, or even a week, and see what a difference it makes in your spiritual well-being. This will have beneficial effects on all areas of your life. This is our challenge and this is our testimony.

Luv to all,
Nano and Gramps

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