As Latter-Day Saints, we are SUPER at reading The Book of Mormon. It is a wonderful and inspired book of scripture, and I love it with my whole heart. There is enough in The Book of Mormon to last a lifetime of study. In fact, we are instructed to read it every single day. I have a testimony of The Book of Mormon.
I also dearly love The Bible.
We Mormons kinda don't rock The Bible like we do The Book of Mormon.
Have you ever read The Bible cover to cover?
Very VERY few Latter-Day Saints have.
I have. It's long. VERY long.
But within those pages are amazing stories that strengthen my belief and knowledge of my Savior.
You see, The Bible is His story. Throughout the Old Testament, Christ is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is Jevhovah, instructing the Jews in the ways of salvation. He is everywhere, His prophets testify of Him and His mission.
The New Testament is his life story. From beginning to end, we learn of His life, His ministry, His death and resurrection.
If you want to know Christ, read about Him.
Some of my most favorite verses of scripture that I return to again and again hail from The Bible. It is beautiful. It is inspired. It is powerful.
So, no, I'm not suggesting that you give up your BoM studies, not at all. The Bible is a wonderful and vital part of our gospel lives, and we need to give it some study as well.
If you're overwhelmed by the Old Testament, start in the New. Begin in the life of Jesus. Get a companion book to help you when you get confused or stuck.
Delve in, read for maybe 10 minutes each day. You will be amazed at how personal your feelings for Christ can become when you are studying HIM.
Some of my favorite tidbits that come from the Bible:
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. ~Colossians 3:17~
2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”
Joshua 24:15 reads, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).
Give The Bible a try. It will strengthen your resolve to be a better Christian. Your love and appreciation for Jesus as your Savior will increase.
Read The Bible.