10 Reasons NOT to read The Book of Mormon

Who's got time to read The Book of Mormon?

With so much going on in our lives its easy to skip the most important and most essential thing.
Here's my list of why I don't have time to read the The Book of Mormon, why I totally didn't even "get to it" today and how a 10 Day Book of Mormon Challenge would be literally impossible for me.
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1. Sleep

  • Honestly, I'm forever sleep deprived and some of my family & friends think I'm a real vampire. I am human though, so sometimes I really just need my sleep instead of waking up at my optimum time to read my scriptures with uninterrupted time which is after my workout at 5am, I snooze like the rest of the world.
  • I fall asleep way too quickly when I read (15 min in and I'm out!), (see video example below for proof!) I have astigmatism in both of my eyes and that does not help. I have to break up my reading a lot! Wish I could do it in one straight shot. I totally wish I was like my hubby in that respect, he reads like 14 books at a time! I'm not there yet. Baby steps!
 

FUN FACT: "43% of Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 say they rarely or never get a good night's sleep on weeknights." SleepFoundation.org. 

2. Family Time

  • Family, how I love them, the fam is the main & most important reason why I even want to always have the Spirit with me, so I can be better at and with those special blessings.
FUN FACT: "Up to 67 percent of America’s teens say they actually want to spend more time with their parents." SuccessWithKids.org

3. Making Meals

  • Yep... gets in the way of reading but it's essential, right? I'm not a fantastic chef at all, in fact I actually want to write a cook book titled "5 Ingredients or Less" because awesome wives and mothers don't need more than 5 ingredients! ;) The fam eats the food I make happily, so if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Also I do bake cookies and those require more ingredients but we need those, so I'm still working to make those cookies with less ingredients. I'll let you know how it goes in the future. 
GOOD NEWS FACT: "children who eat at least five times a week with their family are at lower risk of developing poor eating habits, weight problems or alcohol and substance dependencies..." HuffingtonPost.com 
GOOD NEWS FACT 2: “More frequent family dinners are related to fewer emotional and behavioral problems, greater emotional well-being, more trusting and helpful behaviors towards others and higher life satisfaction.” –Journal of Adolescent Health, April 2012

4. TV & Movies

  • While I'm not a huge TV watcher, we don't even have cable and never have the entire time we have been married, we don't believe in cable TV or Satelite either, but when the Hubs and I have time together, that is the thing we do the most. #NoShame We sometimes think we should do slightly more productive things, but I think maybe choosing to spend time together like that is a big contributor as to why we are still happily married now for 15+yrs. Obviously we do, do other things and go other places but watching TV & watching movies is our go-to. 
FUN FACT, more like SAD FACT: "80% of us watch TV on any single day, and television takes up more than half of all our leisure time. Typical Americans spend 4 hours and 51 minutes in front of a TV screen per day. " U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

5. Exercise

  • Would it be so weird or bad to request my CrossFit gym to play The Book of Mormon audio tracks? I love how great I feel after I work out, I can usually stay awake long enough to sit, read, learn & ponder so much more after an awesome workout! (Yep, I've done some CrossFit workouts at home while listening to #LDSConf, the Ensign & even the scriptures.) I also like to listen to the scriptures or talks while I run and I'm not the only one either. My fave speaker Bro. Dr. Hank Smith just admitted to running and listening to scriptures in his recent Talk on CD. It's glorious! both his talk and running while listening to scriptures that is! I just love living in the fullness of times, where everything is available in audio format wherever I go. So don't knock it until you've tried it. ;) But really I don't need to tell you why exercise is good, but here's some facts.
FACT: "Exercise controls weight, combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood, boosts energy, promotes better sleep, and more!" MayoClinic.org

6. Dates

  • I love my husband and we seriously have date nights every night after the kids go to bed. We love spending time together. We look forward to it every night. He's my BFF! We do things like watch TV, build shelves, brainstorm business ideas, DTRs (defining the relationship convos), talk about the kids, have ice cream, eat chocolate, make s'mores, help friends with painting, help people move, spend time with neighbors or more... the list could go on. As long as we are together, we are happy. 
  • Going on dates is essential for marriage success! I always say, I'd rather go on dates than marriage counseling or even worse get divorced. 
  • We actually went away on a mini vaycay while doing the Book of Mormon challenge and I was surprised I still managed to finish.
FACT: "Marriage is a gift from God to us, the quality of that marriage is our gift to Him." - Elder L. Whitney Clayton - Marriage: Watch and Learn - #LDSconf April 2013

7. Journaling

  • AKA Posting family pics on social media - It's a must! because I know our kids will love it later and I'll thank myself later when we have Alzheimer's or/and dementia. 
  • The hubs has had too many concussions as a child, and gets headaches every week so I know something could be worse there. We will all be grateful for these memory savers later. 
  • Plus, we have them automatically added to our ChatBooks when we upload. Makes it so easy to update far away family living in places like Madrid & Peru, friends who've moved away and keep a memory book all at the same time. After owning my own scrapbook company, I just continue to have a passion for preserving memories, but I'm a busy momma so the more I can do with one click the better. I get creative with other things I do, so that's why the ChatBooks are so easy for me because I don't have to make them fancy. 
  • We are commanded to "remember Him always," how can we if we never wrote our blessings, if we never documented our triumphs, successes, failures, our 2nd or 3rd chances or struggles and how we over came them.
NOT FUN FACT 1: "As our population ages, the disease impacts a greater percentage of Americans. The number of people age 65 and older will more than double between 2010 and 2050 to 88.5 million or 20 percent of the population; likewise, those 85 and older will rise three-fold, to 19 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau." AlzFdn.org
SCRIPTURE: It's a commandment! "And it came to pass that he said unto Nephi: Bring forth the record which ye have kept." (3 Nephi 23:6-13)
NOT FUN FACT 2: "It is estimated that about a half million Americans younger than age 65 have some form of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. (This is referred to as young onset or early onset.)" AlzFdn.org
LDS FACT 1: "We hope you will begin as of this date. If you have not already commenced this important duty in your lives, get a good notebook, a good book that will last through time and into eternity for the angels to look upon. Begin today and write in it your goings and your comings, your deeper thoughts, your achievements, and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies. We hope you will do this, our brothers and sisters, for this is what the Lord has commanded, and those who keep a personal journal are more likely to keep the Lord in remembrance in their daily lives." President Kimball Speaks Out on Personal Journals &  "The Angels will quote from it" - New Era - Dec 1980
FUN FACT: "Journals help you have a better connection with your values, emotions, and goals." - LifeHack.org 

8. Going to Church

  • I can't be bothered with going to church when I'm trying to read the Book of Mormon in 10 days! What if I drop my children in nursery & primary and sit in the car while I catch up. That's a worthy goal right!?! LOL j/k j/k j/k for realz trust me, never skip the full 3 hours of church. Hidden blessings every time!!
  • I learn so much from insights of others, from other's experiences, and knowing I'm not alone in this world trying to fight to live a happy life. It brings peace to my soul to go to church, even though my outward appearance might seem frazzled and frantic while we are wrestling our 2 boys.
LDS FACT: "We are told that the ancient Church “did meet together oft, to fast and to pray, and to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls”11 “and to hear the word of the Lord.”12 So it is in the Church today. Joined in faith, we teach and edify one another and strive to approach the full measure of discipleship, “the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” We strive to help one another come to “the knowledge of the Son of God,”” By Elder D. Todd Christofferson  - Why the Church?  -  #LDSconf October 2015
NON LDS FACT: "Singing hymns, praying, participating in Communion or sacrament service, listening to prepared lessons or sermons, and worshipping with a congregation uplifts and strengthens our spirits. The spiritual strength we receive weekly at church, as kids and adults, helps sustain us for each week ahead." FamilyShare.com

9. Work

  • Being an entrepreneur and loving to solve problems means I get too many ideas for businesses and need to work them all out to see if any of them would work and would be what I'd want to do, that plus a lot of research takes me way too much time. After spending hours researching 3 different business ideas, I registered a new business last month! It's a non-profit and I can't wait to take it to the next level. I'll share details later. 
  • See... I also make more work for myself when I don't need to. LOL
  • And of course we need to provide for our families and sometimes strangers too, which takes up a lot of time. 
"We are cocreators with God. He gave us the capacity to do the work he left undone, to harness the energy, mine the ore, transform the treasures of the earth for our good. But most important, the Lord knew that from the crucible of work emerges the hard core of character." - J. Richard Clarke - The Value of Work - #LDSconf April 1982

10. Friends

  • What?! Who needs those?! My friend is having a birthday dinner?! Doesn't everyone know I'm trying to finish reading the Book of Mormon in 10 days? How am I supposed to do that, when the world keeps on going and having fun?!!! I can't ignore everyone! I mean I'm trying to better myself and what's the point of a better me if I stay locked up and no one to bless. Of course I want to be with my friends and they deserve to have a good, compassionate, charitable, in-tune, mindful and a more loving me by their side because they are always there for me when I need them and they are even there for me when I don't know I need them. That's the kind of friend I want to be! 
FUN FACT: "In all of us there is a profound longing for friendship, a deep yearning for the satisfaction and security that close and lasting relationships can give." - Marlin K. Jensen - Friendship:A Gospel Principle - #LDSconf April 1999
Not gonna lie, being completely honest here... I was way behind on my #10DayBookofMormonChallenge in March and April. There were days where I needed to read 45 chapters to catch up and once like 155 pages and most of them in Alma to catch up! 😬  I wanted to quit so badly! Why did I do it? Why did I want to invest that much time? Obviously we now know it was time I didn't have, plus time for cleaning and kids and more?

[WOW, I had no idea this post would be so long, thanks for reading so far! Maybe just stop now and go read the Book of Mormon instead, who knew I was writing a book here? Or you can totally keep reading there's some good quotes and personal stories in there. ;) ] 

What are some of those promises?

Joseph Smith: “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book” (History of the Church, 4:461).
Do you remember when President Hinckley challenged us to read the Book of Mormon again, from wherever we were to just read it again? He made us some awesome promises and I couldn't resist so I took the challenge. I took it in October #LDSConf though because I missed seeing it in the Ensign. That is when I really started feasting upon the words of Christ. I never really had a passion for it until Book of Mormon Challenges were introduced to me. Not everyone needs that kind of motivator, but I did! His was my very first Book of Mormon Challenge and I've loved doing several different Book of Mormon challenges throughout these almost 11yrs since that first challenge I accepted. The most aggressive being the #10DayBookOfMormonChallenge we finished recently. I still can not believe I did that! 
"Without reservation I promise you that if each of you will observe this simple program, regardless of how many times you previously may have read the Book of Mormon, there will come into your lives and into your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God." - President Gordon B. Hinckley - "A Testimony Vibrant and True" - Ensign August 2005. 
Brother Tad R. Callister, Sunday School general president, recently told the Church News, “Our hope would be that people would read it on a daily basis, pray about it and, as a consequence, they would get closer to God than they’ve ever been in their lives” (“Sunday School General Presidency Encourages Daily Book of Mormon Study in 2016,” Dec. 29, 2015).
“All thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children” (Isa. 54:13).
"In terms of your happiness, in terms of the matters that make you proud or sad, nothing—I repeat, nothing—will have so profound an effect on you as the way your children turn out." - President Gordon B Hinckley - "Great shall be the peace of thy children" - LDSconf October 2000
"The Book of Mormon is a voice of warning to this generation." - L. Tom Perry - #LDSconf October 2005 - Blessings Resulting from Reading the Book of Mormon
"By reading the scriptures, I can be assured that I will know the "light and truth" that will bless me and my family. Are these blessings what you need in your life? They are ours for the taking. As individuals, let us pledge to follow the prophet. As families, let us claim our blessings. President Hinckley, we love you, we have heard your voice, and we will follow." - Cheryl C. Lant, Primary General President - My Soul delighteth in the Scriptures - #LDSconf - October 2005 

Why I read The Book of Mormon

In a nutshell I needed a coat of armor around my heart & soul. We really struggle to have kids. We're not the fertile type, and we undergo several procedures sometimes once a month back to back until we just can't handle it and need to take a break before going to the fertility Dr. again. Anyway, we were going to get the news in 10 days and I was feeling prompted to do something different and boost my connection to the Lord and I really just needed to feel more love, because after you feel broken, that's what you need, love. So, on leap day this year, I decided to take the plunge and do a 10 Day Book of Mormon Challenge. 

Plus, ironically the same top reasons my time is sucked up with everything else are the same reasons why I SHOULD read The Book of Mormon. What's the point of bettering oneself with anything if it's not to be able bodied and bless the lives of those we love and those around us?! My family, friends the other humans I haven't met yet, deserve the very best of me and that's why I'll keep reading my scriptures and why I did finish those challenges all the way through, because that is what a disciple of Christ would do! Reading The Book of Mormon enhances those things a thousand times over. When I read The Book of Mormon I learn of Christ, then I want to be more like Him and it helps me know who I am. When I am confident, when I am able, when I am healthy, when I am serving, I'm the one who's blessed because I can keep doing the things that I love and can feel that real happiness and joy the Savior promises which will last forever!

Armor around my heart & soul + be a better person no matter what trials come my way + all of those promised blessings = I needed & will always need to read the Book of Mormon again and again & again!

IT WAS AMAZING!!!! I got the sad news the same day I finished The Book of Mormon. We weren't pregnant again. :'( I was filled with so much sadness from the news that I could have stayed in bed all month, but reading The Book of Mormon filled me with so much love, hope and peace that I couldn't deny I was loved no matter what prayers weren't answered. My trust in the Lord grew exponentially! I know He has a plan for little ol' me. It was so great I decided to do it again the next month with some of you and still got sad news, but again, was filled with love, no matter what happens in life, the Savior loves us so much and wants what's best for us, he knows something we don't know and I trust Him with my life and with my family's lives!

Side note: My hubby noticed I got all of the house chores done (this never happens people!), kids were abnormally happy, and I was always happy and doing all kinds of things I don't normally get to do, I was able to help some friends in need by bringing dinner to them, and my hubby said, "wow, you should always do 10 Day Book of Mormon Challenges." LOL I really should!

The Book of Mormon is always worth reading! I always learn a few new things I didn't know from the last time and remember, I don't know all the stories, I don't know quotes, and it's still a hard thing to read so much. Especially if you're not a "reader," like me. But I did it, I wanted those blessings, I NEEDED them, so I had to take the opp to claim them. We've been promised those blessings and I needed to bring those promised blessings down from Heaven to my home, and I felt them, they are real and know I was blessed for and by my efforts.

The only reason to read the Book of Mormon and to MAKE time to read them is FOR YOU! For your own lasting happiness. You'll feel loved and be happy and know that Jesus Christ is there for you no matter what. You're always worth it, because He thinks so, and nothing else matters!

Why will YOU read The Book of Mormon?


The Book is Blue, I know it's true and I love you!
Do you need one? I would be happy to mail you one myself. :)

[P.S. You need a prize for reading all of this! Thanks for reading about some of my Book of Mormon stories.]

Linda Winegar

I've never had the best handwriting and was the only 8th grader who typed up their homework. I used my mom's old school MSDOS computer and would save it on huge floppy disks, LOL. How grateful I am to get to use a fancy Mac these days. I absolutely love designing anything to help make life easier. I've loved it since I designed my very first digital logo back in 1999 for my DJ biz. I dream of someday owning a print & copy shop, until then, you can download and use my free printables or have me personalize a digital invite from my Etsy shop for you.

1 comment :

  1. Hi Linda,
    Just following up to see if perhaps made THE BOOK IS BLUE..." into s bookmark, memme or printable.
    TIA
    ~Shari
    Paper.happy@hotmail.com

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