One of the miracles of the Book of Mormon is its relevancy for our day. In fact, this was a part of our Heavenly Parent’s design. President Ezra Taft Benson once said, “The Book of Mormon … was written for our day. The Nephites never had the book; neither did the Lamanites of ancient times. It was meant for us. Mormon wrote near the end of the Nephite civilization. Under the inspiration of God, who sees all things from the beginning, he abridged centuries of records, choosing the stories, speeches, and events that would be most helpful to us.”
As we read the Book of Mormon, it is fairly easy to see parallels to our own day. However, it can be much harder to apply the teachings to our personal lives. It isn’t enough just to notice how the lives of the Nephites and the Lamanites are similar to our own. We must learn the lessons our Heavenly Parents want us to learn. If you’re struggling to receive inspiration and understanding about how the Book of Mormon relates to your life, try one of these ideas the next you read.
Look for How the Righteous Responded
When the experiences in the Book of Mormon seem similar to our own, take notice of how the righteous responded. By studying their actions and character, we can learn from their examples.
Take the case of Moroni, who was forced to wander alone after the tragic death of his people, including his father. Even though he thought he didn’t have more to record, he remained diligent when the unexpected opportunity came to continue engraving upon the plates. From this, we learn about seeking opportunities to serve the Lord and do His will in the midst of difficult times.
Let the actions of the righteous in the Book of Mormon guide and influence your own responses.
Ask a Relevant Question
It is much easier to receive revelation when we prepare our minds and hearts. Before you begin your scripture study, consider taking time to ponder on the questions you have for and about your life. As you read, try to be open to answers, especially those that may not be obvious at first. Take time to read and re-read smaller sections, looking for new layers of meaning and understanding.
Seek Inspiration for Your Community
The Book of Mormon offers warnings and lessons for us individually, but also for our communities. This includes our families, our wards, our cities, and our nations. While the grand scope of it all can make us feel detached from it, we can learn about how our individual actions can impact the larger plan of God. When reading the Book of Mormon, we should seek inspiration about how we can influence the world for good.
Read the Book of Mormon Daily
At the end of the day, the best way to allow the Book of Mormon to impact your life is to read it daily. President Russell M. Nelson said, “I promise that as you prayerfully study the Book of Mormon every day, you will make better decisions—every day. I promise that as you ponder what you study, the windows of heaven will open, and you will receive answers to your own questions and direction for your own life.”
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, but work to build the consistent habit of daily scripture study. As you do so, you will begin to see how the Book of Mormon applies to our own day and our individual lives.