Pray before spiritual nourishment

In my life, I’ve done a lot of reading—books, newspapers, professional magazines, and scriptures. For a long time, I read them all the same. But when I was about 50, I learned a lesson that has shaped my life.

My mother taught me not to eat without asking a blessing on my food. One day I said to myself, “I pray before physical nourishment. Shouldn’t I pray before taking the spiritual nourishment I seek when I read the scriptures?” Since then, I have learned to never read the scriptures without praying first.

I ask the Lord to illuminate my mind and my heart. I ask Him to teach me what He wants me to know to guide me. I believe there is great wisdom in the principle of reading the scriptures and seeking revelation.”  Dallin H. Oaks

 

Originally shared on Facebook a year ago. 

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