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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Repairing the Fortress

For those of you who don't know, I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. For my part of the scripture challenge, I've recommitted to reading the Book of Mormon each day.

These last weeks I've spent in the latter half of the book of Alma, the part with all the wars. I love these chapters. They parallel so much in life, and I see them much as parables.

The thing that really stood out to me this time around was the constant need to be aware and keep our fortresses strong. Captain Moroni and his men strengthened the weakest city until it became the strongest, and couldn't be taken by force. The only way they lost their cities was by having strife and problems with their own people.

This so much parallels modern-day life. No matter what we do, it's so important to focus on keeping our strengths strong, and building up those places where we are weak. Be that physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually, these all are where we need constant watchtowers. By setting goals we better ourselves and keep better watch over ourselves and our families. It's much easier to repair or begin to repair the weak spots when we are keeping guard and looking out for possible maintenance problems.

I've so much enjoyed this challenge, and building up some of the weak spots in my life. I hope everyone who has done this has gotten a lot out of it. I know I have.


Michal said...

beautiful post, aubrey! i didn't learn to love the war chapters until a couple of years ago, when suddenly i could see SO MANY parallels between those times and our day. i love the book of mormon and the way that reading it blesses my life.

i am burned out on running a challenge but am hoping that these habits will stick with me for a while longer. :)

My Ice Cream Diary said...

We are fast approaching this part of Alma in our family scripture reading and I am also gaining so much strength and personal insight this time around.

Thanks for sharing these thoughts.

Rebecca said...

You're welcome, and thank you both. It's interesting that the older I get the more real depth I find to cling to in what I read.

Michal, I am finding that the habit is sticking! I don't want to give up my "run".