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Friday, July 5, 2013

Preach My Gospel for Personal Enrichment

by Eliana (bio)

My oldest child will turn eight later this year. I wanted him to take the missionary discussions before getting baptized, but around here at least I seem to be super weird for requesting such a thing. So instead I broke out my copy of Preach My Gospel to bone up on the basics and make sure he is as prepared as possible to make this big decision.

I purchased Preach My Gospel when it came out and must have read it, based on the notes I found this time around, but I frankly don't remember any of it. Not the concepts of course, but the specific format or explanation. I did not serve a mission, though I did teach Gospel Doctrine in my ward for five long years which is when I became super scripture savvy.

At the end of a section called "Christlike Attributes," there's a quiz. I figured I could count taking the quiz as a full night of scripture reading, right? If you're following along at home, I'm talking p.126. The attributes addressed are: faith, hope, charity and love, virtue, knowledge, patience, humility, diligence, and obedience. There's a five point scale to rate yourself on a total of 57 items broken up into the attributes.

There is one area I scored low in and one where I scored exceptionally low. For anyone who knows me, this will not come as a surprise. My worst area was hope. This is a problem for me in all aspects of life. I also scored low, as in needing to work on, the aspect of patience. Again, though I've become much more patient with others especially since becoming a parent, I struggle with being patient with God's timeline and my own inadequacies.

I found the quiz helpful in looking at my spiritual strengths (virtue, knowledge, diligence, obedience) and weaknesses. I'd recommend this as an activity for you to complete, on your own or with your family.

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