March Madness Promises

Last week in seminary my teacher challenged us to do what we call, “March Madness.” Most people think of March Madness as the college basketball championship where you fill out a bracket predicting which team will take it all, and then watch as many games as possible. Well this March Madness is different. Our seminary teacher challenged us to read the entire Book of Mormon within the month. Now asking a 17 year old to read 17 pages of the Book of Mormon each day isn’t easy; but there are some great blessings promised!

1.Reading the Book of Mormon will bring peace to your life.

“Scriptures can calm and agitated soul, giving peace, hope, and a restoration of confidence in one’s ability to overcome the challenges of life.” – Elder Richard G. Scott

2. Reading the Book of Mormon can help you resist temptation.

“There is power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the Book of Mormon. You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the straight and narrow path… When you begin to huger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance.” – President Ezra T. Benson

“The scriptures hold the keys to spiritual protection. They contain the doctrine and laws and ordinances that will bring each child of God to a testimony of Jesus Christ as the Savior and Redeemer.” – Elder Boyd K. Packer

 3. Reading the Book of Mormon individually and as a family will help families grow together in love.

“I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart.” –President Marion Romney

 4. Prayerfully reading the Book of Mormon will help you find out for yourself if the book is true.

“May I suggest that as you set aside time every day to find out for yourself if the Book of Mormon is a true book, for it will change your heart and change your life. If you seek this knowledge will a sincere heart and real intent, having faith in Christ, I promise that you will receive an answer. And once you know the Book of Mormon is true, then it will follow that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. You will have a burning testimony and knowledge that this church is true.” – President Thomas S. Monson

 5. Reading the Book of Mormon will help you know that Jesus Christ is real and you will want to be more Christlike.

“It is the most powerful written testimony we have that Jesus is the Christ.” – President Henry B. Eyring

“Reading, studying, and pondering the words of the scriptures will change your every day actions. You will see a change within yourself. Your desire to be like Christ will grow. You will watch yourself become changed. When you allow the spirit and Jesus Christ to be present in your life, you invite there to be change.” -Elder Boyd K. Packer

The first time I read the Book of Mormon was in first grade. My family read a little each day and it took us one whole year to get through it. Since that time, I have read it many times and I each time I do, I feel these blessings in my life. If you have never read this book, I invite you to start! If reading isn’t your thing, go to LDS.org and listen to it! Then kneel down and sincerely ask God for yourself if it is true. He will answer you. It can change your life if you let it.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Mark Reply

    Rachel, thank you for the invite to participate in this challenge. As I have been reading this month, I’ve found all of these promises to be true. I especially have found that Ezra Taft Benson’s promise is real: “There is power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the Book of Mormon. You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the straight and narrow path… When you begin to huger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance.” Thank you for your amazing example.

  2. Ed Reply

    Rachel. Thank you for this post. I would be interested in learning more about who gave you this challenge in seminary. Where you were attending. Who your teacher was at the time. March Madness started years ago by a couple of seminary teachers in Salt Lake. I was part of that group. As we each left to teach at other seminaries we continued to do March Madness. It’s fun to see 20 years later how dare this has spread. Email me at 2nephi952@gmail.com and share your story. Thanks again for the post. It’s nice having all these posts in 1 spot. 🙂

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