For the first few months of Seminary (an elective religion class I can take during my school day) I was really bad at reading my scriptures I forgot all the time, and found myself about 60 chapters behind my teacher’s reading schedule. Then, in February, I finished the Doctrine and Covenants in a little over a month. During that month, I read my scriptures and said a prayer every morning. Doing this took less than 20 minutes, but made such a difference. I was so excited about the gospel that month. It made me feel so happy that my happiness seeped into every other aspect of my life. My testimony grew so much because of the small changes I made.
Getting spiritually hyped through taking small actions like mine is an awesome experience. It makes you kinder, more empathetic and really brings out the best in you. It also helps with missionary work. It’s funny how hard it is to share the gospel regularly; it really is easier said than done. However, if you consistently do small things like reading your scriptures, saying morning prayers (I cannot stress how important these are), and regular acts of service, you naturally get excited about sharing the gospel.
My Seminary teacher, Brother Griffin, told us that every day that we didn’t read and pray we were spiritually naked– and no one wants to be naked at school. This comedic way of explaining the principle of regular spiritual preparation helped motivate me to read my scriptures a lot more because it made me realize how much of a difference the gospel makes in my life.
Always remember that the gospel is the gospel of happiness. It makes everyone happy. Following the teachings of the prophets makes you happy. It’s not always huge life changing experiences that build your testimony, it’s the small and simple things.