Spiritual Matters: Wisdom and Inspiration from the Book of Mormon
Leatherwood Press, 2008
This is a unique book, in the fact that there is no author to praise or
This book discusses a topic that has been largely forgotten. At the end
of each thought, scripture and quote there is either a point to ponder
or an application to life. There is one thought, supporting scripture,
quote and either an application to life or a point to ponder per page.
It was a fast and easy book to read. However, to digest it takes longer.
Here are some examples:
When we are truly meek, we possess both self-control and a consciousness
of our own inadequacies.
And blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 3 Nephi 12:5
Meekness is closely allied to the poor in spirit, but in addition to
consciousness of a dearth of spirituality, meekness connotes a reserved
dignity – a reservoir of self-control. A meek person may be quiet,
unrevengeful, and not pusillanimous.
David O. McKay, The Better Way, Improvement Era, 1945
Ponder: How can I become more meek? (Pg.83)
When adversity hits, we should
Hit our knees.
And it came to pass that so great were their afflictions that they began
to cry mightily to god. Mosiah 24:10
Those who have been driven to their knees in weakness, grief, and
humility commune with God not in the learned clichés of prayer, but in
heartfelt, soul-revealing communion. And when our Father sustains and
assures a tested faith and a tested love, they learn the sweetness of
A.Theodore Tuttle, Conference Report, Oct.1967
Application: Review the words of Hymn No. 142, “Sweet Hour of Prayer”
This is a small sample of what lies within these pages. Some of the
thoughts are the cute phrases that are shared in the Young Women’s
Program and at youth conferences. I felt as if I was reading
mini-sermons from a Pastor. I know few people who remember how to ponder
anything in a meaningful way and the applications can seem to be one
more thing to add to an already long to-do list. While it is a good book
for those looking for a bit of direction in spiritual growth, and have
the time to sit and ponder, I do not recommend it for the over stressed,