My wife and I have decided that we are going to read the ENTIRE Standard Works by the end of the year. This means, the Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price in that order.
We started about 6-8 weeks ago, and we have not been 100% faithful in keeping that goal. However, it is only 11 pages per day. Just reading out loud, it takes about 30 minutes. Not too bad.
Why do this? Last year, President Gordon B. Hinkley challenged everyone to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year. We did not do it, so have decided to take it a step further this year by reading everything cover to cover. We’ll make it.
The best part? As I am going along, I am putting a small checkmark in red ink to every reference to Jesus Christ, keeping running totals by chapter and book. Ultimately, I would like to see what the final count is once we finish. These references include nouns, pronouns, symbols and metaphors both in the first, second and third persons.
Right now, I should be at Judges chapter 1, but rather, I am at Numbers chapter 1. So I am a little behind. I’ll catch up.