My mum posted over at her personal blog asking who else is taking part in President Hinckley’s challenge. I’m not. I was writing up an explanation why I decided not to, but it got so long I decided to do a post.
First, I finished reading the Book of Mormon last year. We finished in companionship study this spring. We finished it in family study this summer. I think I’ve had my fill.
Second, I am studying the Doctrine and Covenants right now. I have spent way too much time on the Book of Mormon the last few years that I have spent little time on the other books (yes, we do have more scriptures than just the Book of Mormon).
Third, I do not read the scriptures just for the sake of reading them. It is not a reasonable goal to read just because. If the scripture were meant to only be read, they would have been written by novelists. I can see how just reading it would be helpful for those who rarely or never read it, but I don’t see the point of it for me.
Fourth, I do not have the time to study the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants. On my mission, I did. But other things take up my time now.
Lastly, I am reading The Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Edition. It is a much easier read and one gains a better appreciation for the structure of the book and the words of the Lord than by simply reading it in the conventional form.
I understand President Hinckley’s reasons for extending the challenge. It will benefit a lot of people. I just don’t see any reason for me to do it.