Melanie Stroud

Feasting Upon the Word

So last night I read 2 Nephi 31:20. It said, “Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and love of God and all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father, Ye shall have eternal life. “

Wow! That’s all we need. For real. If you want a road map for your life, here it is. Follow Christ. Have hope. It doesn’t say have perfect knowledge, it says have perfect hope. That’s much easier!

When Christ was asked what the most important commandment was in Matthew 22 he said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind…. and the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. ” It’s not a coincidence that the Lord put it in our roadmap here.

Then, press forward. I heard someone say once that our gospel journey is like climbing UP a DOWN escalator. If we aren’t moving forward we are moving away from our goal. If we think we are only standing still, we are wrong. And how do we keep moving forward? FEAST ON THE WORD OF CHRIST! Read the scriptures every day! Apply them to your life every day. Then you’ll make it home! And if you say, “Well it’s too hard to love my neighbor, or it’s too hard to love myself or God,” then read the Book of Mormon! It will help us with all the other things. It gives us hope. It teaches us to love. It straightens out confusion. It’s the key.

I love the Book of Mormon with all my heart. It will lead us home.

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5 thoughts on “Feasting Upon the Word”

  1. LaChere Vawdrey

    Hello! Our family loves your podcast! We wish there was a way to contact you privately. If there is, please let us know! Thanks!

  2. I love your podcasts, your vulnerability and honesty is so refreshing.
    I listened to your podcast today and I was so touched by the part about allowing Christ to help carry our burdens. I had a terrible day this past Sat due to worry about the health of my mother. I was angry at my husband and complained to him about all the stuff that had been piling up in my crazy emotionally charged self , I cried for a long time, then realized I wasn’t angry at him but at the situation with my mom. I could not stop crying, so I even missed church- on Sunday- my birthday :/ -cuz I just couldn’t put on the pretend smile and say everything is OK. I KNEW I would break down and just cry the whole time at church.
    I kept thinking why doesn’t so and so call me and ask how I am or wish me a happy b-day. I did it for her when she was having a trial….why doesn’t anyone care blah blah blah boo hoo. BUT it was REAL, it was pain, it was grief, it was sorrow!
    Then my kids- who are grown and- some live out of town- drove up to see us and made dinner for us and had a party and I felt a bit better and then my husband and my 2 boys gave me a blessing . And I have felt lighter since then and not worried as I was.
    I had the thought that I should ask to have help carrying the burden and I halfheartedly did but was so deep in the pit that I couldn’t see my way out. But ever since the blessing I have not felt the sorrow and worry.

    PS I wanted to mention about following promptings. I think we have all fallen short in this area, even Pres Monson tells of a time when he didn’t follow a prompting. But…the great thing about that is…we can change and do better next time 

  3. How does one do this with every day life and what not going on? When I was on my mission it was a lot easier to feast. Now I’m not sure what is sufficient. Especially as I now work for myself. Meaning if I don’t get the clients we don’t eat. What are your thoughts on this? Would love to hear what your other fans think too. Keep doing what you’re doing. Really hoping we’ll still get an episode tomorrow even though it’s Sprin Break here in the Valley of the Sun!

  4. You shared an awesome quote in this podcast about letting go of our story. I was wondering if you could share it, so that I can copy and share with others. Please???!!

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