I really hope I am not the only one who finds doing church stuff to be boring. Don’t get me wrong, I love the gospel and know that it is going to bless my life, I just haven’t reached the point of enjoying all of it yet. I get really overwhelmed with everything I have to do, like read my scriptures, saying my prayers, visiting teaching, missionary work, going to the temple, family history work, serving your neighbor, church callings, and family home evening. It all makes me feel down on myself to think about how much I am struggling to do the basic simple stuff!
Then I found myself a solution in the most strangest of places. I am taking an oral history class and when my professor found out that all of us are Latter-day Saints, she started taking the time to focus on how to do oral history for family history work. Now being a huge history buff you would think that I would love family history, but truth is I don’t… Using computers to find names bores me to death! But as my teacher was explaining that sitting down and interviewing living relatives is an excellent way to do family history work, I got super excited. Now, not only is that something that I could do, it is something that I want to do and am excited to start doing!
It got me thinking that there is really no one way to do those church things. Not only is there lots of ways to do family history work, there are tons of ways to accomplish the other things like scripture study. Reading the scriptures from verse to verse all the way through is something one person enjoys and can get a lot of inspiration from while others get the same from picking a topic and study those. I loved when Stephanie Nielson (author of the blog “The NieNie Dialogues”) talked about how every day she goes for a hike and listens to a conference talk then when she gets home she reads the scriptures that went with that talk. She accomplishes her daily exercise and scripture study at the same time in a way that she enjoys.
Another example is that I know some families sit down every week for family home evening with a prayer, lesson and a treat while others just make time on Monday night to do something fun together.
I realized there are different ways to accomplish these church things and the key to doing them is to find a way that I enjoy. If I can enjoy doing it, then I am going to do it. That doesn’t mean that I can’t learn to love something if I don’t originally like it, but knowing me, I am just going keep putting it off if it’s not something I enjoy doing.
President Uchtdorf in his talk Of Regrets and Resolutions said, “Announcing that we will dedicate more time for family prayer, scripture study, and wholesome family activities is good; but actually doing all these things steadily will bring heavenly blessings to our lives.” I know that I am super guilty of this! I love the quote by Gordon B. Hinckley, “Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.” It is the same with all the these things! I need to A: Do it, and, B: Do it my way so I can enjoy it. There is no right or wrong way because all that matters is that I do it. “The more we devote ourselves to the pursuit of holiness and happiness, the less likely we will be on a path to regrets.” (Uchtdorf)