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Our Father in Heaven understood that for us to make desired progress during our mortal probation, we would need to face difficult challenges. Some of these would be almost overpowering. He provided tools to help us be successful in our mortal probation. One set of those tools is the scriptures. … Scriptures can communicate different meanings at different times in our life, according to our needs. A scripture that we may have read many times can take on nuances of meaning that are refreshing and insightful when we face a new challenge in life.

Elder Richard G. Scott, The Power of Scripture, October 2011 General Conference

Scriptures are one of the most effective and personal tools that Heavenly Father has given us to overcome the trials and hardships that we need to experience in this life. It is ironic that while reading your scriptures daily is essentially so easy to do, it is still somehow difficult to remember or find time to do. I have gone for periods in my life where I completely failed to read the scriptures on any regular basis. Things tend to seem worse, and it feels like everything is collapsing all around us. If we will take the time to read our scriptures every day, then we will find the strength and guidance that we need to make it through the hard times, and we will find the gratitude and charity that we need to have during the good times.

Sometimes we just don’t feel like reading the scriptures. I believe it is at these times when we most need to read them. If you can’t bring yourself to read a lot, just pick out a good scripture to read for the day. One that you remember from a church or seminary lesson. Or perhaps just open your scriptures up at random and start reading. I promise that if you will do this, it will help. You may not notice that help right away, but keep at it, and one day you will look back and realize how much the scriptures have helped you through your hard times.

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