"We are not born into this world with fixed habits. Neither do we inherit a noble character. Instead, as children of God, we are given the privilege and opportunity of choosing which way of life we will follow—which habits we will form. Confucius said that the nature of men is always the same. It is their habits that separate them. Good habits are not acquired simply by making good resolves, though the thought must precede the action. Good habits are developed in the workshop of our daily lives. It is not in the great moments of test and trial that character is built. That is only when it is displayed. The habits that direct our lives and form our character are fashioned in the often uneventful, commonplace routine of life. They are acquired by practice."--Delbert L. Stapley, "Good Habits Develop Good Character", Ensign, Nov. 1974, 20
Yesterday, a friend told me about this fantastic website: www.readthescriptures.com. It is AMAZING! You can create reading assignments for yourself like, to read the Sunday School lesson each week or have one of the children's stories from "Book of Mormon Stories" sent to you or a customized assignment of your own. Then when you read, you hit complete and it keeps track of your reading. If you read on their website (as opposed to just reading the text from the email they send you), you can highlight and take notes and make journal entries. This is such a fantastic and useful website. Our stake HFPE yesterday focused on preparedness in all aspects, but the best part was the talk by Sister Barbara Pace about spiritual preparedness and how we keep our lamps full of oil: daily scripture study, frequent prayer (as in, daily is not enough - twice daily or more), temple attendance, and visiting teaching. WOW - then this website, and this quote, remind me that *I* have responsibility to do MY part in forming good habits and becoming better. How exciting and how emPOWERing!