In the most recent General Conference, Brother Devin G. Durrant, First Counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency, invited us all to “ponderize” one verse of scripture a week. To quote him, “The word ponderize is not found in the dictionary, but it has found a place in my heart.” He then goes on to explain.
“So what does it mean to ponderize? I like to say it’s a combination of 80 percent extended pondering and 20 percent memorization.
“There are two simple steps:
“First, choose a verse of scripture each week and place it where you will see it every day.
“Second, read or think of the verse several times each day and ponder the meaning of its words and key phrases throughout the week.
“Imagine the uplifting results of doing this weekly for six months, a year, 10 years, or more.” – My Heart Pondereth Them Continually by Devin G. Durrant
In light of this challenge that so perfectly fits with For the Strength of All, I am suggesting a scripture to ponderize each week that is based on the current topic. In no way does this mean that you have to use the suggested scripture, or even that you have to ponderize, but, having already tried it for myself, I feel that this will be a great blessing in our lives.
This week’s scripture to ponderize is Alma 39:9:
“Now my son, I would that ye should repent and forsake your sins, and go no more after the lusts of your eyes, but cross yourself in all these things; for except ye do this ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God. Oh, remember, and take it upon you, and cross yourself in these things.”
If you would like to suggest a scripture to ponderize, hopefully later today there will be a new post explaining what the process will be.
To conclude, I’ll let Brother Durrant elaborate on some of the blessings of ponderizing weekly:
“As you make this effort, you will feel an increase in spirituality. You will also be able to teach and lift those you love in more meaningful ways.
“If you choose to ponderize weekly, you may feel a bit like a person who has enjoyed snorkeling in the past but has now decided to try scuba diving. With that decision, a deeper understanding of gospel principles will be yours and new spiritual perspectives will bless your life.
“As you reflect on your selected verse each week, words and phrases will be written on your heart. Words and phrases will also be written on your mind. In other words, memorization will take place easily and naturally. But the primary goal of ponderizing is to provide an uplifting place for your thoughts to go—a place that keeps you close to the Spirit of the Lord.
“The Savior said, “Treasure up in your minds continually the words of life.” Ponderizing is a simple and edifying way to do just that.
“I believe Nephi was a ponderizer. He said, “My soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them [continually], and writeth them for the learning and the profit of my children.” He was mindful of his children as he pondered and wrote the scriptures. How might your family benefit as you continually strive to fill your mind with God’s words?”
Read more of his talk My Heart Pondereth Them Continually by clicking on the link.