In conference last week 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 will be 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 Mosiah 2:17:
“And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”
If you would like to suggest a scripture to ponderize, later today there will be a new post explaining what the process will be.
(Note: in the future this post will be posted at 6:00 am ET. I just needed to get it started, so it took longer to be posted.)
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.