Books #68 & #69: Way to Be! and True to the Faith

Most mornings, my kids and I meet together to have a short devotional before we start our school day.  It usually involves something related to our faith, followed by a prayer.  I’ve done a million different variations on this.  Most of the year was spent reading definitions from True to the Faith, a book published by our church that acts like a glossary of terms.  It’s designed to be a companion to scripture study, but we just worked our way through it, reading a definition at a time.  Some were long enough to be spread out over several days.  That sounds dry, but we usually had a discussion after we read and sometimes uncovered questions and misunderstandings.  Or sometimes it would reaffirm what we knew to be true, or brought greater understanding.  In all, very worthwhile.

This took about 10 months to do.  We weren’t always consistent with devotionals and the summer was hit or miss.  I needed a new devotional book but was having a hard time nailing down what I wanted to do.  To buy time, we read Way to Be! 9 Ways to Be Happy and Make Something of Your Life by Gordon B. Hinckley, 15th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Published in 2002, it’s interesting to see how the stories from the book I’ve heard over and over again from other sources since its publication.  He lists 9 Be’s: Be True, Clean, Smart, Involved, Positive, Humble, Grateful, Still and Prayerful.  The advice still feels relevant and helpful and we all enjoyed it.  It made me miss President Hinckley’s humor and wit, though.  He was the prophet of my adolescence and college years and I’ve always had a warm place in my heart for him.

Goodreads rating: 5 stars for both.  Definitely worth returning to and were good resources.  Way to Be! would be a good gift for a young adult.


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