We have been given a challenge in my branch to read the book of Mormon before April General Conference by reading 3 chapters a day. I am a little behind as of right now but plan to catch up on Sunday. I am loving this challenge! I haven't spent this much time in the Book of Mormon since my own mission. It is wonderful to be in the scriptures every day and be trying my hardest to apply what I am reading. You will find when you return home that it is sometimes hard to read the scriptures because you have gained from your mission an excellent understanding of the gospel and therefore studying the scriptures becomes more difficult because you will feel a little like you have learned almost all there is to learn! But you haven't haha
Right now it is really the very little things that have been catching my attention. For example, this week I read in Second Nephi where Joseph is teaching at Nephi's request and he mentions about Moses how God says "I will not lose his tongue, that he be shall speak much, for I will not make him mighty in speaking...but I will make a spokesman for him." So God doesn't take from Moses a weakness but he does always prepare for those weaknesses. I think this is true of all of us. There are definitely some weaknesses that with God's help we can overcome and make strengths but there are some weaknesses that in His wisdom he does not take from us. What an amazing thing to learn from the scriptures about our relationship with God and a little more about his personality as a God and his plan for us. I have been thinking about this this week as I have prepared for my Cardiovascular exam. I started medical school with the assumption that if God wanted me to be a doctor he would make me good at medical school. Looking back that is a silly thing to have thought. He wants me to be a doctor but that doesn't mean he will magically make me an excellent student or take from me weaknesses that make me human. Instead, he provides all that is necessary for my success as I rely on him and have faith in his love and participation in my life and faith in my own abilities - abilities to gain knowledge and to use my talents and gifts to be great!