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A week after giving birth to my first baby, I sat at home and watched the October 2018 women’s session of general conference as President Nelson invited the women of the Church to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year.

I remember thinking, “That’s a nice invitation, but it isn’t for me.”

I felt justified in excusing myself, because I had participated in several Book of Mormon challenges and read it many times over the years, and because the recent life change of becoming a mother was proving more difficult than I’d anticipated. However, after rereading President Nelson’s message the following week and hearing friends and family talk about beginning the challenge, I decided I needed to try.

So I found a reading schedule online, and one afternoon, while my baby was sleeping, I wrote in my journal, “Today is a new day in gospel study!” I committed myself to finish the Book of Mormon by the end of the year. I even had plans to study the Book of Mormon in the language I’d learned on my mission more than six years previously, a Filipino dialect fast fading from memory.

Catching up and maintaining the pace would be challenging, but I knew I could do it. After all, I had served a mission, and before I had my baby, I had often woken up early to study the scriptures. This would be easy, or at least doable.

Only, it wasn’t. I couldn’t keep up.

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