When I read the scriptures I try and immerse myself in them and apply Nephi's counsel to “liken all scriptures unto us.” (1 Nephi 19:23)
I was reading in Joseph Smith History and found something that I could really relate to on a very personal level:
The morning after his visits with Moroni, Joseph said: “I shortly after arose from my bed, and, as usual, went to the necessary labors of the day; but, in attempting to work as at other times, I found my strength so exhausted as to render me entirely unable. My father, who was laboring along with me, discovered something to be wrong with me, and told me to go home. I started with the intention of going to the house; but, in attempting to cross the fence out of the field where we were, my strength entirely failed me, and I fell helpless on the ground, and for a time was quite unconscious of anything.” (Joseph Smith History v.48)
I can so relate to Joseph. That is exactly how I felt a few weeks ago when I gave up Mountain Dew. It was terrible for almost a week. The only thing I can figure out is that’s what happens when we rid our bodies of addiction so the Spirit can flow freely.
I think I’ll try it again, someday. Because I’m strong like that.