Remember the Summer Reading Challenge? We asked all of you who participated to let us know how far you got. We were so blessed to read your emails that we want to share your reflections with everyone.
Whether you only read for the first few days or you got bogged down in Deuteronomy (that was a tough spot for a lot of you) or you made it all the way to the end, your positive comments about the challenge were uplifting to us!
Sister Susan Moraco said, “I can’t thank you enough for creating the reading challenge this summer. It was the spark that got me going.”
Sister Yolanda Hart reported, “It got very difficult at times. I got behind, but I always made an effort to get caught up. My plan is to go all the way back to the beginning and restart reading the entire Bible again but at a much slower pace so I can get a better understanding of what I am reading. But at least now I can say I have read the entire Bible. Thank you for setting up the reading schedule because I don’t think I could have done it without the challenge.”
Sister Rose Mary Ausilio had the same feeling as Sister Yolanda. She said, “My incentive since doing this is committing to reading it again (at a much slower pace) and this time keeping a notebook handy.” She also confessed she got a little behind during GMBA campout and that “reading all the begats began to betire me!” But she said it was a “wonderful experience.”
Sister Carol Kirkpatrick also said that she’s already started over again from the beginning, too, and she hopes there were many others who enjoyed it as much as she did.
Sister Flo Perri made the very true observation, “More important than finishing quickly is at least trying to read a chapter a day.” And many of those who didn’t finish did say that they’re still pressing onward just at a slower pace, which we think is fantastic!
“If I wasn’t challenged, I would not have read any of what I read this summer,” Sister Joanne Schweitzer told us. “I really enjoyed what I have read so far and look forward to reading more. It truly makes me feel good, and I feel like I am trying to be a better person, too. It makes me feel more connected to God and Jesus when I read the Bible. I have never been one to read the Bible regularly, and I’m thankful for this challenge because I read it more now than I ever had before.”
Sister Denise Bodo exclaimed, “I really enjoyed it and felt closer to God every time I picked up the Bible to read. Going to read the Book of Mormon, now. Can’t wait!”
We don’t want to lift anyone up because everyone who participated had the wonderful desire to get closer to God by reading His word, but, for the record, here are the names of the brothers and sisters who made it all the way to the end. And maybe there are more we don’t know about (?). If you finished and your name isn’t on this list, please make yourself known in the comments section below!
Sister Susan Moraco
Sister Yolanda Hart
Sister Rose Mary Ausilio
Sister Carol Kirkpatrick
Sister Denise Bodo
Brother Chris Gehly
Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The winner of our little prize drawing. We assigned everyone who emailed the blog account a number and then used the Random Number Generator on Random.org to select the winner.
And the winner is (bump, bumpa, baaaaaam) Sister Carol Kirkpatrick!
Congratulations to everyone who participated in this Bible boot camp! You are all winners in our eyes. We love you, and happy reading!