I’ve read my scriptures electronically for years and have gotten very familiar with my iPad (now that I have MS.) My iPad has become my saving grace in many ways regarding spiritual things, including that:
- Reading scriptures on my iPad means I won’t accidentally rip the paper when turning pages. (My fine motor skills are clunky, like a child.)
- Using my iPad is much lighter in weight and easier for me to hold at home or church. (Carrying or holding what feels normal to most people feels heavy to me.)
- Having wifi/cellular service on my iPad allows me to continue researching and studying spiritual things online. (My routine of reading physical scriptures and spiritual books, and writing in my journal stopped for a time when first getting MS.)
- Accessing church apps and the internet on my iPad allows me to stay current on spiritual events as well as hear general conference and other spiritually uplifting things. (Sitting at my computer has become very tiring so I sit in my reclining chair instead. Because of MS my legs need to be elevated or else my energy gets very drained.)
Needless to say, my iPad is very important to me!
But for some reason for the last few days I’ve felt very compelled to read my physical scriptures. Lately, reading electronic scriptures feels boring but holding physical scriptures in my hands feels exciting! I read from my physical scriptures the other day and loved seeing both pages! Seeing things written in the margins or reading highlighted verses was so satisfying! And I wanted to keep reading because I could see before and after selected verses!
(As someone who loves paper and physical books I never thought I’d say that I loved reading electronically but having MS has given me a positive opinion about it and my heart overflows with gratitude! If reading electronically is the best someone can do than I say, “Do it!” but I still believe there’s nothing better than reading physical books!!)
I feel stronger than in years past and love my books and paper! All I know is that I want to read my physical scriptures; they sit on my table next to my reclining chair and I smile and feel happy whenever seeing them!