It's a scripture most missionaries know by heart. It's the scripture that led to the Restoration of the Church. It's also the scripture that is the Mutual theme for this year.
And while members of the Church hear this scripture is Sunday School, priesthood, Relief Society, and at home, Elder Dale G. Renlund recently shared some insights on Facebook that will change how you read James 1:5: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
"Recently I have been studying James 1:5. I have looked at various translations and definitions of specific words in various languages. I have become intrigued by the word 'wisdom' in verse 5. The original Greek word 'sophia' means in part 'the knowledge and practice of the requisites for godly and upright living.'
"I have learned that the command to 'ask of God' is not merely to satisfy our curiosity. God wants us to seek more than facts; He wants us to be prepared to act. His desire is to give us not only the understanding or knowledge, but the opportunity to 'practice' becoming like Him. How grateful I am to our loving Father in Heaven for the blessing His constant interest in my and your eternal growth and well-being."