By: Karie Haws Bourne From: DaveandKarie.blogspot.com
In August 2005 President Hinckley challenged all members of the Church to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year. He said “Without reservation I promise you that if each of you will observe this simple program, regardless of how many times you previously may have read the Book of Mormon, there will come into your lives and into your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God.”
My scripture study time is one of the best parts of my day. It’s better some days than others, but I do take time every day to read at least one chapter. Making a commitment to daily scripture study makes it easier to be consistent.
I learn most when I start my study time with kneeling prayer.
Reading chronologically, or chapter by chapter, has been my study method of choice for a long time. One of my projects is to read and mark a copy of the Book of Mormon and a Bible for each of my five children. I do this as I read through these books chronologically.
As I read I try to ask questions, to dig a little deeper for meaning and personal application.
Studying by topic is a new method to me, it feels more intense and focused, allows me to ask deeper questions on that topic and really search for the answers.
Knowing that everything in the scriptures has meaning has led me to ask questions. One of my favorite insights came from reading about Moses preparing the Tabernacle, and asking why the colors blue, purple, and scarlet are used.
Helpful background information and commentary can be found in the manuals prepared by the Church for religion classes.
Writing down insights received helps me remember and build on what I learn.
A favorite study habit is to use an old dictionary and look up meanings of words as I read. I gain insight from learning the definition of familiar words as well as those I don’t know as well. Sometimes I write the definition in the margin of my scriptures.
My dad used a timeline to teach us the gospel; it helps keep things straight in my mind and see how people and events relate to each other.
Another idea is to keep a scripture journal. Having a place to record insights and understandings in an organized way helps me remember what I learn, and know where to find that information when I want to use or review it. I have found a very helpful website regarding scripture study and scripture journals – TheRedheadedHostess.com.
One last idea is to find quiet time to think about what I’ve read, learned, and felt during my study time. Pondering has become an important part of receiving insights and personal direction from the scriptures.
When I remember to conclude my study time with another prayer it is a sweet experience. Giving thanks for the opportunity to learn through the inspired words of prophets and through the ministering of the Spirit is tender and sweet.
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