Feasting upon the Scriptures
"I love our scriptures. I love these wonderful volumes, which set forth the word of the Lord—given personally or through prophets—for the guidance of our Father’s sons and daughters. I love to read the scriptures, and I try to do so consistently and repeatedly. I like to quote from them, for they give the voice of authority to that which I say. I do not claim distinction as a scholar of the scriptures. For me, the reading of the scriptures is not the pursuit of scholarship. Rather, it is a love affair with the word of the Lord and that of his prophets. They contain so much for each of us."
A Discussion on Scripture Study
"The scriptures were one of the ways God spoke to me—even when I was a child—about my needs, my situation, and my life. They still are. Since our needs change over a lifetime, God has different things to tell us at different times. Sometimes I go to the scriptures for doctrine. Sometimes I go to the scriptures for instruction. I go with a question, and the question usually is “What would God have me do?” or “What would He have me feel?” Invariably I find new ideas, thoughts I have never had before, and I receive inspiration and instruction and answers to my questions."
Getting the Most out of Your Scripture Study
"While there is no one right way to study the scriptures, there are certain skills that can help us get the most out of our scripture study. Like a cook who uses specific skills to prepare delicious meals, so an able student of the scriptures uses specific study skills to prepare delicious scriptural feasts to feed the soul. The more we master these skills, the more satisfying our scripture study will become."
How can I improve my scripture study?
"The scriptural command to “feast upon the words of Christ” (2 Nephi 32:3) implies much more than just casually reading the scriptures. We should search them diligently, pondering what they teach and likening these teachings to ourselves. We should pray for understanding and follow any promptings we receive from the Holy Ghost. Meaningful study of the scriptures can build our faith, fortify us against temptation, and help us draw nearer to Heavenly Father."
Successful Scripture Study
"Every day (hopefully) you read a few more verses or even a few chapters until several months later you reach Moroni 10:34 and read Moroni’s parting words, “And now I bid unto all, farewell. …” But reading the scriptures from the first verse to the last is only one of the ways to study. By putting a little variety into your approach to scripture study, you just might bring some new life and excitement into your daily reading."
Six Tips for Successful Scripture Study
Here is how you can...
"Energize your time spent with the scriptures."
1. Pray and Seek the Spirit
2. Look at Maps
3. Look for Lists
4. Look for Patterns and Repetition
5. Look for Commandments and Promised Blessings
6. Look for Personal Application
Using Preach My Gospel in Scripture Study
“I use Preach My Gospel during my personal scripture study,” says Anne Tanner, a returned missionary from the Portugal Porto Mission. “It has helped me focus my efforts in becoming more like the Savior."
Anne is one of many who have discovered the power of using Preach My Gospel in their personal and family gospel study. Families and individuals, converts and lifelong members can all find helpful ideas in this book."
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Preach my Gospel Manual