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There is a power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives themoment you begin a serious studyof the Book of Mormon. You willfind greater power to resist temptation.You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path…When you begin to hunger and thirst after thosewords, you will find life in greater and greater abundance.President Benson, Ensign, Nov. 1986, 7
As you 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.”
President Gordon B. Hinckley
President Thomas S. Monson said: “Participate in daily scripture study. Crash courses are not nearly so effective as the day-to-day reading and application of the scriptures in our lives. Become acquainted with the lessons the scriptures teach. … Study them as though they were speaking to you, for such is the truth.”1
come to KNOW HIM
(Sending your child or yourself out into the world without prayer is like going out in a blizzard without a coat)
“We should not be haphazard in our reading but rather develop a systematic plan for study. There are some who read to a schedule of a number of pages or a set number of chapters each day or week. This may be perfectly justifiable and may be enjoyable if one is reading for pleasure, but it does not constitute meaningful study. It is better to have a set amount of time to give scriptural study each day than to have a set amount of chapters to read. Sometimes we find that the study of a single verse will occupy the whole time (President Howard W. Hunter, Ensign, Nov. 1979, 64).
Christ – his attributes, the atonement, mark references to Christ in a different color
Temples, FAITH, blessings of the faithful,
Tender mercies, forgiveness, repentance
You can study the different characters and write down everything you learn about them and from them.
I have tons of books that give commentary on the scriptures, and they are wonderful, and helpful. How great that these people have studied so much and gone through the toil and sacrifice to write books in the hope that it will help others to better understand the scriptures. And I definitely have my favorite books that have helped me gain incredible insights. However, one thing I have learned over the years is that if we rely solely on other’s thoughts and on them receiving revelation on the scriptures and then telling us about them, we are doing ourselves a greatdis-service. Why shouldn’t we be writing our own books (either literally or figuratively) and receiving our own insights? Don’t we have that ability as well? Can’t we receive inspiration from the Spirit about the scriptures, just as the authors of other books have done?
100 Scripture Mastery Scriptures – These passages provide an important scriptural foundation for understanding and sharing the gospel and for strengthening faith.
Write key word in margin- Try memorizing the scripture or at least the Book and chapter
Come on let’s face it, we aren’t as young as we used to be. It’s okay to put a cheat sheet in the front of our scriptures!
1 Nephi 16:3
Prophets often give lists – number them & see how they apply to you (Mosiah 4: 8-30 – conditions of exaltation in ascending order)
Ponder and explore these symbols
Ex . Daniel 2:31-35 and Daniel 2:36-46
SCRIPTURE CHAINS ARE CONNECTED CROSS REFERENCES – THEY CONNECT A SERIES OF SCRIPTURES TO FORM A COMPLETE PICTURE OR UNDERSTANDING OF A PRINCIPLE
Steps To a Chain
Look for PATTERNS
Is there a pattern to how revelation is received?
1 Nephi 1:5-13
Find the pattern and then do a “So What Session “. So what, will it work for me? Relate it to experiences you have had or want to have! Ask Questions!
COMPARE EVENTS IN THE SCRIPTURES
TO EVENTS IN YOUR OWN LIFE Ask yourself “What principles will help me at this time with my life? Why this? Why here?
Your personal insights are the most important thing you can write down!
“The prompting that goes unresponded to may not be repeated. Writing down what we have been prompted with is vital. A special thought can be lost later in the day through the rough and tumble of life. God should not, and may not, choose to repeat the prompting if we assign what is given such a low priority as to put it aside.”(Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Press Forward, 122)
“I’ve found, as I’m sure you have, that when you’re trying to learn from the Lord and you feel an impression from the Spirit…. It is important to make a note so it will not be forgotten. The more you not only hear but abide by what you’ve been told, the more the Lord will give to you.It will come more and more rapidly and you will begin to hear and feel those impressions of the Spirit more quickly than you have previously done.”(Elder Gene R. Cook)
SEARCH WITH THE SPIRIT
Moroni 10:5 JSH 1:73-74
The Sadducees and Pharisees knew the scriptures, but did they know Christ?