I have been preparing and thinking about a little class I am going to teach today about scripture study. I prepared a consolidated handout about scripture journaling. I have primarily referenced Shannon over at www.theredheadedhostess.com, but I have pulled from the many ideas and thoughts that I have read over the years from other faithful sister scriptorians. It has been a great pleasure to intently focus once again on something that has become so meaningful in my life. It has allowed me to think about what I have tried, what works for me and what doesn't.
There is no wrong way to study your scriptures. As long as you are feasting you are good. Love this story about President Packer's scriptures.
"My Book of Mormon also has many notes in the margins and is heavily underlined. I was in Florida once with President Hinckley. He turned from the pulpit and asked for a copy of the scriptures. I handed him my copy. He thumbed through it for a few seconds, turned and handed it back, saying, “I can’t read this. You have got everything crossed out!”" (President Boyd K. Packer, "The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ", Ensign, Octover 2001)
I have always love the way Elder Bednar talks about how he studies and the evolution of his learning. Here is a short clip you might enjoy.
As I was preparing or searching for my favorite quotes on scripture study I decided it was impossible. There are so many wonderful and inspiring words from our leader about the importance of studying the scriptures.
"When we invite the Holy Ghost to fill our minds with light and knowledge, He “quickens” us, that is to say, enlightens and enlivens the inner man or woman. As a result we notice a measurable difference in our soul. We feel strengthened, filled with peace and joy. We possess spiritual energy and enthusiasm, both of which enhance our natural abilities. We can accomplish more than we otherwise could do on our own. We yearn to become a holier person." (Keith K. Hilbig, "Quench Not the Spirit Which Quickens the Inner Man", General Conference, Oct. 2007)
This quote doesn't really have to do with scripture study (so I didn't include it in the handouts), but it does.... let me explain. When I was a very young mother, going to school and trying to manage all that life required, I found that it was impossible to get everything done that was needed. I attended a church meeting, I don't remember the speaker, I don't remember the context of the meeting. The person only testified that if I would read my scriptures first thing before I did anything else, I would be able to do all that was required of me. I remember thinking that this would never happen, my to do list was a mile long and getting longer each day, but I decided to give it a try.
The following day, I go up and studied. I went about my day and by two o'clock in the afternoon with the to do list completed. I was so exhausted from getting everything done I was ready for the day to end. I can't tell you how many times I have put this experiment to the test and every time it works. It is a beautiful promise.
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