Tuesday Tips: Effective Scripture Study

Over a month ago, my husband and I were looking for a more meaningful way to study the scriptures. We wanted to delve into the pages and receive more personal revelation. We had a regular pattern of reading together at the end of the day, but it was starting to feel nothing more than a ritual in our routine. We desired to gain a deeper understanding of the Gospel. It just so happened we had the missionaries scheduled on our calendar for dinner. It wasn’t difficult coming up with a topic when they asked what we would like them to share with us that night. They presented us with a fancy new box of Twistable colored pencils and shared with us a new way they had been studying the Book of Mormon. (I believe this was a recent challenge given to them by the mission president).

They explained that as they read, they searched for themes-each of the gospel principles: Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, Enduring to the End and the Atonement. They created a key, designating a different color to each principle. The missionaries described even more of their two hour routine. After their personal study, they always begin studying together with a prayer. Upon completion of their personal study, they proceed to discuss with each other what they both learned in their personal study that day. They then continue to study together from the Gospel Principles manual.

Let me say that after using this method to study over the past month, both personally and as a family, the Spirit has been striving with me. My understanding of the Gospel has been boosted and I am motivated to learn more and even share with others. I’m convinced that all the blessings and promptings that have come to us recently have been a result of our doing this.

If we desire to be able to be missionaries in our own lives, wouldn’t it help if we did as the missionaries do?

-Marie Hammill

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