Scripture study plays a primary role in building faith and testimony. In the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord say, “Behold, I say unto you that you shall let your time be devoted to the studying of the scriptures.”
However, maintaining good habits and keeping our study spiritually fulfilling can be difficult. So much competes for our time and we can feel uninspired and disconnected even when we try to read.
If this is the situation you find yourself in, here are five unique ways to revitalize your scripture study.
Ask God a Question Every Day
When you’re able to apply the scriptures to your everyday life, your love for them will deepen. A great way to facilitate personal and relevant revelation is to ask God questions. Questions that matter. Questions of your soul.
Consider, whenever you sit down to study, to ask God a question that’s in your heart. Then, as you read, search for an answer and ponder how God may be trying to answer your question.
By asking God questions, you increase your vulnerability with your Heavenly Father. By having your questions answered, your faith will increase and your desire to connect with God through the scriptures will grow.
Draw What You Read
If you’re artistic (or even if you’re not!), try illustrating what you’re reading in the scriptures. This is especially great if you’re reading through chapter by chapter or book by book. Here is a great example of someone who doodled what they read.
If you’re not feeling confident, you can also try brush lettering and hand typography to illustrate your favorite scripture passages.
Read the Scriptures in Another Language
Reading the scriptures in another language can not only be an interesting challenge, but it can deepen your appreciation and understanding of each individual word you read. You can try reading your favorite verses to get started; use the translation functions at LDS.org and in web browsers and apps.
Act Our Scripture Stories
If you have children in your family, join together and study the scriptures by acting out scripture stories. You can prepare ahead of time or read through the verses and act out what is happening as you go. It is an energetic way to make the scriptures come alive for you and any young ones who may be with you.
Study for Others
Many times, we get in the habit of reading just to read. Studying specifically for others, including your children, your siblings, your employees, your friends, and anyone you have been called to help can infuse your scripture study with deeper purpose and meaning.
Ask questions about how to serve others and how you can be an instrument in God’s hand to meet their needs.
Do you have a unique way of studying the scriptures? Share your tips and ideas in the comments below!
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.