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5 Ways to Improve Your Personal Scripture Study

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We are often reminded that the Church of Jesus Christ is home centered, church supported. That can be a mindset change for many of us. Learning alone is intimidating but so important. In Preach My Gospel it states, ”While learning from a good teacher is very important, it is more important for you to have meaningful learning experiences on your own.”

Here are 5 ways to help you get more out of your personal/home scripture study!

Start With a Prayer

Starting each study session with a prayer always gives us a moment of silence to focus and redirect our thoughts. We should invite the Holy Ghost to join us. He is the ultimate teacher. He will bring many truths to your mind.

Look for Truths about Jesus Christ

Don’t over complicate it. The scriptures preach of Christ. So focus on him. It could be helpful to mark or highlight the verses that specifically name him. Jesus is mentioned 3,925 times throughout the book, which equates to a mention every 1.7 verses, on average.

Liken the Scriptures to Your Life

The Book of Mormon was written for our day. We can learn from the examples of the prophets who wrote. All of the scriptures however can apply to life situations. As you read, ask yourself questions like, “have I had any similar experiences in my life” or “how can I be more like [name] in that situation.” You can also substitute your name in a verse of scripture to personalize it.

Record Your Thoughts and Feelings

Keep a study journal with you as you read. This allows you to write down any impressions and thoughts that come to mind. Those thoughts are personal to you. Writing them down will help you remember what you read and why it was important to you. Go back to review those notes often. 

Share What You Learn

Studies have actually shown that sharing your knowledge helps you retain the information for longer. You could share a scripture with a friend over text or even better, in person. Doing this will benefit you and the person you share with. 

As you make your personal scripture study a priority, it will benefit your life. You will grow to know your Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, you will receive strength to overcome challenges and you will find more joy everyday.  

Elder David A. Bednar said: “We should not expect the Church as an organization to teach or tell us everything we need to know and do to become devoted disciples and endure valiantly to the end. Rather, our personal responsibility is to learn what we should learn, to live as we know we should live, and to become who the Master would have us become. And our homes are the ultimate setting for learning, living, and becoming”

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Kaitlyn Hall
Kaitlyn Hall
Kaitlyn is a student at Utah Valley University, where she is studying Public Relations. She served her mission in San Diego California and Chile. Kaitlyn loves sports, country music, being in the mountains and eating chocolate chip cookies.

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