Nephi, a Book of Mormon prophet, delighted in the words of Isaiah and did “liken his words unto my people.” When we liken the scriptures unto ourselves, we are able to access more of Christ’s power as we study His word. But how do we do it?
These five tips are easy to implement in your scripture study and can help make the scriptures feel more personally applicable to your life.
See Scriptures as Real
When you read the scriptures, do you sometimes forget you’re reading about real people who actually existed? It can be all too easy to see the scriptures as great stories that read more like fiction than fact.
Take a moment to change your perspective. Recognize that the people you’re reading about really existed and are like you. They had families, feelings, and did all they could to find Christ. Consider studying the historical context surrounding your favorite scripture passages.
Insert Your Own Name
To help make a certain passage more meaningful, insert your own name. This can be especially meaningful for verses where the Lord is talking directly to someone. By hearing your own name in such places, you may find a deeper meaning or uncover tender feelings that wouldn’t have surfaced otherwise.
Connect Your Circumstances
In a study journal, write down what a particular person in the scriptures is experiencing. Try to keep it general. For example, Nephi fought with his siblings, Abish felt alone in her testimony in the midst of unbelievers, and Moroni faced political turmoil. Then, write down how you may have experienced something similar.
Read the verses again with these things in mind. Make note of any further impressions that have come to your mind.
Rewrite a Verse
Take your favorite verse and put it in your own words. This can be useful in two ways. First, if you struggle with scriptural language, it can help simplify the text. Second, you can create statements of action to inspire you. Consider this example of 1 Nephi 3:7:
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.
I will do the things the Lord commands me. I know the Lord will prepare a way for me to accomplish his commandments and I will trust him.
Identify & Apply Gospel Principles
As you read the scriptures, identify gospel principles. At the heart of God’s word are powerful examples of righteous living. Go beyond the text and ask yourself what God is trying to teach you about how to live your life. Then, take time to make goals on how to improve. Finding real-life applications and diligently applying them to our own actions is how we will ultimately learn and grow.
How do you liken the scriptures unto yourself? Share your thoughts and ideas below.