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Looking for fun ideas for visiting teaching in the month of March? Scripture Study Bookmarks

Talk about methods of personal scripture study:

A) The unit study: Look up a topic in the topical guide or Bible dictionary and read all the references prayerfully. This could bring up more questions- search the same topic on lds.org for modern revelations about it.

B) Chapter by chapter: Read a chapter at a time, straight through from front to back. This is the way I think of personal scripture study normally, and it will always bring greater spirituality into our lives. Surprisingly, when I’ve done this, I’ve felt that, magically, the message always applied to me on the day I read it, even though I was just reading chronologically.

C) Start in the middle, or skip around: Some people have read 1st Nephi a million times. That’s me. The idea of starting in the middle just to shock my system and get me reading more regularly appeals to me. The deja vu feeling of 1st Nephi can become a roadblock if we never venture beyond it.

D) Flip and point, like Millie in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers: Remember when she put her finger in the Bible and found the verse about casting your pearls before swine, which just happened to apply perfectly to her situation? Some people swear by this, and I believe God reaches people in many ways. If this is all you have time for, do it. But I do think a regular scripture study will comprise more than just the flip and point method. It will show a devotion to God. That sacrifice on our part is an important component of drawing closer to Heavenly Father.

There are many ways to study the scriptures. Nobody said you had to start at the beginning and read all the way through, including the footnotes, though it would be very worthwhile to do so! Personal study is about coming closer to God by learning His words. I hope you all find a favorite way to study the scriptures to make it a regular part of your daily life. The promised blessings of peace, harmony, and enlightenment are incredible.

“And he said, Unto you it is given to know the amysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in bparables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not cunderstand.” –Luke 8: 10

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