A New Approach to Scripture Study: Conclusion

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Scripture Marking Methods – Continued… and Concluded

Tab11. Circle the names of people as you come across them so when you hear mention of them later in the chapter, it will be easy to refer back to see who the verse is talking about.
Tab12. Mark “if” and “then” statements, and connect them.  Any time the word “if” shows up in the scriptures, there is likely a promise or warning that follows.  Mark and connect them.
Tab13. Mark the actions and connect them to the one who did it.
Tab14. Most places mentioned in scripture have multiple events of significance.  Mark places you come across in your reading and link them with anything that happens there.  Use cross-references to make a list of all the events that took place there.
Tab15. Look for scriptural lists, and number the items listed.
Tab16. Look for repetition of words, and link them.
Tab17.Look for chiasmus (Hebrew cross-pattern writing, such as “the first shall be last, and the last shall be first).
Tab18. Write a brief summary of the verses in the margins.
Tab19. Interact with the verses.  Put small comments in the margins, such as, “Nephi, you are AWESOME!” or “that’s gotta hurt!” Just be careful not to get sacreligious!

Scripture quote of the day:

Boyd K. Packer:

“My Book of Mormon also has many notes in the margins and is heavily underlined. I was in Florida once with President Hinckley. He turned from the pulpit and asked for a copy of the scriptures. I handed him my copy. He thumbed through it for a few seconds, turned and handed it back, saying, “I can’t read this. You have got everything crossed out!”

Boyd K. Packer, “The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ,” Liahona, Jan 2002, 71–74

Suggested Talk: Scripture Reading and Revelation, Dallin H. Oaks

So let’s here some of YOUR ideas!  How do you get the most out of scripture study?  What methods have helped you?

3 Replies to “A New Approach to Scripture Study: Conclusion”

  1. I start asking questions about the weird little things that I don’t understand.

    I also do a lot of writing about scriptures that impress me. Lately writing about the scriptures is one of the ways that my understanding has deepened, because to write about it usually demands that I learn more in the process of writing than I knew when I started.

    Great list!

  2. Michaela,

    I’ve noticed that too. When I write, I am able to process information better and understand the topic I’m exploring.

    Writing about a subject is definitely one of the more powerful methods of learning about the subject.

    – Chas

  3. These are great ideas!
    I find that when I extensively underline things in my scriptures, the next time I come across the page again, I am drawn to what I underlined and what my thoughts were at the time I marked the verse. That is a very good thing, but I also find that it can distract me from other ideas, more specific to my current situation. So instead of underlining a lot, I use a single bracket on the side of the verses I want to mark, and then write about it in the margin. That way it’s easy to consider the things I’ve written before, but just as easy to find new things without distractions.

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