A New Approach to Scripture Study: Day 2


Questions and Answers

Tab1. Come up with a gospel or life question and then dig through the scriptures and the words of living prophets for the answer.  Whether you find the answer or not, you will learn something by searching.  If you have trouble coming up with a question to ask, start reading somewhere to get an idea.

Tab2. With your scriptures in front of you, say a quiet prayer and ask Heavenly Father a question. Then open the scriptures at random, and see if the first verse that your eyes rest on contains the answer.  If not, keep reading until you do find an answer.  Once you find the answer, pray and ask more questions, closing and opening the scriptures again to a new place.

Tab3. Think of a simple question that you already know the answer to, and write it down with your answer.  Then prove your answer by finding specific verses that teach that truth in the scriptures. If necessary, turn to the words of modern day prophets.  If it’s too hard to find, ask yourself why you believe it to be true, and make a note to yourself to be on the lookout for a scriptural or prophetic answer to the question.  Then try a simpler question.
If this is too easy the first time, try a harder question until you find one that challenges you so you can search for the answer.

Tab4. Choose a place in the scriptures to read (or pick up where you left off) and begin reading the verse very slowly, searching for questions that the verse holds the answer to.  Write the question above the verse, or write the question and verse in your study journal.

Tab5. Look for questions written in the scriptures, such as “can ye feel so now?” or, “Believe ye that I am able to do this?” and ponder the answer you would give for yourself.

Scripture quote of the day:

David A. Bednar:

“The Prophet Joseph Smith provided an important guideline about pondering and reflecting upon the scriptures. He taught: ‘I have a key by which I understand the scriptures. I enquire, what was the question which drew out the answer, or caused Jesus to utter the parable?’ (History of the Church, 5:261). Thus, striving to understand the question that preceded a particular revelation, parable, or episode can assist us in obtaining a deeper understanding of the scriptures”

(“Because We Have Them before Our Eyes,” New Era, Apr. 2006, 6).

Suggested talk: Getting the Most Out of Your Scripture Study

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