Scripture Journal Methods
1. Re-write the scriptures in your own words. If you find it too hard to understand a verse enough to reword it, study the verse with footnotes, commentaries, and the words of modern prophets until you understand it well enough to understand it.
2. As you read, look for any insights you can draw from the verses and write them in your scripture journal.
3. For each verse, write a personal application of the verse.
4. Listen to audio scriptures and take notes in your journal. If you struggle to get enough notes to write, just try to copy down everything you hear as fast as you can. Don’t expect to get everything written, but try. This will help you concentrate hard on what is being said.
5. As you read through the scriptures in chronological order, make a 5-7 word summary of each verse.
6. As you read, write down every doctrine that you find.
7. Write a talk – you don’t have to be assigned to give a talk in order to prepare one.
1. Sometimes a scriptural definition of a word is different than the dictionary definition. As you read, look for individual words to research. Then look for the scriptural definition (not the dictionary definition) of the word by punching the word into a scripture search engine. You will then see every reference made to that word in the scriptures. Seeing the same word in multiple scriptures can help you discover the scriptural definition of a word.
2. Create your own topical guide. As you read, try to find any lesson you can. Then copy the verse into a document with subject headings. Be sure to put the topics in alphabetical order, or you will get very lost as your guide grows. If you want, use footnotes as you go along for an index or table of contents.
3. Create a scripture blog where you can post the insights you have about verses that you read.
4. Use the church’s Internet tools. The online Topical Guide turns to verses instantly without having to turn pages. Go to lds.org, then click on Gospel Library, and then Scriptures.
Scripture quote of the day:
Richard G. Scott:
“As you seek spiritual knowledge, search for principles. Carefully separate them from the detail used to explain them. Principles are concentrated truth, packaged for application to a wide variety of circumstances. A true principle makes decisions clear even under the most confusing and compelling circumstances. It is worth great effort to organize the truth we gather to simple statements of principle. I have tried to do that with gaining spiritual knowledge.”
Richard G. Scott, “Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge,” Ensign, Nov 1993, 86
Suggested Talk: From a Book of Mormon Notebook