1. Turn to Gospels, Harmony of in the Bible Dictionary. Read the four gospels by reading the verses in the order of the events as they happened chronologically.
2. Start reading a chapter, looking up every footnote, and turn to every cross-referenced verse. If the reference given is informative enough, look up the footnotes in that reference.
3. Pick a topic to study, and then turn to the Topical Guide and look up every verse given.
4. Read an entry from the Bible Dictionary and look up the references given in it.
External Source Methods
1. Get out a good, comprehensive Bible dictionary or one that has the Hebrew/Greek/English translations of words in the Bible. As you come across various words in your reading, look up the original meanings of the words. Search for alternate translations of the words, and draw insights from the meanings you find.
2. Use the Sunday school, institute, and seminary manuals as a guide to your study. Most of them have a study program, and all have great commentary that is approved and authorized by the church. Read the commentary and do the assignments.
3. Look up great quotes by general authorities. Write or print them onto a small paper and glue them into your scriptures next to an appropriate verse. They come in very handy for talks or spiritual thoughts.
Scripture quote of the day:
Thomas S. Monson:
First, study diligently. Every holder of the priesthood should participate in daily scripture study. Crash courses are not nearly so effective as the day-to-day reading and application of the scriptures in our lives. Become acquainted with the lessons the scriptures teach. Learn the background and setting of the Master’s parables and the prophets’ admonitions. Study them as though they were speaking to you, for such is the truth.
Thomas S. Monson, “Be Your Best Self,” Ensign, May 2009, 67–70
Suggested talk: A Reservoir of Living Water, David A. Bednar