I live in a mansion. There are so many rooms, and so many doors, that it would take more than a lifetime to explore what is in them all. From one room, I can explore the sciences, and watch the progression of the stars and planets. I can chart the known universe and discover things that it has taken mankind centuries to understand.
From another, I can learn the religions of the world, make connections with things divine, and come to a deeper understanding of why people are the way they are.
From another, I can become my own symphony, and follow the practices of the master composers. I can perfect the principles they have learned and carry them on to new levels.
There is a room in my house where I can practice medicine and learn how the human body works. In this room, I can also learn how to strengthen the powers within my own body through exercise, activity, proper nutrition and rest.
In one of the larger wings of my mansion, I can enter a fantastic world with creatures and people that most people only meet in dreams and movies. I can converse with them, and in essence, leave the world entirely through time machines and spaceships.
I have rooms that bare the perfect resemblance of locations all around the globe. I have been to Egypt, China, South America, and Africa without having to leave my home.
In my favorite room, I have met the Savior and His prophets. I have come to know God, and converse with Him regularly. I have met Adam, Enoch, Abraham, and John the Baptist. I have met the reformers and those who took part in the great restoration of the Gospel.
I have visited many of the rooms in my mansion, and plan to visit many more.
My house is small, and my means are meager. But in every room, there are books.
The scriptures published by the church are equipped with some incredible tools to enhance your scripture study. Here are some unique ways to use them.
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