I’m a skywatcher. Some people do birdwatching. I do sky watching. In my mind, every time I look at the sky, it’s a different sky. Think about it – since the last time you looked at the sky, what has changed? Well, the sun has moved – but it’s the earth that actually moves, right? So the background stars and galaxies have changed, too. But actually the sun is rotating, too, so it’s at an ever-so-slightly different angle than it was before.

But what about the atmosphere that makes the blue of the sky – has it changed? Dramatically! between the wandering dust, moisture, and passing air, the sky is never the same – and that’s only the sky that doesn’t include clouds. Clouds are constantly changing, shifting, and with the air, travel the world – always changing, never staying the same.

You’ll never see two identical skies. Besides, Utah skies have a beauty and uniqueness that is often overlooked by those of us who live here. The rocky mountains effect the wind and clouds in a dramatic way that makes the sky like a perpetual painting above our heads – if we’re willing to watch for it.

A New Approach to Scripture Study: Conclusion


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?