In 1995, Elder Neal A. Maxwell gave an AMAZING talk about overcoming selfishness. I swear every sentence is a home-run. Anyway, Jenni and I read and discussed his talk, and we hope you learn as much as we did!
1. Read the scriptures as if reciting a monologue. Find a place alone where no one will hear you. Read the verses aloud with as much feeling as you can, keeping the context in mind. In the war verses, read them quickly as if telling a frightening story. On the spiritual parts, read them as if giving a fantastic fireside talk, or as if you were the prophet speaking to the people.
2. Find a quiet place where you can concentrate well without distractions. Then begin reading slowly, picturing the scene in your mind. Work hard to get a detailed picture of the scene in your mind, including the faces and expressions on each of the people in the verses (perhaps put appropriate actors faces on the characters). Then read as if watching the movie in your mind. notice every movement. Don’t rush through. See every expression, every arm movement, and a detailed background. Remember, when reading the scriptures, you don’t have to get through entire chapters. Take your time, and enjoy the movie!
3. Open your hymnbook to a favorite hymn, or else one you sang recently in church. Read through the words, and then look up the scripture verses at the end.
4. Write a hymn, with the scriptures as a guide. Keep it as scripturally based as possible.
5. Consider one of your favorite hobbies, such as music, art, or athletics. See what you can find in the scriptures about your hobby. If it is a constructive hobby, then it has a place in God’s plan. Use the scriptures to try to learn that purpose. Once you’ve learned some things, commit to the Lord that you will more fully use your talent for the purpose that He has ordained.
6. Listen to audio scriptures while doing a creative activity, such as drawing, sculpting, or sewing. If the activity is the type of activity that doesn’t distract your thoughts, it will likely help you concentrate better.
7. If you play an instrument, listen to audio scriptures, and try to play in order to match the mood and message of the verses.
8. Listen to instrumental music while you read, and try to read with the pace of the music so the music matches the words.
9. If you enjoy drawing simple quick cartoons, read the scriptures, looking for places that you might draw simple cartoons of the subject (such as paths, people, wars, plates, temples, etc.) next to the verses that you like. This will have the same effect as simply underlining a verse, since the next time you’re looking for the verse, you’ll be able to easily locate it, and the cartoon will help you quickly identify the subject of the scripture.
Scripture quote of the day:
“I ask us all to honestly evaluate our performance in scripture study. It is a common thing to have a few passages of scripture at our disposal, floating in our minds, as it were, and thus to have the illusion that we know a great deal about the gospel. In this sense, having a little knowledge can be a problem indeed. I am convinced that each of us, at some time in our lives, must discover the scriptures for ourselves—and not just discover them once, but rediscover them again and again”
(Ensign, Sept. 1976, p. 4)
Suggested talk: Likening the Scriptures Unto Ourselves