How I Do It: Personal Scripture Study

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Scripture study is a very important time of day for me. I am a believer in daily scripture study. I find that when I study my scriptures daily, I am a more patient person. I am kinder. I am a better wife and mother. I am better able to manage my time and accomplish the things I need to.

 

Basic Info:

 

 

What: Personal Scripture Study

When: Early morning (right after I exercise)
Where: In my room

Why: To grow spiritually, follow commandments, and be the best me I can be

How: Linear reading, topical study, random reading

 

The Details….

 

What: Personal Scripture Study

As I said above, scripture study is important to me. I am talking about reading, pondering, and praying over the scriptures.

 

Our family also does family scripture study, but I am talking about personal scripture study in this post.

 

When: Early Morning

I study my scriptures immediately after I am done exercising each morning. I think a key to accomplishing scripture study each day is to have it be at a consistent time daily. I also want to have my scripture study be something that I can learn from–so I find early morning to be a good time when my children can’t constantly interrupt me.

 

My older two children do see me at the end of my scripture study each day. Then wake up and come to my room as I am nearing the end. I like it this way because then they see that mom reads the scriptures each day and so she must value the scriptures.

 

Now, I haven’t always done this in early morning hours before my children wake up. When I am pregnant or have a young baby, I don’t get up early. I still try to do it as one of my very first things of the day, though. If I put it later in the day, I tend to forget. But that is me. Find a time of day that works best for you. It might be naptime, while nursing a baby, during indpendent playtime, or after children are in bed. The key is having a regular time. I can’t just say, “Today sometime I will study my scriptures.” I have to have a specific time.

 

Where: In My Room

I think having a consistent place for scripture study is also important. Being in that place reminds you that you need to do it. I like my room. It is peaceful in the morning. It is bright. I can sit on the floor and stretch if needed, I can relax in my bed, or I have a chair I can sit in (though I plan to get a nice comfortable chair for reading in–doesn’t that sound nice?). You might like your kitchen table, a desk, the family room, your back patio…

 

Why: Personal Growth and Obedience

Like I said in the opening of this post, I am a better person all around when I study my scriptures each day. As to why scriptures, I love this analogy. Let’s say we were going to make a cake. The recipe for the cake was pretty old so we decide it is not relavent. We just make up our own recipe. In the end, it doesn’t turn out. The scriptures are like our recipe for our lives today.

 

How: Linear reading, topical study, random reading

There are several ways to go about studying the scriptures, and I think they each have their own merit. I like to mix things up. One way is to simply read the scriptures. So you start at the beginning and read. A great thing about this method is you read everything in context. You can draw from the experiences you read about and improve your ability to react in your own life. 

 

Another idea is topical study. So say you wanted to know more about prayer. You would look up scripture versus that talk about prayer and read it. A great thing about this method is you really get to know that topic. You can read everything the Lord has said about that topic in the scriptures and gain greater understanding.

 

Another idea is to simply open in a random place up and start reading. Many people say doing this at times can help them find answer to prayer. This is a fun thing to do if you need some spontenaeity. 

 

Yet another idea is to read linearly, but with a certain topic in mind. So you say to yourself, “I want to read and focus on all of the commandments the Lord has given” or “I want to read and focus on all of the blessings the Lord has given.” As you read, you look for that topic. 

 

I think it is nice to switch up exactly how I do my studying. I do like to also study articles and read great books, but that is rarely part of my scripture study time–I just don’t have enough time in the morning to put all of that in in the morning study time.

 

No matter which method, I think it is wise to pray about the scripture study, think about what you are reading (don’t just read for the sake of reading, but ponder about what you can learn from it), and even keep notes. I don’t always remember to do this, but I find scripture study most effective when I have my scripture journal at my side and write things down I want to remember. It might be a lesson from a story, interesting tidbits on a topic, or thoughts I had on how to improve myself as I read. 

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