The Power of the Word

I love the simple significance of Ezra Taft Benson Chapter 8: The Power of the Word. As  Satan is waging war against us, President Benson gives us a clear, direct answer to the challenges we face- the scriptures- our manual to life.

The scriptures must be an integral part of our daily lives. Do we think about them often? Have we tried telling some of the stories or verses in our own words? Is there a particular scripture we have memorized to help us through the day? Do we actually search the scriptures instead of just reading them? Are we writing things down during our daily study? Do we value them as much as we should? I loved President Benson's point: 

There are some things that will and only can come through reading the scriptures and applying them to our lives. Nephi set such a great example of this. He listen to the words of a prophet, studied the scriptures after they received them, then applied the words to his family's lives. Laman and Lemuel give us a clear glimpse of what happens when we don't put the scriptures a priority in our lives. They didn't ask for understanding and thus ended up resisting much of what they were supposed to be doing. How much simpler would their lives have been if only they had decided to cling to the scriptures like Nephi did. Our lives can be simple too if we hold on to the word of God- not necessary easy but simple. 

Download our Ezra Taft Benson Study Journal for Chapter 8 to get more out of these lessons. These journals are also included in our Premium Scripture Study subscription. 

Questions to Ponder

  • How is studying the scriptures an answer that can help us meet the challenges we face?
  • Why does scripture study lead to the results listed in Section 2?
  • What blessing have come to you and your family through family scripture study?
  • What advice would you give to someone who feels scripture study is a burden?
  • What are some dangers of treating the word of God lightly? 
  • What are some things we can do to give the word of God greater attention?

Study Guide


Read the Questions to Ponder or download our Study Journal then read  Ezra Taft Benson Chapter 8: The Power of the Word


Acts 17:11

2 Timothy 3:16–17

1 Nephi 19:23–24

Alma 32:21–43

D&C 18:33–36

D&C 21:4–6

D&C 68:1–4

Watch The Blessings of Scripture (about 3 minutes) and What the Scriptures Mean to Me (about 5 minutes)


"My Soul Delighteth in the Scriptures" by Sister Julie B. Beck


"Holy Scriptures: The Power of God unto Our Salvation" by Elder Robert D. Hales


"The Power of Scripture" by Elder Richard G. Scott


"Reading the Scriptures" by President Howard W. Hunter


Read  Ezra Taft Benson Chapter 8: The Power of the Word again and see what new things you discover. Take time to review your Study Journal as well and add additional thoughts.