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What did you learn from the scriptures today? Howard W. Hunter Chapter 10: The Scriptures- The Most Profitable of All Study makes it clear that we should be regularly spending the time to really learn from the scriptures every day. How did you like the suggestion of an hour of scripture study every day? I appreciate that he focuses on the length of time, not the amount of pages you get through. Although I do have reading charts for the Book of Mormon and New Testament, I'd much rather dive into the scriptures without worrying about how far I get. How about you?
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As you teach this lesson, remember that we all come from different reading abilities, with different perspectives, and different levels of knowledge about the scriptures. If you are using a scripture story in your lesson, be sure to explain the setting and story instead of assuming everyone knows it. I love President Hunter's challenge for us all to be scriptorians but we will each get there at different times and in different ways.
- Use my basic scripture study sheets during class. Read the account of Jairus in class and go through it together adding in President Hunter's highlights as well.
- Divide into groups using the study sheets above and either study the same chapter and compare the different results or give each group a different section to discuss.
- In October 2015 General Conference, Elder Durrant introduced ponderizing. While some may not like the word, the concept is excellent. Memorize a scripture as you ponder it repeatedly throughout the week. I've made several scripture cards to help you accomplish this in the Scripture Studies section of this site, however, the most popular is still these 52 Scriptures to Help You Remember the Savior. Print them out and give everyone a different scripture to ponder this week.
- One of my favorite quotes about scriptures comes from Elder Richard G. Scott, "Scriptures are like packets of light that illuminate our minds and give place to guidance and inspiration from on high." (I referenced his talk in the Study Guide below) Put glow sticks and scriptures inside some thin envelopes throughout the room. Have different individuals read the verses then share what it means to them.
- Use these Book of Mormon Scripture Mastery Cards to show how we can dig deeper into each verse of scripture we read.
- Put these 5 scriptures on the 5 different pieces of paper. On the other side, write questions that these scriptures answer. Ask the questions first to the class then ask them how they know. Turn the paper over to reveal the scripture. We know because God tells us in the scriptures.
- Take time to have your class share the different ways they study the scriptures. There is no one right way and it may inspire somebody who has been struggling.
- Invite 2 individuals come to the front of the room. Give one person an entire set of scriptures and another 2 verses. Tell them to study their readings to the best of their ability for 1 minute then quiz them on what they learned. It's a great example of the importance of the quality of scripture study versus the quantity.
- I love these poster sized scripture posters from The Mormon Home. You can print some out and use them as you discuss different ways to study the scriptures.
- Discover even more ideas for Scripture Study on my Pinterest board.
- More examples in the video below.
Make It an FHE
Howard W. Hunter Chapter 10 makes a great Family Home Evening. Use some of the teaching ideas above to form your own mini lesson. For the activity, plan a set time to study the scriptures everyday as a family. Discuss what you want to read first and how you will accomplish it. Will you have rewards along the way or set an alarm clock? You can use the above scripture study sheets individually as you read as a family or rotate a secretary job each day. Then spend time reading the scriptures together- see these 6 things you can do to help your children come to know the scriptures as well. Already a pro at family scripture study? Take the time to elevate your progress. What is working well? What do you want to do differently? Then do a scripture jeopardy based on the books you've read recently. End with these fun scripture candies for a great FHE treat!
Questions to Ponder
- How have you learned that scriptures study "is the most profitable of all study"?
- In what ways can you strengthen your commitment to be someone that knows the scriptures thoroughly? What does knowing them thoroughly mean to you?
- How does a study of the scriptures influence your obedience?
- What answers have you discovered while studying the scriptures?
- How do you study the scriptures? What is your reading style?
- What counsel in section 3 can help you in your scripture study?
- In what ways has regular, purposeful scripture study blessed your life?
- What do you learn from reading President Hunter's study of the story of Jairus?
- Why is the amount of time more important than the amount of pages read? How can pondering only a few verses enrich your scripture study?
- How have the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants brought you closer to the Savior? How else have they influenced your life?
- What is your testimony of the scriptures?
- How have you heard the voice of the Lord through scripture?
- What are some of the things you have learned as you have studied the scriptures?
- What do you wish to know more about?
- What helps you study consistently with your family?
Suggested Study Schedule
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Watch Jesus Raises the Daughter of Jairus (about 3 1/2 minutes)
Watch Living with Purpose and Real Intent (about 3 minutes)
"Living by Scriptural Guidance" by President Russell M. Nelson
"The Blessing of Scripture" by Elder D. Todd Christofferson
"How Rare a Possession- The Scriptures" by President Spencer W. Kimball
"The Power of the Word" by President Ezra Taft Benson
"The Power of Scriptures" by Elder Richard G. Scott