The substitute for my Sunday School class today is perhaps one of my favorite people ever. He asked this question:
What is the most important scripture every person can memorize?
Before I give the answer he gave, think about what you would say.
As I said earlier, I was going to compare D&C 18 and Alma 29. I’ve also added the RM’s additions in here.
This is a longer post, so I’ll do a read more break. Although it is long and took me a couple hours to even write, I think this is one of the best, if not the best post I have written.
Remember the post in which Brother Rockwood’s method of studying was outlined? Brother Diamond had us do the same thing in mission prep. However, he stopped us shortly after we started writing things down for “Apply.”
"So, when you’re listing the ways you can apply this scripture in your life, is it general? If so, make it more specific. If you make a general goal, you’re not as likely to keep it as much as making it really specific.”
It’s so true when you think about it. If you learn that you shouldn’t watch bad things, you say okay and then move on with your life. But if you say, “You know, I think I’m going to stop watching this TV show” then when you are about to watch it you’ll remember the standard better.
Know what context the book/chapter you’re reading is in. Matthew is one of the gospels. Romans is an epistle. Mosiah 3 is in the middle of King Benjamin’s address to the people.
2) Doctrine and Principles
Outline the basic lessons taught in the chapter. The way Brother Rockwood put it, “Pull out the things you want to someday teach your children.”
What do you feel about this? If you stop at step two, you might as well be in school hearing a lecture. Read the principles you listed, and ask yourself how you feel about them. Should I work on this characteristic? Do I believe this is true?
James 2:17-18 says that it is not enough to say you have faith. Again, if you stop at the previous step, then you’re going to be shortchanging yourself. If you go to seminary, and feel good and resolve to act on your promptings, but promptly forget them the moment you leave, then you’re not living up to your potential.
Let the scriptures bless your lives. Don’t just speed read a chapter of the Book of Mormon just to say you studied. I testify that sincerely reading the scriptures and applying them to your life will make a big difference in your faith.
(I suggest replacing Enos’ name with your own, then reading it.)