Friday, February 14, 2020

Join us at the Heaven Journaling One-day Retreat!

"The Heaven Journaling retreat was one of the most edifying days I have experienced." - Trista

Back by popular demand... our Heaven Journaling One-day Retreat!

Grab your seat before they sell out! 
OR you can join online!

Julie Nelson is our special guest presenter about the power of MUSIC to invite inspiration! (Julie is the wife of Steven Sharp Nelson of The Piano Guys)

You can check out Julie's and her husband Steve's The Piano Guys video here or here.

"WOW! I have gained so much light, love, and inspiration by being at this retreat today. Thank you, Becky, for providing these tools and this setting to help people connect with the spirit of the Lord. Through this experience, each of us will return to our lives with a renewed commitment and upgraded capability to seek & receive heaven’s help and draw closer to the Lord daily." - Teresa

Join us Saturday, February 29 for a day of inspiration, rejuvenation, light, and connection!

"I LOVED THIS DAY! Becky’s genuine love and light-filled personality are HEALING. The Spirit was here at this retreat and I learned so much through personal revelation. I’m so glad I got to be here! I felt encouraged on my journey, lifted by the Spirit, and I made new friendships that have blessed my life. It was like an oasis to refresh my spirit! I loved hearing Julie Nelson play BEAUTIFUL music. I loved what she taught us about the power of music to heal us. She is such an angel, with a calming, happy, gentle spirit." - Lorraine 

 Click here to check out the details and special!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Wouldn't it be amazing to have your own personal Liahona? (Plus free printable handout)

Since personal revelation is my FAVORITE topic to study and experience, I think having my own Lianoha would be pretty awesome. How about you? 

The cool thing is, you can. And here are some quotes that explain how. 

A favorite habit I had when I used to teach seminary and institute was to create quote handouts the right size to be glued into standard size scriptures, so here's one of those. 

You can read the quotes on the free printable by clicking here, or just scroll down to read them on this post. 

Here's an easy way to use these quotes in class or for FHE: Print the quote handout for each person. Let them read the quotes silently, marking what stands out to them. Then take turns sharing what stood out to you, and how you can apply that in your life. 

Click here for a free printable handout of quotes that fits in standard-sized scriptures. I've even included a few bonus quotes to help us evaluate how we respond to broken bows and other challenges in life. 

President Kimball – Conscience is a Liahona for us 

“You must realize that you have something like the...Liahona, in your own system. ...which we call the conscience” (Conf. Report, Oct. 1976).

Elder David A. Bednar – The Holy Ghost is a Liahona for us

“The pointers in the Liahona operated ‘according to the faith and diligence and heed’ (1 Nephi 16:28) of the travelers and failed to work when family members were contentious, rude, slothful, or forgetful (see 1 Nephi 18:12; Alma 37:41, 43). ...The primary purposes of the Liahona were to provide both direction and instruction during a long and demanding journey. The director was a physical instrument that served as an outward indicator of their inner spiritual standing before God...

“Each of us in this day has been given a spiritual compass that can direct and instruct us during our moral journey...‘The Holy Ghost...will show unto you all things what ye should do.’ (2 Nephi 32:5). The Holy Ghost operates in our lives precisely as the Liahona did for Lehi and his family, according to our faith and diligence and heed.

“We invite the Holy Ghost into our lives through meaningful personal and family prayer, feasting upon the words of Christ, diligent and exacting obedience, faithfulness and honoring of covenants, and through virtue, humility, and service. And we steadfastly should avoid things that are immodest, coarse, crude, sinful, or evil that cause us to withdraw ourselves from the Holy Ghost” (“That We May Always Have His Spirit to Be with Us,” Ensign, May 2006, 30-31).  

Alma 37:44-46  
The words of Christ are a Liahona for us 

Robert E. Wells – Book of Mormon is a Liahona for us

“One fascinating peculiarity of the Liahona was that not only did its pointers guide them in the wilderness but ‘a new writing, which was plain to be read’ appeared on the pointers to give them ‘understanding concerning the ways of the Lord; and it was written and changed from time to time, according to their faith, diligence’ and heed (1 Nephi 16:29). Very little is said about this phenomenon. In fact, I can find no further reference to this changeable writing. As I read the Book of Mormon, however, something strange seems to happen to me.  Passages of scriptures that I have read many times in one light seem to change – and suddenly there is a new meaning to that old and familiar scripture. I like to think that the Book of Mormon is truly like the Liahona of old. Not only does it point us in the way of the Lord and to the Lord...but if we are interested enough to read it again and again, from cover to cover, there are times when a ‘new writing’ – plain to be read – seems to appear” (Doctrines of the Book of Mormon, 1991 Sperry Symposium, 13).

President Monson - Patriarchal blessing is a Liahona for us

“The same Lord who provided a Liahona for Lehi provides for you and for me today a rare and valuable gift to give direction to our lives, to mark the hazards to our safety, and to chart the way, even safe passage – not to a promised land, but to our heavenly home.  The gift to which I refer is known as your patriarchal blessing” (Ensign, Nov. 1986, 65). 

More about the Holy Ghost as our Personal Liahona 

President James E. Faust – Spiritual dead spots  

“Cellular phones are used for much of the communication in our time. Occasionally, however, we find dead spots where the signal coming to a cell phone fails. This can happen when the cell phone user is in a tunnel or a canyon or when there is other interference. So it is with divine communication. The still, small voice, though still and small, is very powerful. It ‘whispereth through and pierceth all things’ [D&C 85:6]. . . . Perhaps something in our lives prevents us from hearing the message because we are ‘past feeling’ [1 Nephi 17:45]. We often put ourselves in spiritual dead spots—places and situations that block out divine messages. Some of these dead spots include anger, pornography, transgression, selfishness, and other situations that offend the Spirit” (Ensign, May 2004, 67).

President Boyd K. Packer – Holy Ghost speaks with a voice we feel

“The Holy Ghost speaks with a voice that you feel more than you hear. It is described as a ‘still small voice’ [D&C 85:6]. And while we speak of ‘listening’ to the whisperings of the Spirit, most often one describes a spiritual prompting by saying, ‘I had a feeling. . . .’
Revelation comes as words we feel more than hear. Nephi told his wayward brothers, who were visited by an angel, ‘Ye were past feeling, that ye could not feel his words.’ [1 Nephi 17:45; italics added]” (Ensign, Nov. 1994, 60).

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin – We live beneath our privileges with the Holy Ghost 

“I fear that some members of the Lord’s Church ‘live far beneath our privileges’ with regard to the gift of the Holy Ghost. Some are distracted by the things of the world that block out the influence of the Holy Ghost, preventing them from recognizing spiritual promptings. This is a noisy and busy world that we live in. Remember that being busy is not necessarily being spiritual. If we are not careful, the things of this world can crowd out the things of the Spirit. 

“Some are spiritually deadened and past feeling because of their choices to commit sin. Others simply hover in spiritual complacency with no desire to rise above themselves and commune with the Infinite. If they would open their hearts to the refining influence of this unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, a glorious new spiritual dimension would come to light. Their eyes would gaze upon a vista scarcely imaginable. They could know for themselves things of the Spirit that are choice, precious, and capable of enlarging the soul, expanding the mind, and filling the heart with inexpressible joy” (Ensign, May 2003).

Keith B. McMullin – Holy Ghost has the most powerful effect 

“That which is received of [the Holy Ghost] has a more powerful effect upon the soul than anything else received in any other way.” (Ensign, May 1996, 9).

Julie B. Beck – Holy Ghost gives personal revelation, most important skill

“The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life” (Ensign, May 2010). 

Click here to check out my Heaven Journaling Journal and quote-a-day calendar all about personal revelation. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Three songs and a movie to help you celebrate civil rights and inclusion

With this week being Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I wanted to share some songs and a recent movie my family likes that celebrate unity and respecting diversity.

These music videos are by some of our family's favorite Christian artists. Listen to the words - they're powerful.

Just Mercy is a new movie that our family watched in the theater on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Here's my Facebook post after watching the movie.

Today our family wanted to honor those who have made progress with civil rights, so we chose to watch this movie that's based on a true story.

Wow, I'm deeply inspired by the courage of these people to take on a system filled with racism, bigotry, and injustice. It's a sad but very inspiring movie. I definitely used the Kleenex I brought to the theater.

Today I honor anyone who has been a victim of injustice, of bigotry, of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, religious discrimination, or any other kind of unfairness. I see you. I hear you. I care about you. I want to make the world a better place for you.

And I honor Martin Luther King, Junior and so many others who have courageously and tirelessly worked to move civil rights forward.

Movies like this can wake people up who think bigotry is a last-generation problem. No, it's a problem still today.

Let's work together to make the world a better place.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Tree of Life Quotes (with Printable Handout and FHE idea)

I created this handout for my Book of Mormon institute students years ago. It has a chart of interpretations followed by quotes. 

Click here to print a double-sided handout that folds and fits into standard size scriptures. 

Here is a simple FHE idea for older kids and teens

Print the quote handout for each person in your family. Let them read the quotes silently, marking what stands out to them. Then take turns sharing what stood out to you, and how you can apply that in your life. 

Page one is a chart with interpretations of various symbols in the visions.

Page two and three are quotes from Church leaders. 

Page four also has quotes.
Click here to print a double-sided handout that folds and fits into standard size scriptures. 

Or if you'd rather read it online, below are the chart and quotes. 

Quotes about the Tree of Life Dreams/Visions in 1 Nephi 8-15

Elder Boyd K. Packer – Dream is Central Message of Book of Mormon 

Lehi had a vision of the tree of life. His son Nephi prayed to know its meaning. In answer, he was given a remarkable vision of Christ. In that vision [in 1 Nephi 11-14 Nephi] saw: 
A virgin bearing a child in her arms,
One who should prepare the way—John the Baptist,
The ministry of the Son of God,
Twelve others following the Messiah,
The heavens open and angels ministering to them,
The multitudes blessed and healed,
The crucifixion of the Christ,
The wisdom and pride of the world opposing his work” (See 1 Ne. 11:14-36.)
That vision is the central message of the Book of Mormon.”                                          (“The Things of My Soul,” Ensign, May 1986) 

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland – Fruit of Tree Symbol of Christ and His Atonement  

“The Spirit made explicit that the Tree of Life and its precious fruit are symbols of Christ’s redemption...the images of Christ and the tree being inextricably linked...the life, mission, and atonement of Christ are the ultimate manifestations of the Tree of Life, the fruit of the gospel, the love of God...” ” (Christ and the New Covenant: The Messianic Message of the Book of Mormon [1997], 160-161)

Elder Neal Maxwell – Partaking Fruit is Partaking of Blessings of Atonement

“The tree of the love of God. The love of God for His children is most profoundly expressed in His gift of Jesus as our Redeemer: ‘God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son’ (John 3:16).  To partake of the love of God is to partake of Jesus’ Atonement and the emancipations and joys which it can bring.” (Ensign, Nov. 1999)

President Monson – Building Represents those who Ridicule 

“The great and spacious building in Lehi’s vision represents those in the world who mock God’s word and who ridicule those who embrace it and who love the Savior and live the commandments.”  (“May You Have Courage,” Ensign, May 2009)

Elder L. Tom Perry – Great and Spacious Building Tempts us with Materialism 

“The current cries we hear coming from the great and spacious building tempt us to compete for ownership in the things of this world.  We think we need a larger home, with a three-car garage and a recreational vehicle parked next to it. We long for designer clothes, extra TV sets (all with [DVDs]), the latest model computers, and the newest car.  Often these items are purchased with borrowed money without giving any thought to providing for our future needs.  The result of all this instant gratification is overloaded bankruptcy courts and families that are far too preoccupied with their financial burdens.” (Ensign, Nov. 1995)

Elder Neal A. Maxwell – Laughter of World is Loneliness 

“...The laughter of the world is merely loneliness pathetically trying to reassure itself.” (“Cleanse Us from All Unrighteousness,” Feb. 1986)

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin – Iron Rod Helps Get You Through Mists in Life 

“You must hold firmly to the rod of iron through the mists of darkness, the hardships and trials of life.  If you relax your grip and slip from the path, the iron rod might become lost in the darkness for a time until you repent and regain your grasp of it.” (Ensign, Nov. 1989)

C.S. Lewis  – Happiness Outside the Plan of Happiness Doesn’t Exist 

[Fruit of tree of life makes one happy – 1 Nephi 8:8.] “...Nearly all that we call human history – money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery – [is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make them happy.” (Mere Christianity, 53).

President Spencer W. Kimball – Iron Rod – Putting Spiritual Learning First 

“Youth...can you see why we must let spiritual training take first place? ...Seminary courses should be given...preferential attention over the high school subjects; the institute over the college course; the study of the scriptures ahead of the study of the man-written texts; the association with the Church more important than clubs, fraternities, and sororities; the payment of tithing more important than paying tuition and fees?  Can you see that the ordinances of the temple are more important than the Ph.D. or any and all other academic degrees?” (“Beloved Youth, Study and Learn,” cited in Life’s Directions, 190). 

Elder Merrill J. Bateman – Holding Fast to Iron Rod Changes Us Inside 

“A casual, infrequent exposure to the scriptures will generally not open the door to the whisperings of the Spirit or provide insights... There are certain blessings obtained when one searches [and obeys] the scriptures. ...He or she draws closer to the Savior and obtains a greater desire to live a righteous life. The power to resist temptation increases., and spiritual weaknesses are overcome. Spiritual wounds are healed.” (Ensign, Nov. 1992)

“If we follow Alma’s counsel of planting and nourishing the seed until it becomes the tree of life within our hearts and souls, the image of Christ will be in our countenance and we will have built a Christ-centered life.” (Ensign, Jan. 1999).

Elder Glenn L.  Pace – Compare the Building to True Happiness  

“To those of you who are inching your way closer and closer to that great and spacious building, let me make it completely clear that the people in that building have absolutely nothing to offer except instant, short-term gratification inescapably connected to long-term sorrow and suffering. The commandments you observe were not given by a dispassionate God to prevent you from having fun, but by a loving Father in Heaven who wants you to be happy while you are living on this earth as well as in the hereafter.

Compare the blessings of living the Word of Wisdom to those available to you if you choose to party with those in the great and spacious building. Compare the joy of intelligent humor and wit to drunken, silly, crude, loud laughter. Compare our faithful young women who still have a blush in their cheeks with those who, having long lost their blush, try to persuade you to join them in their loss. Compare lifting people up to putting people down. Compare the ability to receive personal revelation and direction in your life to being tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. Compare holding the priesthood of God with anything you see going on in that great and spacious building.” (“They’re Not Really Happy,” Ensign, Nov. 1987) 

Elder Boyd K. Packer – Lehi’s Dream has Everything We Need to Know

“Lehi’s dream or vision of the iron rod has in it everything a young Latter-day Saint needs to understand the test of life. ... Read it carefully; then read it again... 
If you hold to the rod, you can feel your way forward with the gift of the Holy Ghost, conferred upon you at the time you were confirmed a member of the Church. The Holy Ghost will comfort you. You will be able to feel the influence of the angels, as Nephi did, and feel your way through life. The Book of Mormon has been my iron rod... 
One word in this dream or vision should have special meaning to you young Latter-day Saints. The word is after. It was after the people had found the tree that they became ashamed, and because of the mockery of the world they fell away...
Largely because of television, instead of looking over into that spacious building, we are, in effect, living inside of it. That is your fate in this generation. You are living in that great and spacious building...
An unseen power will hold your hand as you hold to the iron rod... 
The mist of darkness will cover you at times so much that you will not be able to see your way even a short distance ahead. You will not be able to see clearly. But you can feel your way. With the gift of the Holy Ghost, you can feel your way ahead through life. Grasp the iron rod, and do not let go. Through the power of the Holy Ghost, you can feel your way through life. (See 3 Nephi 18:25; D&C 9:8.) ...
All of the mocking does not come from outside of the Church. Be careful that you do not fall into the category of mocking...
You live in an interesting generation where trials will be constant in your life. Learn to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost. It is to be a shield and a protection and a teacher for you. Never be ashamed or embarrassed about the doctrines of the gospel or about the standards that we teach in the Church. You always, if you are faithful in the Church, will be that much different from the world at large. You have the advantage of being assured that you can be inspired in all of your decisions...
As we think of you young Latter-day Saints and think of the Book of Mormon and think of the dream or vision that Lehi had, we see that there are prophecies in
there that can be specifically applied to your life. Read it again, beginning with the eighth chapter of 1 Nephi, and read on to the counsel that is given...
All of the things that you need to know are there. Read it, and make it a part of your life. Then the criticism or mocking of the world, the mocking of those in the Church, will be of no concern to you as it is of no concern to us (see 1 Nephi 8:33). We just move forward doing the things which we are called to do and know that the Lord is guiding us.” (“Lehi’s Dream and You,” BYU Devotional, Jan. 16 2007)

Friday, January 10, 2020

Black Bean Luau Salad

My blog isn't a recipe blog, but once in a while, I share a recipe that is both healthy and yummy.

And it must be gluten-free and dairy-free for me to share it as well. 

And relatively easy. I go for easy. 

Here you go. 

Black Bean Luau Salad

2 cups cooked brown rice (my fave is Lundberg's short grain brown rice from Costco) 
1 can chicken, drained (around 12 oz, I get that from Costco too. Or omit or use your own chopped chicken) 
1 can pineapple chunks, drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 bell pepper (I used orange and yellow), chopped 
1/2 cup chopped red or green onion 
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup honey mustard dressing (recipe below) 

Mix it all together. Yummo!

Honey Mustard Dressing 

1 1/2 cups healthy mayo (my fave is avocado mayo from Costco) 
1/3 cup honey (preferably raw) 
1/3 cup raw apple cider vinegar 
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard 
2 teaspoons onion powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt

Blend dressing ingredients in a blender until smooth. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Promised blessings from studying the Book of Mormon - Can you count them?

This would make a great FHE discussion.
You could print the five quotes below and have each family member mark all the promised blessings they can find. It may be fun to count them. Then take turns having each person share the blessing(s) they are most looking forward to from studying the Book of Mormon. Then they can share their plan of what they're each committing to do to invite those blessings this year. 

Scroll to the end of the post to see pictures of one family's study activity!
President Russell M. Nelson

“My dear brothers and sisters, I promise that as you prayerfully study the Book of Mormon every day, you will make better decisions—every day. I promise that as you ponder what you study, the windows of heaven will open, and you will receive answers to your own questions and direction for your own life. I promise that as you daily immerse yourself in the Book of Mormon, you can be immunized against the evils of the day, even the gripping plague of pornography and other mind-numbing addictions” (“The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life Be Like without It?” Ensign, Nov. 2017).
The Prophet Joseph Smith
“I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 64).

President Gordon B. Hinckley
“Brothers and sisters, without reservation I promise you that if you will prayerfully read the Book of Mormon, regardless of how many times you previously have read it, there will come into your hearts an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord. There will come a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to his commandments, and there will come a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley [2016], 233).
President Ezra Taft Benson 
“It is not just that the Book of Mormon teaches us truth, though it indeed does that. It is not just that the Book of Mormon bears testimony of Christ, though it indeed does that, too. But there is something more. There is a power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book. You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path. The scriptures are called ‘the words of life’ (D&C 84:85), and nowhere is that more true than it is of the Book of Mormon. When you begin to hunger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson [2014], 141).
President Marion G. Romney 
"I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity—the pure love of Christ—will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness." ("The Book of Mormon," Conference Report, Oct. 1980)

Click here to see how hard it would be to write the Book of Mormon yourself. 

I love watching these two adorable people each week walking us through finding treasures for the week's "Come Follow Me" lesson. 

You can subscribe to their YouTube channel here.  

Check out the activity one family did with the quotes

Mindy Hales said: "I love this so much. Tonight we read the quotes and highlighted the blessings we found. Then we each chose a blessing that we wanted to have and we created posters to remind us why we will study the Book of Mormon even on the days we might not want to. Thank you so much for this resource and idea!"

Thank you for sharing with us, Mindy! 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Tips to Upgrade Your Spiritual Learning (+ Printable Handout)

Click here for a printable handout of these quotes. 

I created this handout in January 2019 to invite my adult Sunday School class to engage in a Spirit-led-learning process. It makes a great discussion for a church class or FHE.

Tips to Upgrade our Spiritual Learning (“Come, Follow Me” Study)
Quotes Compiled by Becky Edwards of Purpose Driven Mentoring


  1. “To ask and to answer questions is at the heart of all learning and all teaching.” (Henry B. Eyring, CES Broadcast, Feb. 6, 1998)
  2. "I plead with each of you to . . . take your questions directly to your Heavenly Father in prayer.  Ask Him, in the name of Jesus Christ, to guide you. You can learn for yourself . . . how to receive personal revelation. And nothing will make a bigger difference in your life than that!" (Russell M. Nelson, "Hope of Israel," Worldwide Youth Devotional, June 3, 2018)
  3. "What can happen as you follow a course of searching the scriptures for answers to your life dilemmas? Your confidence will begin to grow because you will know where to find answers to your problems. You will be far less stressed when yet another problem arises because you will know where to go for guidance and direction. . . . You will truly experience His words showing you all things that you should do." (Wendy Watson Nelson, Change Your Questions, Change Your Life [2010], 142)

B) Be worthy of and pray for the SPIRIT to teach and testify of truth

  1. "The real teacher is the Spirit. I am not the teacher, and you are not the teachers." (Jeffrey R. Holland, Ensign, June 2007)
  2. “The spiritual strength sufficient for our youth to stand firm just a few years ago will soon not be enough. . . . The pure gospel of Jesus Christ must go down into the hearts of young people by the power of the Holy Ghost. . . . Our aim must be for them to become truly converted to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ while they are young.” (Henry B. Eyring, Ensign, Sept. 2004)
  3. "The Spirit not only informs and increases mutual understanding, it convinces!" (Neal A. Maxwell, “Teaching by the Spirit—‘The Language of Inspiration’” Teaching Seminary: Preservice Readings (2004), 35–40)
  4. "Ask for the Spirit to be with you as you seek an answer to your one question for that day. Picture the Holy Ghost being right there with you as you read.” (Wendy Watson Nelson, Change Your Questions, Change Your Life [2010], 139
  5. "The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life." (Julie Beck, "And upon the Handmaids in Those Days Will I Pour Out My Spirit," Ensign, May 2010) 

C) Consistently feast on the SCRIPTURES

  1. "The scriptures are not the ultimate source of knowledge, but what precedes the ultimate source. The ultimate knowledge comes by revelation. . . .The scriptures can be a Urim and Thummim to assist each of us to receive personal revelation." (Dallin H. Oaks, "Scripture Reading and Revelation," Ensign, Jan. 1995)
  2. "Never let a day go by without holding family prayer and family scripture study. Put this, the Lord's program, to the test; and see if it does not bless your home with greater peace, hope, love, and faith." (L. Tom Perry, "Back to Gospel Basics," Ensign, May 1993)
  3. "Don't yield to Satan's lie that you don't have time to study the scriptures. Choose to take time to study them. Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than sleep, school, work, television shows, video games, or social media. You may need to reorganize your priorities to provide time for the study of the word of God. If so, do it!" (Richard G. Scott, "Make the Exercise of Faith Your First Priority," Ensign, Nov. 2014)

D) Deepen your understanding with WRITING 

  1. "Do you want to know how to get the most benefit from this time together? Write down the impressions you feel. . . . Spiritual moments in life often come when it seems difficult to record them. Yet that special effort to crystalize in a permanent record sacred impressions of the Holy Spirit is powerfully rewarded. Begin now even if you have to borrow paper and pencil to do it." (Elder Richard G. Scott, "To Live Well Amid Worldly Decay," BYU-Idaho Devotional, Feb. 24, 2004)
  2. "Those who earnestly seek help through prayer and scripture study often have a paper and pencil nearby to write questions and record impressions and ideas." (Julie B. Beck, "And upon the Handmaids in Those Days Will I Pour Out My Spirit," Ensign, May 2010)
  3. “Record your thoughts and feelings. There are many ways to record the impressions that come to you as you study. For example, you could mark a meaningful word or phrase and record your thoughts as a note in your scriptures. You could also keep a journal of the insights, feelings, and impressions you receive.” (Come, Follow Me -- For Individuals and Families, New Testament 2019, viii) 

E) Engage - ACT on your promptings 

  1. “The goal of gospel teaching … is not to ‘pour information’ into the minds of class members. … The aim is to inspire the individual to think about, feel about, and then do something about living gospel principles(Thomas S. Monson, Conf. Report, Oct. 1970, 107)
  2. “Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:26)
  3. "Just as pondering the scriptures invites the companionship of the Holy Ghost, so does doing the things we have been told to do and doing them promptly. We are promised that the scriptures and the Holy Ghost will tell us all things that we should do. When we go and do what we have been told and do it the best we can, we qualify for more instructions of what to do. If we do not act, we will not receive further instructions." (Henry B. Eyring, "Raising the Bar," BYU-Idaho Devotional, Jan. 25, 2005)
  4. "I believe that you can leave the most precious, personal direction of the Spirit unheard because you do not respond to, record, and apply the first promptings that come to you." (Richard G. Scott, "To Acquire Spiritual Guidance," Ensign, Nov. 2009)

F) Faith over doubts - MANAGE DOUBTS so faith wins 

  1. “Anyone who doubts [the scriptures or the living prophets]—and none are discouraged from personal doubt—can verify the authenticity and content of the message by checking it with the official source, by personal revelation." (Dallin H. Oaks, BYU Studies, vol. 44:4 [2005], 170)
  2. "Once there has been genuine illumination, beware the temptation to retreat from a good thing. If it was right when you prayed about it and trusted it and lived for it, it is right now. Don't give up when the pressure mounts. . . . Don't give in. Certainly don't give in to that being who is bent on the destruction of your happiness. He wants everyone to be miserable like unto himself. Face your doubts. Master your fears. 'Cast not away therefore your confidence.' Stay the course and see the beauty of life unfold for you." (Jeffrey R. Holland, "Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence," BYU Devotional, Mar. 2, 1999)
  3. “When we have unresolved questions, our challenge doesn't lie in what we think we know. It lies in what we don't yet know. . . . Questions are not just good, they are vital, because the ensuing spiritual wrestle leads to answers, to knowledge, and to revelation. And it also leads to greater faith.  Men and women of faith are expected to have faith. While the Lord will reveal many things to us, He has never told His covenant people everything about everything. We are admonished to ‘doubt not, but be believing’ (Mormon 9:27-29). But ‘doubting not’ does not mean understanding everything. Doubting is not synonymous with having questions. To doubt is to reject truth and faith. As covenant sons and daughters, we are required to have faith, live by faith, ‘ask in faith, nothing wavering’ (James 1:5-6), and ‘overcome by faith’ (D&C 76:53).” (Sheri Dew, “Will You Engage...Wrestle, BYU Devot. May 17, 2016)