Saturday, June 20, 2015

Coming up: 25 Scripture Feasting Tools - I'll Post One Every Other Day

There's a big difference between reading and feasting on the scriptures, right? 

Scriptures can be nourishing and life changing, bring us closer to Christ, give us guidance and strength, and answer our deepest questions. Or they can just be a burdensome, check-off-the-list chore. A lot depends on how we study. "He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully" (2 Corinthians 9:6). Skimming the surface of the scriptures is like snorkeling. Get more from your scriptures by feasting and going deeper - scuba dive!

Scuba diving or feasting in the scriptures brings great treasures that skimming the surface never will. 

I felt inspired to write a series of blog posts sharing 25 tools that have helped me get more out of the scriptures over the years. I taught an institute class about this four years ago, and I'm happy to share some of these tools with you! I'll post one tool every other day this summer. If you haven't already, you may want to subscribe to my blog so you'll see all the tools. Enjoy! 

You may want to gather a few items to use some of the scripture feasting tools: 

  • A set of colored pencils
  • A quality pen
  • I keep these in a pencil case. 
  • You may also want a journal or notebook. 
  • You may consider getting a fresh copy of whatever scripture book you'll be studying, if you're reading the book beginning to end. 

My stuff in my pencil case. 

Here are a few quotes about the power of scripture feasting instead of just skim-reading. 

"Decide now to read more and more effectively than you have ever done before" (Henry B. Eyring, "Always," CES Fireside, Jan. 3, 1999).

"More than at any other time in history...we have a need for greater spirituality.  The way to develop greater spirituality is to feast on the words of Christ..." (President Benson, Ensign, May 1984, 7). 

"The treasures of...spiritual knowledge...are hidden from those who do not properly search and strive to find them. The knowledge of the spiritual will not come to an individual without effort... Spiritual knowledge is not available merely for the asking... It takes persistence and dedication of one's life" (Spencer W. Kimball, Improvement Era, Dec. 1968, 100). 

"I hope that for you [scripture study] will become something far more enjoyable than a will become a love affair with the word of God. I promise you that as you read, your minds will be enlightened and your spirits will be lifted. At first it may seem tedious, but that will change into a wondrous experience with thoughts and words of things divine" (Pres. Hinckley, Ensign, May 1995, 99). 

"I see you sometimes reading a few verses, stopping to ponder them, carefully reading the verses again, and as you think about what they mean, praying for understanding, asking questions in your mind, waiting for spiritual impressions, and writing down the impressions and insights that come so you can remember and learn more" (D. Todd Christofferson, Ensign, May 2004, 11). 

"Feast upon the words of Christ; for the behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do" (1 Nephi 32:3).

Go here for quotes about the power of scriptures. Feel free to write a favorite quote or two in a flap of your scriptures. 

Here is a great book from which I gleaned some of the tools I'll share. I  highly recommend it! 
Click here to see the list of the scripture feasting tools so far. 

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