Sunday, March 26, 2017

Scripture Power FHE and Printable Quote List

Easy Five Step FHE about the Power of Scriptures 

1. Hand out a quote list and pen to each person.

2. Take turns reading the quotes as each person underlines the promised blessings of scripture study. Stop and discuss each quote as desired.  

3. Invite anyone who desires to share their testimony or a personal experience about the power of scripture study. 

4. Invite each person to set a goal to upgrade their scripture study. A good place to write the goal is on the top of the quote list, and hang it somewhere where they will see it easily. Ideas for goals include: 

  • Hold family scripture study every day.
  • A teen may set a goal to study scriptures consistently for 10-15 minutes a day.
  • Listen to a conference talk each day while getting ready for the day or commuting to work.
  • Listen to the Book of Mormon during exercise. 
  • Say a prayer before each time I study that I'll feel the Spirit teach me personally as I study. 
  • Start a scripture journal where I write about a verse that stands out to me, or write a question, and answers I find as I study. (See here for more about that.)
5. Sing the song Scripture Power, inviting family members to pay attention to the words of the song. 

Click here for the printable quote list. 

Below are the quotes on the list above. They're my favorite quotes about the power of the scriptures.

Linda S. Reeves
Coupled with prayer, the Book of Mormon carries the power to protect families, strengthen relationships, and give personal confidence before the Lord(Protection from Pornography -- A Christ-Focused Home, General Conference, April 2014)

President Gordon B. Hinckley 
Without reservation I promise you that if each of you will [read the Book of Mormon], regardless of how many times you previously may have read the Book of Mormon, there will come into your lives and into your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God. (A Testimony Vibrant and True, Ensign, August, 2005)

I hope that for you [reading the scriptures] will become something far more enjoyable than a duty; that, rather, it 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 awondrous experience with thoughts and words of things divine. (The Light Within You, General Conference, April 1995)

President Ezra Taft Benson
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.
1) The spirit of reverence will increase;
2) mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow.
3) The spirit of contention will depart.
4) Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom.
5) Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of 
        their parents.
6) Righteousness will increase.
7) Faith,  
 8) hope, and  
9) charity – the pure love of Christ – will abound in our homes and 
        lives, bringing in their wake
10) peace, 
11) joy, and  
12) happiness.
(The Book of Mormon -- Keystone of our Religion, General Conference, Nov. 1986, Quoting Marion G. Romney, numbers added) 

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 thepower to stay on the strait and narrow path. (The Book of Mormon -- Keystone of our Religion, General Conference, Nov. 1986) 

President Spencer W. Kimball
I find that when I get casual in my relationships with divinity and when it seems that no divine ear is listening and no divine voice is speaking, that I am far, far away. If I immerse myself in the scriptures the distance narrows and the spirituality returns. I find myself loving more intensely those whom I must love with all my heart and mind and strength, and loving them more, I find it easier to abide their counsel. ... I find that all I need to do to increase my love for my Maker and the gospel and the Church and my brethren is to read the scriptures. (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, 135)

The Prophet Joseph Smith
The Book of Mormon [is] the most correct of any book on earth, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book. (History of the Church, 4:461)


honeybee said...

Share the following explanation of how the scriptures can help answer our questions, by Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of theTwelve Apostles:
“The scriptures can also help us obtain answers to highly specific personal questions. It is obvious,of course, that the scriptures do not contain a comprehensive list of specific answers to every question we could ask about a particular subject.The scriptures are not like a telephone book or an encyclopedia.
“We often hear it said that the scriptures have the answers to all of our questions. Why is this so? It is not that the scriptures contain a specific answer to every question—even to every doctrinal question. We have continuing revelation in our Church because the
scriptures do not have a specific answer to every possible question. We say that the scriptures contain the answers to every question because the scriptures can lead us to every answer. “. . . The reading of the scriptures will help us obtain a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
They will also put us in a position where we can obtain inspiration to answer any doctrinal or personal question, whether or not that question directly concerns the subject we are studying in the scriptures. That is a grand truth not understood by many. To state it again, even though the scriptures contain no words to answer our specific personal question, a prayerful study of the scriptures will
help us obtain such answers. This is because scripture study will make us susceptible to the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, which, as the scriptures say, will ‘guide [us] into all truth’ (John 16:13), and by whose power we can ‘know the truth of all things’ (Moroni 10:5).
“We may also find that a specific verse of scripture that was spoken for quite a different purpose in an entirely different age will, under the interpretive influence of the Holy Ghost, give us a very personal message adapted to our personal needs today”
(“Studying the Scriptures,” 19–21).

Becky Edwards said...

Dear Honeybee,
Thank you for sharing that great quote from Elder Oaks! I totally agree that studying the scriptures invites the Spirit, which can answer any of our questions. We are so blessed!