I don’t know how it works… but I know it does work. When we draw nearer unto God, he draws near unto us. When we ask Him questions, He gives us the answers.
I recently attended a beautiful event with Sylvia Allan, who shared a message titled, “Scripture Study: The Lord’s Way”. Much of her message was credited to be taken from “LDS Scripture Proficiency” by Vern Sommerfeldt. Below is a summary of my notes from listening to her great message. I feel so inspired to improve and refine my morning spiritual routine.
You can find more information about Sylvia Allan and her message at Answersinthescriptures.blogspot.com. If you scroll to the bottom of her home page, you will find a video of a live presentation of this message. I highly recommend it!
She began by sharing the old testament story of the Israelites having faith to just “put your foot into the water…” and the sea parted and they walked through on dry ground. Just decide to put your feet into the water and scripture study will come alive live like never before.Her dad, at 80, was prompted to come and visit her and share this message with her (during a particularly hard time in her life)… “you don’t have to resolve it and fix it all right now. Just get up and do your very best and do it again the next day.”Howard W. Hunter quote: “there are rapid readers and slow readers, some who read only small snatches at a time and others who persist without stopping until the book is finished….1. Give the Lord your best hour every day, same time every day2. Make it a systematic plan for study each day3. More important than the hour of the day is regular time be set aside for study. It would be ideal if an hour could be spent each day. Never let anything else interfere with the study.It is a daily personal appointment with the Lord. It’s daily private time with the savior every single day.Yea, even that ye would have so much faith as even to plant the word in your hearts, that ye may try the experiment of its goodness. Alma 34:4Just put your foot into the water and he will clear the way.Richard G. Scott quote…”Scripture study is more important than sleep, school, work, …..”5 fundamental principles of meaningful scripture studyA set amount of time for sincere daily study1. Asking2. Searching3. Pondering4.Writing5. ThankingStart with…ASKING
No message is repeated more times in scripture than the simple thought ask and ye shall receive.Beginning our scripture study with prayer—being humble enough and wise enough to ask father in heaven for his help. Also stopping and praying at any time during our study when prompted to do so by the Spirit.Please teach me exactly what I should know….If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation knowledge upon knowledge that though mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things that which bringeth joy that which bringeth life eternal. D&C 42:61SEARCHINGBy topic sometimes… go to the topical guideCareful reading and searching —focusing especially on fundamental principles and saving doctrines.Start scrolling down and the Lord will tell you where to read, topical guide, bible dictionary, patriarchal blessing, etc.Heavenly Father will direct you as soon as you get on your knees and ask him for what you stand in need of.For he that diligently seeketh shall find…Reading the scriptures by topic helps us realize the scriptures are talking to us individually.PONDERINGStopping often to think about and feel deeply the things of the spirit—allowing time for the Holy Ghost to write messages from the Celestial world upon our minds and hearts.WRITINGIf you decide to not do one of these things… it might not work.Now I’m almost on page 6,000 for writing, he doesn’t care if I don’t spell things right.And upon these I write the things of my soul, and many of the scriptures which are engraved upon the plates of brass. For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth – scriptureWe talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ and we write of Christ, etc. (time to get writing more)Scripture journal idea: highlight scriptures you are studying, then record page number of your scripture journal and record date/page right next to scriptures in the page.Start writing with the full date, can be short or long. Include these 4 areas of writing with each scripture session:
- These are all of the tender mercies I can identify from yesterday
- This is what I’m worried about today
- These are all of the scriptures I am studying
- Record any answersTHANKING – end with gratitudeListen to this…And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious and the things of the earth shall be added unto him even an hundred fold, yea more.D & C 78:19It’s kind of worth it to be thankful.Come unto me ye heaven laden and I will give you rest.Everysingle day is a gift because the Savior meets me every morning at 5am in the appointed spot that we know we are going to meet. I never have to worry about things because I know that he will take care of it.It doesn’t have to be 5am, just whenever it is best for you.