In the month of May, all the different auxiliaries will be teaching about the scriptures. The Relief Society and Priesthood will be teaching from Howard W. Hunter chapter 10: “The Scriptures—The most Profitable of all Study”; The Young Men and Young Women will learn about “Why is it important to study the scriptures?”; the Youth Sunday School will be taught “How can I improve my scripture study?” and the Primary will be taught in the third week “The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ.” I love when lessons all come together and my whole family is taught something similar. Our dinner time discussions are so enlightening!
As I was studying Howard W. Hunter Chapter 10: “The Scriptures—The most Profitable of all Study”, there were some quotes that really stood out to me:
Reading habits vary widely. 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. Those who delve into the scriptural library, however, find that to understand requires more than casual reading or perusal—there must be concentrated study. It is certain that one who studies the scriptures every day accomplishes far more than one who devotes considerable time one day and then lets days go by before continuing. Not only should we study each day, but there should be a regular time set aside when we can concentrate without interference.
This chapter got me thinking. How am I studying my scriptures? There have been times in my life that I have really studied. During High School and College, I took Seminary and Institute classes, so of course I was studying then to get good grades! I remember rocking my babies to sleep holding the scriptures in one hand. I loved this time because it was quiet and peaceful, and I could really feel the Holy Ghost. As a Gospel Doctrine teacher, I was delving into my scriptures daily. I felt like a sponge during that time, soaking up all the knowledge that the scriptures were giving me! But since I’ve been released, I haven’t taken the time to study like that. Honestly, I listen to my scriptures on my phone each morning as I’m getting ready for the day. I think it all comes down to “good, better, best”. Of course it’s “good” that I’m listening to the scriptures each morning, but there is a “better” and a “best” way!
President Hunter taught:
We should not be haphazard in our reading but rather develop a systematic plan for study. There are some who read to a schedule of a number of pages or a set number of chapters each day or week. This may be perfectly justifiable and may be enjoyable if one is reading for pleasure, but it does not constitute meaningful study. It is better to have a set amount of time to give scriptural study each day than to have a set amount of chapters to read. Sometimes we find that the study of a single verse will occupy the whole time.
President Hunter definitely is teaching us the “best” way to read our scriptures! I’ve compiled a list of how I studied the scriptures for my Gospel Doctrine lessons. Of course, there are many ways to study, but these were the most effective for me!
How I learned to study the scriptures as a Gospel Doctrine teacher:
To help you with your scripture study, I’ve compiled a great list of reading charts! I purposely only chose charts that focus on daily scripture study – not how many pages or chapters you read!