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System for your scriptures?

posted Feb 25, 2017 20:08:09 by JeffreyHenderson
Just spoke with my brother who just had dinner with a GA who just conducted a stake conference with another, more senior GA. The Sr GA did three back-to-back meetings: training Priesthood, adult and Sunday sessions... wherein he did nothing but Q&A for a total of roughly 3-4 hours. The Jr. GA was literally "rocked" (flaborgasted) at the man's command of the scriptures. He answered EVERYTHING with the scriptures, knew where everything was and was just incredible. He said he had never seen anything like it! My brother asked his friend why he thought that GA was able to do that. The Jr. GA said, "he has some system with color codes, topics etc."

I told my brother to ask the GA to ask his companion for that system! I want so bad to be that knowledgeable and effective with the scriptures! I know it takes work, but I also know a great system would help. Does anyone have any thoughts about what this GA might be using.... or can you share what you've found to be most effective?
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JulieK said Feb 25, 2017 20:15:21
I don't have a system, yet, and I'm interested in what others have to say. But I wondered if the Senior GA was Elder Bednar, because I heard him speak about being in a solemn assembly in the SLC temple as a young missionary (or RM) and listening to Pres. Harold B. Lee do that very thing. He was amazed at the command of the scriptures that Pres Lee had and set out at that point in his life to obtain the same familiarity with God's written word. Elder Bednar does have this command.

My memory has much to be desired so I would need a "system" that is very user friendly.
JeffreyHenderson said Feb 25, 2017 20:22:29
JulieK... this Sr. GA was German. I will see if I can get his name. If so, I'll also personally reach out to him.
CindyLigouri said Feb 25, 2017 20:57:26
Not Pres. Uckdorf?
JulieK said Feb 25, 2017 21:38:35
That would be awesome Jeffrey.

As I watch this short video clip I see how loved and warn the scriptures are of these men. You know that they have spent a lot of time reading and studying them. Especially Elder Christoffel Golden Jr's scriptures.
David.Clark said Feb 25, 2017 23:38:06
I'm interested. Please share. I often believe my scripture study is not as effective as it could be, so I would love to learn better ways to study!! Thank you!
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Betty Kyler said Feb 25, 2017 23:59:29
In the early days of the church there were many that could recite many pages of the bible, whole books or chapters. But books were rare and they memorized the bible because it was very important to us. Before "devices" I could tell you what side of the page some verses were. But if he has a system please share.
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LoryVanValkenbur said Feb 26, 2017 03:11:28
I can share from my experience that the more you immerse yourself in the scriptures the easier it is to connect them and remember them. I read the Book of Mormon 6 times last year. Five of those were in the first 6 months. I was amazed at how much I better understood, remembered, and how well all the pieces went together from reading it so quickly and often. I "studied" more the last time I read, pondering and cross referencing when inspired. You HAVE to immerse yourself. I can also testify that memorizing scriptures changed every aspect of my life, in every way. This does require more than thirty minutes or even an hour a day. It is worth every sacrifice needed to immerse yourself in the word of God. It's empowering. It brings you closer to the Godhead. I was determined to implant the scriptures into my very skin. Making this commitment to know the scriptures and be in the temple as often as possible are the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I am now fasting twice a week and I am already feeling a change come upon me for doing so. It's getting easier and more fulfilling. I know that I am guided by the Spirit because I do these things regularly and faithfully.

Test it. It's most incredible.
LueshaSedoreTerry said Feb 26, 2017 03:35:36
You all inspire me...thanks
David.Clark said Feb 26, 2017 04:19:18
Thank you, Lory!
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BonnieJensen said Feb 26, 2017 04:43:50
There are several systems available that use color coding. Usually,coded by subject. I've tried a couple of them. I think I was not persistent enough to make them work for me. As said above, you really need to immerse yourself in the Scriptures to make any system work. That being said, Part of it is to make it fit you. If you can't personalize it, it just doesn't work.
Brandon said Feb 26, 2017 05:47:34
Here are two methods used by President Eyring and E'Bednar that I have found to be particularly helpful in my own scripture studies.

Henry B. Eyring, “A Discussion on Scripture Study,” July 2005 Ensign, 22-27. <>

What have you done to make your own scripture study meaningful?

“When I came into the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Richard G. Scott suggested I buy an inexpensive set of scriptures and mark the insights and revelations I would gain in my new calling. So I did. But I went a little further.

“I asked Heavenly Father what He would have me do as an Apostle. I wrote down what I felt His answers were. I typed, color coded, and pasted those answers in the front of my scriptures. For example, the first one was “I am to be a witness that Christ is the Son of God.” Then I read my scriptures looking for ideas that taught me how to witness that Christ is the Son of God. Every time I came to something, I marked it in blue. Soon I developed my own topical guide around what I thought the Lord wanted me to do. I have learned much through this process.

“Going to the scriptures to learn what to do makes all the difference. The Lord can teach us. When we come to a crisis in our life, such as losing a child or spouse, we should go looking in the scriptures for specific help. We will find answers in the scriptures. The Lord seemed to anticipate all of our problems and all of our needs, and He put help in the scriptures for us—if only we seek it.”

David A. Bednar, “A Reservoir of Living Water,” CES Fireside for Young Adults, February 4, 2007, Brigham Young University. <,4945,538-1-4040-1,00.html>

“I now want to review with you three basic ways or methods of obtaining living water from the scriptural reservoir: (1) reading the scriptures from beginning to end, (2) studying the scriptures by topic, and (3) searching the scriptures for connections, patterns, and themes.”

(He goes on to expand upon each of these methods later in his talk.)
KarleneCarper said Feb 26, 2017 05:55:06
We had stake conference last week where we had question answer sessions. It was with Elder Klebingat, who is German. His knowledge of the scriptures was impressive to say the least. His wife is from Russia.
SusanMalone said Feb 26, 2017 12:57:13
@Lory and @Brandon- thank you so much for your comments. They both support each other. I testify with Lory that immersing yourself in the scriptures does infuse them into you and help you remember them so much better. I have also gained so much this year from doing what the Lord has asked me to do in scripture study, family history and temple attendance.

I really love the approach “Going to the scriptures to learn what to do makes all the difference. The Lord can teach us."

Thank you for the reminder and encouragement to keep pressing forward.
JeffWeaver said Feb 26, 2017 14:00:52
Brother John Pontius in his book, Journey to the Veil, suggests the following method for learning the scriptures. This is found on pages 148-151 if you have the book. I am including some screenshots for those who don't have the book. (You should get it if you don't have it!)
I like both methods he suggests and do either one or combined as prompted for the day.

JeffWeaver said Feb 26, 2017 14:03:06
Sorry, some words are cut off... hopefully you can get the concept regardless
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