Life's journey is not traveled on a freeway devoid of obstacles, pitfalls, and snares. Rather, it is a pathway marked by forks and turnings. Decisions are constantly before us. To make them wisely, courage is needed: the courage to say, 'No,' the courage to say, 'Yes.' Decisions do determine destiny. The call for courage comes constantly to each of us. It has ever been so, and so shall it ever be.
--Thomas S. Monson
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I LOVE THE SCRIPTURES.
I love everything about them. Here are some of the ways in which I study them.
I have a different focus each time I read. But my favorite by far is to have a color for the qualities and attributes of the God head. Start with the 12 in lectures on faith. at first reading it's just words- mercy, justice, etc. But now it's whole verses- how he works among the children of men. Did you know sometimes the word "nevertheless" is a mercy word? Then I had a color for the 3 pillars of eternity- creation, fall, atonement. and finally I have a color for the 4th article of faith plus enduring to the end. What's so great is you can really start to believe in the Savior, believe that he will work in your life, keep his promises to you, etc. It's faith promoting!
I also put a PF near a verse when prophecy has been fulfilled and a big M over the verse where there is a miracle. You can do the same for parable too.
I've been recently been marking in a color in the New Testament when a scripture from the Old has been used. There is actually a list in the topical guide or Bible dictionary- can't remember which one at the moment.
One year I focused on the temple and the priesthood in the D&C and had colors for them.
After conference it's nice to have references to the brothers talks where they have used a scripture, especially if there is a story that goes with it.
This year I'm doing a how did Jesus respond theme.
Also- get a new set every few years and mark in the front what year, and what is happening in your family. There is really so much you can do, like using your patriarchal blessing too. It's limitless. All you have to do is find your passion!