I have found that one of the most helpful things to do during scripture study is to keep a scripture journal.
Here is my little scripture journal. I bought a small binder from staples, added a picture I liked in the front little sleeve, and then filled the Journal with paper (5″x7″). I have about 10 or 11 of these, and I think that next time, I’m going to buy a cute little journal from Etsy. You can procure any kind of journal that you like. Just get something that will work!
The reason keeping a scripture journal has been so great is because it is in my journal that the scriptures come to life. The scripture journal has been an avenue of revelation in my life.
This is the inside of my scripture journal.
Make sure that you have your scripture journal with you every time you study. Try to write a simple entry every single time. Sometimes your entries may be pretty basic:
“If I am looking for answers to my questions, I will find them. I need to be diligent in so doing.—The mysteries of God will be unfolded by the Power of the Holy Ghost.”
(From Scripture Journal 29 July 2008; 2 Nephi 33:1-2).
This entry isn’t particularly groundbreaking. It isn’t earth-shattering. It is simple, but it was important for me to learn and record at the time. Even now, I’m happy to be able to look back on it and have this reminder.
Sometimes, the entries may be longer and more personal.
“The Lord is instructing Oliver Cowdery. In sections 6 & 8, he kept telling Oliver: 1. As often as thou hast inquired, thou hast received instruction of my Spirit. 2. Look unto Christ – doubt not, fear not. 3. Without faith, you can do nothing; therefore, ask in faith.
The Lord was teaching about faith – asking and receiving revelation. OliverCowdery wanted to translate the plates. He was given the opportunity to do so, then the following happened: ‘And behold, it is because that you did not continue as you commenced, when you began to translate, that I have taken away this privilege from you,’ (D&C 9:5).
Do I do this? *Homey and I are praying and working and asking for the opportunity to move to another area and buy a home. This is requiring a lot of work, faith, and sacrifice. Sometimes, when things get a little difficult, it causes me to wonder if we’re on the right path – or if we should ‘give up’ and pursue something easier. It’s not that we want to do something easier. It’s just that we want to be sure that what we’re doing is right.
What I have to remember is – it probably doesn’t matter. Either way, I need to express faith. If it is absolutely wrong for us to do, then the lord will let us know. Did it really matter if Peter walked on the water to Christ? Not really. It wasn’t something the Lord needed him to do. However, it was a good thing, and the Lord granted Peter according to his faith – both when Peter walked on the water and when he faltered.
The same happened with Oliver Cowdery and the translation of the plates. It would have been good for him to translate, and the Lord allowed him to do so. The only reason Oliver Cowdery wasn’t able to continue on is because he didn’t follow through in faith.
I need to follow through in faith. This is where it gets harder, yes. I need to be willing to be flexible if the Lord directs, yes. However, if I follow through – continuing in faith, I’ll make it to my destination, and the Lord will provide the way when I need help. He has already done so much.”
– (From Scripture Journal – 7 February 2009)
So…go get a scripture journal. Make it special. Write in it every time you study. And watch how the Lord unfolds His mysteries to you. See how these ancient records really do apply to you now. Feel the Love that God has for you through His Spirit – as he guides you through life.
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