Sometimes it can be difficult to find time to read our scriptures everday. Here are some tips to help improve your daily scripture study or to help you establish a more permanent pattern of studying everyday.
It’s nearly midnight. You’re struggling to keep your eyes open, but remember it’s time for scripture study. You open up to your current chapter in 2nd Nephi and remember you are in the Isaiah chapters. After struggling through a few verses about butter and honey and some king named Uzziah, you collapse into a deep, much-needed sleep.
Sound familiar? I have experienced many nights where my scripture study was right along these lines. I’m just emerging from the Isaiah chapters in 2nd Nephi. Let’s just say I was one step short of clapping for joy when I read that he wants to write in plainness for the upcoming chapters.
If you’re like me and find yourself not gaining much from scripture study some days, then maybe it’s time to rethink how you study the scriptures. We are lucky to have plenty of apps, tools, and techniques at our fingertips for deepening our scripture.
1. Follow along in an institute manual.
If you close your scriptures and think to yourself “I understood about 10% of what I just read,” then the institute manuals are for you. These are available in the Gospel Library app free of charge. After reading a chapter, glance through the institute manual to see which verses in that chapter are highlighted and explained in deeper context.
Making this change has been the biggest improvement in my scripture study. I can’t count the number of times I’ve gone back and highlighted or noted scriptures that I first skimmed over that now had more meaning after studying it in the institute manual. I even went out and purchased an institute manual because I’m more of a paper-and-pencil person when it comes to scripture reading.