Tips for living: How to mark your scriptures

"Wait a minute. I want to see that in print. Chapter and verse."

Quickly fumbling through his clean, but unmarked scriptures, Richard G. Wilkins frantically looked for the verse he had just quoted to his nonmember friend. Almost an entire lunch period later, Wilkins triumphantly showed him Amos 3:7: "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." Satisfied, his friend then agreed to accept a copy of the Book of Mormon.

In his 1975 Ensign article, "But It Was in Amos Last Time I Looked!" Wilkins cites this blunder as his catalyst to becoming a "confirmed scripture marker."

"Maybe you haven't confronted your scriptural 'lunchroom' yet," Wilkins wrote. "But someday you might feel like Napoleon at Waterloo when your own Wellington says, 'Show me. Chapter and verse.' When that happens, marked and cross-referenced books are invaluable."

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