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8 ways to find fresh inspiration from verses we all know by heart

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Sometimes when you come across a very familiar verse, it can be easy to just gloss it over because you know it so well.
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Busy week? Me too. LDS Living is here to catch you up and get you ready for discussions on Sunday. Here’s a nugget of wisdom from this week’s Come, Follow Me study of Mosiah 18–24.

Some verses of scripture can jump out at you when reading and make you wonder where they’ve been hiding all these years. But there are other verses you might feel like you’ve read a hundred times. And sometimes when you come across a very familiar verse, it can be easy to just gloss it over because you know it so well.

One of our guests on the Sunday on Monday podcast this week felt that way while reading about the baptismal covenant in Mosiah 18:9. This is such an important verse that can help beautifully guide our lives as Latter-day Saints. So instead of glossing over it (or other verses you find familiar) try one of these study techniques:

  • Read the verse out loud.
  • Look up definitions of words used in the verse.
  • If the verse has footnotes, read the scriptures listed.
  • Read the verse multiple times before moving on.
  • Set a timer for two minutes and journal about the meaning verse. How could this verse apply to something in your life?
  • Explain what the verse means to someone else.
  • See if you can explain the context of the verse. If you cannot, go back and do some research.
  • Create your own footnotes—what other verses would you link to this one?

Try using Mosiah 18:8–10 as a practice exercise! Pick one of the strategies above and see what you learn!

8 … Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;

9 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—

10 Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?

So that was my takeaway this week. To hear more takeaways from other Latter-day Saints on this block of scripture, join our study group on Facebook and Instagram.

Sunday on Monday is a Come, Follow Me podcast hosted by Tammy Uzelac Hall that is released every Monday to guide you through the scripture readings for the week. This week covers Mosiah 18–24 and our podcast guests were Celine and Dave Morton. You can listen to full episodes on Deseret Bookshelf Plus and find out more at You can listen to a preview of this week’s episode in the player below.

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