Scripture Study

By  LDS Living
December 10, 2020 01:00 PM MST
In 2021, we will start a new year of Come, Follow Me in the Doctrine and Covenants. Whether your children are young or grown, make sure your family has everything you need to dive a little deeper and to learn a little more in your daily study.
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November 05, 2020 10:04 PM MST
“If he got paid a million dollars, it would have only worked out to about 50 cents an hour,” a member of Richard C. Galbraith’s family said about Richard’s work on the Scripture Citation Index.
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November 04, 2020 11:30 AM MST
This story appeared in the November/December 2020 issue of LDS Living magazine.
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October 27, 2020 07:14 PM MDT
Brett Phillips had every reason to feel the weight of the world as he stepped up to the plate on Saturday night. Down by one, bottom of the ninth in Game 4 of the World Series with a chance to tie or win the game, he knew he was not the guy the Tampa Bay Rays wanted at bat. Phillips found his way onto the Rays’ roster for his defense and pinch running rather than his batting, and after going hitless in two previous at-bats during the team’s playoff rounds, it was without a doubt the most significant moment of the young player’s career. As the New York Times put it, “There was no logical reason for Phillips to succeed, yet he swore he was confident.”
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October 15, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
On this week’s episode of This is the Gospel, three storytellers share why honesty plays a pivotal role in spiritual progression. Among these guests is Claire, who hid behind a “good girl” image to keep her shoplifting a secret from her family for as long as she could. But when her shoplifting became out of control and she started using drugs later in life, Claire found herself feeling hollow and desperate for change. Read what happened next when she asked an officer for a copy of the Book of Mormon while in jail.
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September 11, 2020 12:46 PM MDT
Over four decades ago, President Spencer W. Kimball’s prophetically declared, “I believe that the Lord is anxious to put into our hands inventions of which we laymen have hardly had a glimpse.” One of these inventions may be the Scripture Citation Index.
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September 10, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regularly issues revisions to its General Handbook, a guidebook containing principles and specific practices for serving and leading in the Church. In the spring of 2020, an instruction was added in the section “The Sacrament” (18.9.7): “Members partake with their right hand when possible.”
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August 18, 2020 12:12 PM MDT
Editor's note: “Resources to follow Him” curates study resources, teachings, and thoughts to deepen your study of this week's Come, Follow Me.
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July 23, 2020 02:01 PM MDT
A few simple words directed at your Amazon or Google smart speaker will, beginning July 22, 2020, bring scripture, music, general conference talks, and other important content from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints into your home.
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July 07, 2020 06:03 PM MDT
If you’re a frequent visitor to ChurchofJesusChrist.org, you may have noticed a recent change in the navigation menu.
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May 17, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
This excerpt originally ran on LDS Living in June 2016.
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Fun
April 03, 2020 03:05 PM MDT
With hundreds of pages of scriptures, manuals, and Church magazines, it seems impossible to use it all. But tools like the Gospel Library app are a wonderful way to study the scriptures, general conference talks, or the teachings of latter-day prophets anytime and anywhere. Check out these six things you didn’t realize the Gospel Library app could do to make studying the gospel just a little bit easier and more meaningful.
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February 04, 2020 05:46 PM MST
On this week's episode of This Is the Gospel, Mark is devastated when he loses his scriptures on his mission, but how they come back to him is nothing short of a miracle. Finding the lost set of scriptures not only helps Mark find his way back to the gospel but aids the reconciliation of two brothers.
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February 03, 2020 05:59 PM MST
This story was originally published by LDS Living in May 2018.
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By  LDS Living
January 27, 2020 11:00 AM MST
If you want to improve your family gospel study:
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January 09, 2020 06:01 PM MST
What if instead of simply reading about the tree of life, you could walk the strait and narrow path? Look toward the great and spacious building from the perspective of those holding to the Rod of Iron? Stand with Lehi and modern-day youth at the tree of life?
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By  LDS Living
December 28, 2019 11:00 AM MST
In 2020, we will start a new year of Come, Follow Me in the Book of Mormon. Whether your children are young or grown, make sure your family has everything you need to dive a little deeper and to learn a little more in your daily study.
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December 04, 2019 10:00 PM MST
Scripture is a hallmark of religion, and we believe that regular scripture study is a key to spiritual progress and protection. The Latter-day Saint scripture library includes the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. The Lord also instructed us to treat the teachings of living prophets as scripture: “For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith” (D&C 21:5). How can we maintain a course of study that draws upon both sources and gives them the attention they deserve? Here are four ways you can seamlessly integrate your study of the standard works with your study of the teachings of living prophets.
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November 28, 2019 10:00 PM MST
The earliest story recorded in the Book of Mormon is about a prophet named Mahonri, better known as the brother of Jared. As told in the book of Ether, he was directed by God to gather his family and friends and set sail towards a new land, leaving wicked Babel behind. But rather than teaching the brother of Jared how to build a ship like fellow Book of Mormon prophet Nephi built, Heavenly Father taught the brother of Jared and his people (the Jaredites) how to build barges. These barges were round, sightless, steerless, and rudderless. Nevertheless, with some special help from the Lord, the Jaredites built them and headed out to sea.
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October 28, 2019 02:57 PM MDT
The following has been republished with permission from taylorhalverson.com.
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By  Emily Abel
October 25, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me reading of 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Living for additional resources and suggestions.
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By  Emily Abel
October 18, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me reading of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Living for additional resources and suggestions.
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September 21, 2019 12:35 PM MDT
Early one morning, I woke up and quickly asked my wife, “What day is it?”
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August 23, 2019 12:46 PM MDT
BYU football signee Brooks “Buku” Maile gathered with his family and friends at an Orem restaurant Wednesday morning for one last meal before they were to drop him off at the Missionary Training Center in Provo.
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Fun
June 18, 2019 09:22 AM MDT
The following content previously ran on LDS Living in 2017.
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May 18, 2019 01:24 PM MDT
They were surrounded, their captors assuring them they were about to be killed. And in an area that was ruled by such men—where the traffickers were armed and Tim Ballard and the men of Operation Underground Railroad were not—what could stop them from following through with their threats?
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April 30, 2019 12:50 PM MDT
I love the simple, relatable, and steadfast faith of the man born blind mentioned in John 9. When the Pharisees—religious leaders who had the power to condemn him—began inundating him with accusations against the Savior, this man stood and bore a simple testimony: "He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see" (John 9:25).
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April 23, 2019 10:19 PM MDT
For many years I have been interested in the relationship between mental health and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe the gospel holds many keys to increasing happiness and decreasing fears. As I’ve started to write about my beliefs to a larger audience, I’ve come in contact with some individuals who often express skepticism about mental health issues being resolved through a deepened understanding of the gospel. They make comments such as:
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April 23, 2019 10:02 PM MDT
The dilemma of keeping the Sabbath day holy was a complicated issue for the young surgeon. How does a busy doctor handle the Sabbath? “This was not a theoretical question for a doctor,” Dr. Nelson explained. “We were dedicated to healing and saving lives, and I wrestled to know how to handle this.”
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April 13, 2019 12:57 PM MDT
Temple ordinances teach us symbolically about who Christ is and who we are and can become. Women who often feel underrepresented in the scriptures may nevertheless see themselves in gospel symbols that compare Jesus Christ to women or teach gospel principles through women’s experiences.
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April 05, 2019 12:00 AM MDT
This article is republished with permission from Book of Mormon Central. For more inspiring and instructive content on the Book of Mormon visit Book of Mormon Central, subscribe to our mailing list, see our YouTube videos, and follow us on Facebook.
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April 03, 2019 12:00 PM MDT
Last year was a banner year for the number of scriptures translated and released in new languages, and members can look forward to additional translations in 2019.
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By  LDS Living
March 15, 2019 09:59 AM MDT
This week’s readings: Matthew 13; Luke 8 and 13
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March 02, 2019 01:57 PM MST
Typically you don’t think of the scriptures as a “how-to” manual when it comes to being single. But some of the best advice I’ve heard about being single and dating comes from the Doctrine and Covenants.
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March 01, 2019 10:00 PM MST
I have often struggled with anxiety. To some, it might seem a little strange that a psychologist would have mental health challenges, like knowing a cardiologist who has heart disease. Regardless, my base nature is to worry. It has been a source of distress for many years but has also been an opportunity for growth and insight. One of my ongoing stressors has been concerns for the future. I find myself worried about our children, our finances, our livelihood—just about anything that is not within my direct control. Fortunately, my wife has great faith, and her steadiness usually counteracts my panic. Yet even then, I often get overly worried about what tomorrow holds and whether everything will still be okay.
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February 23, 2019 05:00 PM MST
I once read a story about a nonmember man who translated the Book of Mormon into Afrikaans. During the translation, he realized how unique many of the phrases were in their English translation, particularly the one we all know: "And it came to pass." He was intrigued because, after all, he once remarked, “how many Englishmen write or say, ‘And it came to pass’?"
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February 22, 2019 10:28 PM MST
At 6 years old, I realized I cared more about the number of times the windshield wipers moved back and forth than I did about the thunderstorm. At 7, I understood germs to be more prevalent than air. At 8, I found it impossible to focus on anything religious because I was counting the number of vowels in a church-talk, tapping my knee in sets of three in order to stave off a serious illness or a catastrophic event that I believed would wipe away my family, and blinking (alternating left and right eyes) seven times when I saw the color black. My rituals each morning sometimes took up to two hours or more, and I often showered at least five times a day, washing my hands a minimum of 100 times per day. But it wouldn’t be until years later that I would be diagnosed with OCD.
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February 22, 2019 06:18 PM MST
When I was a little boy I was given a small Bible. If I remember correctly, it was only the New Testament. As I read I was drawn to 1 Corinthians 13, which is about charity, and, even as a child, I knew that for me that chapter was about the family I would someday have. Years later, before I was married, I received a patriarchal blessing. In that blessing the patriarch described the feeling that would someday be in my home. He described exactly what I had felt years before when I read 1 Corinthians 13, and I knew that the scriptures were a way that God speaks to me.
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February 21, 2019 10:12 PM MST
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me reading in Matthew 6-7. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Living for additional resources and suggestions.
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By  LDS Living
February 19, 2019 09:39 PM MST
Sometimes we need a hand when studying the scriptures. The language can be difficult to translate into modern vernacular, the names can be so similar it's confusing, and Hebrew cultural practices are unknown to most of us. Here is a list of awesome Book of Mormon study guides broken down into kids and family, beginning, intermediate, and advanced to help you in your personal and family scripture study.
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February 18, 2019 03:58 PM MST
Sparks. Over and over again just sparks. I sat on my makeshift camping chair (a large, fallen branch) for two hours striking “flint” (a rock I found in the woods) with my steel buffalo striker, rubbing my knuckles raw, and nothing.
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February 13, 2019 05:00 AM MST
There was never any question in my mind that I would serve a mission. The only question I had was, “Where will I serve?” I thought I knew the answer. My dad went on a mission to Germany. My older brother went on a mission to Germany. My sister’s boyfriend—and future husband—went on a mission to Germany. I thought I was going to Germany too. In fact, I planned on it.
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By  LDS Living
February 04, 2019 03:15 PM MST
While the truths revealed through temple worship are unchanging, the way our Heavenly Father reveals those truths and makes covenants with His children have changed from dispensation to dispensation. In the Bible, we see many similarities between the Tabernacle of Moses and modern-day temples, but there are also distinct differences between ancient and current temple worship. Take, for example, animal sacrifices, which were performed to foreshadow the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. But when Jesus Christ visited the Nephites, He explained animal sacrifice was to be replaced with the sacrifice of a broken heart and a contrite spirit (3 Nephi 9:19–20). Learn more about the way temple practices have changed over time with this fascinating video from Book of Mormon Central:
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Fun
February 01, 2019 12:27 PM MST
These original puzzles are crafted to enhance your study of the Book of Mormon, whether for personal study, missionary preparation, seminary education, or just plain fun.
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January 22, 2019 12:03 PM MST
Don’t you wish there was an easy button for applying the scriptures to your life? I do. Sometimes the analogies come easy, other times I really have to dig in and discover how a scripture relates to me and the realities of my life. The difficulty of finding these experiences doesn't dissuade me. Instead, it pushes me forward, as I know that I can grow closer to Heavenly Father through study and application of the scriptures. Reading in the Book of Mormon, I came across a verse in Helaman that caught my attention. This verse in Helaman 3:35 stuck out because I am always seeking ways to firm up my own foundation as a disciple of Jesus Christ, and it explains how to do just that:
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January 21, 2019 12:15 PM MST
At the start of 2019, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began a new meeting schedule that consisted of two hours of church, replacing the previous three-hour schedule. Members are now instructed to use that time to learn the gospel at home with the guidance of the Come, Follow Me— For Individuals and Families curriculum from the Church.
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January 16, 2019 02:00 PM MST
Over thirty years ago President Benson challenged Church members to keep reading the Book of Mormon daily, along with their other scripture studies. Similarly, President Hinckley invited Latter-day Saints in August 2005 to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year, and President Nelson extended the same invitation to the women of the Church in the last October Conference. If we add in our regular reading of the Book of Mormon in Sunday School, Seminary, Institute, and missionary scripture study, that’s a lot of times through 1 Nephi to Moroni.
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January 11, 2019 07:57 PM MST
The gospel was given to Adam and Eve when, “after many days” of sacrificing, “an angel of the Lord appeared unto Adam” and taught him the plan of salvation (Moses 5:6–9). Adam and Eve joyfully embraced it and taught it to their children (see Moses 5:10–12). But “Satan came among them, saying: . . . Believe it not; . . . and men began from that time forth to be carnal, sensual, and devilish” (Moses 5:13). The gospel entails a definite pattern or style of life best defined as the opposite of “carnal, sensual, and devilish.” One of the charges or responsibilities connected with adherence to the gospel is reiterated in the “Olive Leaf” revelation: “Organize yourselves; . . . establish a house, even a house of prayer. . . . Therefore, cease from all your light speeches, from all laughter, from all your lustful desires, from all your pride and light-mindedness, and from all your wicked doings” (D&C 88:119, 121).
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By  LDS Living
January 11, 2019 11:15 AM MST
With Sunday School focusing on the New Testament this year, it’s great to have resources to accompany each lesson. Whether you’re a teacher preparing next week’s lesson or a ward member anxiously engaged in gaining more from your Come, Follow Me study this year, these books are great additions to your personal or family scripture study.
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Fun
January 05, 2019 05:00 AM MST
We all love our Book of Mormon heroes, which got us thinking, how would Buzzfeed (or any large website) report the major Book of Mormon stories if they were happening today? Below we've included a few pretty good guesses.
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By  LDS Living
December 27, 2018 10:35 PM MST
With changes in Church curriculum and an emphasis on home-study, LDS Living will be presenting a new set of digestible lesson helps geared to aid families, couples, and singles in their efforts to implement this new way of learning the gospel at home.
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When the Lord commanded Lehi to send his sons back to Jerusalem to get the brass plates, He knew they would face danger, challenges, and peril. We might ask ourselves why, after rescuing Lehi’s family from the impending destruction of Jerusalem, the Lord asked them to go right back into danger to retrieve the records. As Terryl Givens observes, “The cost in expense, effort, and human life demonstrate a profound valuation of scripture… in the Book of Mormon” (The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction).
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December 10, 2018 04:48 PM MST
When I received the news that my brother, Sergio, had died, I was in my room studying and Mom was reading emails he had written us just the day before. He told us that he was happy to be serving a mission in Chiclayo, Peru, and to be a representative of Jesus Christ. He told us of his love with so much enthusiasm that our smiles were inevitable.
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December 04, 2018 01:50 PM MST
Look closely at this photo I took this morning.
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November 25, 2018 10:08 PM MST
Early in my career as a psychologist, I worked with a client who suffered from depression. Knowing that depression is primarily fueled by inaccurate, negative thoughts, I set out to help him change his thinking. Each week he would come in with a very pessimistic view of life. I’d tell him to try to focus on the positive. One particular time, he responded by providing a long list of negatives in the world, including widespread poverty, school shootings, dread health crises, pollution, domestic violence, hatred, ethnic genocide, social inequality, etc. He said, “How can I focus on the positive when there is so much negative all around us?” His answer gave me pause. I didn’t know how to respond. Was he actually correct? Were my attempts to get him to “think positive” simply a naïve overlooking of all the drama, death, and injustice that seem to plague the world every day?
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November 06, 2018 09:00 PM MST
We first met as students in a BYU religion class called “Your Religious Problems.” We both solved our biggest “religious problem” when our friendship from that class blossomed into our marriage. For each class, a student would pick a religious question, do research on it, then lead a discussion. We each wrote a short paper on how we would resolve the problem.
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Fun
October 19, 2018 06:08 PM MDT
“The thing is, each family Bible has a story,” Joseph Kerry says. Learn more about his incredible work returning Bibles back to the families whose genealogy is recorded inside.
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October 06, 2018 02:47 PM MDT
The Latter-day Saint social media world was rocked during the Saturday morning session of general conference when Elder Quentin L. Cook announced that weekly church meetings will now be two hours to help members and families focus on home gospel study.
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September 22, 2018 03:00 PM MDT
Most Christians think of the Second Coming as the appearance of the Savior to the entire population of the earth, an event that “surely shall come” (D&C 39:21).
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