Growing up, I was that girl in seminary class who sat on the back row and didn’t want to be called on because I did NOT know the answer. I was that girl who was terrified of praying in front of other people. I was that girl who knew she should study her scriptures – but didn’t know how. I was that girl…but didn’t want to be.
I remember trying to overcome my fears and inadequacies. I remember volunteering to pray and watching the clock tick closer to the time when it would be my turn. I remember volunteering to participate in seminary in places and positions I felt comfortable and trying to stretch myself from there. And I remember making a scripture study corner in my room, at my desk, with all sorts of colored pencils and study guides where I would attempt to read my scriptures and actually understand them. And I remember starting that process over and over again, always ending up overwhelmed and feeling not as smart as some of my peers who seemed to be reading a set of different books than I had. Did I have the more advanced version? The A.P. set?
So – one day my prayers were answered. My prayer to learn HOW to study my scriptures. Not WHY I should study them – I had already grasped that. But HOW. Someone please show me HOW. One day – over 10 years ago, I was in training to be an EFY counselor. And they had brought in a BYU professor to speak to us. And he spoke to us about 5 steps to studying our scriptures – and I knew that I was learning something that would impact my life.
After a few years of putting these steps into practice, it started to pay off in so many ways. Ways I had not anticipated. And I truly learned for myself the value of the scriptures, about how we learn”line upon line”, and how that light and truth we gain effects every aspect of our lives. And I learned the importance of learning how to learn – and that when we learn that -our “line upon line” grows so much faster and we progress in light and truth at a greater rate than we had previously.
After a while, people started asking me to come and give firesides about these 5 steps – and eventually it became one of my EFY talks when I used speak for them.
So now, I am going to give it to you. This is my version of the 5 steps and the scriptures and quotes that I have gathered through the years that give further insight. I hope it blesses your life as it blessed mine.
As you look at it, you may want to visit my other post about scripture journals to understand step #4 better.
This is in a bookmark form so you can print it (front and back), and then laminate it. I really hope this helps you!