When I want to really dig into some scriptures – this is what I do.
I read the scripture block I am studying THREE times.
One… two… three times.
On the first read – I am just looking to get a basic understanding.
So in the picture above, in this set of scriptures, all I have is a page title and some sections that I have previously written. Otherwise, the page is basically clean.
On the first read I used a light blue pen and I just marked the things that stood out to me.
Some thoughts, definitions, circling, underlining… that sort of thing.
And I could have stopped here….
But I am glad I didn’t because I would have missed this:
This second time through I used a purple pen and this time I saw a lot of things that I had previously missed.
This time I am looking for more insights, reading-between-line moments, doctrinal teachings, principles, and relevant teachings to my life.
I am always surprised by how much I missed the first time!!
I believe this happens for a few reasons:
1- I am not learning or reviewing the story this time but rather looking for more.
2- I have slowed down and given the Spirit time to reveal things
3- I have slowed down and given the Spirit time to reveal things
4- I have slowed down and given … you get the picture.
I also may do some studying and marking like this:
This is a sticky note where I have studied some of the different types of people mentioned in this chapter. And this sticky note will now go directly on this page for future reference.
The third time through I used a green pen.
And I started writing my thoughts down on paper… because they could no longer fit in my margins.
*Please excuse the light change in the photography… I moved out onto my deck… it was lovely.
I don’t know how to sufficiently express how surprised I always am on the amount of depth you can find in one verse.
And I always wish that I had already paid the price to uncover the wisdom and teachings that had been buried there.
You may be wondering why you aren’t seeing a picture of my scripture journals above. Simple:
Because as I continue to write, I will gain more insights to what is above, and my pages will look like this.
And I don’t want my journals to be crossed out and hard to read, so when I am satisfied, I will then transfer this over to my bound journal.
When I am done, I will easily have 3 pages front and back. And if you are sitting there thinking that you can’t do this for yourself… YOU ARE WRONG.
You can. It may not happen the first time you sit down and try this… but then again it might. This is a Gift of the Spirit that we all can ask for and receive. We are all Heavenly Father’s children made in his image – physically and spiritually. We can and must learn how to learn pure knowledge.
Its part of the program.