Scripture Study Tip: Sectionalizing- The Red Headed Hostess

Sectionalizing is something I love to do in my scriptures!

It really helps me to dissect a chapter and see themes running throughout.

I sectionalize by drawing lines above and beneath verses and write in the column, in between the lines, what is being taught in that “section” of scriptures.

Sometimes I focus on one verse and sometimes I group several scriptures into one theme.

*  This is a great thing to do before you teach a chapter or chapters.  It is a great way to organize your thoughts and know what to focus on.

*  This is also a great way to study your scriptures.  You notice things you may have passed by because you are looking for themes.

*  This would also be an interesting way to have family scripture study.  Read the verses together and decide where lines should be drawn and what should be written in the column

*  Sometimes I quote a phrase right from the verses, and sometimes I write my own words like:  “Keep our eyes on the prophet”, or “family is central”… I just write what I feel.

Here are some things I have posted in the past on scripture sectionalizing:

Book of Matthew

Book of Mark

Book of Luke

Book of John

3 Nephi 11-30

Hope you like this!  🙂


  1. I just stumbled across your webpage this weekend and I LOVE it!! I feel border-line inactive and the things you are sharing strengthen my desire to do these things and dive into the scriptures. Thank you!

  2. Thanks for this post. I was wondering if you were planning on doing one on 2nd Nephi. I’ve used the ones you did for chapters 1-11, but I am in desperate need for the other chapters. For some reason it always seems I get stuck and feel like I’m trying to walk through mud in 2nd Nephi with how much Nephi/Jacob quote Isaiah. 😐 Any tips going through these chapters would be awesome! Thanks Shannon!!

  3. You are amazing! I love all your scripture study ideas and helps, they have really helped me (and my family). You have such a talent and will be blessed for sharing it with the world!

  4. You are one of Heavenly Father’s precious children given many talents. Do not let anything happen to you. There are so many that just love the work you are doing and we as the receptiants just love it!! Thank you so much for helping me with the scriptures. I have had a hard time interperting them and now with your help it is surely a blessing!

  5. I absolutely LOVE your blog! I came across it on Pinterest and have now been reading this for an hour and a half! (It’s now 2:25am…) I’m 18 and am 95% sure I’m going to serve a mission so all your posts are definitely good tools that I’ll be able to use out in the field! Thank you so much for your wisdom. You inspire me and are a testimony builder! 🙂

  6. Thanks for the great posts Shannon. Would you mind if I use one of your pics in a presentation at the LDS Tech conference and possibly at BYU’s Education Week? I’m presenting on enhancing scripture study.

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