Tip for living: Get the most out of your scripture study

Published: Thursday, Aug. 1 2013 5:10 a.m. MDT

Admit it. At some point while reading the scriptures, it's possible you have either fallen asleep, become bored or daydreamed. Or perhaps all three are familiar occurrences.

Hearing the same thing over and over again tends to become not as appealing as when hearing it for the first time.

You've probably also felt the influence of the Spirit when reading the scriptures as well. It's a gentle, yet powerful feeling which can prompt a thirst to want to continue reading. Who doesn't want to experience this more often? Is it even possible?

In "Scripture Study Made Awesome: Over 100 Unique Scripture Study Methods You've Probably Never Tried" (Cedar Fort, $13.99), author Chas Hathaway aims to help those willing to engage in active scripture study to never get bored of studying again. He advises to keep this book close by whenever a helpful boost is needed. By doing so, it's easier to find an approach to scripture study that aims to spark interest.

Here are a few tips found in the book to get started:

1. Love notes: The idea behind this study method is to open the scriptures believing that the first thing you read is a love note from Heavenly Father. By doing this, you can feel a personal connection to the scriptures. Verses that may have never caught your eye before might suddenly stand out, allowing you to find special meanings.

2. Think of study as "me time": With all the craziness life brings, sometimes finding the time to study in general can be a hassle. What about using down time, also known as "me time," as a time to study the scriptures? Reading the scriptures is a way to recharge. Once the mindset that scripture study can be rejuvenating has been formed, it's easier to start looking forward to "me time" a lot more.

3. Play the "why?" game: Start with a basic why question of any kind, such as "Why is the grass green?" Next, research the answer to the question, which will most likely be done on a computer. The deeper and more religious the question is, the closer you can get to asking a scriptural question where scriptures can be used to answer the question. Continue this study by asking why the answers are what they are.

Kylie Lewis is a freelance writer for the Deseret News. She recently graduated from Brigham Young University in Idaho, receiving a bachelor's degree in communications.

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