Many people want to derive more spiritual strength and meaning from their study of the scriptures. Mormon religious educator Hank Smith uses a combination of humor and spiritual insight to encourage youths and families to study the scriptures in a new audio CD titled "Scripture Power: Finding Strength in the Scriptures" (Covenant Communications, $11.99).
Smith explains that people too often think they can get by without daily scripture study. Many believe they can load up once a week and get by. "That just doesn't work out too well," he said.
One of the ways to view scripture study is to relate it to mining gold, Smith said. What are you looking for when you mine for gold? Are you looking for the rock or the vein of gold? The stories in the scriptures are the rock in a gold mine, but the principles contained in those stories are the gold.
Here are some tips from Smith:
• To profit from the scriptures you must invest. Smith makes the point that just like an investor in the stock market, a diligent student of the scriptures will only profit if a person takes the time and effort to invest: "The more I invest, the more I profit," he said.
• Are the scriptures a souvenir or a practical tool? Smith asks: How do we individually treat the scriptures in our life? Do we display them and cherish them like a souvenir without actually using them? Or are the scriptures used often in our lives to inspire us and bless us like a well-worn tool?
• There is power in the scriptures. "The Lord has embedded a message just for you in the Book of Mormon," said Smith. He then quoted President Ezra Taft Benson concerning reading of the Book of Mormon: “There is a power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book. You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the straight and narrow path."
• Read it. Find it. Use it. To summarize the process of mining the most precious parts of the scriptures to be used as tools in life, a person must take the time to read the scriptures, find the principle in each story and use them in their lives.
Ryan Morgenegg is a multimedia specialist for the Deseret News.