Monday, July 9, 2012

Becoming a Scriptorian

I love the subject of studying the scriptures.   Here are some  principles which can apply no matter who you are!  These were not necessarily from any manuel...but just some of my own insights into the whys of reading and studying the scriptures.

Well, we all know how important it is to read the scriptures E-very day.  Right?  But WHY are you reading?  What are YOUR motivations for reading the scriptures?

Maybe your list looks something like this:
  • obedience...you know you should
  •  how you FEEL when you read [aka the Spirit]
  • to find answers or receive help
  •  habit...your day goes better and you can't live without it
  •  history....there are some great stories in there
  • or to become a SCRIPTORIAN--not necessarily for yourself, but for others.

Spencer W. Kimball said this..."We want our homes to be blessed with sister scriptorians—whether you are single or married, young or old, widowed or living in a family.
Regardless of your particular circumstances, as you become more and more familiar with the truths of the scriptures, you will be more and more effective in keeping the second great commandment, to love your neighbor as yourself. Become scholars of the scriptures—not to put others down, but to lift them up! After all, who has any greater need to “treasure up” the truths of the gospel (on which they may call in their moments of need) than do women and mothers who do so much nurturing and teaching?
Think of your last teaching moment you have had-either with a friend or family member:  Did you have time to prepare for your answer?  To run and quick go do some studying to familiarize yourself with those truths?   Of coarse not.  Teaching moments are just that: moments. You can't schedule them, and usually they come when you least expect them.

If we have taken the time to read the scriptures, to study them, and understand them...we will be prepared to be an instrument in the Lord's hands when those teaching moments  pop up.  We will be able to say what the Lord would have us say because we have scriptures in our mind and in our heart. 

We don't have to say, "In Matthew 24:1 it says...."  or use scripture language..we can put the scriptures in our own words and if we have strived to become scholars of the scriptures...we will be able to teach principles,and strengthen and lift others.

How great is that? 


Spencer W. Kimball quote found in this talk: {Click Here}