- Studying the scriptures is important because of the covenants we have made.
- Studying the scriptures is important because of the direction we need in our lives.
- Studying the scriptures is important because scripture study is a preparation for and prerequisite to receiving personal revelation. (Elder Oaks gave an excellent talk on this called Scripture Reading and Revelation.
- Pray. Ask and seek for understanding, and invite the help of the Holy Ghost.
- Work. "We cannot expect to reap scriptural insight unless we pay the price of regular and diligent study."
- Consistency. A specific, scheduled time and place for study is recommended.
- Ponder. Consider, contemplate, reflect upon, think about. This cannot be forced, hurried or rushed. Questions to keep in mind as you study: "What was the question that brought about the inquiry and the revelation?" and "Why did the Lord inspire Mormon (or Moroni or Alma) to include that in his record? What lesson can I learn from that to help me live in this day and age?"
- Look for connections, patterns and parallels. See A Reservoir of Living Water, a CES fireside by Elder Bednar for more great insight on this.
- Write your thoughts and feelings. I love President Eyring's talk, O Remember, Remember, about keeping a spiritual journal. See the sidebar for tips on scripture journaling.
"You and I may know the right things to do, but intelligence involves more than just knowing. If you and I are intelligent, we will consistently do the right things. Knowing that the gospel is true is important, good and necessary. Intelligence is consistently being true to the gospel that we know."
~from Increase in Learning, p. 74-75