Elder D. Todd Christofferson gave the following insights about how we should study the scriptures:
“You should care more about the amount of time you spend in the scriptures than about the amount you read in that time. I see you sometimes reading a few verses, stopping to ponder them, carefully reading the verses again, and as you think about what they mean, praying for understanding, asking questions in your mind, waiting for spiritual impressions, and writing down the impressions and insights that come so you can remember and learn more. Studying in this way, you may not read a lot of chapters or verses in a half hour, but you will be giving place in your heart for the word of God, and He will be speaking to you”(in Conference Report, Apr. 2004, 9-10; or Ensign, May 2004, 11).
There are specific things you can do to make your daily scripture study more meaningful.
Elder Howard W. Hunter, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, gave Church members valuable counsel on scripture study, which is summarized below. Consider writing his ideas on a card and putting it in a place where you can see it while you study.
- Read carefully to understand the scriptures.
- Study every day.
- Set a regular time every day when you will study.
- Study in a place where you can concentrate without distractions or interruptions.
- Study for a period of time rather than reading a certain number of chapters or pages.
- Have a study plan.
The scriptures are the word of God. Carefully studying them will help you feel His Spirit.
(See Conference Report, Oct. 1979, 91-93; or Ensign, Nov. 1979, 64-65.)