I Heart My Scripture Study Sheet
I'm definitely a geek, and my scripture study sheet is probably one of the nerdiest things about me.
When I was in my late teens early 20s, I'd already read through the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and I was ready to kick things up a notch. I wanted to stop reading and start studying.
But I didn't know how.
The only experience I'd had studying anything was in school, so I asked myself, "What tools did my teachers give me to help my reading comprehension?"
And then for a little while I tried to forget that I asked myself that question — because I knew the answer!
Hands down, one of the best reading comprehension tools (for me) is note taking. I had a history teacher who made the class take notes on each chapter of the textbook (she graded the notes for credit), and that's how I developed pro note-taking skills (right up there with bo staff and nunchuck skills, I know).
Just because I'm good at taking notes doesn't mean it's my favorite thing to do. But I wanted to interact with God's word on a more personal level ... so ...
My scripture study sheet was born.
It was a simple Word doc with a hideous patterned page border and wonky stylized font. It consisted of a few sections to help me divide my thoughts ("What I Learned" and "Questions," for example). I ran off a bunch of photocopies, hole punched them, and stuck them in a three-ring binder like a good student.
After a while, I realized that the sections were way too general, and I just started ignoring them and writing my own notes wherever I wanted.
The study sheet worked! It kept me on track, and I found myself paying better attention when I read, and I got more out of it because I was forcing myself to actually think.
And it didn't feel a bit like homework.
Plus, at the end of the day, I had a record of everything I'd read and the thoughts God inspired me with.
More importantly, it marks the first time I really took responsibility for my own spiritual knowledge. It was when I stopped relying solely on other people to spoon-feed me God's word. I grasped the spoon in my clumsy hand and asked God to help me feed myself — like a big girl.
Recently, I spruced up my little study sheet. I wrote different sections that are much more logical (now that I'm a lot older and a little wiser).
Based on my experience, I highly encourage you to develop a custom study sheet that works for you. If you already have one, I'd love to see it!
Remember! Tomorrow is the Gospel Lesson, and the reading is John 8:1-11.
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