The best advice I can give is from a talk by Elder Oaks: ”Last year a church member sent me a suggestion that someone prepare a book containing all General Authority interpretations of all verses in the scriptures. I replied that I thought this was not a good idea…. What we are seeking to accomplish… is not to magnify the standing of the prophets but to elevate the spirituality of our rank and file members. Like Moses, we declare, ‘would God that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them!’ (Numbers 11:29). We encourage everyone to study the scriptures prayerfully and seek personal revelation to know the meaning for themselves.” (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “Scripture Reading and Revelation”, BYU Studies Academy Meeting, January 29, 1993)

Monday, July 2, 2018

Conference Journal

I decided to try a new approach to study General Conference.
I am not the artistic type no matter how much I want to be. But I found something that works for me.
I listened to Conference and took notes. After the talks were published on LDS.org and in my Gospel Library I went in and highlighted parts and made more notes.
I then took the highlighted sections and transferred them to a small notebook I bought just for this.
Now since I am not artistic I bought a set of stencils to help add shapes and flare.
I then put in a table of contents with speaker name, talk title from LDS.org and page # in my little book.
After it was all done I then took the Ensign and copied the topic list into the back of my book and added my page numbers to it so I can find items more easily.
I am pretty happy with the result and have used it a lot since it was created.
When I go to a meeting and they say we are going to discuss so and so talk I have my notes.
As I prepare my Youth Sunday School lesson I can look at the topic section and pull the latest word from the leaders of the Church to add to the lesson.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

President Nelson Study Challenge

Well I have decided to take on President Nelson Study challenge of going through the scriptures on Jesus Christ.
I am going to start with the Book of Mormon.
I did start with a topic that is not in the Topical Guide. That of the names of Christ.

I got a blue hard back copy and using a yellow crayon marker and a couple of ball point pens have started.
I take the red pen and underline the name then color the verse then with a black pen wrote in the margin Name of:

As I move to other topics I will use the same yellow crayon and black margin pen but change the color of key verse pen I use.

This is going to be exciting and I will share as I go.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Holy Ghost

Came across this thought as I was studying Agency and the Atonemnet. Gonna have to think about this for awhile I think

For example, we are given the gift of the Holy Ghost following our baptism. The full benefit of having the Holy Ghost as a companion cannot be realized until after our resurrection, but if we choose to disobey the Holy Ghost and commit sin, we lose His influence in our lives.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Swaddling Clothes and Mary's Prep

I totally stole this from my wife Instagram post she did today.
I was so impressed with her insight.

  • nbradforI decided for the month of Dec I wanted to focus on learning more about the life of Jesus Christ. I came across a wonderful plan from @leslie_kawai where she has created a 30 day study guide to “Walk with Christ”. I am on day 6 and am loving this study. Today in particular was to study the birth of Christ. What I learned today has really touched my heart. When we learn of Christ’s birth we know that he was wrapped in swaddling bands. Honestly I never gave much thought as to what that was (it I’m being really honest, I just assumed it was something that they just had in hand). Today I learned that swaddling bands were special bands embroidered with symbols specific to the family lineage and used to wrap a bride and grooms hands under a wedding canopy. Then those swaddling bands were put away for use when the first son is born. What this tells me is that Mary lovingly prepared these bands and knowing she would likely give birth while they were away from home made sure to bring them on the trip to Bethlehem. They obviously couldn’t take much on their journey but she made sure to take what was needed to care for her newborn child, the Savior Jesus Christ. What an example Mary is of being prepared for the arrival of the Lord. How can I be like Mary and be prepared for that day when the Lord comes again?  #30daywalkwithChrist #lighttheworld

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Marking Pens

This has been one of the biggest challenges I have faced in marking my scriptures.
Trying to find the right pen or marker that will not bleed through and yet will maintain it's brightness.

i first started out years ago with wax scripture markers or sometimes called Dry Highlighters.
These are basically like crayons and work well enough at the start. I have found years later that they have faded and in some spots melted to the adjoining page when I left the scriptures in my car too long in the summer.

I then tried  set recommended off the internet of Foray advanced ink Needle tip point
These worked well except they tend to bleed through to the other side.
They also seem to spread on the page

Lately I have started to use plain fine point  Ball Point pens. These seem to work well and bleeding through is not as bad as others.  Time will tell I guess.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

New Set of Scriptures

So I finally broke down and bought me a new Quad.

I have had it for almost a year and had not started to mark in it.
I wanted to make sure it was the right process.
My last set is still very well used by me but I wanted to try something different that the tabs and topics I have done in the last 3 -4 sets I have had.

Several years ago our Stake started a year long study of the Atonement. They had study guides that were created and sent out monthly.

I saved all of them and printed them out to combine into one giant volume.

It is 499 pages of 9 point font, full of scripture reference and quotes from Leaders.

I decided to make this new set of Scriptures to be my Atonement Scriptures.
I am going through the study guide and marking the scriptures listed, adding in comments I like as well as marking up the study guide.

So far this has been thought provoking.

PENS for scripture Marking will be the next post. I had some thoughts and experience oaths topic.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

My Father Dwelt in a Tent

Today I had the chance to teach not only my regular 13year old Sunday School class with the best team teacher around(my wife).
But also was asked to do High Priest Group and cover Pres Nelson talk on Joy and Spiritual survival.
Well as we started in Sunday School I realized I had left my notes and "Manual" at home. But it went well.
In High Priests we talked about finding joy even when things are going rough.
We talked about Lehi and how even with all that he went through he was able to say we need to find joy!
A Past Bishop and a man I greatly respect part up the verse "My father dwelt in a tent."
Now I have heard a lot of sermons around just that one verse but he part up something that I had not thought of before.
We are reminded that Lehi dwelt in a tent yet his joy was that in this tent it was a holy place. This is where he received revelation, it is here where his children came to be taught. It was his home even in the midst of his trials.

How much can we learn from this, even though the world is getting crazy and is a bit scary at times, especially when I think of what is waiting for Boo as she gets older. Our homes can be holy, they can be our refuge.
They can be a center of Joy in our lives!