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Recently I was prompted to make a change with how my youngest daughter was doing her personal scripture study. Spiritual preparation is needed to weather many of life’s challenges, and I want her to become immersed in the scriptures so her faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ become stronger.

When she was younger, we would read to her each night from one of the four LDS Scripture Stories; The New Testament, Old Testament, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Book of Mormon which you can purchase at the LDS Distribution Center. When she finished one book, she would go on to another. The books are $6.50 each and come in many languages, but there is also a DVD set of all four for $7.25. You can also view them online for free at the lds.org Media Library, or The Mormon Channel.

When my daughter first became an independent reader, I wanted to find a study method that would help establish the habit of life-long personal scripture study. So I created a scaled down version of an idea found at Latter-day Homeschooling which incorporates the use of a scripture journal and the LDS Scripture Stories. For my daughter, I also included a few coordinating scripture mastery verses (you are never too young) and some of the Living Scriptures videos. We already own all of the videos. I found her a lined journal at Ross for $3.00.

Each night my daughter follows a scripture chart I created for her with each chapter or verse to read. I printed it front and back on card stock paper. I taught her what each abbreviation means. Abbreviations are something new to a 7 year-old.

The Book of Mormon Scripture Chart

Then she answers a simple gospel question in a journal. On Sunday she can watch a correlating scripture video. I even included the movie, “The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd.” She is free to respond as she wishes and spell as she can. I love it! This will certainly be a wonderful memory.

Scripture Journal

You could adapt my idea for younger children by following the chart and reading to them. Then asking them the questions. But I think many grade school children of various ages could use my scripture chart. This is a great back-to-school, back-to-the scriptures gift idea as well.

So far I’ve only created the scripture card for the Book of Mormon and the New Testament. But it’s working! She understands what to do. I tried to keep the questions fairly simple. You are welcome to download the Book of Mormon scripture chart below in pdf and Excel. It takes about 11 weeks to finish the cycle. I hope this post will trigger some ideas for you.

Book of Mormon Scripture Chart.pdf
Book of Mormon Scripture Chart.xlsx

You may also like my New Testament Scripture Chart.
Sorry, but these are the only ones I made. My daughter is now studying from Discover the Scriptures products.

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6 LDS Bullet Journal Ideas to Track Your Spiritual Growth This Year

If you haven't jumped on the bullet journal bandwagon yet, you may want to watch this tutorial first.

Next, a word of caution: Don't let all of the creative ideas online make you feel like you have to be an artistic genius, use state-of-the-art pens, or devote hours a day to carefully crafted spreads. This is not the case. Keep your bullet journal functional first, and creative second.

Now that you're caught up, here are a few ways you might use your bullet journal to help aid you in your spiritual goals and growth this year. 

Track Your Scripture Study

Using a "tracker," as they are affectionately called in the bullet-journaling world, can be a great way to create daily habits and keep tabs on progress. Whether you want a clever way to mark that you've done your scripture study for the day or would rather trace your progress through the study of a certain book of scripture or certain topics, here are a few creative ways you can use your bullet-journal to aid in developing this important habit:

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Organize Your Scripture Study

Tracking aside, the core bullet journal methods of indexing, collections, migrating, and threading can be excellent tools to use in a scripture study journal. 

Using an Index: 

Each time you make an entry in your scripture study journal, think about the over-arching topics or principles it covers. Then, go to your index and either add the topic or add the page numbers to a previously listed topic. 

Using Collections:

Ideas for scripture study journal collections:

  • Scriptures for when I feel _____ (angry, sad, unmotivated, etc.)
  • FHE Lesson Ideas
  • Questions to Study
  • Examples of _____ (bad things happening to good people, incredible faith, etc.)
  • Thoughts on _____ (learning, love, obedience, etc.)
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Using Migration: 

After your daily entry, check to see if there are any thoughts or questions that you'd like to add to one of your collections. If there is, add it right away. Don't wait!

Using Threading:

If a collection grows too large for the space you've allotted to it, you can thread it to another section of your journal by writing the additional page numbers at the bottom of the original collection. 

Sometimes it's nice to be able to keep tabs on the essentials. A classic "habits tracker," which has been applied to the bullet journal all over the web, might be just what you need. In your bullet journal, make a grid with days of the week or month along one axis, and the spiritual habits you want to work on along the other. Then, if you've done the habit, check or color in the box. A few examples of the kinds of habits you could track: 

  • Scripture study
  • Prayers
  • Temple attendance
  • Home or visiting teaching
  • Journal writing
  • Acts of service
  • Studying the Sunday School/Priesthood/Relief Society Lesson
  • Family history or indexing
  • Tasks to fulfill callings
  • Reading a general conference talk
  • Sharing your testimony
  • Fasting
  • Writing a missionary 
  • Being on time to church
  • Paying tithing 
  • Day without _____ (coffee, inappropriate movies, etc.) 

Follow Up on Promptings 

Promptings, if not immediately acted upon, often fade from our memories. Sometimes we have to drop everything to respond to such impressions, but other times it's not feasible, or else the prompting is for something we need to do in a few hours or a few days. In this case, it's helpful to have a common place to jot down these inspirations.

If you're really good at checking your bullet journal each day and migrating your notes and tasks, you might just jot impressions on your daily entries. If you're afraid of something getting lost in the shuffle, however, you could dedicate a collection just to promptings. 

Develop Christlike Attributes

The popular "Level 10 Life" chart is a great way to keep track of your personal development in a variety of areas. Don't feel tied down to the traditional categories, though. This idea can easily be adapted to developing Christlike attributes or anything else. You might start with the nine discussed in Preach My Gospel, or you could base your efforts on a scripture like Moroni 7:45. The idea is to rate yourself on each area on a scale of 1-10 (or you could choose any scale you prefer) and to color in the levels of the wheel so that you have a comprehensive view of how you're doing. This method helps add a "measurable" aspect to otherwise intangible goals. One example:  

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Practice "Early to bed, early to rise" 

D&C 88:124 says, "Cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated." 

Whether you get too much sleep or not enough, we all know that adequate sleep is important for our physical, spiritual, and emotional health. Elder Richard G. Scott said, "Exercise, reasonable amounts of sleep, and good eating habits increase our capacity to receive and understand revelation." 

In light of this wise counsel, here are some clever ways to keep track of your sleep habits:

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The foundational purpose of this site is to provide as efficient methods as possible of gaining a mastery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no more important body of knowledge to apply to ourselves as human beings.  For those wanting to be their best selves, this is especially true.  Consider the following quotation of Elder Boyd K. Packer:

“True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior. … That is why we stress so forcefully the study of the doctrines of the gospel” (Elder Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, Nov. 1986, p. 17).

We find that this proposition is scripturally sound:

“And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just-yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them-therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God.” – Alma 31:5

My life is a testament to the soundness of this principle.  As I spend time straining to understand the Gospel, studying and pondering the Scriptures, and writing down things that come to my mind, my very core behaviors change.  If only slowly, my own perceptions of myself and the world around me become more positive.  My wife has noticed a distinct change for the better during periods where I am studying the way I should.

What we want to do with this site is to offer everyone a Gospel Study Journal.  There is no cost to you should you decide to create one.  Your entries are your own, and are kept private.  As you study the Gospel, you may come upon a topic that stands out to you.  Even during the day while doing completely unrelated things, impressions may come to you that you should or should not be doing something.  You may have an experience that you may wish to record for the uplifting and edification of others.  This Study Journal offers to you a central location for all such types of entries.

In addition, the study journal allows you to:

  • link together entries that are related.
  • tag entries with keywords describing the content.
  • link related scripture references to your entries for easy reference in the future.
  • include relevant citations to books that are not in the Standard Works.

As I have spent time considering different scripture marking systems, some of them seem to have certain drawbacks, for example:

  1. Scriptures wear out – After a certain period of time, the scriptures you mark get so marked up they look tattered and thoroughly used. It is no longer easy to make out what the notes mean or what you had in mind when you made the original note. There is no longer room for new notes.
  2. Lost scriptures mean lost notes – If you were to lose the set of scriptures in which you were keeping notes and marking, all those notes are gone for good.
  3. Difficult to share with others – Short of tearing out a page of your scriptures, many of the systems that there are do not make it easy to share a copy of a given note with other people.
  4. Forgetfulness – With some note-taking methods, you end up relying on your memory to try and recall what you meant when you wrote a note down. It’s not fun to come back to something for which you have a note written, and have no idea what it means.
  5. Skew of Meaning – Let’s say you write a thought out to the side of a verse that touched your heart one day. The next time you read through that passage, you may see that note and mistakenly tell yourself, “I already know the meaning of that verse.” This is more common than you might think, and you may not even realize it’s happening. The idea is to have a clean slate where you are able to receive continued revelation, even on verses you may have read many times.
  6. Either too much or not enough structure – With many systems, you are either told exactly how to use the system, and it is in a rigid format (such as a book). The huge drawback with books are that they are linear. You read them front to back, and cannot access many pages or pieces of pages at once. You are tied into the structure of the book and cannot move things around as you want.
  7. Storage and Retrieval of thoughts – How many times do you say, “Now, where did I have that note?” If you can write it down but cannot pull the thought back out of your system, how good is it really?

The Study Journal offered on this site overcomes all of these problems.  You can link journal entries to each other, tag them with keywords, link them to scripture passages, or even add citations from other books into your notes.  The benefit of an immersive, intensive study of the Gospel is a tendency towards self-improvement.  These are all things that have contributed to the creation of this site.  It was built for the benefit of all.

For more information on why this site was built, see “Why This Site Exists.”

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